“Mondays Finish the Story. This is a flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided.”
He thought he found the perfect hiding spot. She wouldn’t find him here behind the couch!
“Ready or not here I come,” announced Lucy resignedly. She had never really liked playing hide and seek. When she was little, she was the one who always got found first, and she could never find her older siblings without her parents help. But when her 2 year old nephew had looked up at her with his big blue eyes and asked “n’ seek? N’ seek?” She relented and started to count.
10 long seconds later she could still hear him stomping frantically around the living room trying to find a place to hide. She remembered the frustration of being found in the middle of a room and then having to wait until EVERYONE else was found before she could join in again. She kept counting.
Finally 37 extra long seconds later things were quiet in the living room. She walked into the living room… and saw his little diapered behind and chubby legs sticking out from behind the couch. She suddenly didn’t want the game to end so quickly.
“Oh goodness, where could my Tommy be?” She watched his little behind wiggle as he tried to stifle his giggles.
“Could he be over here?” Lucy walked in the opposite direction of the couch, muffled giggles following her.
“Maybe under the lampshade. OH!!! Nope! Too bright!” A whole giggle escaped the hiding place.
“Maybe under the brown chair?” She wondered aloud as she dropped down to look. “Ooof! Too dirty!! Grandma needs to clean under here!”
Finally, after looking in several more odd places, she made a big deal about finding him. “Oh Tommy! I didn’t know if I’d EVER find you,” she exclaimed hugging him; he snuggled her back.
Lucy started and looked up. Her sister knelt beside them with a sweet smile caressing her lips. Maybe hide and seek isn’t so bad after all Lucy thought.