An Albatross

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short piece of flash fiction, loosely inspired by 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Submitted: March 31, 2017

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Submitted: March 31, 2017



An Albatross


You stand there staring at me and I can see it in your eyes. The disgust, the blame! And what for? What did I really do wrong? I have done nothing but be my disappointing self.

And while I look at you, it comes to me.


You see me as an albatross!


Not a live albatross that swoops and dives through the sky, showing the way and bringing good fortune to those that sail the seas. You do not see me as bringing luck, as guiding the way through stormy waters until calm is reached.


No, I’m the dead bird that has been hung around your neck. I bring death and destruction and very bad luck. I am the curse you cannot shake off, the one that constantly dooms you to failure.


Do you remember ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’? Wasn’t it the Captain’s actions in destroying the albatross that brought upon him the curse. Maybe you should think about that!


And it could well be that I am that dead albatross, that I will forever bring you failure. But if that is so, know this – YOU were the Captain that destroyed my life!





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