Sunday Photo Fiction – Ready

111-07-july-5th-2015“I’m ready. Are you?”

Marlina stood and studied the water. Slowly, she turned to look up shore. “No, I’m not.”

“I don’t understand.”

Marlina took a long slow breath then released it just as slowly.

“Don’t you want to know what it’s like?”

She moved her head back and forth as she thought. “It’s so permanent.”

“Swimming with the fish? Going deeper than any human? Isn’t this why we got degrees, so we could understand the ocean? This will be better than any text book.”

Marlina faced Charles, her best friend.

“You’re not coming are you?” he asked.

“My biggest regret is we won’t be able to keep in touch.”

“One year from today, we’ll meet at the end of the peer at the Waterfront.”


Marlina stood with the tips of her toes a micro of a centimeter past the end of the peer, waiting. It had been a year. She’d not thought she could leave family and friends. But to live without Charles was even more unbearable. When he came, if he still wanted her, she’d join him.

If he come.

She stood waiting.

Now half past one.


Then she saw a merman jesting through the water by the force of his fishtail, Charles.

 The end


This photo prompt was inspired by Sunday Photo Fiction. Every week on a Sunday, a new photo is posted as a prompt for a Flash Fiction challenge using around 200 words based on that image.

Click on the blue frog to read more stories based on the same photo prompt.

Click on Short Stories to read more of my stories.




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