Princesses of the playground

A pride of princesses

Penny was our captain, the only girl among the four of us, but where she led we followed. We built castles in the sandpit with water fetched in bottles from Penny’s kitchen. We built a lean-to of sticks round the climbing-frame, camped there till sunset when our parents fetched us home.

Inspired by her cousin’s forthcoming high-school prom, Penny decided we should have our own. She commanded: wear ball-gowns! And after a fashion we did. Jim wrapped himself in a sheet, Peter found an old dress of his mother’s, I wore my sister’s ballet-skirt.

Penny “borrowed” her cousin’s dress.

A pride of princesses in the playground.

The uproar when we were discovered!

Princesses of the playground

 

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The above was written for the Friday Fictioneers flash fiction forum. The prompt: a brightly coloured ball-gown hung to air on an American-style fire escape on the facade of a monochrome old tenement. The target is to keep the text to 100 words. I haven’t quite managed it yet and not this week either, the above is 112 words. There’s a Pride Week going on in my town at present. That might have influenced me too. 🙂

24 thoughts on “A pride of princesses”

  1. Great slice of childhood, and I would have worn a dress too though I may have stopped short of ballet. Always like the illustrations as well, wish I had some damn talent!

    1. Thank you, Perry. My problem every week is to stop whatever idea I come up with from running away with me. It’s too easy to write too much. This one was well over 200 words before I could to rein it in and start cutting back. As for the ballet skirt, I chose it in part just because I knew I could use it in the illo.

    1. Thanks, Janet. It’s not a true memory, but I’ve heard tell of similar things, so it felt true. Glad you think it strikes a realistic note. The line the title comes from was me trying to be alliterative, but I liked it and it references Pride. 🙂

    1. Thanks, EL! I’ve discovered that I really enjoy trying to make an appropriate doodle to illustrate my Friday Fictioneer stories.

  2. These illustrations are excellent! I was about to ask if you did them yourself, when I saw a comment that you do indeed do them. I look forward to reading more of your work! The story and picture are wonderful together.

  3. John, that’s just a brilliant and sweet story. The illustrations are soo good. Penny sound resourceful 😉

  4. Well done! What a leader of a girl to get boys to wear dresses. With that kind charisma I’m sure she’d be able to carry it into adulthood.

    1. Thank you, Rochelle. The boy in the tutu was the easiest to draw. To my surprise, the boy in the sheet was the most difficult. (There’s simply not enough distinction about a sheet, but I didn’t think of that in time.)

  5. Such talent to write and illustrate. how I wish I could draw well wnough to illustrate my own. A girl with plans can get the men around her to do just about anything.

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