I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO…

He sat at the playground, alone. No one had turned up. He’d invited everyone. Now he sat listening to the rain splatter against the plastic roof. He never got a birthday party. His mum had told him – it was too expensive.

‘But Georgia invited the whole class to Air Thrill!’ he protested.

‘Lucky her, I guess her parents could afford that. We can’t.’

He kicked his feet in the puddle, stuck his hands in his pockets and walked home, hunched against the deluge.

His mum saw him coming through the window. ‘Right everyone, here he comes. Get into you hiding places and remember to keep quiet!’

Copyright Roger Bultot

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above). As I’m stuck in work on my birthday today, the story headed down that theme!

To read more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

‘The Barra Boy’ is available now. You can find all the information for getting a copy HERE.

Last Saturday was Bookshop Day in the UK and I was thrilled to be at an author event at a local shop to celebrate, and delighted to see so many people turn up to see me chat about ‘The Barra Boy’ and sign copies. You can read more about it HERE.

59 responses to “I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO…”

  1. I am so glad this story had a happy ending. No one turning up to a party is heartbreaking.

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  2. Dear Iain,

    It looks like he’s going to have a happy birthday after all. 😀 Nice.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Surprise party at home!
    Loving mom 🙂
    Happy ending with celebration!

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  4. Aww, lovely story Iain.

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      1. You’re welcome

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  5. Phew! Saved by the crafty Mum :). So glad he got his party.

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  6. Ah, what a nice ending!

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    1. Hmm, maybe “Awww”, not “Ah”, but you get the idea 😉

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  7. Awww! I like a good happily ever after, now and again!

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    1. Yes, sometimes it’s just nice to be nice 🙂

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  8. I love the happy ending!

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    1. The occasional happy ending is nice to throw in!

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  9. What a great surprise!

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  10. Awwwww happy mom found a way. Congrats on the turnout for your book signing event!

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    1. Thank you! A lot more people than I was expecting!!

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      1. You are most welcome and word is getting out about your work. Very happy for you.

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  11. Glad he got his party in the end, though I wouldn’t have left him crying in the playground first.

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    1. I don’t think anyone knew he was crying in the playground, or I hope not at least! Thanks Liz

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  12. Well there you go. Mum saves the day. Wonderful ending. Well done, Iain.

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    1. Thanks Bill, I must be getting soft…

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      1. It is a pleasant outcome. However, had she just agreed to the party she might have saved some grief for the lad. 🙂

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  13. Congrats on the book! Love your little story. The idea of inviting everyone to the playground and no one showing up because for sure there would be no cake, no games, no prizes! Mum’s answer to his plea, so real, the ending double sweet.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  14. Oh, boy! A happy ending. I bet he will be over-the-top happy! Great mom.

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  15. A very sweet story! Sorry you were stuck at work, but hope you were able to enjoy a bit of birthday celebrations. Happy belated, Iain, and congratulations on the book-signing event. 🙂

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  16. what an unexpected twist. i love a happy ending. 🙂

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  17. Oooh so glad you had that twist, I was feeling sad for the little boy!

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    1. Thank you – I couldn’t leave him like that!

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  18. Awww a surprise party! They are the best. I love the happy ending.

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  19. Nicely done! That will be a wonderful surprise for the boy.

    I have a friend and while growing up we never went to his birthday party for a few years despite being invited. Then his mother asked us why and we found out that his birthday was really on the 1st of April.

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  20. Oh thank God for the happy ending… I was so worried for him. It’s terrible when no one comes to your party

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  21. Aw I love this! The birthday party is always such a tricky one – I know the Air Thrill requests well! But a DIY house full is much better anyway, in my opinion… lucky lad! 😉

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    1. Ah yes, AirThrill – what a joy! Thank you 😉

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  22. He’ll go home to a nice surprise. Harsh way to go about it though.

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    1. I’m sure the parent doesn’t know he was alone at the play park though.

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  23. Aw, lovely surprise coming for him. Nice piece.

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