And the Playground Was Empty

nostalgic tales on empty playgrounds 🙂

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

PlaygroundWe all have expectations. A good writer will break an expectation to set a tone or create something new. The idea of an empty playground goes against the expectation that children are free to play. It begs for a story.

This week writers met the challenge and offered a variety of stories to explain the empty playground. While it might seem like a haunting image, and was in some instances, it prompted stories that countered the emptiness.

The following are based on the August 24, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about an empty playground.

Summer of Innocence by Paula Moyer

Summer weekends at Nana’s and Papa’s felt like country in the city to Jean and her cousin Lynn. Bird calls, big clouds. Adirondack chairs in the big back yard.

Today the seven-year-olds picked their way through the vacant lot to the school playground…

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