Washed Away

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium

Submitted: November 15, 2017

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Washed Away.

It was only a short while ago that we were walking companionably along the beach. The sky was clear and our minds were too.

Then I said something that you did not like; what? What was the word that changed the mood, that clouded the sun and brought the rain?

You dashed away, back to the car. Left me standing there, and there I stayed, eager to put some distance between our misunderstandings.

The wind picked up and the tide started to turn. Even though the rain was by now soaking through all my clothes and chilling me, I stayed.

The splashes of sea water mixed with my tears. Salt on salt. Brine to wash the blues away. It didn’t work, just turned the blue to indigo.

I watch the water reach further up the beach, to wipe away our companionable footprints of earlier, leaving just yours as you left the beach alone.

Returning to the car, I open the door and sit on the seat, knowing that my soddenness is soaking in to the cushioned softness.

We don’t look at each other. We do not say a word, but stare stoically at our separate footprints on the remaining sand.


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