This piece was written for the Six Sentence Challenge, with the prompt word of ‘blanket’.
‘Esau, why are you wearing that hair shirt?’
‘Because, Jacob, I must make penitence for saying some hairy things that entered the ears of my enemies and then got up their nose.’
‘But Esau, with you already being an hairy man, surely this is a doubly painful form of penitence. Why could you not simply seek their forgiveness or at least a less harsh garment?’
‘Oh, Jacob, I tried that but I am not blessed with your smoothness and they swiftly grew even angrier and threatened to cancel me altogether. It was a blanket refusal.’
Footnote: See Alan Bennett’s edifying sermon, taking Genesis 27:11 as his inspiration:
‘My brother Esau is an hairy man but I am a smooth man.’