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April 26, 2019

Walking By The Sea

Summer Evening at Skagen Beach by Peder Severin Krøyer
Fiction: Walking By The Sea

He was hesitant about taking a walk by the sea in the twilight. Evenings had been rather cold that summer and the wind blew wildly by the water. But she insisted and he had never denied her anything that she wanted.

She was walking calmly beside him. Hardly a word was spoken between them. Her eyes, he had noticed, was always toward the sea. Their dog, Mister, followed them closely.

Was it only half a year ago she had decided to leave her home and come here? She could not think of what might have happened if she had stayed put. Perhaps nothing would have changed or perhaps everything would have changed. She walked slowly as to linger. She didn't want to go home yet. Home, she had often thought, is a place she can breathes easily but home now is unfamiliar and hard to fit herself in.

She sighed at the sight of a boat so late in this hour. The half moon shone brightly and dripped down the water as if trying to climb down. She paused to look at the glimmering sea. It soothed her. She wished she was on that boat going somewhere. She felt his hand around her arm — gentle and firm. Mister whined as if he knew her feeling. But she stared out at the sea longing for something that she had not thought to crave until this moment.

He heard her sighed — quiet, small, a little muffled. He was certain he was the cause, at least, a little bit of it. If he had not made her leave her home, perhaps she would have been happier. But her family was saved - that much he knew she was glad for. It was not a small sum but not too large that she would be grateful to him endlessly. And yet, the amount comes to him in his dreams and she was there as well to declare he had brought her for cheap. Her face twisted in anger and dismay. But then he woke and opened his eyes. He turned to her beside him in bed. Doubt hovered over him. She had made her choice and had accepted him but he often wondered if it was enough that he was kind and allowed her to do as she wished.

She bended a little to rub Mister's head and then said, "Let us go home." She turned about and let his hand slipped from her arm. She started walking and he followed her, letting his hand stayed at his side close to hers. Mister yelped as he followed them.

April A-Z Challenge 2019

7 comments:

  1. This is sad. For both of them, and perhaps for Mister as well.

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    1. it's not completely sad, who knows, maybe they will ended up being happy together...

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  2. I find this romantic, a marriage of convenience, they sometimes work out.

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    1. maybe they worked out, maybe they don't'...

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  3. This sounds like the middle piece of a sad story. But as I am a stickler for happy endings, I hope the ship is a harbinger of good news from her home. Btw, I always learned that the past tense of shine was shone (not shined), was my teacher wrong or has this changed over time?

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    1. I think in this instant, I shoud use 'shone' so I have corrected it. but both 'shined' and 'shone' seems to be correct.

      here's a link that might explain it better

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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    2. Ahh I see. Shined exists as well, only the meaning is a bit different; I've become wiser. That most assuredly is not a bad thing, thank you.

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