Beyond The Pixel Playground 

Concetta Pipia posted under Flash Fiction QuinTale-57 on 2023-11-20

In the quiet town of Meadowville, where the sun painted the sky in hues of orange and pink every evening, lived a curious little girl named Lily. Lily adored her tablet, but one day, a mysterious event swept through Meadowville, and all the screens went blank. Lily stared at her tablet, bewildered. "Mom, what happened to the screen? It's not working!" she exclaimed. Her mom, Emma Thompson, sighed saying, "Seems like there's a town-wide glitch, sweetie. No screens." Lily's eyes widened, and she gasped, "No screens? What am I going to do?" Lily's younger brother, Max, bounced into the room, holding his gaming controller. "Lily, what's wrong with the TV? I can't play my game!" "No screens, Max. Something happened," Lily explained. The two decided to venture outside, where a world of possibilities awaited them. Lily, who was used to the digital wonders of her tablet, felt a mix of excitement and uncertainty. As they stepped into the backyard, Lily hesitated. "What do we do now?" Max, always full of energy, grinned. "Let's play tag! I'll be it first!" The siblings dashed around the yard, laughing and shouting. Lily discovered the joy of feeling the cool breeze on her face, the soft grass beneath her feet. No screen could capture the pleasure of a game outdoors. Suddenly, their neighbor, Mr. Johnson, appeared over the fence. "What's all this racket?" Lily explained the screen blackout, and Mr. Johnson chuckled. "Well, back in my day, we didn't have screens. We played hide and seek for hours. How about giving it a try?" Intrigued, Lily, Max, and Mr. Johnson embarked on a game of hide and seek. The backyard transformed into a magical realm of secret hiding spots and unexpected surprises.  As they caught their breath, Lily grinned at her brother. "Who needs screens when we have so much fun outside?" Max nodded enthusiastically, and even Mr. Johnson, with a twinkle in his eye, agreed. The town's unexpected screen blackout became a blessing in disguise, bringing neighbors together, reminding everyone of simple joys beyond the digital realm. Mrs. Thompson, observing the laughter and camaraderie from the kitchen window, decided to join the outdoor festivities. Lily's mom brought a picnic blanket, and the family, along with Mr. Johnson, shared stories and snacks as the day unfolded into a delightful screen-free adventure. Lily and Max, usually engrossed in their digital worlds, discovered new facets of each other's personalities. Lily, with her strategic hiding spots, amazed Max with her cleverness. Max's boundless energy added an extra layer of excitement to the games, making Lily appreciate her brother's playful spirit even more. The sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over Meadowville. Lily realized that screens were just one way to have fun. The real magic happened when you stepped outside, embraced the sunshine, and let your imagination run wild. In the midst of a screen-free evening,  Meadowville's children continued to explore the wonders of their town, creating memories that didn't require a single pixel.     Penmancy gets a small share of every purchase you make through these links, and every little helps us continue bringing you the reads you love!