FFfAW Challenge-Week of January 2, 2018

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By Neel Anil Panicker

Dolphins shoot up and down from the limpid blue waters, each splash creating concentric rings through which peer out shiny  little red tailed fish, their dove shaped eyes glistening brightly in the glory of the afternoon sun.

From the harbour Lisa watches on, her mind reflective, her eyes finally resting on the ships yonder, on one of them in particular as it readies to depart, the final hoot echoing into the distant skies.

Her mind floated to exactly a year ago. There she was, utterly exhausted and famished, dragging her bedraggled bare boned frame, gingerly stepping onto the deck, taking her first tentative steps in an alien land, a land over a thousand miles away from home, her marital home, a home that turned into a living hell, a 24-hour torture chamber in the almost three years that she remained locked and chained in it.

A swan flapped her wings and floated by.

Watching it, Lisa felt she was one, a fairy in white.

Her heart filled with peace.

At last she had escaped.


11 thoughts on “neelwrites/anewbeginning/FFfAW/flash/fiction/shortstory/174words/03/01/2018

  1. Brilliant. Good for her!

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  2. A nice reflective piece.

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  3. It was worth the struggle to feel freedom.

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  4. Great story Neel! So glad she was able to escape from her hell!

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  5. mandibelle16

    I love this one. I’m so glad she escaped her country and is now healthier and free. It’s nice that she can start again p, that she can heal and be free.

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  6. Freedom is worth every struggle. I hope she finds a better future.

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  7. Intensely written. Well done.

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