Friday Fictioneers: Down by the mossy water





Her fingers trail in the mossy water.

The pond is still, no breeze to trouble the surface. Last time she was here, wind frothed the water, turning rain to mist. Though she’d shivered, her core remained warm, enfolded.

With him.

Now the bank is cold under her, damp creeps through her clothes, into her bones, worms up her spine. A chill stone seems to form in her stomach, heavy enough to hold her under the water. She feels so slight she could slip in with barely a ripple.

Should he return, he will find her. The water’s puppet.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. Write a story of no more than 100 words to accompany the photo. See here to join the fun and to read the other tales.

40 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Down by the mossy water

      1. I do remember this. Nick killing poor old Kylie and lobbing her into the river. Don’t remember how successful it was though. Perhaps a bit gothic for the times.

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      2. Not a natural pairing. But then I didn’t envisage her with Michael Hutchens either. I’m guessing she must be a darker monkey than she’s portrayed 🙂

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      3. I found it interesting after he died, that his parents wanted to believe he had committed suicide and Paula Yates wanted the cause of death to be auto-erotic asphyxiation. The family couldn’t cope with the shame of the sexual angle and Yates didn’t want to think he’d chosen to leave her. I can understand both angles. Such a bloody waste either way.

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    1. Thanks C, you’re very lovely :). I would have expanded on the last lines if I’d had more leeway with word length, so I’m not surprised if it’s unclear. It’s supposed to be an image of a body held by the water, limbs suspended at her sides like the water’s puppet. Thanks for reading as always 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your great comment, Bjorn. Glad my intentions came across on the screen. I think you’re right, there’s an element of ‘I’ll show him’ with this girl. A sad and wasteful attitude, though. Thanks so much for reading 🙂


    1. Thanks so much. I think you’re right – sometimes these shorts tend to come out like prose poetry. Sort of unintentional but I quite like the result anyway. Thanks so much for reading 🙂


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