This post if for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s picture was provided by Sonya O of Only 100 Words. 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.
Even after the heartache of recent events, the beauty hidden beneath the ocean’s surface still brought her peace. Every morning she swam to the reef that encircled the island, where fish darted in streaks of vibrant colour between delicate coral structures. With net in hand and a crudely woven basket over her shoulder she caught her meals for the day.
Henry had called her obsessed, had accused her of loving the sea more than she did him. He was probably right.
She’d developed her fascination as a child, joyously unwrapping the book on marine life on Christmas morning. It was her parents’ final gift before the accident that killed them.
She couldn’t help but wonder what had become of her treasured text. Henry had no reason to keep it. He’d made his feelings quite clear when he left her treading water, their yacht dwindling on the horizon.
The loss of the book was her only real regret.
Other people might find being stranded alone on an island an unbearable situation – to her, it was paradise.
Word Count: 175
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