#Three line tales: The beach

This short story is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales photo prompt.

photo by Jeremy Bishop via Unsplash


The unexpectedly early summer sun had brought scores down to the beach: surfers, swimmers, sunbathers; and the jet ski rental, the shark fishing trips and the beach restaurants were all open and doing a roaring trade.

Beneath the turquoise water, the sea life was dying: pollution from the hotels and restaurants; noise and turbulence from the jet skis; and the massacre of the sharks and other big fish was destroying the fragile eco-system.

They were having too much fun to notice the wave rolling in and gaining in power and height as it approached the shore, the wave that had risen from the depths of the ocean, taken its strength from the anger of the ocean—the killer wave.

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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.

21 thoughts on “#Three line tales: The beach”

    1. I think it’s a wave with teeth 🙂 At an individual level, the result would be the same, but it would need a really monster crocodile to destroy as much as a tsunami.

  1. An interesting concept ; nature strikes back , butler in reality she has no thoughts being unconscious, any harm she does us is unpremeditated.
    Of course you may believe nature is controlled by God who intends to punish our reckless behavior.

    1. I don’t think nature has a consciousness, no, and the idea of the ocean avenging itself on our thoughtless behaviour is pure fantasy. I think there may well come a time though when our behaviour will have so disrupted the climate, polluted the sea, the air and the soil that we will suffer, although the main sufferers will be the poor nations that have done the least to cause it.

      1. I don’t know why you say that. Dull people don’t understand fantasy except the kind that beats them over the head with a war hammer or a light sabre. They don’t see that fantasy is simply an extension of what we call reality.

      2. You made me smile by mentioning dull people and reminded me of those militant atheists ( some very intelligent) who fear all fantasy and get into a fearful rage over the fantasy of Christmas.

      3. It shows a certain unease, when there can be no laughter. That all ideas have to be deadly serious. Perhaps they fear that if they don’t rage and show a very stern face, they will slip back into belief. I don’t believe in it either, but I’d rather laugh at it when pushed. Religious belief passed me by a long time ago.

    1. All summer we get news stories about holiday resorts that want to carry out shark extermination when some tourist gets attacked swimming in a quiet, paradise spot where the locals never swim because they know there are sharks…

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