Must I anchor myself to this pier and tie myself down to the dead-weight that is the shore? he asked.

“I’m afraid I don’t really understand what you mean”, replied Sunaina, her lower lip quivering, tears clinging to her eyelids.

Never were one for metaphor, were you , eh, pretty face, he replied, sarcasm and bitterness dripping from his drug-fevered visage.

Fury superseded self-pity and Sunaina thrust her arms against his chest with all her might, flipping his frail frame into the murky water.

She watched his form flail in the water futilely, the oars widening the distance between them resolutely.


  ©Shailaja V

Word count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers photo prompt


For Five Sentence Fiction’s Prompt: Abandon


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46 thoughts on “Lonely traveler- #Flashfiction

  1. Well done. I guess he won’t have to be worried about being anchored to the shore any more. Very tragic for both of them. Good story, Shailaja. 🙂 — Suzanne

  2. I would like to know more about what brought them to this situation, but I was with Sunaina. If the dip doesn’t kill him, it might make him feel less sorry for himself.

  3. Oh what a story !! Sometimes we r deserved to be pushed to come up in life . I liked it .It is really a short and sweet story to be precise . Impressive Shailaja ?

  4. I say she did a good job. 😀
    Sometimes, the push is important. He might always emerge safe and sound if lessons are learnt. 😀
    Lovely, as usual.

  5. So, she pushed him huh? Should have learned to swim 😛
    I really admire how you manage to write so much in so litter. Really do 🙂

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