Never Grow Up – Short Story


“What do you mean shhhhhh?”

“Can you just shut up for a minute and let me think?”

“Let you think about what?”

AAAAaaarrrrgggh, I sighed. “Think about how to get us out of here.”

“But the door’s closed, you can’t get out.”

“I know that, that’s why I need to think.”

“Well what is there to think about we are stuck.”

“Well things like if we are stuck here all night how will we keep warm.”

“That’s easy, just take all the coats off the coat hangers.”

Hmm… actually that wasn’t a bad idea. I stood up and grabbed a few of the coats and made a kind of nest in the corner to huddle in.

“There”, I said rather pleased with my effort.

“Well what are you going to do now?”

“Well if we are in here too long we’ll need food.”

“That’s a bit more difficult, rummage through those pockets and see if anyone has left anything in them.”

I started going through the pockets. Returning to the nest with my treasure. A half-finished pack of mints, a box of raisins and a piece of chewing gum. It wasn’t much but it would do.

“Now what?”

“We wait, we need a plan to escape.”

I opened the box of raisins, a little food might help. After a while under the warm coats I must have fallen asleep. I was woken with surprise by the large door opening and sunlight filtering in.

“Millie, get up out of there”, came a booming voice from the doorway. “What on earth have you done with all my good coats, hang them all back up”.

I stood up startled and began placing all of the coats onto the hangers. Good now come on get your shoes on, it’s time to go. Mum bustled to the front door and pointed at my shoes on the rack. I closed the door staring into the darkness as it slid shut.

It may have just been a breeze but I’m sure a coat arm gave me a wave goodbye.

Peter Pan