99 word prompt : A bit frayed

June 29, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something frayed. It could be fabric, like a flag or garment. It could also be nerves or temper. What is it to be frayed?

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Great Aunt Lucy struggled to remain calm.  She turned to walk out the locked door, stopped by my insistent hand.  “You want that hand swatted?”

“Do that, and you’ll be committed too,” I replied.

“She’s a worthless addle.”

“Her husband of 50 years just died. She’s still in grief.  Her children want her committed so they can take her home away.”

“That’s not my business.”

“You have no children, and her children are your next of kin.  You allow them to do this, and you’re next!”

A bit frayed she replied, “I’ll get a lawyer – for both our sakes.”