Write a story that includes a character using the phrase “swings and roundabouts.”
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“The Human Scale” by Glenn Holt
The beginning of the end, of what Stanley and others called phase I civilization, or pre-Ruin, began when immigrants left there home countries in hordes because the land began to be overrun by water at the coasts. This began slightly after the last glacier melted and ice began floating everywhere. Then someone got hold of a nuclear fission bomb and The Big Kabooma it finally happened, but no savior came and neither did ...
“The Seasons” by Krysta Anderson
Winter Prince~Black feathers flutter aroundIn a fury of darkness and cold windThey form into the Winter PrinceHand clenched on his sword that's strapped to his sideThe Winter Prince goes to see the King~People stay out of his wayFor rumor goes around even to this day
“Swing at The Roundabout Club” by Jed Cope
In the Mood was playing as I walked into the club that night. That tune isn’t exactly my favourite of Glenn Miller’s hits, but it did what it said on the tin and by the time I’d ordered my bourbon and had a taste of that amber nectar, my foot was tapping along to the music and I was looking around the room to see what I could see. Besides, Miller was on fire and about as popular as could be. Little did I know it...
“Swings and Roundabouts” by Kiara Jones
My name is Jodi. Jo-jo to my friends. I’m in middle school and my life hasn’t been so great this last year. My grandpa, who has early onset Alzheimer’s moved it three weeks ago and all I ever hear him say is “swings and roundabouts.” Whatever that means. My dad remarried eight months after my mom passed away to a woman who I’m sure is a very nice person, but I’ve been working on my own important personal issues to consid...
“Swings and Roundabouts” by VJ Hamilton
When I heard Aunt Maisie’s warble on the voice-mail I groaned. Although she and Uncle Leland are no-fuss visitors, the type who’d welcome a cheese sandwich at my kitchen table, I suspected they had an agenda behind their impromptu visit in late spring. They’re good friends with Genevieve’s family. I wanted an excuse for a knock-down belly-busting barbecue. I was in the mood to coax a T-bone steak to perfection on ...
“Swings and Roundabouts, Baby.” by Terri Carter
He was a bad decision. No. He was worse than that. He was a train wreck decision that could only end in turmoil and disaster. But, Oh. My. God. The way he touched her made her feel like a woman again. His hands were soft and held her as if they were handling glass. There was a power behind his embrace that made her heart race in a way that only a dangerous encounter could. Strong. Masculine. Bad. And oh-so...
“Whom You Leave Behind” by John Clark
I plopped down at the bar. My favorite seat. The bartender noticed me and motioned that he’d be right over. I had beaten the rush and arrived before most of the other regular patrons. “What’ll it be? The usual?” asked the bartender. I nodded. “I just don’t know how you can drink that stuff! But, as the rules say, the customer is always right.” As he scu...
“Second Chances ” by Kimberlie Luster
Green eyes shining in the dappled sunlight, she waits patiently. Sitting frozen, she continues to watch the young girl reading under the large oak tree. Taking note that her blond hair is beautiful and catches the afternoon sunlight, causing it to appear like spun gold. Soon, she thinks, I too will have hair like this. She has waited so long, and time is running out. She just needs to take the girl and be done wi...
“Apologies ” by Karen Lethlean
Apologies Lucas fell asleep late one night and left gas burning on the kitchen range. When he realized, hotplate grates glowed red hot, and surrounding room space smelt like dead fish. Could gas meself, he thought. Never happened if Freyda still lived here. She’d hide his drinking buddy, Jack Daniels away. As she’d done a lot lately. Plus chiding him to drink less.
“Stressed Friend” by Marie White
Jasen doubled over in his patio chair, clutching his abdomen, a bead of sweat glistening in the mid-afternoon sun and swelling in the furrow between his brows. His raspy groan hit her like the blare of an air horn at close range. “Jasen, you okay?” she asked, breath leaving her. “Jolly good. Just a…a smidge of pain…” “I’m calling 911.” “Oh...
“Miloff” by Britannia Howard
I saw Miloff four times. The first was on June 6th, the day Wendall came to stay with me at Velle Acres for one last summer. As the sun’s final rays landed on the foot of my porch, and the frogs croaked from the edge of the forest several yards away, he appeared in the corner of my eye: Miloff. The grass sparkled, the crickets sang, and the world blurred slightly. When I turned my head, he was gone, but the mild...
“The Reprisal” by Simon P
“Donny! Pull it together; I got you! I got you, brother,” I said Kareem’s men surrounded us with blazing gunfire from both sides of the crypt. Last week we got intel that Kareem shook hands with SSA’s (Terrorist group) leader to aid them in delivering chemical weapons, which were later being used on our troops fighting Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. Our mission was to execute Kareem and seize the deliv...
“A Fed Secret” by Dre Nix
B.G. Cosplain No one ever knew what happened that night. We all have been friends since Kindergarten. This was the first time we were all together in a long time. Posie, Trouble, Chastity, Olivia, John, Lisa, Karen, Henry, and Cameron wouldn’t mention to each other what they knew. Their friend Peter had a car that ...
“Swing and Amiss ” by Amanda Reilly
The ambulance was in rough shape. All four tires were blown and in pieces all over the roundabout. A giant rock was lodged in the undercarriage. It had come to a stop halfway on the roundabout, halfway off, and drivers were forced to swerve around it. Several cut too wide and drove on the sidewalk. But this was normal Philadelphia driving that would have occurred regardless of a sitting-duck ambulance. Still, the scene w...
“Fatum V.1” by Jazz Leung
‘Shirr, shirr. Schlock, shirr, schlock.’ A longsword is what Life has chosen for tonight. Specifically, the Fatum V. 1, in its broad format. Estella’s birthday: February 12th, 1994, destiny number 1. As it drags along the empty pathway, the silver steel glints in the light. The blade is tilted just right, and it trails along behind me, balanced by the burdens it has killed off before. ‘Shirr, shirr. Schlock, shirr, schlo...
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