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Seashore

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: December 30, 2018

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Seashore

So many seem to feel the draw of it when the weather is fine, when the sun is in the sky. In fact, come late Spring, come Summer, you would be hard-pressed to find space to walk around.

No peace then. No listening to the waves as they lap the sand or lick the rocks. Screams of fun and laughter fill the air, a heady scent of sweat mingles with the salty smell of the sea. You need to keep your wits about you, or you’ll find yourself being trampled under someone’s feet as they race around, trip over you.

No, at these times the seashore is not the place for me. I like the solitude, the saline rawness of the ocean wind as it brings the waves bashing and crashing against the rocks. Kelp and seaweed litter the sand rather than feet and legs; gulls break the silence with their own shrieks rather than that of laughter.

Sometimes it is clear enough for me to see way out to the horizon, when the sun has not heat but still shines in the sky and the wind blows the clouds away. Other times, I can barely see the waves until they are lapping their way towards my feet, so thick is the mist. Raindrops and spray mingle salt with those of my tears.

These are the days I feel closest to you, when I will linger and wander, making footprints in the sand. These are the days when pebbles, I’ll so carefully select, to pile one upon the other to make a tower. A balancing act, like you and me together. Yin and Yang levelling out those scales to make a perfect harmony.

These are the days when the seashore belongs to no-one else but you and me, and the ocean that flows between us.



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