Flight of sorts

For the dverse prompt. 144 words exactly.

The egret picked its way through the reeds to where the open water of the lake began, the stately progression of a Medieval princess dressed in white samite performing some mystery. He shifted his weight; the movement frightened the bird and it launched itself in a shower of droplets into the sky. Envy made her want to weep.
“Oh to have that freedom, those white wings.”
He shrugged. “It’s not freedom. It’s just following nature’s orders.”
“Sometimes,” she said, “the great bones of my life feel so heavy, I could drown in these shallows.”
He took her hand. She knew what he was going to say, the platitude about how he’d always be there to carry her. She pulled her hand away.
“The shallows call with more passion than I’ve ever heard from you.”
“I know,” he said and turned back to the house.

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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.

39 thoughts on “Flight of sorts”

  1. The heaviness of the words that pass between them are like chains this couple is dragging behind them. To follow one’s nature rather than one’s obligations…(K)

  2. Medieval or modern day couple, this exchange could be repeated in far too many relationships. Mores may change, but attitudes cling to minds in ways that escape reason. Some people do not have the capacity to understand and/or sympathize with emotions contrary to their own. The world needs more empathy.

    1. You’re right. Too many people assume they are 100% right. Once you get to thinking in that way, it’s impossible to accept the possibility of being wrong. Just look at the awful vitriol that’s spilled on the social media. Every idiot is judge and jury.

  3. This is gorgeous! It’s always nice to know that someone is there watching over us but vital that we find and mantain our own footing. ❤️

  4. Stress brings out peoples’ worst character flaws. Domestic violence has been soaring for the past year. Hoping they can kiss and make up by bedtime.

  5. Beautifully written. To me this was a relationship at it’s very end. I think he disturbs the woman as he did the bird.

    1. Thank you. I think you’re right. Some people are unable/unwilling to think in someone else’s skin. They are sufficient in themselves, and it’s up to the rest of the world to conform.

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