Winter Words Week 3: Catatonic by Andrea Rowe

by Aug 10, 2020 | Featured Stories


Read the 150 words (or less) works of our weekly winners who were given specific place, character and word prompts to write to.
This was a People’s Choice voting initiative for our members during lockdown.

Word: Catatonic
Place: Frankston Skate Park
Character: Senior Citizen

She warms up along the flat bar, eyeing off the Trigger Brothers hoodies defending their claim on Death Gap. Not her kingdom. Not yet. But with the new kicks and deck, she’s feeling close.
Baz rolls past, giving a grinning thumbs up.
Tobes flicks a plait and kickflips from the bottom bank. A nifty tailslide follows.
The Frankston Skate Park stirs in her new breeze.
“Chick’s got cool switch flips.”
They unfold themselves from their catatonic reclining. Decks stand to appreciative attention.
Tobes brings home a heelflip.
“Sweet. Try a nose grind next.”
Baz whistles her over and she board slides along the rail.
“That was some sick rail game Tobes.”
“You’re killing the park today. You’ve got flips on freaking lock.”
The boarders kneel to lace their Vans before their new rulers. A senior citizen tech wizard and his skater girl grand-daughter rise before them, catching some sick air.