neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/200words/FFfPP/16/02/2017

bottle

Washed Away

By Neel Anil Panicker

Nina squeezed the last of the drops down her throat and tossed the bottle.

It landed neck down on the sands, its mouth kissing a star fish that couldn’t find solace even in death__its insides scraped clean by other claimants to the sea.

Nina thrust the last of her cocaine-laced Camel cigarettes in between yellowed teeth, remnant of a life spent chasing drugs and alcohol.

Oblivious to the angry waves, she began to blow concentric rings into the evening sun that seemed adamant about calling it a day.

Her gaze swept past the heads of revellers and fell on the star fish.

Her mind flashbacked to the past.

There she was: a cherubic ever smiling girl of six in a cute pink headband over a mop of curly golden hair.

“You are a star”, they all chirped in unison; Poppa, Momma, her friends and, when she turned thirteen, every single boy in town.

And then a year later, a birthday party, a late night drive, a car accident and, the end.

In one moment she turned from star to “poor orphan”.

She heard the shrieks from all around.

 ‘…run…run…it’s a tsunami…’

Nina got up slowly, and headed towards the sea.

(C)neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction  #short story  # 200 word story

FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #08

Written for https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2017-week-08/

2 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/200words/FFfPP/16/02/2017

  1. Great story. So much potential lost. I like that you don’t tell the reader exactly what happened to her in the accident.

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    1. Thanks. I deliberately left it open ended for the readers to conjecture.

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