The Woman in the Water

Posted: July 31, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The sun shone in the clear sky; the sea was a shimmering mirror of flat blue-green; the beach was a crescent stretch of empty white sand, swept by a soft wind.

Jean couldn’t have imagined a more boring day. She sat at her station, twirling her lanyard and whistle between her fingers.

Then she heard a cry echoing over the waters and grabbed her binoculars.

A lone figure bobbed up and down in the water, her white dress soaked, black hair clinging to her face.

Jean ran to her canoe and paddled out swift as she could. Breathing heavily, her face pale and her eyes wide, the young woman grabbed Jean’s hand and was hauled aboard, falling in a shivering, shaking wreck.

“Are you all right?” Jean asked. “What happened?”

“Ship,” the woman muttered. “The ship’s under attack.”

“What ship?”

The woman looked up.

“The Mary Celeste.”

Word Count: 147

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and TJ Paris for providing the prompt photo!

  1. marja says:

    such a cool end. A surviver from a ghost ship

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  2. any1mark says:

    The tide brought in a ghost! Good take on the prompt

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  3. Reena Saxena says:

    The story moves on a time machine.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Wonderful. Either a ghost, a time machine, or a deranged woman in the water. Great stuff.

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    Spooky – I loved that last line.

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  6. Her boring day became very exciting! Great story J.A.!

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  7. maybe a ghost surviour from Mary Celeste wandering from 1872 . interesting and spooky. the lifeguard has something interesting to look forward.

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  8. Varad says:

    Thought I had heard the name ‘Mary Celeste’ long ago. *googles quickly* Ah! The apparent ghost ship! Good take JA, this gives the readers so many possibilities.

    PS: The title reminded me of the horrible M.Night Shyamalan film ‘Lady in the Water’

    Click to read about the last men on earth

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  9. The lady sees the dead. Now she’s got some excitement going on.

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