Puddle Splashing

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Photo prompt Jessica Haines

Puddle Splashing

“What are you doing?”

Mikey pulled a face. What a daft question. “I’m splashing in puddles, of course.” He was tempted to add ‘silly girl’, but Mummy said he should be nice, even when he didn’t want to be.


“Because it’s fun.” He leapt towards the next puddle.

“Can I have a go?”

Sighing, Mikey looked the girl up and down. With her blonde ringlets, frilly white dress, and delicate slippers, she looked like a fairytale princess. “Not dressed like that, you can’t. Ain’t you got any wellies?”


He pointed at his own pair, perfect for puddle splashing. The girl shook her head. Mikey wrinkled his nose in thought.

“Well, you could borrow mine. For a while.” He glanced to where flashing lights and a gathering crowd marked the place of his accident. “Just don’t jump in any puddles on the road. A car might hit you. That’s what happened to me.”

“I won’t,” the girl said. “That’s what happened to me, too. Roads are even more horrid now than when I died.”

Word count: 175

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This post is for the 100th challenge for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writers. Congratulations, PJ, on reaching 100 weeks of this wonderful challenge. This week’s prompt was provided by Jessica Haines. Thank you Jessica. 🙂

This story actually took me by surprise. I intended to write about a child (Mikey) meeting a ghost. I wasn’t expecting them both to be ghosts, but that’s the direction it decided to go. Sorry if it’s a little depressing…

19 thoughts on “Puddle Splashing

  1. That was very sweet right up until the end 🙂
    Well, I guess it was still sweet that they’re playing together as ghosts. Mikey seems quite okay with it all, even though he’s evidently “newly dead”.
    Great story!


  2. Lovely story – though some may not agree – kids anywhere need a friend to splash in a puddle and so sweet of them to caution to each other -like don’t get hit again or I will lose the only friend here – love how you told the story without it sounding weird and spooky!

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  3. The ending was unexpected, but I love how you brought the characters to life in so little words! It’s touching, in its own strange way.


  4. Isn’t it always a treat when a story takes you in a direction you never intended to go.
    Glad the ghostly children can play well together.

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