They stood in a circle and passed the ball to each other. Freddy waited for it to come to him. Don’t mess it up, he thought, first impressions count for everything at a new school.

Danny, the team captain, took a massive swing with his left foot. The ball soared over everyone and disappeared into the woods that surrounded the playing field.

‘New boy,’ Danny shouted, ‘go get the ball back.’

Everyone was staring at Freddy. He nodded and jogged away. He paused at the edge of the trees. It was gloomy in there and he couldn’t see the ball.

He stepped into the dark woods. He saw the ball. He bent down to pick it up and revealed a bloody, severed hand. He shouted out in shock and jumped back.

He heard the laughter behind him. A boy emerged from behind a tree and picked up the plastic hand. Freddy turned to see Danny and the boys laughing. Freddy smiled and kicked the ball back to them. He was part of the team now.


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13 responses to “THE WOODS”

  1. Hahaha nice! Now I want to play a prank on Someone… Hmmmm 😂

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  2. Ooohh, I love this story! The boys initiated him into the team! I love his happiness at the end. Great story!

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    1. Thanks, much appreciated and glad you enjoyed, Iain

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  3. Can I skip this sort of induction please?
    Lovely story.

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    1. Yes, maybe I should question what sort of a team he is joining with an induction like this?!

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  4. What a fun twisty tale! I feel bad for the new kid.


  5. You’ve got a real sense of what boys are like, the power plays between them, how they decide the pecking order. I have a 12 year old boy, so I see this all the time 🙂 Great spin on the prompt too

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    1. Thanks Lynn, glad that you got that sense from the story – that is what boys are like! Thanks for reading, Iain.


  6. Graham Lawrence Avatar
    Graham Lawrence

    Schoolboy pranks! Nice.


  7. michael1148humphris Avatar

    Somethings it seems never change.🙂

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  8. Mischievous boys 😄 Great story.

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  9. Scared me there for a moment… I love how you turned it into a prank though – really made a great twist!

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    1. Thanks – it wasn’t going to be a prank at first, but then I liked the idea of making it a lighter piece rather than a dark one!

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