Shore

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A girl, a shore, an onlooker. Written for the Booksie 2017 Flash Fiction Writing Contest.

Submitted: February 01, 2017

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 She looks so beautiful playing in the water along the shore. Her giggle, beautiful and melodious as ever, bounces off the rocks and sings into the eternity. She runs from the tide as it swells and rushes forth, taking solitude on a lone elevated stone. She chases the water on its way back out to the sea, repeating the game over and over again. She wears her hair down, the salt of the sea catching in her brunette locks. I’m so used to seeking it pulled back in a ponytail that I nearly didn’t recognize her at first.

 I’ve always said that the next time would be the last. Just one more, and then I’m done forever. Watching her now, I almost believe it. I want to, I really do, and maybe it’ll be true for at least a little while. But deep down I know she won’t be the last. My heart aches with the thought. This compulsion, this sin in me assures me that there will be more. One, two, ten… it doesn’t matter how many.

 How sweet, how innocent, how happy she looks.

 My footsteps catch her off guard. Fear fills her eyes and steals her breath.
 


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