Thank you for using my photo in your post, Pete. The photo prompt story is excellent. Here is the real backstory behind the photo:
Our daughter is the artist in the family. She did this drawing using soft pastels, years ago. The bird was actually hers when she was a child. What adventures that bird had! I have written a picture book about the bird, although the child in the story is a boy, not her. She was excited to do a few illustrations. This is one.
This is a short story, in 748 words.
It was prompted by the above photo of an image, sent to me by Jennie Fitzkee.
Oscar wasn’t a bad boy. Not one of those ‘deep down’ bad boys who nobody likes. But he was a boy, and everything that came with that. Boisterous, getting dirty, ripping his clothes, scuffing his shoes. Most of the time he did as he was told, but like most youngsters, he sometimes had his bad days.
Paula soon discovered that it was best not to tell him not to do something. “Don’t walk along the edge of that wall, you will fall” would guarantee that he would continue to walk along the edge of the wall. When Richard warned him not to climb the old Oak tree in the garden, it took them over an hour to get him back down from the branches.
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