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


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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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