Her lifeless body, so still, so perfect, so young, motionless upon the shoreline. The waves creeping slowly closer, menacingly, relentlessly. Most of her clothes lay in disarray across the sand, a sandal here, a skirt there, tossed violently in the air. Her family’s bodies scattered haphazardly along the shore, her mother here, her father there.

The sea inching ever closer, a moment away.

The first wave hits, she shrieks with glee and jumps to her feet, moving a little closer to the safety of her family enjoying a day at the seaside.

She lies down again, ready for round two.

©CMA 2016



From the Compendium of One Hundred Word Stories