Zip passed by the playground; it was empty. Dead leaves crowded against the fence all around the playground as if trying to escape. He knew how they felt as he had felt the same thing so many times. Someone had forgotten a book. It lay on the ground. The wind turned its pages as though it was reading them. Zip wondered what the title of the book was and then wondered why it mattered. It was abandoned, just like he was.
Wind whipped a piece of white notebook paper into the fence and held it there as if it were another child watching him, wondering where he was going, why he was free, why he didn’t have any rules to follow today.
He did have rules, he wanted to shout. Not easy ones like sitting in a classroom listening, trying to follow the rules of classroom. Be quiet, listen and repeat. No, his rules had changed. Now, they were watch your back, check that dumpster for food or clothing, grab what you can to eat and wear. Things weren’t as easy as they were in school, safe, at least, for part of the day. The swings creaked as if they understood, yet they seemed to laugh at him, mocking him that he couldn’t just walk in and ride them to imaginary places. He wouldn’t do that anymore, anyway. Pretend was for babies, not for homeless teenagers.
Best-Selling, Award winning Mystery/Suspense author Billie A Williams is a fiction, non-fiction and poetry author and has won numerous contests for her short/flash fiction stories, essays, and poetry. Currently she has over two dozen books published. She is published in various magazines such as the literary magazine Thema; Guide, a Magazine for Children, Novel Advice.com, Writing Etc. WritingNow.com, and Women In The Arts newsletter as well as Sister’s in Crime, to list but a few.
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