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The Disastrous Game

June 18, 2019
By PoeticMan GOLD, Fort Worth, Texas
PoeticMan GOLD, Fort Worth, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable."

- Socrates

For five weeks, John had been waiting

For an opportunity to babysit.

Growing older, the sixteen-year-old

Started needing money for things

Like gas and the movies,

And what better way is there to earn money

Than doing what you want while a baby sleeps?

After school that Friday,

John stopped by at the Dunn’s house

For his shift that began at six P.M.

“Hello, Mrs. Dunn,” said John

As he stepped through the front door.

“Where are you going tonight?”

“I am meeting some friends in the city tonight

To hang out,” replied Mrs. Dunn

“Expect me to be back home around midnight.”

As they walked into the living room,

Mrs. Dunn introduced John to Nathan, her baby.

“Nathan is sometimes a little bit mischievous,

But I am sure you can handle him.

You have quite the reputation,

I have heard,” said Mrs. Dunn with a smile.

John smiled back, but his was merely a facade.

As Nathan’s mother walked out the door,

John thought of all the fun things he could do.

And then his friend Jack called.

“Are you free yet?” asked Jack.

“Yes,” was the reply.

“Do you want to go hang out at the mall?”


“Meet me there in twenty minutes.”


When John hung up the phone,

He quickly got out the stroller

And placed Nathan and the carriage in the car.

Then he drove off.

A half-hour later they were walking around the mall,

Looking at all the cool shops they could go into.

“Let’s look inside Hollister,” said Jack,

To which John quickly agreed.

It was only after they had checked out

An hour later

When John had noticed his tragic mistake:

When John found a shirt to try on,

He was thinking of handing Nathan over to Jack,

But Jack was in the restroom.

Not knowing what to do,

John had simply unbuckled Nathan

And told him to stay put,

But Nathan, being a smart baby,

Escaped from his stroller.

John started sweating profusely,

Knowing that he would be severely punished

If he had lost Nathan,

And told Jack to help him search the mall.

However, at that moment,

His worst nightmare became a reality:

Mrs. Dunn called.

“H-H-Hello Mrs. Dunn,” said John.

“How are you?”

“I am doing fine,” reported Mrs. Dunn.

“I just called to check on Nathan.

Also, it turns out that the restaurant I went to eat at

Had to close early,

So I will probably be home within thirty minutes.

Please put Nathan to sleep now if he is not already”.

“O-O-O-Okay,” said John,

Now ready to have a mental breakdown.

“Have a safe drive home,” he concluded,

And with that, the call was abruptly ended.

It must have been around two hours

And a whole team of mall security on segways

For the doomed high-schoolers to find Nathan.

When the toddler finally did show up,

He was playing in the ball pit with his stuffed animal,

And a swell of relief rushed over John.

“Come on, Nathan, we have to get home,

And fast!” barked John.

Jack joked, “All right man,

The next time I see you,

It will be when I’m delivering

Cookies to the city prison.”

John glared, grabbed Nathan,

Strapped him into the stroller,

And rushed off.

As his car pulled up the dirt-marred driveway,

John knew he was a dead man.

Almost abruptly, he stopped the car,

Put it in park, and pushed the baby

Up to the front door.


The front door opened to a weary-eyed

Mrs. Dunn, ready to strangle John alive.


DO TO MY BABY?!” screamed Mrs. Dunn.



“Yes ma’am. I’m terribly sorry,” was the reply.

“I---I was just at the mall with my friend, that’s all.”

“YOU’RE DONE FOR!” exclaimed Mrs. Dunn.



John knew he was dead meat,

And he was right.

The author's comments:

“The Disastrous Game” conveys that irresponsible people should not be trusted, because their untrustworthiness might lead to detrimental outcomes in a given situation.

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