Friday Fictioneers – Boat Woman

Posted: August 25, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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She lived in a boat by the river scarcely big enough to hold a bed and looked half-mad: hair in wild curls and clothes in rags.

This was all anybody knew about her. They didn’t know her name, where she came from, or what her story was. She was just the boat woman.

Nobody asked anything else. They all ignored her. She was scenery, not a person.

Then one day she was gone and her boat with her, vanished into thin air.

In seas beyond the sky, she sailed. She would have taken them with her if they’d only asked.

Word Count: 100

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Roselle Wisoff-Fields for holding the challenge and Georgia Koch for providing the prompt photo!

  1. neilmacdon says:

    A lovely fairy tale

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  2. Very touching… you never know what’s hidden behind the surface.

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  3. brainsnorts says:

    i like the idea that she’s not what she seemed and nobody cared to take the time to find out. well done. considering avoiding clichés like “vanished into thin air.” you’re clearly creative enough to make up your own metaphors. consider something like “vanished like rain drops into the river.”

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  4. Sandra says:

    Lovely. The line “she was scenery, not a person” is so evocative. Well done.

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  5. gahlearner says:

    I like this, great morale at the end. Who knows where all these weird people could take us if we only dared to really look at them.

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  6. Dahlia says:

    “She was scenery, not a person.” Well said.

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