“Fraidy Cat!”

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

photo@J.Hardy Carroll

The children sped by on the roller skates clamped to their sneakers. Some grabbed at the bars of the iron fence, building their speed. They all craned their necks at the estate that took up a whole city block. None of them had ever dared to venture inside, and parents warned their children to stay away.

They never saw people. No one was ever in the vast yard, mowing or trimming; yet it always appeared to have been freshly groomed each morning.

“I’m going in there someday,” whispered Johnny.

“Then why’re  you whispering?” taunted Susie. “Fraidy cat!”


22 thoughts on ““Fraidy Cat!”

  1. Dear Linda,

    Ah those skates that clamped to our Keds. 😉 I remember those…complete with the skate key around my neck on a lanyard. The dialogue was true to life. Nicely done.



    1. We practically lived on our skates during the summer and fall, and there really was an estate like the one in the picture. I never knew anything about it. Wonder if it’s still there.

    1. I somehow lost your second comment about sociopaths and PTSD. Those posts were written in a series I’ve dropped for now, but that I called Friday Counseling Issues. Are you a therapist, as I am?

  2. I love what the whisper and the question says about the characters. They are close, they know each other well, and they both understand that something is not quite right about that place.

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