RECLAMATION

The water rolled in. She could see nothing on the horizon, just the deep blue water.

This was it – the last small remaining piece of land was slowly being swallowed.

The ships were ready to launch, floating cities that they hoped would sustain them. For how long, no one could guess.

The hope was that the water level would one day begin to drop. The land was still there, the old world they had once inhabited, now entombed. Perhaps a future generation could reclaim it from the sea.

But it would not happen in her lifetime, she knew that.

She walked into the water, throwing off her dress, feeling the cold, salty liquid embalm her, claiming her as it had so many others. She started to swim.

She had no idea how long she could keep going for.

Soon she was just a small dot, another soul lost under the waves, joining the billions more in their murky, deep graves.


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Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt – Small curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

31 responses to “RECLAMATION”

  1. A tragic tale all too relevant to our era. Perhaps she chose a better end than many…

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    1. Yes, perhaps it was the best way out…

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      1. Best? Perhaps not… but it can seem that way…

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  2. Excellent world building for a short story.

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    1. Thank you Darnell, could definitely work as part of a longer story

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  3. A very chilling tale. Well done!

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  4. Very tragic and chilling tale, Iain. Brilliantly written, as usual.

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    1. Thank you, too kind 🙂

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  5. Yikes, that is so intense and sad. Well written. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, really appreciated.

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    1. Thanks Roberta, unfortunately so!

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  6. Sad story, you wrote it beautifully Iain.

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    1. Thank you so much Helene

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  7. Our shared future?

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    1. One possible outcome certainly

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  8. Such an incredibly sad story… but not too far in the future, I think…

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    1. Thank you so much, and thanks for the reblog.

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  9. Gosh… too much cheese late at night? That’s cheery Iain! Well written as per…

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    1. It’s a struggle to see the light side of so many things at the moment!

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  10. Ooh, creepy, but good!

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  11. I felt like I was there with her…all the way. Well done!

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  12. So very tragic. Stunningly written.

    I also very much loved reading your book A Justified State. The review can be found at:

    https://culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/a-justified-state-by-iain-kelly-review/

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    1. Thanks Lisa, and thank you so much for your wonderful review of my book – about to reblog it now. Such feedback is so good to get – and I’m so glad you picked up on the character of Montana and her non-binary gender, it was something I wanted to very much include in a future world. Really much appreciated, thanks again 🙂

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