The Negotiator

The Negotiator
May 3, 2016 No Comments » For Authors, Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

There are many careers that require great negotiation skills. Such as a lawyer, or a marriage counselor. Real estate agents and personal recruiters need great negotiating skills. Oh, and of course, hostage negotiators (which is what I often feel like). I am proud to say my daughter could nail any one of these jobs, for she is the ultimate negotiator. The following conversation is excellent evidence of her wonderful negotiating skills:


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Her: “Mommy, can I have some cookies?” (This is 5 minutes before dinner, mind you.)

Me: “No, it’s almost time for dinner.”

Her: “But I’m starving! I’m gonna starve to deaf!”

Me: “You are not going to starve to death in the next 5 minutes.”

Her: “Yes I am! And you don’t even care cuz you don’t love me no more!” (que the dramatic sobbing)

Me: “Why don’t you go set the table, then it will be time to eat?”

Her: “No, no, no! I need to eat now! Please, Mommy, just one cookie?”

Me: “Fine, one cookie.” (Let’s face it; I’m never going to get dinner on the table with her sobbing at my feet.)

Her: “Oh, thank you, Mommy! Can I just get three?” (Here we go…)

Me: “I said you could have one.”

Her: “But I’m starving! I’m gonna starve to deaf!” (I will never win!)

Me: “One cookie will hold you over for 5 minutes.”

Her: “But, I’m so hungry my stomach hurts!” (Can you say Drama Queen?)

Me: “I will give you two cookies, that’s it.”

Her: “Ok!”


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I’m starting to think two cookies was her diabolical plan all along…

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy,


A.L. Mabry A.L. Mabry is an Executive Editor for Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.

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