Strange Days #flash fiction

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 take 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?’

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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. 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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19 Responses to Strange Days #flash fiction

  1. Oh no, evil kids, Geoff. Great short story.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Only you Geoff, only you! 💜

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  3. Butter wouldn’t melt………………………….. not

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  4. Ritu says:

    Oh no! Evil kids!!!!

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  5. I did see that coming – see, sometimes I can figure out where you are going…. So pleased, proud and happy 🙂

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  6. Evil little beasts

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  7. Norah says:

    I don’t think I’d want to take on children who’d already gone through two sets, nay three, of parents. I’d be a bit suspicious. But then, a charming smile wins every time. 🙂

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  8. That gave me a chuckle. When it comes to evil, children always make the best characters because none of us suspects them (unless your name is Damon).

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