This post if for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s picture was provided by Ady. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. Here’s my entry. I hope you like it.
People of the Sea
His daughters had been so excited about visiting land, nagging him for weeks. He couldn’t refuse their pleas – they’d spent their whole lives on water, after all. He, at least, had known a time when most people lived on land. He’d seen cities sprawling amidst green fields, had travelled along tarmac roads. His children had never experienced that.
He barely remembered it himself.
He’d been nine when the water began rising, consuming everything in its path. His family all died in the flood. Only Arnesh survived, pulled into the boat that became home for the next decade.
Experts predicted only low-lying land would be affected, that the water would stop. They were wrong.
By the time he turned twenty over half the world’s population lived on the water. Villages on stilts sprung up wherever the fishing promised to be lucrative.
Society shifted. So did its prejudices.
The division between the people of the land and those of the sea was as profound as any found in the old world. His daughters discovered that today.
Word Count: 175
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This story is partly inspired by a documentary I watched a few weeks ago about a nomadic seafaring community, the Bajau, who over the last fifty years have settled into more sedentary lifestyles. Many now live in villages built on stilts in the ocean.
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