Ring Around the Rosie by Jen Wylie
Published by Untold Press on February 23, 2012
Length: 20 pages
Reviewing eBook from Amazon
Aaron is a normal boy fascinated with music. He loves playing his flute so much he doesn't even mind lessons over summer break. When he meets a strange boy at the park who seems to be just as obsessed they spend summer days entertaining children in the park's woods. But friends often have secrets, music can be magical, and even the most innocent of children's games can be more than they appear.
Ring Around the Rosie by Jen Wylie is a short story (only about twenty pages) that gives the reader insight on the popular children’s song. The story follows Aaron, a young teen raised to love music. During summer break, he walks to his flute lessons and every day passes the park. One day while passing he hears a haunting tune. After a few days of hearing, curiosity gets the better of him and he ventures into the woods next to the park to find the source of the mysterious tune. He finds Shay, a strange boy who plays the pipes for children in the park. Aaron likes that he shares his passion of music with Shay and begins meeting him every day to play. On a “special day” though, Aaron learns the hard way that it’s not all fun and games with Shay.
So this is a very short, yet haunting tale. I like Aaron, he is an atypical high school student. He has a love for music, he’s a good big brother and son. However, against his better judgment he begins these jam sessions with the mysterious Shay. Shay talks with an older cadence than his body shows. In fact he exudes a high creep factor, yet Aaron finds himself inexplicably drawn to him, as do other children in the park.
Overall, if you are looking for a quick read for your busy weekend, I highly suggest this one. It’s short enough to be read in one sitting, I read it in under an hour. And bonus it’s free for a limited time 😀 Just be warned, it does not leave you with good feelings!! In fact, pretty sure I had a nightmare or two the night I read this.
And in case you need a reminder about the old children’s song, here ya go 😮