A flash fiction story set in Liverpool.
THE ENTRY (A CRASH COURSE IN SCOUSE)
There’s something that looks like a funeral pyre in the back alley. Amid heaps of bin bags reeking in the unseasonal heat of an early-summer afternoon, six or seven children stand round a pile of cardboard boxes and smashed-up kitchen chairs. At their centre a little boy squats, a cigarette lighter in his outstretched hand, the flame turned high.