Trifecta week sixty

Rules are the same:
– Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
– You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
– The word itself needs to be included in your response.
– You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
– Only one entry per writer.

BUT, this week’s challenge is community-judged, which will be quite interesting.

Our word this week:

IDLE

1: lacking worth or basis: vain
2: not occupied or employed: as
a : having no employment : inactive
b : not turned to normal or appropriate use
c : not scheduled to compete
3: a : shiftless, lazy
b : having no evident lawful means of support

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Oh, those lazy summer days…

He watches the clouds, arms folded behind his head, expression serene. He’s been spending these idle summer days the same way ever since he was a kid.
He’s a fourteen-year-old boy, fresh out of school and looking forward to high school. The clouds pass by lazily, and he is searching for shapes: bunnies, trains, friends, – oh, is that a Cumulonimbus? So it’s going to rain today; what a shame.
Cloud watching helps him tune out the shrilly voices of his two stepsisters arguing over their usual petty things.

“Badmouthing my boyfriend on Twitter again, Laura? Tell me, have you washed your mouth this morning? Smells like something died in it!”
“Your pride, perhaps, Jane?”

Jane chuckles.

“How witty of you, darling. And here I considered the train of your thought didn’t go very far.”
“Well, you know what they say, Jane. It’s all witticism until someone loses an eye!”
“So that’s what happened to your eyes then? You should have told us. I, for one, would like to send your opponent a ‘Thank You’ card, maybe even a gift!”
“That is my smoky eye make-up, you nerd!”

He sighs. He’s looking forward to the day he’ll live in the University Campus with only one or two male roommates. Girls are just too scary.

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I almost didn’t make it. This week’s word seemed a bit difficult (never used it before, neither in writing nor in speech), but I’m glad I managed to come up with something in the end. I’m almost happy about my result. Hope you enjoyed it!

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