FFfAW: For the Children

Credit: Iain Kelly

Detective Grant worked tirelessly to coax kids of this neighbourhood into extracurricular activities. He set up tables with chessboards and a skateboarding area. Unfortunately, the gang wars had gone on for years and the animosity ran deep. He pleaded with parents, but some just shrugged, others stubbornly refused to forgive.

Grant had had enough.

The siren blared and people emerged, shocked. Grant was standing on the hood of his car, cradling the limp body of the boy shot dead that morning. Standing nearby, was his weeping mother.

“Is this what you want for your children? Is it?!” Grant bellowed. “Rise above your differences, don’t drag your kids into this endless war!”

The next day, a few sullen kids were dragged by anxious parents to the activity site. A month later, it was packed.

“Checkmate!” exclaimed the boy, looking triumphantly at Grant.

Grant pretended to scowl, then held out his hand, grinning.

“Good game, sir!” he said to the boy.

It took a while, but this neighbourhood turned out to be one of the best ones in town.

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29 Responses to FFfAW: For the Children

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Great take, you for a lot out of one photo in a few words. Glad it ended well too. Nice one.

  2. I love this! It gave me goose bumps! Excellent S! The ending is wonderful!

  3. Mike says:

    This flowed and felt real, and left me wanting to read more. Great story

  4. ellenbest24 says:

    A gallant flash, a write to be proud of. Keep on doing… you’re doing it good.😇

  5. Delyn Merce says:

    Oh this got me all puddly–well done!!

  6. Deb says:

    Wow that was powerful. Sadly, I wondered if it was true…in a way I wish it was because I like how the situation ended…on a positive note. Well done!

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much Deb! ☺ Aww, I wish this was true as well because I’ve always thought one of the best ways to reduce crime and better societies is to focus on the underprivileged, especially the children and get them into such activities. Thanks for reading! ☺

  7. sailajaP14 says:

    I love the way it ended, on a positive note, despite the chilling tragedy.

  8. Michael says:

    delightful story of hope SW…well done..

  9. milliethom says:

    An excellent story and great characterisation. The perseverance of Detective Grant against such unfavorable odds, does him credit. It’s sad that in many such cases, it takes something sad or even tragic to happen to make people stop and think. Well written.

  10. Wonderful inspirational and heart touching though with a touch of tragedy. You write very well.

  11. Singledust says:

    just takes one person to change a situation, and you showed that so well, love how you write about his strength and determination. Nice!

  12. Ameena k.g says:

    There wa a smile in my when I got to the end of this story. Absolutely loved it.

  13. This feels so real in today’s society. Well done

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