Three line tales: Terminus

This is for Sonya’s three line tales challenge. The photo for the prompt is by Charlie Hang.


‘The ferry terminal’s over there,’ she said, ‘so what’s that thing, so low in the water down there, where those people are trooping so silently?’

‘Different destinations,’ he replied, taking her hand as they climbed up the spidery stairs towards the platform where the neon sign winked red at night, and they could see the arms of the bay stretched out into the mists of the ocean, around the invisible island.

He looked down at the boat, punting through the dark water away from the quay, then back at her, his eyes filled with a deep sadness, and in the instant before he jumped into the buffeting wind, pulling her after him, she understood where they were going.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

47 thoughts on “Three line tales: Terminus”

      1. Just about what’s beyond death. There are lots of theories I’m hoping aren’t true. Harps and angels and singing His name for eternity sounds like grounds for suicide (again).

      2. My belief, one must remember to wake-up, when our organic vehicle just can’t do it anymore, or become dark-matter within eternal sleep…

        Just my thoughts


      3. All right, if you want difficult, what I really think is waiting is…absolutely nothing. No spirits in the wind, no reincarnation as a tree or a canary, just an awful lot of nothing. That, to me, is pretty hard to imagine.

  1. I’m hoping the lifeguards saw them, they were pulled out, and got help, and won’t try this again, because I hate drowning, as a former lifeguard myself.

    Or maybe they just swam down to Atlantis? Magic prevailed and helped them along? I am hoping.

    1. I can’t decide how I feel about their fate. He had no business dragging her after him without even discussing it first. But she seemed to know what was going to happen, so maybe they’d already talked about it. Maybe. He should have given her another chance to change her mind though.

  2. Hm, I’m in such an apocalyptic mode that I thought they’d decided to die to end it all. But maybe that’s not what they think they’re doing… Another great story, Jane!

    1. Maybe too many. I have a feeling I might have been a bit obscure in this one. At least everybody gets that they jump. What happens afterwards, of course, nobody really knows.

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