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Olivia laughed as Daddy’s wiggling toes disappeared under the sand. It had taken hours to dig the hole and a further hour to convince Daddy to lie in it. “Keep your arms still,” she ordered with a giggle.

The sun was clipping the horizon when Daddy was buried up to his neck. “Take a picture then get me out,” he said. “The sea’ll be coming in soon.”

Olivia picked up the camera and brought it down on Daddy’s head until he was still. Then she piled on more sand.

As she collected her belongings to leave, the first wave arrived.

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    Helen Laycock almost 9 years ago


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    Peter Muscutt almost 9 years ago

    If I ever have children, you sir have put me off taking them to the beach. Ever. Brilliant drabble!

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    Michael Cook almost 9 years ago

    Evil indeed!

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    Jonathan Hill almost 9 years ago

    Evil, me? Never! :)

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    Elizabeth O. Smith almost 9 years ago

    Nice twist at the end!!

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    Kate Gowers almost 9 years ago

    Very creepy. But did she take the picture?

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    Neil Ross almost 9 years ago

    I like that it's so straightforward. And it doesn't matter if she took the pic or not - in fact, if she was smart, she wouldn't. Less evidence.

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    Ricky Moore almost 9 years ago

    Loved it!

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    Helen Laycock over 8 years ago

    A well-deserved win, Jonathan!

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    K.Z. Morano over 8 years ago

    so evil.. love it.

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    Bryan Thomas over 8 years ago


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    D.M. over 8 years ago

    never saw it coming! clever!

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