Home From the Sea – Friday Fictioneers – April 2019

Copyright Sandra Crook

He’s returned from the sea, as he’d always sworn he would.

“There is no ocean” he’d once said grimly, “that can separate us.”

Bleached by sun, sea and salt, he is scarcely recognisable, apart from his faded denim jeans and a now-tattered tee shirt.

She lays her forehead in the hollow of his cheek, after drinking in every detail of his body.

“I’m sorry” she whispers, before sitting back on her heels and reaching for her phone.

Now that she is sure the sea, her willing accomplice, has removed all evidence of that night, it’s time to call the coastguard.

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=76159bd4ca438d83f080  Been missing in action for a couple of weeks, revisiting old haunts and meeting up with old friends and neighbours in Spain.   The final days of our visit coincided with the worst April floods (La Gota Fria) for 50 years, but that was a mere blip on a very happy experience.  Happier still, to be back on Friday Fictioneers with one of my own photos taken in my new home town.  Thank you, Rochelle.  🙂

 

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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83 Responses to Home From the Sea – Friday Fictioneers – April 2019

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Dark, rich, and strong, Sandra

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  2. Tannille says:

    I wonder what her motive was. Poetic justice of sorts, after all, no ocean could keep them apart.
    Great work!

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  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Treachery or duty?

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  4. Varad says:

    Guess the ocean went behind his back then. Great twist at the end, Sandra.

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  6. Dale says:

    So well done, Sandra. Leading us one way only to bring us up short!
    Wonderful how the sea helped her out…leaving us to wonder what the hell actually went on.

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  7. Anita says:

    Scheming lady indeed!
    Some people will go to any lengths to do & get what they want.
    Pretty Sunrise Partners – Anita

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    Wonderful view to have on your doorstep. Let’s hope you’re not disposing of any bodies along the coastline…! Great write as always.

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  9. Dear Sandra,

    Oh my. At least she can play the bereft wife or lover now. (as apparently planned). So well done, it’s frightening.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  10. Will she pace the widow’s walk for form’s sake?

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  11. The sea will tell eventually, but only to the ones who listen. I am getting ready for a lot of darkness and murder this week. 🙂

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  12. gahlearner says:

    What a great twist. Although, to me, his words in the beginning have an ever-so-slight touch of menace. Who knows what happened that night. Great to see you back and thank you for the interesting picture.

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  13. Very evil, very scheming. The end makes me wonder what she had done and what all she is further capable of doing. Great write, Sandra.

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  14. ceayr says:

    Once again I am speechless with admiration at how you tell so much in 100 words.
    Fabuloso.
    And great photo.

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    Great descriptive writing, powerful emotion, just enough of the backstory revealed and a twist at the end. Flash fiction doesn’t get better than your story, Sandra!

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  16. michael1148humphris says:

    I certainly did not expect the two last sentences, they must have come from the floods in La Gota Fria

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  17. Ominous. Loved it.

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  18. granonine says:

    Sandra, your title told the story without giving anything away. Brilliant.

    The photo had me searching the nooks and crannies of my cluttered mind. I’m looking forward to a lot of inventive writing this week 🙂

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  19. Sometimes enough time has passed… and there is a point of no return. She has probably mourned already for years…

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  20. Abhijit Ray says:

    Nice twist in the end. What is the evidence that sea has removed?

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  21. draliman says:

    Yoinks. He did sound like he’d never let her go any other way.

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  22. Liz Young says:

    Ooh, that’s cold. Another works of genius!

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  23. Sue says:

    As Neilmacdon said, dark, rich and strong! Fabulous with all the unsaid…..

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  24. Colline says:

    I did not expect that ending!

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  25. This was so well crafted. She does seem to have some remorse for causing his death. Makes me wonder about their history and if she is the villain or victim in defense mode?

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  26. Well, he came back but not in the way he first meant. She better hope the sea was her friend. With the CSIs these days we can’t be sure. Good writing as always, Sandra. Thanks for the picture which is responsible for so many good stories. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  27. trentpmcd says:

    I thought the sea never gives up her dead? Or is that Lake Superior that doesn’t give up its dead? Oh well, as long as all of the evidence is gone….

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  28. Bear says:

    Interesting… a ghosting tale reminiscent of many a sea story. Loved it!

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  29. It started so well and then…. Intriguing!

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  30. Ronda Del Boccio Author-Artist says:

    Wow, gripping story. I always love reading yours!
    Cheers,
    Ronda

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  31. subroto says:

    Dark and brutal with hints of an abusive relationship that she is now freed of.
    Thanks for providing the photo prompt for this week.

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  32. Margaret says:

    The foreshadowing of the dark ending is so cleverly disguised – just enough to lend a slightly worrying tone to the narrative, but once you read the ending the clues are unmissable. Fantastic.

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  33. Lovely twist, what an evil woman, however its appropriate that he comes back to find her, all be it floating up in the surf, she’ll never be rid of him.

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  34. The turtles and fish have to eat too.

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  35. The sea has no memory, they say, hopefully for this woman. Great picture, too. I grew up by the sea when I was younger and miss it now that I live in land-locked Iowa. Was this taken in France?
    -David

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  36. Oooo….intriguing!

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  37. She sounds like a bit of a siren luring the poor soul to his death. Nicely written Sandra

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  38. Great story! And a beautiful photo.

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  39. magarisa says:

    She seems to have a love-hate relationship with him. The twist at the end caught me by surprise.

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  40. I’m sorry to hear of the flooding and hope it didn’t cause to much damage, especially for your friends. A superb story as always. Your stories take me on a roller coaster ride each week. Great twist, subtly done!

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  41. Lynn Love says:

    Alarm bells rang when he said ‘grimly’ that nothing would part them – that sounded more like a threat than a sweet lover’s promise. Written with your usual finesse, Sandra. Love your photograph and to settle in Dorset … how wonderful. Happy settling 🙂

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  42. A bad lady.
    A story that belies the scene in the prompt; how could you!

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  43. I am much delayed in reading, over the past couple of weeks, but have missed you and your stories, Sandra! This is wonderful. I know your writing and took in each word, anticipating where you might go. You do it so well! Interestingly, this reminded me of something that would be well read by C.E.. Welcome back!!

    BTW: April Fools is one of my favorite holidays, I’m dying to know what happened!

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