Honest Lad


PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Written for Friday Fictioneers


“Don’t play cricket in the driveway. Something’s bound to break,” shouted Mrs. K at the bunch of kids before leaving for the market.

Who pays heed to an eccentric old woman?

Two hours later, Mrs. K returned to find her screen door covered in duct tape and a note stuck to the door.

Mrs. K,

Sorry for the door. But my mom says duct tape can fix it all. 🙂

S (who was not playing cricket. Honestly)

About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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43 Responses to Honest Lad

  1. Sandra says:

    And of course, she will believe him. Still, the explanation was nice.

  2. Dear Anshu,

    Somehow I don’t think duct tape will fix this situation. 😉 Boys will be boys and windows will get broken. Good one.



  3. This made me laugh out loud! Lovely snippet, Anshu.

  4. Naughty boys! Great story – but will she be able to live with a door fixed with duct tape?

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. Dale says:

    Saw that one coming a mile away… nothing makes me more nervous than boys playing near the house!

  6. trentpmcd says:

    I’m sure that the chances that he wasn’t playing cricket are about the same as the chances that Mrs. K. will think her door is fixed with duct tape…

  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Honestly! I’m not sure I believe S! 🙂

  8. granonine says:

    Anyone who has reared boys and their buddies will understand this one 🙂

  9. Nice of him to leave a note but I think he should fix the door. Boys and broken windows/doors go together (I have two older brothers). 🙂 Nicely written!

  10. michael1148humphris says:

    O that game called cricket, [smashing] story

  11. Abhijit Ray says:

    Yes the problem of kids, cricket and glass doors.

  12. Varad says:

    All will be forgotten if he turns out to be the next Sachin or Virat. Sweet tale, Anshu.

  13. Violet Lentz says:

    Delightful scenario!

  14. I somehow think they’ve not heard the last of this!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

  15. Jelli says:

    At least he attempted to fix it. I’m sure Mrs. K is still not amused. Good one!

  16. gahlearner says:

    The kid should be rewarded for his honesty and admitting the deed. S/he could just have run away like the others.

  17. Aww… he gets a bit of credit for honesty. Now about that door … 😉

  18. I’ve done this myself as a lad, only it was greenhouses and we had to pay to fix them out of our pocket money. Duct tape wasn’t an option unfortunately

  19. 4963andypop says:

    I hadn’t thought about that broken window in years. Iconic scene from life with kids.

  20. Kalpana Solsi says:

    In my childhood days we played cricket in the bylanes and it was called gully cricket. inevitable a glass pane would be shattered and we all would run for cover.


    • So true Kalpana! Precious days they were! Once the pane shattered, the blame game would start – you were the batsman, so you broke the pane. No you threw such a ball that I had to hit a six…ha ha! What days!

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