1.You're hanging out with friends, when all of a sudden, one of them says something silly.
2.Immediately, you think of a super sarcastic, zinger of a retort.
3.Should I say it? You wonder, weighing up your audience.
4.Ah, what's the worst that can happen? You conclude.
5.So you unleash the great retort that was, in your mind, obviously sarcastic. You keep a straight face, because you really like to commit to a joke.
6.In your mind, you're like HA! What a great joke. Everyone will get it, because it's obvious, but not every joke you tell in life has to be woven with the intricacy of an episode of Game of Thrones, right? So you sit back, ready to enjoy your handiwork.
7.But that is not what happens.
8.They stare at you, trying to work out if you were kidding or not.
9.You crack a little smile, to give them a hint that you're joking.
10.But alas, it's too late.
11."What the fuck do you mean by that?" Your friends ask.
12."Nothing!" You exclaim quickly, surprised. "I was kidding!"
13.But it's too late. Your friends don't believe you, and they're PISSED.
14.You begin to doubt yourself. Was my joke not as funny as I thought it was? you think.
15.No, you conclude. That can't be it. I'm hilarious and they are wrong.
16.Does anyone around here get me? You wonder quietly.
17.Eventually, things get so heated that you have no choice but to walk away.
18.But it's fine, you can just take your sweet sense of humour to an audience who gets it...
19.And the next time you're around those friends and come up with a great, sarcastic zinger, you'll think twice before unleashing it.