This is my 100-word story for the Friday Fictioneers group, run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s prompt is the photo below by © Adam Ickes
I was originally going to go in a completely different direction with this, linking it to last week’s story. That was until the gardener in me noticed the fence needed painting …
Painting the Fence
Thomas read about Tom Sawyer in school and was full of admiration for his wily namesake. So when he and the other care home residents ‘volunteered’ for the City Park Renewal Scheme during school holidays, he raised his hand at a request for someone to paint the fence.
It’ll be fun,’ he said persuasively.
The others stared. Even the co-ordinator looked surprised.
‘Whatever you’re into dude,’ an older boy said.
When Thomas saw the fence he was horrified. He couldn’t even see where it ended, but laughter carried from the distant community centre where the others were busy working on the new murals.
© Siobhán McNamara