Flash Fiction Challenge – Peering from the woods

Flash Fiction Challenge: August 9, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes  an act of “peering from the woods.” Go where the prompt leads.


My contribution:

She likes it here. How the breeze blows her hair as she swings. Back and forth.
The soft sweat pants protect the scabs on her legs.

What’s your name? the little boy keeps asking.
But she keeps shaking her head. Silent.

The little girl asks Ya wanna swing with me?
She smiles and nods.

In mid swing she sees it.
A flash of red. Movement.

In woods across the street.
Foot down scraping grass.

Swing slows. Jumps off. Stares hard.
Fists clench.

Someone is peering at her from under a tree.

Turning around, she runs.
The little girl follows.