Teti-à-Tête (With Tony) #7


Tati as TATI


Tony as TONY


Tony comes into the room with a sad face.

TONY: I have news.

Tati blows soap bubbles from a little bubble wand.

TONY: Actually, it’s two pieces of news. Which first? Do you want the good news or the bad news?

TATI: Start with the good.

TONY: Okay, well… Ray gave Mooreeffoc five stars and wrote a brilliant review.

Tati continues to blow bubbles. It looks like she’s trying to get a very big one, but it bursts every time. Tony looks quite annoyed.

TONY: Tati?

TATI: Yes, I’ve heard.

She continues to blow. When another bubble bursts, she says crossly…

TATI: So, shoot! Give me your bad news!

TONY: Ray then gave One Pulse one star and wrote a… well, less brilliant review.

Tati has switched tactics now. She’s begun to blow as many small bubbles as possible.

TATI: Yes, I got you the first time. What’s the bad news?

Tony looks embarrassed. The bubbles have begun clinging to his head. He now looks like Bozo the Clown with frothy hair.

TONY: Five stars. One star. Good news. Bad news. I guess it’s all the same to you, huh?

TATI: If we want only five star reviews, we should ask our moms to write them.

TONY: But don’t we want that? Five star reviews make us look good, and hopefully we sell more copies that way.

TATI: Dunderhead! Every opinion counts! Even the ones we prefer to forget. How else can we improve?

Tati looks musingly at all the bubbles floating around.

TATI: And no one can accuse us that all our reviews are written by friends and family members. Sycophants!

Tati’s gaze settles on Tony and his ridiculous clown hair.

TATI: By the way, you need more shampoo.

She holds up an empty shampoo bottle and wiggles it in Tony’s face.

Tony tries to speak, but only bubbles come from his mouth. Each one floats towards Tati and pops, revealing a letter. They spell out…

W. T. F.

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55 thoughts on “Teti-à-Tête (With Tony) #7

  1. Still thinking of your beautifully written humorous story that comes to me as a balsam. I needed to laugh more than ever because of the difficult situation Catalonia is going through after the October 1 referendum charged with tremendous police violence against us, voters, and also after yesterday’s suspended declaration of indenpendence. The road is uncertain and fearful but, at the same time, we cannot allow such violation of human rights. Some of Tati’s bubbles were bursting throughout the story. Our biggest bubble has not burst yet, but almost. I tried to express the situation here: https://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/when-tomorrow-comes/

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    • I almost can’t believe this is happening to you and your fellow countrymen, but the news images don’t lie. I certainly hope there is a better tomorrow, as this kind of brutality and oppression cannot be allowed to last. We wish you the very best of luck, Marta. 😦

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  2. Well-written, witty and original as usual. Love your sense of humor to remind us all of a simple life lesson: If you blow too big bubbles they will burst and you will be left with nothing, which is tantamount to “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” (BTW, I shouldn’t say this as I am almost vegan, haha!). The afore mentioned bubble metaphor is also expressed in the children’s story called The Milkmaid and her Pail: http://www.kidsworldfun.com/shortstories_milkmaidandherpail.php
    Tati is right: You both will definitely need more shampoo to continue your writing and also to expect further good reviews of your wonderful work. Thanks for being there.

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  3. This cartoon, your cartoon, is abundantly more effective in spreading wisdom and insight than a majority of posts I’ve read since starting out here. I’m so impressed. It blows me away how good this is…I wish I could draw. Forgive me for not checking your work sooner. Thank you for sharing your talent!!

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