Charli Mills has another prompt for us
December 2, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something or someone not allowed. Maybe it’s about gender, race or other intolerance. Maybe it’s the cat who paws at the door, but not allowed inside. Maybe it’s a trail where dogs are not allowed. Go light, go dark, go where the prompt leads you.
There are things that bugged me as a child that I swore, if I ever had children, I’d not do. I’d not stop sport being watched on the TV during the day; I’d not stop a child spending its money on anything (so long as it wasn’t going to kill it) just because I wouldn’t chose it; I wasn’t going to make the child read (I regret that); I wasn’t going to force the child around museums and art galleries (they regret that); and most of all I wasn’t going to just tell them what to do – I would explain why they could or couldn’t do something and the explanation would be logical and reasoned. Never would something would proscribed just on a whim.
That last one probably survived beyond them leaving hospital aged two days but not by much…
As for Mary and Paul and the nativity play at Penny’s school, well they are late and having problems with a seat…
Mary hurried forward, followed by Paul. ‘If they’d let me park where I wanted… Not allowed indeed.’
Mary stopped by a row of empty seats, guarded by a boy. ‘Hi Tim. Can I…?’
Tim blushed. ‘Sorry, they’re for my grandparents.’
‘Oh of course.’ Mary turned towards the back.
A woman passed her stopping by Tim. She ushered two children forward. ‘In here…’
‘We need these seats. Curtain’s nearly up.’
‘But they’re taken.’
‘Tsch.’ The woman pushed passed. ‘Not allowed I suppose.’
Tim’s family reached the row; no one argued with Alice. Paul smiled. ‘This’ll be the real drama.’
And here is a link to the earlier episodes of Mary and Paul’s family