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So the kids are still in the park, almost done :D, and Stone is reminding them what happened at the cottage on the lake when they were ten. Robert was with them also… the reason eludes me. The kids had walked into town from the cottage and Quinn mentioned it was a bloody long walk but they got a ride home — they hitch hiked and got home after dark. I’ve edited to get a coherent 8 sentences.
Stone is first speaker
“We couldn’t go out of our parents’ sight for three days. They said it was dangerous to hitch hike and explained why.
And your dad,” Kelly turned to Quinn, “said if we did that again, which we wouldn’t, we should have called them to pick us up. They still would have been upset but they’d know we were safe.”
(stone) “When Robert got back his dad was furious but his mum said, ‘Oh well, all’s well that ends well,’ and she didn’t punish him. She’s always cleaning up after his messes, begging the school to pass him even when he doesn’t do the work and not allowing him to develop any responsibility for his own actions.”
Stone’s contempt was palpable.
Kelly finished his cone and wiped his hands on a paper serviette, “Jeez he gloated for the whole time we were grounded; And I wish he didn’t wear his hat all the time even at meals.”
“Yup that’s another thing my aunt lets him get away with.”