Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for March 30, 2002
Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling The Adventures of The Passive Aggressor No one suspects that Louis Maltby is actually THE PASSIVE AGGRESSOR, angry at the world and his parents! The forced proximity of dinnertime is always a challenge for The Passive Aggressor! Parents: Louis, how was school today? Louis: Fine. He must display just enough smoldering resentment to be true to his Passive Aggressor identity! Parents: Remember, I'll be home late tomorrow! Louis: Whatever. But suddenly the Passive Aggressor's secret identity is in jeopardy! Parents: Hey, are you okay? You seem like you're in a bad mood! He must quickly perk up to deflect any suspicion. Louis: No! I'm fine! Why? His bold gambit pays off and his secret is safe! Parents: You just seem sort of...down. Louis: What! No, I'm okay! Really! But then, plausible deniability reestablished, he brazenly returns to sulking mode! Parents: Hey, Brian gave us tickets for the game Saturday! Louis: Great. He wields his secret power of passive aggressivity with deadly precision! Parents: He's taking Mark. Mark's a huge Mets fan. Louis: Terrific. And thus proceeds the fine line that only the Passive Aggressor dare tread! Parents: Louis, what's wrong! Louis: What! I said, "Terrific"! What's wrong with terrific?!
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