ogre-castle-wordsThis story today is written for a writing challenge hosted by Adam Ickes.  Welcome to Storybook Corner, a monthly flash fiction prompt held on the 21st of each and every month.

The challenge, for those of us who choose to accept it, is to write a story based on the prompt provide below.  The goal is to end up with a story with a beginning, middle, and end that falls anywhere between 150 and 200 words in length.  Make every word count, but don’t fret too much if you can’t hit the word count. Sometimes stories refuse to be constrained. Sometimes those are the only stories worth telling.


This month’s prompt is the following image:

Credit: Adam Ickes

Credit: Adam Ickes


Old Enough and Trained

“All aboard,” announced Joey. After a few moments, he flipped the switch and the Lionel Train began to move along the track. The time had finally arrived when he was old enough to play with Grandpa’s train set. It was grandpa’s rule that you could only watch the trains until you were ten years old but after you had your tenth birthday, you were old enough. Joey knew that being old enough also came with responsibility.

The train approached the first part that required Joey’s responsibility. On the trestle bridge, he needed to run the train at the correct speed or the locomotive could jump the tracks. He looked at Grandpa’s anxious face and then at the controls. Joey slowed the train and managed to navigate the bridge without incident. There was a collective release of breath throughout the basement.

“You are doing well Joey. Watching your older brother the last few years has prepared you well,” said Grandpa as he patted Joey’s shoulder.

“Let me try Grandpa. PLEASE,” shouted eight year-old Sarah.

“You know the rules Sarah. It is important that you sit and watch. You only have two years to learn as you didn’t want to watch before this year.”

“I can do it. I have responsibility like Joey.”

“The answer is no,” replied Grandpa.

“Who wants to play with a stupid rusty old train anyway,” complained Sarah.

Joey and Grandpa watched in silence as Sarah stormed up the steps.

6 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    Just like a kid who doesn’t get her own way:) Very nice story about bonding and responsibility


  2. Adam Ickes says:

    I fear I’d be the same as Sarah in that situation. I don’t have the patience to watch for years and not be allowed to use it. I’d find other ways to occupy my time. Good story.


  3. It’s hard to just sit and watch, especially if you’re the youngest. I don’t blame the grandfather though. He doesn’t want his set ruined by carelessness. Good and well done-story. 🙂 — Suzanne