This is my response to the Friday Fictioneers prompt for April 24. The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt. Play along by writing your own, reading others and/or commenting on the flashes we fictioneers create. The photo prompt this week comes from Dee Lovering. My story this week weighs in at exactly 100 words.
“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, a sailor went to college.”
“Stop it, Marcus! The kids don’t need to learn incorrect history.”
“C’mon, Jane. There’s plenty of time for a history lesson later. Besides, they like the song.” Marcus winked at his offspring in the backseat, and the ten-year-old picked up the refrain.
“Tamales? In Spain? They didn’t even grow corn in Europe before Columbus!” Jane shot Marcus a dirty look.
“Lighten up, Honey. It’s just a fun road-trip song.”
In the backseat, the singing continued until the five-year-old belted out, “That son of a bitch, Columbo!”
Marcus’s face turned beet red.
Author’s Note: It can be easy for grownups to forget about the adult content in songs from our past until those lyrics cross the lips of children. For anyone interested, here is a link to a more salty version of “Christopher Columbo” than I originally learned.