John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

The Confession

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“Okay, you’re right,” Vittoria said. “I really was a bad little girl.”
“I feel a story coming on.”
“My father and the Monsignor were good friends, even though my father hardly ever went to church, except for the big holidays. Anyway, one day he made me really mad.”
“The Monsignor?”
“No, my father.”
“What did he do?”
“He refused to buy me a bicycle. You know how I get when I’m angry.”
“Yes. That’s when I run for cover.”
“I decided to pay him back, big time. But I don’t know if I should tell you this.”
“Come on, spill the beans.”
“Okay. I had to go to confession every week. But after I told Monsignor my sins, I added a few tidbits about my father.”
“Why would Monsignor listen to that?”
“I don’t know. He seemed interested, so I told him. I made things up.”
“Ha! You lied in the confessional?”
“Yep. I told him about how cruel my father was to me, and my mother, even the animals. I said that he puts on a good show when he walks around the village, making everyone think he is a nice man. But when the door is closed he becomes a monster. He curses, and takes the Lord’s name in vain. Plus I saw him kiss a neighbor lady when he thought nobody was looking.”
“I said there was a lot more, but I didn’t think I ought to say it out loud.”
“And then?”
“Well, there was a procession on the street one Sunday and my father waved to Monsignor. Monsignor gave him a really dirty look. Everyone saw it. My father just couldn’t figure out what was going on.”
“Did he ever find out?”
“No. I never told him. Do you think I should have?”


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