by his rambling thoughts.

-Besides, I was in the wrong for lying and this little froggie is being truthful. Im dramatizing everything now.-

With some solid determination, Sal wiped the tears and snot from his face.

”I accept your apology. But Im also in the wrong! Im sorry for lying right in your face. I was feeling really embarrassed by the incident, so I made dumb excuses…but that isn justified in the end! ”

”No, ” the little frog objected firmly, ”I lack common sense and social etiquette. Rather than abiding by the social norms, I put more importance on my own desires than on respecting you. I need to be responsible for my actions. ”

”No no no, Im in the wrong. ”

”You
e mistaken. Im in the wrong. ”

”No! I am. ”

”Incorrect, I am in the wrong. ”

”No, I also need to apologize. ”

”Theres no need to apologize for something you aren at fault for. ”

”You
e wrong, I created and worsened the situation, let me apologize. ”

”No, there is no need… ”

This back-and-forth conversation lasted way longer than it should have.

Perhaps realizing both sides weren backing down, the little frog sighed and took a hop back.

”How about we both are in the wrong. You
e in the wrong for lying and denying allegations, and Im in the wrong for intruding on your privacy and humiliating you. ”

The little frog gently said, ”So lets stop this meaningless back-in-forth roundabout conversation. ”

Sal nodded in agreement and chuckled, a little shy from the nonsense.

”Yeah, you
e right. ”

-Uh oh, what do I say now?-

Sal has lead the conversation to a dead end.

”… ”

”… ”

”… ”

”… ”

The night was buzzing with the background noise of insects and rustling leaves. It was humid, the air seemed chalked full of water. Yet the silence between both creatures was frigid. The awkward silence seemed to have frosted over it as no ones mouth moved, their mouths frozen shut with chattering ice gluing their lips together.

Ah yes, beautiful awkward silence.

”… ”

”… ”

”… ”

”Ahem. ”

The little frog broke the frosty silence. Heat returns, melting the ice and regaining the usual humid air, inhaling mouthfuls of dense moisture.

”Let me introduce myself. Im Rosa, a red-eyed tree frog. I live quite a few trees away. How about you? ”

”Oh! Im Sal, a three-toed sloth. I live on the upper layers of this tree. ”

”… ”

”… ”

The air was slowly freezing back up.

-What do I say, break the ice Sal!- Sal thought. Dying on the inside, daytime was still a ways away.

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