Mum watched me anxiously from the window. I gave her a smile and a wave.

The curfew had been lifted two days ago. I was the only one outside. The National Guard had gone home. Maybe it was the rain that kept everyone inside.

The new President had lifted the ban. Dad said things would get back to normal soon.

None of my friends had ventured out yet. Dad said my best friend Anwar wouldn’t be back. I was sad about that.

It was great to feel fresh air again. To splash in the puddles. To have the room to run around.

I’d probably have to go back to school sometime, but that didn’t seem so bad anymore. Better than being stuck in the house.

I spotted another kid at the end of the street. I went up to her and said hi. There wasn’t any place to go so we just splashed in the puddles together.

The rain stopped and the clouds blew away. The sun came out.


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Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words based on the weekly photo prompt. This week is the 100th Challenge, congratulations and thanks to PJ for hosting and reaching this milestone. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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47 thoughts on “AFTER THE RAIN

  1. Sweet story Iain! It seemed to be written in the voice of the child. I loved how it described how he went out to play in the puddles and another child came out to play in the puddles too. Also, the message, that the sun comes out after a rain. Great story!

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  2. Wonderful story….showing how quickly a child can have his world turned upside down, yet in a short length of time can find some simple pleasure ..like splashing in the rain water with a new friend and feeling the outside air and sunshine. Children often adapt to different circumstances quickly.

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  3. children make up the most creative games out of almost nothing – that’s what i felt like reading this story. being cooped up never good for any child mental and physical development.

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  4. Wonderful Iain! I really like the subtle way you folded setting and exposition into the first couple of lines. And I appreciate the casual tone despite the heaviness of the content. Very skillfully written.

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