They lived in an isolated island. The rest of the world was very close, though, separated from their island by a narrow canal. In years past, some tried crossing the canal to the other side, but were swallowed alive by the sea creatures that populate the passage.
But it hasn’t been like this forever. Legend says that in years long gone the water was safe and the tide was low enough that passage between the lands was possible every day. But for many generations none of them have ever seen anything like that.
They tried bridges and boats, but nothing would survive the water.
One day the tide goes low again and they can see the legendary walkaway linking both pieces of land. They cross together, into the city, all happiness.
But at the last minute, she decides that the island is her home and turns her back to her fellow islanders. She stands there, frozen, deciding if her decision was right. Only a few minutes away from becoming the only inhabitant of the island…
This post was written in response to the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, with a photo prompt by TJ Paris.
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