Excerpt from Assumption Bridge. Happy Sample Sunday!
“Someday your curiosity will get you killed. Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” Her husband loved clichés and witty quotes, as long as he was the one saying them. Sometimes it was like having a conversation with Hallmark.
“It’s not curiosity, actually. It’s more like obligation,” she said.
“Noblesse oblige? Of course, without the noblesse. I guess it is just oblige, then,” her husband replied.
“Not really that kind of obligation. More like something I feel called to do,” she was trying again to explain. “It’s just not curiosity. That’s the wrong label. Anyway, curiosity is not bad,” she should have stopped with the discussion of labels. She had a chance with that one, but she barreled on.
“Curiosity, in fact, can be quite good. If it weren’t for curiosity, Newton would have just eaten his apple and been on his merry way, off to tend the livestock or something.”
He gave her the grin he employed when he was chopping off her head with one of his moral platitudes. “Dear,” this word was a predicator of certain doom, “without curiosity, women would have easy childbirth; men would not have to make their livings in this world off the sweat of their backs, and we’d all be relaxing in a fabulous garden paradise. Curiosity, in fact, is ultimately the death of mankind.”
Retreat! Her mind was screaming. Defeat! “Fine. But, I am not motivated by curiosity. I really feel called to do this.”
“Well, then, if you feel called to do it, who am I to argue with that,” he said.
She wondered why their conversations were always so similar to painful dental work.
Assumption Bridge available on Amazon for Kindle for 99 cents.