“Hello, Triple-A? Yes, I have a problem. I’m broken down in front of Nehru park for children. I think I need a tow truck.”
“My car? No, it’s not a car. It’s a Vespa. A Vespa. V-E-S-P-A.”
“Sure like a motor scooter. Anyway, I can’t get it to start.”
“What do you mean how do I know it won’t start?. It won’t start.”
“Process? I put the key in the slot that is for the key. I turn the key. I touch the starter button and nothing happens.”
“I don’t know any other process. I need you to come and take it to a repair place.”
“How heavy is it? Now how would I know how heavy?”
“Pick it up? If I could pick it up, I could carry it to a repair place myself.”
“I’m not rude. I think you are silly.”
“Yes, Let me talk to a supervisor.”
“Hello, I need a tow to a repair place.”
“No, it’s not a car.”
“That is what the other person asked. I don’t know how heavy. Please don’t ask me to pick it up.”
“I think you are rude. I hope I will be getting a survey because you folks are really going to get—”
My effort was
My son was quite wide of the mark,
When he went, by himself, to the park,
The lad’s far too bright,
To run off at night,
Besides, he’s afraid of the dark.
It’s not the first time he has strayed
Each time, Mum and I are dismayed
It’s a kid-friendly zone,
But when he’s alone,
We fear by a perve he’ll be preyed.
I think it was three years ago
Or was it four, I just don’t know,
The thing we most feared:
A child disappeared,
That’s not something we can let go.
But children need somewhere to play,
And I’m happy to say he’s okay,
I should not be surprised,
As the park’s supervised,
From dawn till the end of the day.
When he saw my expression of joy,
He asked if I’d buy him a toy.
I would, if I could,
But my money’s no good,
How do I explain that to a boy?
I tried to spell out the new rule,
But it just made me sound like a fool,
There’ll be a backlash
If you can’t spend your cash.
Only small notes? That’s really uncool.
On to this week’s challenge:Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; and either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.
Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.