Charlie Makes Himself Useful

By Ben Coppin

‘Can i leave my seven year-old home alone’ Lynnette scrolled Google’s search results until she found the answer she wanted.

“I won’t be long,” she told Charlie. “I’m just going window shopping. Don’t burn the house down!”

But window shopping had lost its shine years ago. Two hours later, heading home, her carrier bags barely fit through the bus doors.

The crowd on Lynnette’s front lawn set her heart racing.

And there was Charlie, his father’s hammer in his hand, his Batman slippers covered in broken glass.

“Hi Mummy!” he said, beaming with pride. “All ready for the new windows!”

Ben is currently working his way through the third draft of his first novel.

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