“What is that?” Janice asked.

“It’s just a wad of tissue,” Kevin said.

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include March Madness and Precinct 221: Bleaker Street. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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Note: Today’s tale is based on shows like the Science Channel’s What on Earth? that explore and explain seemingly bizarre photos or videos.

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“She meant the show, dad,” Lisa said, thumbing the volume on the remote.

“I know,” Kevin insisted.

“Next on What the Heck,” the narrator said, “did this satellite image capture an interdimensional space-time portal? Could it be the physical manifestation of a Buddhist monks’ meditation? Or is it something more sinister?”

Kevin huffed. “It’s a wad of tissue.”

“I think it’s too big to be tissue,” Lisa said.

Matt looked up from World of Duty on his iPad. “Someone lit a fart.”

“Son,” Kevin grumbled, “there are lines of propriety in this family–”

“–Mom, how do you light a fart?” Nina asked.

“–You don’t, dear,” Janice replied to their six-year-old.

“–and you just crossed over one,” Kevin concluded, fighting to stifle a smile.

“I think it’s a white cat,” Lisa offered, “sleeping on a black satin pillow.”

“So,” Janice said, “we have three theories: wad of tissue, white cat on a black pillow–”

“–black satin pillow,” Lisa insisted.

“–or something you don’t do,” Janice continued.

“Like lighting a fart?” Nina asked.

Kevin bit his lip and nodded to Lisa. “Better turn it up some more, so we can hear.”

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Have fun!

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Photo Credit: NASA