Flashes of Sanity #78: School Zone

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Today’s entry: School Zone


”We are closing in?” Their father glanced back at them in the rear-view mirror. ”Haven’t you missed school?”

Only one of the children cheered. The other ones stared blankly at their screens or out the window.

”I want to meet my friends!” The youngest said.

”Alright then, out with you before I change my mind and take you home again.”

The youngest child rushed out under loud cheers. ”Adaaaaaaaaam!”

The others zombie-crawled their way out of the minibus.

”Bye my little rascals!” The minibus disappeared.

The small group walked into the schoolyard. As they closed in on their classmates, they walked closer to each other.

”Remember,” the oldest said.

”Look at the ground and no one will notice you,” one of his brothers filled in.

”That’s right, I will see you right here after class, okay?”

”Here comes the smellfest.” a boy shouted from afar. ”Watch out, they scatter!”

One of the mothers scanned the group from the driveway. She had a phone to her ear.

”HI,” she said. ”Arthur Sooli drove here drunk again. Yes, he is still driving.”

She stood silent for a moment and observed as her son played with the youngest Sooli son. She wrinkled her nose.

”Yes,” she said. ”He has been giving them too.”

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