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April 22, 2020

Fiction: Sea Watchers

Sea Watchers, Edward Hopper

Read the other parts here and here, although it's not necessary.

Fiction: Sea Watchers

They drifted here by the sea after a while. It was a sudden decision. They both wanted to get away from the city. A long vacation, they thought. No crowd, no traffic, no need to shout when they speak to one another. This had been the perfect place.

It seemed a lifetime ago that she had caught up with him on his way out for another shift at the automat. That day, she waited outside the restaurant for five hours but she did not minded it. When he came out and saw her, he was not surprised, only delighted. From that day on, they had always been together.

A sail boat glides by. They watch in amusement. How slow it moves, almost as if it is taking its time. They have not bothered to change out of their swim gears though neither one have any desire to go swimming. It have been their daily habit to get ready for a swim but they rarely go.

When the sun goes down, they would talk for hours until one of them declares bed time. Here in the daylight, they have no need to speak. Silence have always been their shared joy. The sound of the surf and their calm breathing are all they need. There are no knots to untangle, no sorrows to weight them down. The sea gives them peace. If they could, they would erase all their past days and here by the sea, it almost feels as if they did.

A gentle breeze slips by. He turns to face her. She turns at the same moment. Her lips evens into a slight smile. He grins with his eyes dancing. Why have they took so long to come here? This is where they should always be. Together by the sea.

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6 comments:

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    1. @ Christine: Hint? I suppose but then again, it is how the story goes.

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  2. This is lovely - and I am glad she made the right decision and left the creep behind.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: Me too. Although, I didn't realize he sounded like a creep.

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  3. I always love to come back to your past characters and learn more about them. This little vignette is very peaceful.

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    1. @ Roberta R.: I like also to continue previous characters' stories.

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