September 14: Flash Fiction Challenge – Riptide


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.

His life was crap there was no other way of stating it. He spent so much of his time wading deep in whatever misfortune floated his way.

Then as if caught in a serious riptide everything changed.  It was the small woman. She held out a hand, not to rescue but to reassure him.

She swam beside him, encouraged and supported him in moments when his self-doubt took over.

She changed the ebb and flow of his life. Guided him to land, sat with him as he took a breath and led him towards a new and fulfilling life.


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8 Responses to September 14: Flash Fiction Challenge – Riptide

  1. This is lovely. I re-read it several times, because it felt so good.
    “It was the small woman” brings an immediate change of atmosphere, like a sigh of relief.

  2. Norah says:

    I like this – especially not to rescue, but to reassure. We probably should do more of that. 🙂

  3. Patricia says:

    Love often cannot rescue us but helps us to victory through reassurance, encouragement, support, and guidance. Wonderful story.

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