Waifs and Strays #shortstory #microfiction

jane d prompt children

Waifs and strays

They both knew. While Alice hid it well, you could read it in Josh’s face – the anxiety, the desperate need. The administrator sighed. Poor kids. Losing parents so young, they deserved a break.

The prospective adopters looked unsure. Alice spoke brightly but it was Josh who would make the difference. No one wanted to separate the siblings; they needed to want both.

The administrator studied the little boy. What he had been through in his six years, it was amazing how he seemed to cope. Just then the boy looked at the man and smiled.

Everyone relaxed. The administrator said, ‘Shall we deal with the paperwork now?’ The woman nodded and led the way out. She whispered to the administrator as they left. ‘Such sweet children. And they lost two sets of parents?’

‘Three if you count the grandparents who they lived with for a period.’

The man laughed awkwardly. ‘Are they jinxed?’

The woman glared. ‘Gerald, that’s an awful thing to say. They are so sweet.’

Back in the room, Alice listened at the door. ‘I think that worked.’

Josh chewed a nail. ‘Can we use poison this time?’

191 words 

Critical comments welcomed

This is in response to Jane Dougherty new micro-fiction prompt, here.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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38 Responses to Waifs and Strays #shortstory #microfiction

  1. Such stuff hidden under those angelic smiles. Great twist, Geoff. ❤️

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  2. Rowena says:

    Loved this, Geoff! Perfect twist at the end. You had me hook, line and sinker!
    xx Ro

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  3. Ha ha ha. Such angelic faces. Terrific twist. Love it. 😀 😀 ❤

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Hahaha!!!! You are amazing. I caught myself already waiting for the twist…. lol!


  5. M. L. Kappa says:

    Wow! Never expected that!!!!

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  6. esthernewton says:

    What a beautiful picture – and a fab twist ending!

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  7. Hiding behind the face of innocence.

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  8. What awful children these two are. Seems nobody likes them since Jane introduced them to us.

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  9. Ritu says:

    What did I say about eating Malteasers? ?
    What twisted minds these children had!!!

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  10. Allie P. says:

    Alice does appear to be the more calculating one. Josh has to be the closer.

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  11. Mick Canning says:

    Perfect. I’m sure no one saw that coming.

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  12. Norah says:

    Brilliant. I wouldn’t watch the movie though – too scary for me!

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  13. Did you enjoy Turn of the Screw? Have to say I did, and it came to mind immediately reading this.

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  14. alexraphael says:

    Angels and devils 🙂

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  16. For such sweet-looking children, it’s amazing how many of you find something sinister in them 🙂 It might just be me being extra tired (I am) but what did you mean by losing two sets of parents?

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  17. ellenbest24 says:

    Haaahaa! So glad I came today, thoroughly enjoyed your take on the picture.

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  18. willowdot21 says:

    Scary little darlings!!

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