Schoolboy Capers: Friday Fictioneers

© irene waters 2015

© Dale Rogerson

Humphrey wished he’d said no. Being the oldest he knew he knew better. The consequences flashed through his mind as he pushed his team-mate up the hill. His parents would issue reprimand and remove his privileges, he’d get a fine from court. A jail sentence was unlikely. Anyway, having started he’d finish. Being fitter than Jack, the other pusher, he’d taken a good lead and descended the hill running, finding himself unable to negotiate the bend. John flew from the shopping trolley into the pond and the trolley followed. Desperately Humphrey searched the reeds seeing his crime upgraded to murder.

In response to the photo prompt  provided by Dale Rogerson and the hosting by Rochelle who invites us to write a flash of no more than 100 words and link up via the blue frog on her site. If you don’t want to write have a read as there is always a varied talented selection to read.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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41 Responses to Schoolboy Capers: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Irene,

    I hope this is only boyish panic here and not how it ends. Kids do the craziest things, don’t they? I raised three sons…I know. k 😉 Well done.



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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Well done, clever interpretation. I once took a ride in a shopping cart with my husband pushing – took a mighty spill!

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  3. Dale says:

    Oh dear, Irene! Boys do the dumbest things, don’t they?

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  4. I do hope he survived! Ah, the craziness that can happen with shopping carts!
    Good story!

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    It sounds like the beginning to a good YA novel. The fun turned sour fast and somewhere a grocery store is missing its cart.

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  6. Norah says:

    Oh dear! Hindsight! If only we had it in foresight! I hope his friend is safe. Great flash.

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  7. Kids are so maddeningly impulsive. We have to go back in our memories a far distance to remember how much nonsense we created then that we can’t anticipate now. Great story, Irene.

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    • Thanks Sharon. Yes every generation has its moments of stupidity. The problem with now is that it all seems much more dangerous either because of the increased speed, or numbers of cars. Even shopping trolleys. I don’t recall them being around when I was a kid. You took what you could carry or put in your little shopping bag on wheels.


  8. micklively says:

    Boys will be boys. I’ve been there (albeit many years ago). I still don’t understand the motivation.
    Good piece.

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  9. Sandra says:

    How to up-grade culpability. Well done.

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  10. Oh my, this escalated quickly! Good work.

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  11. ceayr says:

    Breathlessly entertaining, well done.

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  12. Why do they love pushing the boundaries so much? Boys will be boys.

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  13. Sherri says:

    Oh dear. Humphrey is in a lot of trouble. Great flash! I looked at the photo and right away I thought, oh, Irene will have a good one for this and I was right 😀

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  14. Archon's Den says:

    We can only hope John gets into the swim of things. 😳

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  15. gahlearner says:

    Everyone is saying boys will be boys, but I add: kids will be kids. I’ve done similar stupid things eons ago, with my friends, all girls. Racing down a steep hill on a bike, not able to negotiate the bend, off I flew into the ditch, could have broken my neck, but I only had a slight crack in the wrist and a very angry father. And I wasn’t a particularly wild kid. Kids think they are invulnerable. It’s a horrible burden when it ends tragic. Great story, poor lad, I hope John is found alive.

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  16. Ah.. I hope it works out in the end… why do we think we are invincible at that age?

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  17. Good story! I love young people!

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  18. subroto says:

    Panic brings up the worst case scenarios running your mind. Hopefully he finds that John’s only dented his pride (and maybe a few bones).

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