The Age of Innocence

The park was blooming with the sound of innocent laughter of what seemed to be hundreds of kids, and with the loud admonitions and administrations of their nannies and parents. Burt and Emily sat on a bench facing the fountain quietly, just enjoying the peace that the loud, often raucous cackling brought them.

Burt was the first to speak. “This is so much fun,” he said in a blissful tone.

Emily smiled and replied, “I wish we could just keep sitting here, forever.”

They both looked at each other at the same time, and Burt said, “But Mom and Dad will be back home soon, so we’d better leave.”

Emily looked wistfully at the fountain, and said, “I don’t want to….but you are right. We need to leave. The park is the first place they’ll come searching for us when they discover the body of the nanny.”


148 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The objective is to write a flash fiction story in 175 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information, visit HERE. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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15 Responses to The Age of Innocence

  1. Fandango says:

    I didn’t expect that ending. Yikes.

  2. draliman says:

    She probably told them to tidy their room or something. She brought it on herself.

  3. Hahahaha! I didn’t see that coming! Innocent little children until the end and they are murderers! LOL! Great story!

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Wow, wonder what the nanny did to deserve that… if anything!

  5. Em says:

    So sweet and nice just until the last sentence. I love it.

  6. Brilliant last line. Loved it!

  7. haha that last line made me laugh out loud, great story 🙂

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