Runaway (part II)

It’s my penultimate day of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. It requires you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. But it’s a lot of fun.

Today, I’d like to nominate Lindsey from REVolving.

And if you have time, check out Samantha’s, Izzy’s and Jessica’s challenge entries.

Five Photos, Five Stories – Day 4: Runaway


A girl lies on a bench on the promenade. She smiles in her sleep.

I know her. I’ve no idea who she is. I have to turn my back to the wind to take a good look. Sand is blowing over from the beach, blasting anyone stupid enough walking along the waterfront. I’ve been stupid for a while.

‘Have we met before?’

It’s nothing but a whisper, drowned out by the wind. She can’t have heard. She opens her eyes. She sits, pats the bench with a scaly hand.

My runaway mermaid. Maybe I’m not as stupid as everyone thinks.


6 thoughts on “Runaway (part II)

  1. Very good! My favorite lines were “Sand is blowing over from the beach, blasting anyone stupid enough walking along the waterfront. I’ve been stupid for a while.” Stupidly persistent because his heart won’t let him rest. Not until he finds the one who got away, his mermaid … and he did. ❤

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    1. Cheers, Izzy!
      I walked along the waterfront myself yesterday. The wind was howling and I got seriously sand-blasted. I told myself it was stupid, I should have chosen to walk down the road to be sheltered from the wind, and then I found the mermaid statue and thus my story. Sometimes, stupidity does pay off 🙂

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  2. Lovely words and a lovely image- where is it ?
    Will they slip back in to the sea together or will she forsake the ocean to stay on the sand-blasted promenade with him?

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    1. It’s on Marine Walk in Swansea. About five minutes from where I live at the moment.
      I don’t know yet what is going to happen, but I’ll probably come back to them. I didn’t even know I’d continue the story until I took a proper look at the mermaid yesterday. Thank you again for inviting me to join the challenge – it was a lot of fun! Showed me that I need to pay more attention to my surroundings and snap more pics. There’s story fodder everywhere 🙂

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