“Thanks, mom.” Say it you like you meant. “I mean, thank you, mom.” More words isn't more meaning. “It really means a lot to me.”“You're so funny, James, but thank you for being so polite.”Don't joke. Mom's being serious. “Sorry, Mom, I wasn't trying to be funny.” Sorry isn't an apology. “I apologize.” An apology is not complete until you ask for forgiveness. “Will you forgive me?”“There's nothing to forgive, James.”“Your son is so polite.”“Isn't he?”“You must be proud.”“I am! I am so proud of James.”Don't speak unless spoken to. “He always knows just how to talk to grown ups and how to act around them.”“I can see that. It's about time for me to go, Sarah. I hope you have a good evening.”“You too, Kim.”When an adult leaves, you must say goodbye. “Have a good evening, Miss Kim.”“You did very well, James, here's a hard candy.”Shove a knife into her throat. “Thanks, Mom.”
Aaaarg. They stripped out some hyphens from my formatting that made this way more intelligible.
Nevets, no good deed (a story) goes unpunished (unmangled). I like the voices in the head/telepathy thing going on here. A little leery of the characters though ;)