September 30, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story uses the phrase, “across the water.” It can be any body of water distant or close. Who (or what) is crossing the water and why? Go where the prompt leads!
A Matter Of Life And Death – by Hugh W. Roberts
Holding on to Richard, Adrian looked out across the water.
“I told you I’d come back as a cat,” laughed Richard, “so I’m not keen being by the water.”
“But we promised we’d come to Brighton beach, ride the carousel and look out across the water on this date every year. Why wouldn’t we come this year?”
“Because it’s still too soon. Grief left empty-handed when you opened the door and let me in, but the answer to your future lays across the water.”
“But I can’t swim.”
“Who said anything about swimming to your future?” echoed Richards’s voice.
Richard and Adrian first appeared in Edge Of Summer – another piece of flash fiction written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge.
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.
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