Maybe it was slightly wrong, but I won this time.
|“So, Mary, are you dating anyone?” my mother tried to ask nonchalantly as she passed the green beans. I had to give her credit; she'd made it an hour and fifteen minutes before prying into my personal life. It was, without a doubt, a record for her.
My options were clear.
I could grab the fork and stab myself in the eye, creating a diversion. However, I’m sure once the bandages were secure, my love life would be up for discussion again.
I could admit the truth that yes, in fact, I had been seeing a wonderful man. The barrage of questions that would follow and my inept answers would no doubt lead to a migraine. I care so much for this man that it seems the only humane thing to do is set him free, otherwise he'd be sentenced to a lifetime of torture by my mother. Who am I to impose such a punishment on a loving, perfect being? But at the same time I'm torn. Don't I deserve love, too? Selfishly, I don't want to let him go. My thoughts and heart are conflicted.
The third option was to lie. This would be followed by the lecture I knew by heart of my inadequacies in the social world. My mother would pass the potatoes, telling me I should have a smaller portion as my hips weren’t getting any smaller. In her most loving and irritating voice, she'd tell me how I should reconsider dating that dashing young man, George; after all, fifth cousins aren’t considered close relations.
Smiling into my mother’s well-meaning eyes, I realized only one choice existed. Tonight I couldn't bear this discussion. For once, fate smiled upon me and placed a somewhat evil, yet brilliant, thought into my head. I knew how to thwart the topic.
Scooping a heaping pile of potatoes on my plate, I quite expertly hid the smile as I causually said, “Actually Mother, I’ve been wanting to tell you. I’m gay.”
WC - 356
Try writing down a lie you told, what motivated you to tell it and the result that came from it. You could also write a scene between two (or more) characters where one considers telling a lie.