Thursday photo prompt: Threshold #writephoto

For visually challenged writers, the image shows the view from within a cave on the sea shore, looking out onto a beach. There are the shadowy entrances of other caves across the bay and a waterfall tumbles down from the rocky cliffs.
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It was a good hiding place.
No-one would find him here, and safe in the darkness, he settled down to sleep.

When he awoke, the landscape had changed and he saw other doorways into tunnels that had been hidden by the tide.
His own cavern was no longer footed by water, and he tentatively put his feet down from his rocky bed onto the gritted floor fully expecting to sink up to his waist.
On wobbly legs he walked out into daylight, marvelling at the freshness of the air, the warmth of the sun and crisp clean colours of the shoreline.
It was also remarkably quiet, no argumentative gulls fighting over scraps, the only sound being the gentle trickle of the waterfall.
He rinsed his face, then cupped his hands under the cool water, raising them to his lips.
He felt revived, curious, blessed and terrified.
He had wished for one day above water.
Come dusk, he must return to this threshold, embrace the evening tide and revert to his aquatic form.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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16 Responses to Thursday photo prompt: Threshold #writephoto

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Di I do live this πŸ’œ

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Nice πŸ™‚ I didn’t work that out tll the last lines πŸ™‚

  3. Sadje says:

    Very well written. Surprise at the end.

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    That is an intriguing premise. What will he do with his day I wonder?

    • I found myself thinking about that when I published it. He couldn’t exactly go into town and have a slap up meal, but could enjoy nature above water. Like several things lately it started off in one direction and then went completely somewhere else!

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  6. Alli Templeton says:

    Very well written and imagined piece, Di. There must be loads of directions this story could go in. I like the fact that it’s a he and not a she. I’d love to know where it leads and what he does with his unique day and what consequences lie ahead. πŸ™‚

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