Jane Jago’s Drabbles – Three Hundred and Ninety-Four

“Papa. You have to fire Baba,” Eunice declared.

Her father looked at her.

“Why would that be?”

“Because she’s a Shinny. They are cannibals.”

“Cannibals? Wherever did you get that idea?”

“I read it on Scuttlebut.”

Papa raised his brows.

“Do you have any idea what scuttlebut is?”

“It’s the place where you go to find out stuff.”

“No. It’s not. It’s gossip. The word even means gossip.”

Eunice looked mulish. “Don’t be silly, Papa. If it’s on the web it must be true.”

“Oh child.”

He sent Baba away, afraid for her safety in the face of electronic lies.

©jj 2019

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