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All Grown Up

The damage was intentional. Of that, Betty was sure. Her brother had goaded her for months to give up her toys and “grow up.” But what was so grown up about abandoning her friends? And who needed to be grown up at eight years old? She checked Teddy, Chango and Delilah for lacerations, but they seemed fine, except for the mud. Should she take them to Mom? No, she could fix this herself. She got the biggest bowl she could find, then sprinkled in some of the kaleidoscopic crystals of Mom’s laundry detergent. Soon everyone would be good as new.
This was written with words from Three Word Wednesday and photo prompt from Friday Fictioneers. Photo by Karuna.

9 comments:

James said...

Pretty nasty brother.

May 31, 2017 at 12:52 PM
Sheilagh Lee said...

I agree with James he's a terrible nasty brother but she's smart washing her toys hopefully she won't damage them.

May 31, 2017 at 1:05 PM
Iain Kelly said...

I'm not sure Mum is going to be happy when she sees the state of her washing machine! Great story.

May 31, 2017 at 1:33 PM
Old Egg said...

Sounds like her brother is jealous and probably thinks Betty is receiving more love or attention than he is. Reminds me of my own brother 75 years ago!

May 31, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Jae Rose said...

Finding solutions is all part of the process - so good to read your work again..and the photo is chilling too

June 1, 2017 at 3:39 AM
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Ann,

That's what brothers are for. Good for Betty. Cute story.

Shalom,

Rochelle

June 1, 2017 at 6:17 AM
liz young said...

Brothers are a pain in the neck - I have two. They didn't manage to destroy my favourite doll, though, and after decades I still have her.

June 2, 2017 at 8:27 AM
Linda said...

My poor daughter had three older brothers to contend with, but ultimately it made her very strong. And they never wrecked her beloved stuffed animals :)

June 2, 2017 at 11:46 AM
Dale said...

Brothers. I didn't have any and I am not sorry... ;-)
I think she should ask Mom for help though...

June 3, 2017 at 12:17 PM