50 Word Thursday #25 – Tantrum in the Park.

Debbie Whittam has set a challenge to write a poem or story in 50 words, or multiples of 50 up to a maximum of 250 words, inspired by a picture and include some particular lines.


This is the story I wrote last week:


Here is this weeks picture.


Here are the words:

Right now, at this moment and in this place, Pike and the girl were invisible.

Robert Crais’s The Watchman


Tantrum in the Park

The Girl’s parents were too busy to take her to the park. They hired a Nanny to do that sort of thing. The latest one was called Pike. Pike had lots of rules about how to behave. You mustn’t shout, run or climb trees. Sometimes when she had been talking too much Pike would introduce the ‘silent rule’ which meant she wasn’t allowed to talk.

One day, the girl woke up to shouts again. It seemed Mummy and Daddy didn’t talk anymore, they shouted. Pike got her dressed and said she’d take her to the park.

“Isn’t it early to go to the park? I haven’t had breakfast.”

“We’ll have breakfast when we return. Do you want to take Teddy with you?”

Pike was very strict but she understood when Teddy was needed.

In the park, there were a few people walking their dogs but no other children.

“Pike? Do you know why Mummy and Daddy are shouting?”

“I don’t think we should talk about that. Your Mother’s going to speak to you later. She needs some peace and quiet this morning.”

“She wasn’t getting much peace and quiet when we left. I just want to know why Daddy keeps shouting?”

“I think it’s time to reinstate the silent rule now,” Pike said with her stern voice.

The girl was not in the mood to cooperate. She started having a tantrum, screaming, stamping and crying.

Right now, at this moment and in this place, Pike and the girl were invisible.

[250 words]


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 01/November/2018



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