Usually he slept through her early morning swim or at most was pouring coffee as she flip-flopped out the door, towel over her shoulder. Today they both arose early. Today he watched her disappear down the beach path.

Today, her flip-flops and towel left behind, she walked where waves erased her footsteps, stopped finally to face the dawn-jeweled ocean. The deep breath she drew before plunging in was sweet with the scent of beach roses.

Today she floated, let the rip current carry her out beyond the breakers, far away from shore. Today she wouldn’t make her doctor’s appointment.

Carrot Ranch. September 14, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a riptide. How can it be used to move a story? It could be a stretch of turbulent water or a pull of another kind. Go where the prompt leads even if you find it unexpected. Respond by September 19, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published September 20). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

12 thoughts on “Tidings

  1. This reminds me of a movie starring Juila Robert’s who escapes her very deranged husband.
    Motive is always tricky – if the ever was one to begin with, one hopes for safety and new beginnings.

    (Thanks for stopping in at my daily posts – I’m behind on return visits and an am attempting catching up by visiting posts close to the date you visited.) Cheers ~Jules.

    Poked in at your poetry. But there isn’t a place to leave comments for the month.
    Just keep doing what you like in regards to writing 🙂

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    • I will keep doing as I like, and I thank you for the encouragement. This is a weird blog in that I don’t blog. And I decided to keep poetry on its own page but you’re right, when I do respond to prompts for poetry, I don’t provide the opportunity for feedback, as that’s the the way pages roll. Maybe I should post my poetry responses as I do the fiction pieces, but for some reason I have been treating those poetry responses as an aside. I think I need to learn about categorizing and maybe arranging things differently. But I like that the pages are not “busy”.
      Anyway, I enjoy your poetry and comments at the ranch and appreciate your visit here.

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