He can’t stay


Photo prompt courtesy of Peter Abbey

‘Oh mum, why can’t we keep him? Look at him – he likes it here with us. I promise I’ll look after him. He’ll be no trouble. Can we please?’

‘No, Carolyn. I’ve explained this already. He seems content now but he needs to go back with the others. One day is all they can take. After that they change. They get used to all the attention and start to expect it. Before long they’re thinking the whole world revolves around them.

‘We’ll get your father out for a visit again, but at six o’clock he goes back into the compound.’


Another 100 word story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. 

26 thoughts on “He can’t stay

    • No – a smile is what I was aiming for. I’ve read a couple of novels about women being locked away – firstly there was, of course, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood; and earlier this year I read a new book by Australian author Charlotte Wood – ‘The Natural Way of Things’. I reversed the situation, but I’m afraid I still made the male the villain. No, I’m not a man-hater. I have a lovely husband who I would never wish to come to any harm, or incarceration.

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