Living History

This week’s #99wordstories prompt is

March 13, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a place where children once played. It can be a field, a playground, or any place that attracted children to play. But now it is empty. Abandoned. Go where the prompt leads!


From time immemorial, or twenty years last Thursday, which is about the same in Little Tittweaking, the local sprogs and spawn have gambolled and gambled in the scrubby shrubs of the local Rec. Here children gain life skills, that no school teaches, such as an instinct for tyranny and risk-free cheating in its muddy swards. Recently the real derivation of the Rec’s name became clear when a hole, exposing a long buried Viking long boat, complete with a compliment of pillaging ghosts. While adults sought experts in exorcism, the children embraced their guests, adding shoplifting to their skill set.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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28 Responses to Living History

  1. Norah says:

    A perfect place to play for those little Little Tittweakers.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    I hope they didn’t add any of the nastier skills the ghosts were renowned for😱

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Just a thought should it be a case of unliving history?

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    A perfect complement to the town of Little Tittweaking!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Love it. Reminds me of the birthday party we threw for our granddaughter when everyone took up a shovel and dug in the backyard. Their idea for sure. Beat having to use a party planner.

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  6. What happened to pillaging and plundering

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  7. tootlepedal says:

    I shall look at a rec with a new eye now.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I hate to be the one to ask whether the missing word from the Rec’s name derivation would affect the word count

    Liked by 1 person

  9. V.M.Sang says:

    I love the way the children use the ghosts.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Haha, smart children. It is true that children learn a lot from outside play.

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