The four boys emerged from the sandpit looking like sand monsters. Sand matted their fair hair and stuck like a second, gritty skin to their bodies and swimming costumes.
Earlier, the three bigger boys had dragged the hosepipe over to the giant sandpit and run water into holes dug into the sand. They burrowed into the resultant mud like baby hippos.
Mom laughed when she saw them. “It’s time to clean up.”
She reappeared with a bucket filled with soapy water. “Get in, Michael, and rinse that sand off. I’ll squirt the rest of you down with the hosepipe.”
This 99-word piece of flash fiction was written for Carrot Ranch Literary Communities weekly flash fiction challenge. You can join in here: https://carrotranch.com/2019/03/21/march-21-flash-fiction-challenge/