THE NEW NORMAL

Elaine looked at the water lapping against the side of the house. She could see the small white line she had made yesterday.

‘Level is the same as yesterday,’ she said.

Albert nodded. That meant the dam had held. Another storm had passed and their town was secure. ‘Anything you need from the store?’

‘Just see if they have any gin. Supposed to be delivered this week.’

Albert stepped out the window onto the rowing boat that was tethered next to it. He began rowing down the street.

The neighbourhood was quiet. It always was these days, with no petrol left for the outboard motors.

He tied his boat at the town centre marina and walked along the floating gangway to the store. Picking up his weekly newspaper and milk, he saw the shelves looking empty.

‘Supply boat didn’t make it through?’ he asked Bob.

”Fraid not, waiting for a gap in the hurricanes. Likely be another month until the calm season starts,’ Bob said. ‘Heading to watch the big match this evening?’

‘You know I can’t stand water polo. Not a real sport.’

Albert rowed back to the house. Another quiet Sunday by the fire beckoned.

C’est la vie.


211-09-september-10th-2017
Copyright A Mixed Bag

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visit HERE.

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37 responses to “THE NEW NORMAL”

  1. That’s it Iain. Life goes on

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    1. It always does. Thank you.

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  2. “Waiting for the calm season” Pretty much the way the world is going with Global Warming. Good story Iain.

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  3. Water polo could become the norm in some places the way things are going!

    Click to read my tale

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  4. Water polo! Good post.

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      1. You’re welcome, Lain.

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  5. Love the story and the title- The New Normal. Very well-written!

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    1. So long as he has a nice bit of peace and quiet, he’s a happy man.

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  6. Water Polo? Made be a popular sport here in Florida tomorrow. 🙂

    DJ

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  7. Great title. Fantastic story. And satisfying ending. It was Albert’s Sunday wrapped up like a sandwich. Nicely constructed, Iain.

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    1. Thank you John. I wish my Sunday’s were so peaceful.

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  8. Very timely story! Will they be moving soon?

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    1. They seem pretty accepting and settled to me!

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  9. Hmmm…wonder what the inspiration was for this story. 🙂
    Good job and love the ending!

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    1. A story for our times. Thanks Joy

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  10. That’s not a new normal we’d want, I imagine. Love the matter-of-fact writing that makes this feel so plausible.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I’m sure we would adapt, but I agree, not what any of us would want.

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  11. Hi Iain

    I have nominated you guys for the Liebster award. (http://mrsdashsayss.blogspot.in/2017/09/liebster-award.html)

    Hope you do accept it and link me back with the reply.

    XOXO

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    1. Thanks, unfortunately I don’t do awards, purely as I don’t have time, but I appreciate you thinking of me.

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  12. Just a newspaper and milk? I’m feeling hungry already.

    Half expected you’d produce another crime story out of this one. Would have been interesting.

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    1. No crime story this time, just an everyday tale. Thanks James.

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  13. Laughing.
    Enjoyed this lots.

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  14. Your pieces are lovely. Can’t stop reading!

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    1. You are very kind, thank you 🙂

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  15. An inconvenient truth?!!

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  16. Excellent story with a languid calmness and a resigned acceptance to the pitiable situation. Very well written, Kelly

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  17. […] This is a companion piece to another short piece – you can read part one here: THE NEW NORMAL […]

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  18. Looking at the rain outside makes me think this lifestyle might not be so far into the future x

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  19. Sounds peaceful if a little scare of necessaries. Well done.

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