She shed her shoes as she walked on the newborn sand towards the dark line of water. The first shock of cold faded to numbness as she swam steadily, now far out of sight of land. The water invited her to stay and linger, perhaps forever, but then something bumped her leg. She tried to kick it away but it came back, now lifting her head and shoulders above the water as it shoved her towards shore. Then another dolphin came. And another. Push by push, they carried her back through the breakers and flung her back onto the sand.
Chapter 6 in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is only a paragraph or two long, but her description of the sea (and its seduction) always fascinated me. That’s what inspired my story today. Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.
I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer. The weekly photo that inspired this story is below: