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Julia drowns

Short story By: Gloria

Julia takes a boat ride into the swamp.
Everything works fine until water enters the boat.

Bad ending.

Submitted:Oct 3, 2012    Reads: 41    Comments: 2    Likes: 0   

When the water came in.

Julia took her boat for a small cruise on a foggy November afternoon. She went for the swamp, a region she loved during fog. She slowly passed below the short trees, insects circulating around her ship.

She smiled.

The air was really cold and wet. She closed the windows and door only to keep the insects out.

The entire surrounding was green, full of life. And nobody around who could disturb.

A branch collapsed on her boat and pushed it under water. Julia screamed. She fell as the ship dumped on the ground. She crawled back to her feet. Small rays of water came in through the window. Nothing serious.

Julia breathed deeply to relax herself. She felt her heart racing. She went for her life vest. Just as she reached it, the ship trembled and threw her to the ground. The vessel scratched over the ground and, looking up, Julia saw it was slipping into a trench which blocked the windows and door. She jerked for the life vest, but as the vessel was tilting, she slipped down, losing mounted life vest out of her hands. Julia screamed.

Rock scratched the glass, it broke and water shot inside. Julia screamed as the cold water hit her face. She crawled towards the door, yet more and more holes broke into the glass and the water currents pushed her back down. Her arms twirled through the water. The cabin now quickly filled.

The icy water hugged Julia, slowing her down. Her hands went numb. The water level surpassed her mouth. She inhaled air at last second. Then she swam to the door, finding it blocked by the trench, with no way out. She hammered against the dark trench. She ripped some of the earth out of it, just to hit on rock. The exit was closed.

Julia swam back inside, almost immobile, glancing for another exit, finding none.

She headed for the life vest, which was now in reach, but her body finally froze. Her hand trembled centimetres away from the vest. She couldn't move any longer.

Bubbles shot out of her mouth. Her eyes turned inside. She jerked, losing consciousness, drifting away.


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