S.E.A.

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


The turquoise wrap is a bit much. Sonya shifted uncomfortably in her seat and gazed out over the broad expanse created just for her. Exhale. Two days into her week-long getaway at the Safe Escape Ashram (S.E.A.), Sonya had begun to question her magazine’s decision to drop $2,000 for guided mindfulness sessions and simulated travel. The pandemic-gutted wellness and travel industry had spawned a new way to “get away” from it all. Why spend hours cooped up on an airplane with virus-laden strangers en route to an exotic destination? Drive to a retreat and experience the same sights, sounds, and smells! Sonya’s editor wanted the story. 

So, here she was in a dark room on Day 2: Imagine Yourself…. Sonya inhaled deeply and made an effort to take in her “surroundings”. The view was gorgeous, no doubt, and surprisingly realistic. Exhale. Somehow, the room enveloped her in a gentle breeze, making her thankful for the turquoise wrap that moments ago seemed silly. Suddenly, a voice spoke, seeming to come from behind her left ear. It was gentle but also creepy and unexpected. “Close your eyes. Imagine yourself wrapped in the air of a New Zealand morning.”

Sonya inhaled deeply and rolled her eyes behind closed eyelids. She stood up. “Stop. This isn’t working. It looks amazing--but this simulated rock is killing my ass and for some reason, all I can smell is bacon. Does a New Zealand sunrise include bacon?” Several seconds went by; no answer. Then the disembodied voice: “Close your eyes. Imagine…”  Maybe I am the wrong person for this assignment, she thought, as she ignored the voice and headed for the door. The New Zealand sunrise still hovered behind her as she turned the knob. “Which way to the cafe?”

 


Submitted: September 13, 2021

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