The Nanny

The Nanny

A Story by Donna

A short story about a nanny, a murder, and the wrong person going to jail.


The Nanny

After graduating from High School, Helen

started working for the Robert's family as

a nanny for eight month old David.

Helen did very well in school, and was a

very responsible girl. She never got into

any trouble.

Mr. Roberts was a business man, he worked

long hours and was out of town at times.

Mrs. Roberts was a stay at home Mother, she

always had a glass of wine in one hand and

a cigarette in the other. She complained to

me that David was to much work for her, he

always cried and needed to much attention.

Mr. Roberts left for work and Mrs. Robert

went to run some errands. Helen played with

David and his toys. David was a good boy.

Helen made lunch for him and he ate it all.

After lunch, Helen put David in his playpen

so she could clean up the kitchen.

The kitchen was clean, Helen went to check

on David, but he was gone! He could not get

out of the playpen by himself. Helen

panicked and called the police.

The police arrived and questioned Helen as

she cried. They called Mr. Roberts to come

home, and had Helen go home.

Later that evening, the police went to Helen's

house and told her, "Helen Simpson, you are

under the arrest for the murder of David

Roberts." Helen crying and screaming, "I

didn't do anything, you just have to believe


Helen was taken to jail. She sat in a holding

cell for hours, she was so scared. Finally

she went to court and was found guilty and

was sentenced to death.

Twelve years later and Helen sits in her cell

rocking back and forth, mumbling something.

Mr. & Mrs. Roberts got a phone call from

the prison asking if they would like to

witness the execution. They both agreed.

They got to the prison and a officer signed

them in and explained what would be happening.

They were taken to a room with a large curtain.

Other people were also standing in the room.

The curtain opened and Helen lay there 

strapped down. They gave Helen a chance to

speak. "I did not do anything, please, I am


The drugs were injected as Mrs. Roberts

started laughing out loud, It was a scary

laugh. Everyone turned to her and she said,

"ha ha ha, I killed the little brat and

buried him in the backyard, hahaha.

Mrs. Robert was taken into custody. Helen

had only been injected with one drug, she

was alive. Helen was sent to a mental

facility. After a few months, she was let out.

Helen ended up getting married to a nice man

who worked a lot of hours, she had a son, and

she named him David. Helen was a stay at home

Mother. Her husband knew nothing of Helen's


Helen told her husband that she was going to

hire a part time nanny to help out with David.

He agreed. 

The door bell rang, Mrs. Roberts opened the

door, "Hi, I am Amy, your nanny." Helen let

her in, standing there with her glass of wine

in one hand & a cigarette in the other.

"Come in my dear."



© 2018 Donna

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This is a haunting story & I don’t know what to make of it. You know I like a straightforward storyline, easy to follow, no guessing or figuring out what’s going on. But this time, your story is so stripped down, it feels like a police or news report. Your story is effective as you’ve written it, but it’s also a good example of how “SHOW” isn’t happening so much and “TELL” rules the day. (“Show instead of tell” is a main rule of good writing.) It’s not as easy to get immersed in the emotional effect of relationships in a story that’s written so starkly. I’m not clear why this lady would repeat her most horrible history, but it adds a disturbing twist that makes for an outlandish ending cliffhanger (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 7 Months Ago

While the story is in an abbreviated "just the facts ma'am" format the ending was worth the wait. I would omit the "to me" in the fourth paragraph. It invites the reader to question the narrative authority un- necessarily.
Good story thanks for sharing this.

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

I appreciate that Delmar. I'm glad you liked the ending!
Delmar Cooper

8 Months Ago

There are not enough short stories posted in WC. Plenty of poetry, but a short story is rare. Writ.. read more

8 Months Ago

Thanx, I will.
A very interesting style of writing. Loved the small details and the ending.

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

Thank you very much!
That's really interesting! The way you write is really pleasant, every single sentence flows perfectly and softly. I liked the clever ending!

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

I appreciate you reading my story and the nice review.
This is a right good story, well-written. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud. Sadly, many characteristics do get passed on in families. Alcoholics begat alcoholics, and such. In this case, Helen's corruption seems to go way beyond smoking and drinking. Let's hope poor Amy doesn't stay long.

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

Thank you Samuel, I appreciate that. I did change the ending a few times till I was happy with it. T.. read more
I do hope she didn't kill her own child

I would have found ways to make her pay though

Posted 8 Months Ago

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