This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Etol Bagam. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it.
A Vision of Tranquility
He first saw it when still a child, ignoring the mean laughter of his classmates as he played alone. It twisted in the corner, a ribbon of colour that widened and spread as he approached, revealing a mighty waterfall aglow in bright sunlight. He was captivated.
No one else could see it.
“What an amazing imagination,” he teacher said.
His classmates just called him weird.
He saw it again, repeatedly. At school. At home. Out and about. In time he learnt not to mention it. No one understood; not peers, parents or doctors. He kept his continued explorations to himself.
The closer he was, the more the view unfurled until even the ground beneath his feet appeared a rocky outcrop. He gazed down at crystalline water, unfathomably deep, within which bathers splashed. Some days he could feel the moisture on his skin and hear the roar of cascading water as he stood at the edge, the view obscuring all thoughts of failed relationships and dead-end careers.
Those days he longed to dive in.
Days like today.
Word Count: 175
I knew light and fluffy couldn’t last for long. At least I managed a cheerful story for Monday and a cheerful photograph for Tuesday. I thought I’d let my imagination just go where it wanted to for this one.
I’d love to know what you all think. Unfortunately, I have to go out and work for a few hours this evening so I won’t be doing the rounds of everyone else’s blogs until later than I usually manage. I will try and make it around everyone, though!