Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham
This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.
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Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word Count: 5+9+150=164 Words
THE SHORE AND THE SEA by P.S. Joshi
Arriving at the beach, she reflected on her life. Marian had always thought of the shore as life and the sea as eternity.
Her daughter brought her today for a beach outing, “…to get you out of the house,” she’d said.
Betty opened the immense, multicolored umbrella, placing first a blanket, then two folding chairs under it. “You can sit here, Mom, while I go for a swim,” she said.
Marian leaned back and closed her eyes. She and George brought the two kids here many weekends in the past. She couldn’t stay in the sun long now, so didn’t swim.
It had been ten years since George died. Sometimes it seemed less.
When she opened her eyes, she thought she saw him walking up the beach. He came to her and said, “Let’s go Marian.”
She took his hand as it seemed so natural.
When Betty came from the water, one look told her Marian was at peace.