School books covered in brown paper; labels and stickers firmly in place. Pencils sharpened to a point- all the better for neat handwriting. Brand new Spiderman rucksacks- blue for one, red for the other.
Lunch boxes packed. Water bottles too.
The struggle to wake them up. The tantrum over not wanting to eat.
Uniforms from last year, freshly ironed. Trusty floaters to cope with the rains. Hair slicked down, nails pared.
The last minute crisis, successfully weathered.
The older one takes his brother’s hand, promises to look after him. The younger one lets himself be led on.
Back to School!
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.