Entry for Vivian Kirkfield’s 2022 50 Precious Words Competition.

Rules: Must be 50 words or less, have a full plot arc, and be appropriate for ages 12 and under

By Daniella Kaufman
WC: 49

“Can I play?”
My brothers chase raindrops and puddles.
“Catching a cold means staying warm,” Mom says.
“I feel alone,” I pout.
Mom scoops up blankets, an umbrella, and me.
Outside, snuggled together, we watch.
Rain pitter-patters above.
“You’re not alone,” Mom says.
“Now we’re both under the weather.”

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