08/08/2019

BOYS WILL BE BOYS - a story in 100 words


BOYS WILL BE BOYS

It began with boys climbing the fence and diving into windowless rooms, rat-a-tat-tatting imaginary guns at unseen enemies. Later they sneaked in to smoke, swigging from bottles purloined from parental cupboards. ‘Boys will be boys,’ people said indulgently.

Then Craig hit town, all motorbike, money and black leather. The rampant bougainvillea now hid darker secrets, and an atmosphere of danger seeped from the crumbling plaster along with the smell of pot.

‘The police should have stopped it,’ people said when it was too late – after a local boy was found with a needle dangling from his arm.
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Rochelle is on holiday yet she still remembered to leave us with a photo prompt onher blog  https://rochellewisoff.com/  Thanks to Randy Mazie for the photo. One of these days I will work out how NOT to slip into a smaller font after copying Rochelle's blog title! The only alternative I can find is this which is the next size up on my toolbar! Or I could go really large, but that would be ridiculous.
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23 comments:

  1. Such a sad tale of a community not seeing how far things could potentially go. A believable story, Liz.

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    1. Unfortunately you are right. Our peaceful village had a stabbing this week.

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    2. Oh! I am so sorry to hear that!

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  2. Hindsight is a wonderful thing! You illustrate the descent very well.

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  3. So often, nothing's done until it's too late. A tale of our times, sadly.

    My tale - 'No pain no gain!

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  4. Craig is obviously mad, bad, and dangerous to know

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    1. Onr bad apple and the whole barrel can be spoiled.

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  5. Some great lines in this sad tale. Particularly loved: rat-a-tat-tatting imaginary guns at unseen enemies...

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  6. Such a sad story of our times.

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  7. Dear Liz,

    Back from my visit with my brother trying to catch up before next Wednesday. ;)
    Sad story and true for too many. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle,hope you had a proper relaxing time.

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  8. Peer associations mean EVERYTHING to young people and need to be watched carefully. Good example of what can happen if they aren't.

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  9. "Boys will be boys" has gone too far. A sad tale, indeed.

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  10. I remember when it changed. I dated a boy in college one night in the late 1960's and he almost missed the expressway exit. I had to yank the steering wheel so we shot up the off-ramp.I didn't even realize he was on something until it was almost too late. ---- Suzanne

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    1. That sort of thing was a constant nightmare when my kids were growing up.

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