Lingering Behind

The playground in Bright Rock was devoid of children, as was the dwarven town itself. When the gold mine dried up, all of the miners had logically left for the newly opened diamond mine in Glitterdale.

Elga nostalgically wandered around the playground. She had raised her children here in Bright Rock. Her son had loved the pebble pit and the wobbly balancing rocks. When he’d grown up, his daughter’s favourite things were the boulder tunnels and the polished rock slide.

Walk finished, she returned home, grabbed her bags, and finally began the journey to follow her family to Glitterdale.

This story was inspired by the Carrot Ranch prompt for March 13, 2023: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a place where children once played. It can be a field, a playground, or any place that attracted children to play. But now it is empty. Abandoned. Go where the prompt leads!


22 thoughts on “Lingering Behind

    1. Oh, I know! The first thing I thought of when I read the prompt was the horror trope of something spooky happening in an empty playground at night (I actually did write a spooky story with that type of scene before – ) I wanted to do something different in response to this prompt through. Well, I guess this town could be called a ghost town… But it’s not the spooky sort.

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  1. Perfect blend of wistful sadness and tentative hope for the future 🙂 Prompt could get quite dark like the many abandoned amusement parks or Chernobyl Pripyat playground, but you handled this beautifully! ❤

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      1. We are lucky… being on the edge of neighborhood with land that can’t be build on… mini wildlife area. It really isn’t that much natural space, but enough to attract some birds and other animals.

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