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The whole thing would be forgotten he was sure of it. The initial embarrassment of being caught in his mother’s underwear, in public was the crux of the matter. In the privacy of your own room was one thing, in public and in the shopping mall was quite another.
He didn’t think anyone would notice when he’d slipped into her underpants, and they were a sizeable pair at that. Bombay bloomers he’d heard his mum refer to them as and in his case sizable enough to cover his large posterior.
The problem started when he forgot what he was wearing and went into the fitting room to try on some new trousers, and inside the fitting room, the sales assistant had received a good eyeful of his underwear and not wanting to deprecate him had stepped back in horror at what he saw.
Trying his best to minister to the needs of his customer and not wanting to show he was bothered by what he saw he wondered how he was going to keep his mouth shut. Of course, he didn’t and pretty soon the whole store knew about the underwear and rumours as we know can fly thick and fast in such circumstances.
His mother was called in to explain his behaviour, and her usual oblique way made some excuse for him saying the doctor was aware and had given him what she took to be a placebo in the hope of curing his obsession with wearing her underwear.
It tore at her heartstrings to see her son humiliated in this way especially when she’d only the week before bought him new underwear of his own. She feared the unwanted attention would maim his social consciousness to the point where his usual glowing personality would be dulled and once again she’d have him hanging around the house.
But time is a great healer, and eventually, the incident was forgotten though he never again ventured into the Crux Menswear Store.