Cleaning up the streets.

I hate driving past those car dumps, where metal is mangled and piled high. An eyesore. This is my 100 word flash fiction story, hosted by Rochelle and runs until this Friday.

Photo: Jean L Hays

Photo: Jean L Hays

What to do with them? They hung about on street corners, lurked in car parks and by playgrounds. They’d consigned themselves to the garbage heap long before their time. Every day they expected to be pampered, but resented regulations. The neighbours and I couldn’t stand it – the screeches and hoots, like laughing hyenas.

We herded them into the field with other discarded things and handed out the spray cans.

“Get on with it. Make something of yourselves.”

Youthful resistance meant sneering at us. For a while.

Nowadays, the field is an open-air art studio.

As for the neighbourhood—quieter.



  1. I think you have to deal with those cars…


    1. Recycle them!


  2. Good idea. Don’t know what else they’re getting up to though.


    1. Plenty of mischief!

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  3. Wonder how long it will keep them occupied?


    1. Probably not long enough.

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  4. Nice plan to channelize the youth’s energy! Nice story.


    1. Will it catch on – I’d like to think it would.


  5. Wonder if they finished the cars and went to find similar art canvases elsewhere 🙂


    1. That could be a problem, but there are plenty of rusting cars about.


  6. Hopefully they won’t move on to the local car park next!

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    1. They might get carried away.


  7. Dear Rae,

    That’s one way to channel their energy. Nicely done.




    1. Youthful exuberance shouldn’t be wasted!


  8. Must remember not to park my car to close to there!
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    1. Best not 😉


  9. Great idea, give the kids something to do, but it will only last for so long. Soon the towns building will look like graffiti! Truly lovely!


    1. Kids do have short attention spans 😦


  10. gahlearner · · Reply

    Great story. Looks like they found true value in their work. Hopefully the neighbourhood will acknowledge it for more than just the silence.


    1. An award would be a good idea!

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  11. What a sensible solution. Ticks everyyone’s boxes


    1. Important to check those boxes. Thank you.


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