Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch August 24, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about an empty playground. Respond by August 31, 2016 to to be included in the weekly compilation.Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

Below are my 99 words. Please let me know what you think, and if you participate in Charli’s prompts, please let me know so I can read yours, too.


Abandoned Innocence
Written by Kerry E.B. Black

Angel’s heels click-clacked like lonely heartbeats, footfalls echoing from abandoned playground equipment. She ran a hand over a rusting spring-horse, sending it rocking with metallic groans. Chipped paint snowed beneath it, adding to the litter.
Angel sat on a swing, contemplating a place once important to her. She’d conquered her fear of heights besting the monkey bars rusting in the corner. Her Double-Dutch team won an award here, and beneath the gazebo, she experienced her first kiss.
She pressed a finger into one of the bullet holes pocking the equipment and wondered if its maker took a young life.