The Little Girl on the Red Bench


The little girl on the red bench waited every Saturday afternoon for her mother to pick her up from her play date. She sang along music playing in her head and let her feet swing in the air in rhythm.

Mama had said to not speak with strangers, so when people asked if she was okay, she simply smiled and nodded. When people offered her food or candies, or to go play with them, she shook her head.

Mama had said to always stay in view of other people; the red bench was noticeable in the green playground. So she stayed there, where people would see her. She didn’t understand, but Mama said it was supposed to keep her safe while she waited.

The little girl on the red benchΒ had been waiting for what seemed liked hours for her mother to pick her up, but she was late. Mama was never late. So where was she?

Word count :Β 157
Image : Provided by Ady.
Story writing for the 52nd Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW), a weekly challenge Priceless Joy to write a Β±100-150 word story based on a picture.
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  1. Oh no, this story makes me feel sad :-(. Poor little girl. I hope her mummy just has a flat tyre or something.

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  2. Gosh, so many possibilities! Hope Mama’s ok! Nice suspenseful ending! πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh no, the little girl follows everything her mother says to do but her mother doesn’t show up. That is so sad. Hoping her mother is on her way! Lovely story!

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  4. 😦 Good story but very sad.

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  5. A very well written tale. I hope the mother is just running late rather than their non-turning up.

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  6. I love that you ended the story where you did. Now everybody can tack on their own ending. Great stuff!

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  7. Mama please show up before big bad wolf.

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  8. Hope her mama comes for her… Lovely story!

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  9. Oh no! Hope her mama will come eventually. She’s such an obedient girl. πŸ™‚

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  10. Oh dear. I hope her mother arrives soon. Great story, Alixa. πŸ™‚

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  11. Great story. Great twist on the end.

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  12. mandibelle16

    Oh my poor girl. I hope her mom is okay and I also hope she didn’t just forget. It happens but it can be terrifying for kids. My mom forgot my brother once for a couple hours and he was always afraid he would be forgotten at school after that.

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  13. The bench is ‘keeping the girl safe’… but what is keeping Mom safe? Well done!

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  14. Oh dear. I wonder what happened to mama?

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  15. Wandering Soul

    Lovely take on the prompt. what a sweet, little obedient child.
    Poor little girl! Mommy is in the hospital. No, No.. nothing to worry. Mommy was preggers and the labour pains came a bit too early. πŸ˜› Daddy is busy with Mommy. They have already called her favourite teacher Ms. Penny. Ms. Penny is rushing down the stairs and across the garden to be with the little girl. Daddy and Ms. Penny decided that Granny will later pick the little girl from Ms. Penny’s house. (why do I keep calling her little girl. I could just have given her a name!)
    Anyway, happy ending so everyone breathe. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›
    Thanks for the follow.

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