Daddy Knows Best
“Look, mommy! Look what I drew?” Little Naomi pushed the drawing pad at her mother’s face.
“Ah…” Sara’s expression turned from feigned enthusiasm to genuine disgust. “Uh. And just what in God’s name is that?”
“Not God, mommy. It’s the Devil!”
“Goodness, girl,” she let out an exasperated sigh. “What should I ever do with your fascination with demons?”
“Not demons, mommy.” She looked disappointed. “The Devil.”
“And now you’re getting technical at it.”
“I don’t think you like my art.”
“Oh, no, baby.” She dropped to her knee and hugged her little girl. “I do admire your… drawings. It’s just—” She clasped her hands. “Couldn’t you draw dragons or something? Or the Warrior Princess! You love that show, right? Why not draw her?”
“Because she is lame. She always needs help from that stupid Sir Knight. She’s weak. I love the show but I hate her, mommy.” She stomped her foot, perhaps just so Sara would get her hatred right.
She watched, unblinking.
“You know what’s not lame?” The little girl’s eyes lightened up.
And Sara already knew the answer. “The Devil, darling,” she sighed. “The Devil is so not-lame.”
“That’s right, mommy!” She embraced her mother tightly, and skittered away outside the room, shutting the door behind her.
And there he stood, behind the shut door, looming large in his dark suit, smoky eyes and proud smug, smiling contently at Sara.
“What a time to drop by,” she said.
“You know I’m always around,” he said, voice deep and calm. He held his stare at her, hands resting behind his back.
“What?” she spat.
“There’s nothing to say. You poisoned her thoughts, that’s it.”
“You’re accusing me of dishonoring my deal? Careful, now.” He stopped smiling. “You know I get touchy about these matters.”
Sara narrowed her eyes, anger boiling up right through her gut.
But then she swallowed it all down. “Alright, alright. I loose, okay?”
“Say them proper, babe,” he teased, almost in a sing-song way.
“I lost the bet, Lu. I took her out of Hell, but couldn’t take the Hell out of her. Our daughter is her father’s girl, after all. There. Happy?” She took a step. “Now can we finally leave this weakling world? Just take us home.”
“Told you, babe,” he laughed, offering Sara a hand. “Daddy knows best.”
A little suggestion, please? Do you think it’d have been better if the title was “The Bet”? Would it add something or does it not matter at all? Thanks! 🙂