This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the picture prompt below which this week was provided by me. I hope you like it.
Tubby liked to watch the people as they ambled by; liked to listen to the conversations of the men and women, the excited chatter of the children. It was such a pleasant atmosphere – so very different to years past.
Change had crept through the district in steady increments, the place metamorphosing from struggling fishing village to the tourist honeypot it was now. As time passed the rundown cottages were transformed into fine hotels, teashops and restaurants. The area was practically unrecognisable.
“Can’t you try to enjoy yourself?” The woman’s voice carried down the lane. “We’re on holiday. We’re supposed to be having fun.”
Her companion’s seething resentment was an almost palpable force; the woman’s irritation almost as strong. Tubby winced as their emotions hit him and automatically began to direct a sense of calm in their direction as he sought the root of their issues.
The man sighed, taking the woman’s hand. “I’m sorry, dear…” Their voices faded as they walked on.
Tubiel, the Angel of Summer, smiled. Some days he loved his job.
Word Count: 174
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In case anyone is curious, the photograph was taken in Bowness-on-Windermere last time I visited the Lake District (Cumbria, UK). The town of Bowness was just a small fishing settlement until the 19th century when it began to rely on tourism as its main source of income. If you’d like to know more about the place you can have a look here or here.
Tubiel is actually the name of the Angel of Summer according to this website.
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