Here’s my contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt run by Rochelle here. This picture (copyright Melanie Greenwood) made me wish I was a kid who could play there! Visit Rochelle’s website weekly to check out her work and participate in her writing challenge, writing a story in 100 words or fewer based on the photo prompt provided. Click on the InLinkz frog below to read other wonderful stories based on the same prompt, or to add your own. Also, be sure to check out the Micro Bookends 1.17 results, posted later today. : )
From the balcony, Sophie saw her son in the center of the hedge maze. Christopher hugged his knees and moved his head slightly, as if speaking and listening.
Later, making lunch, Sophie asked, “What were you playing, bud?”
“Who were you talking to in the maze?”
“A boy. He lived here before.”
“In this house?”
Christopher nodded. “But he fell off the balcony. He stays outside now.”
Sophie froze. “Does he scare you? Is he nice?”
Christopher grimaced. “We play hide-and-seek, but he disappears. That’s cheating.”
Sophie cleared her throat. “You’re right.”
This prompt reminded me of another maze-related piece of writing I worked on about trying to write when feeling blocked.