On Tiptoe

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

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On Tiptoe

Something wakes me from a deep sleep. I lie still, listening for a clue to what it could have been. The wind is blowing outside, but not strongly. The leaves on the trees are rustling but not enough to have woken me.

Something else then. Is there someone inside the house? An intruder? All senses alert now I concentrate for creaks, for doors squeaking, for the sound of muffled footsteps. Even with my eyes closed I can hear nothing out of place.

I slide out from under my quilt and pad on bare feet to the window. The street is empty. If there is an intruder he or she would have to have walked here. There’s no feeling of invasion though; I’m sure I would pick up on it if someone had invaded my space.

The moon is silver in the sky, casting an eerie glow; and it is while looking towards its surface that I feel it, a presence. A calming presence, a welcome one; a presence that I have longed for so many times.

It’s not possible of course, for you are miles away, on another continent, with the sea stretching out between us. But impossible as it is, I know that you are here, if only for that moment, and it is one that I will cherish forever.


Submitted: June 02, 2019

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Mike S.

Thanks, Hull!

Sun, June 2nd, 2019 7:24pm

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Ha! Welcome, Mike!

Sun, June 2nd, 2019 12:32pm

Derina Penn

A beautiful sensation here. A warm part of you. Thank you too.

Sun, June 2nd, 2019 8:35pm

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I thought I'd better make my writing not all 'doom and gloom', Derina. Thanks for reading.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 6:53am

moa rider

An nice feeling Mama Hullabaloo. Now there's a question, do you think you can hear better with your eyes closed? I usually squint. Usianguke

Sun, June 2nd, 2019 9:05pm

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In answer, I'd say yes -- so long as I don't fall asleep. Thanks so much for giving this a read.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 6:59am

Joe Stuart

I guess that rules me out. I don't live on a continent. A lovely story, though, Hully.

Sun, June 2nd, 2019 10:16pm

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Thanks so much for giving this a read, Joe.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 9:55am

Bert Broomberg

A very vivid description. I love it.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 2:21pm

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Thanks, Bert. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 10:01am

Reaper

Amazing work here Hully. Very moving and chilling but with a sense of suspense that turns to a calmness. Heartwarming

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 6:54pm

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Thanks so much for giving this a read, Reaper.

Mon, June 3rd, 2019 1:18pm

Sue Harris

A beautiful, heart-warming story, Hully. Love it!

Tue, June 4th, 2019 6:19pm

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Thanks, Sue. This is very much inspired by one of my favorite songs, 'Your Ghost' by Kristen Hersh and Michael Stipe.

Tue, June 4th, 2019 12:02pm

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