Beyond the Horizon

(280 words)

‘Do you think he can see us, Mum?’

‘I think so, sweetie.’

Jack gazed out at the ocean, mesmerised by the lapping waves. The sun sank low in the west, whitecaps flickering beneath a fiery orange sky. The dull hiss of the breeze through the dunes behind them. A seagull bobbed on the gentle swell.

What a difference a week made.

‘Just a short trip out, lass. Some good mackerel ’round that headland. Jack, stop blubbin’, I’ll just be a few hours. Save some stew for me…’

Emma swallowed past the lump in her throat, blinked back tears. Only six days since Eric had been so cruelly snatched from them. A churning grey sky, wind howling against the shutters, waves battering the shore.

The wreckage of his fishing boat found washed up in the next cove, smashed to splinters.

Saucy Sue had returned.

He hadn’t.

Dear Mrs Wilkins, it is with deepest regret that we inform you…

‘Can he see us, Mum? Is he out there?’

She scrubbed a hand across her eyes. Sniffled. Squeezed Jack’s shoulder.

‘Of course he is. He’ll always be with us. C’mon.’

She pressed a battered gold watch into Jack’s hand. Flashed him a watery smile. ‘Let’s give him a goodnight present, alright?…One…two…three!’

The watch arced through the air, glinting in the sunlight. A faint splash. The seagull erupted from the water, calling mournfully. ItΒ circled high above them, fixed them with a piercing eye before soaring away towards the horizon, the sea a shimmering blanket of gold under the setting sun.

Emma shivered. Jack huddled against his mother’s waist, raised a hand to the fading sunset.

‘Night, Dad,’ he murmured.


This was written for Tell The Story, a writing prompt initiated by The Eclectic Contrarian.

I was nominated by Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel, you can read her story here.

General guidelines:

Create a short story or poem based on the picture you are given.

Tag at least three bloggers of your choice to continue the challenge.

Add your own picture for your three nominees.

So to continue the challenge: here’s my chosen image:

My nominees for this challenge are:

Pensitivity101

Sadje – Keep It Alive

The Haunted Wordsmith

Kait King

Feel free to nominate three new bloggers if you’d like to continue the Tell The Story prompt onward! Anyone else who fancies taking part with the image above, go for it! πŸ™‚ Be sure to link to your own story/poem in the comments below!

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