Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s photo is provided by Fandango, and shows San Francisco, a city which brings me many happy memories. The inspiration for a happy little tale, for once.
The general idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.
SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE
By Neel Anil Panicker
It took a while for hear to feel the vibration.
Piyali extricated her eyes from the vast blue of the Arabian Sea, from the near invisible tips of the cloud kissing skyscrapers that loomed ahead, sentinel like over the city that they said was paved with riches.
Right now her heart had grown poor.
She stabbed a finger through the jeans; the hissing stopped.
‘Her mom, who else?’, she lashed out, her voice no match for the murderous roar of the froth filled waves that lashed the rocky edges.
A seagull skirted past a string of red and blue balloons as a ship’s hoot blasted the ears.
Her mind mirrored the horizon___a slate grey, ever darkening.
She pressed the replay button.
It was her engagement…Arnab slipping the engagement ring, the clappings, the cheerings had never stopped …his eyes…how they’d feasted on her…the salacious bastard…the inane talks thereafter…everyone…chirping, laughing…kids…squealing, one even sobbing.
And she, smiling through it all, hiding her despair from all.
Somewhere behind her, she heard a vehicle speeding off.
She wished she could do that, too.
Knew it was a just matter of time.
Her heart was embossed with Inder’s love.
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