Response JSW 4-19-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

I lay on the table, oblivious to anything around me. Eyes finally closed. Distant sounds of the sea rolling towards me.

I almost drowned when I was five. My older brother dared me to keep wading out into the surf, further and further until there was no sand beneath my feet.

Then the bad things started. I wasn’t the bad things, but they said they were inside me so I guess they must have been. I don’t remember, but they must have been. The nightmares never left, so they must have been.

I knew he was here, watching me drown.

I drifted further, floating now on the swells, feeling the salt in my veins pulling me down. Past the breakers. Floating out to sea.

To sea. See.

I could finally see. Floating. Drowning in the soft warm rush of waves of darkness.

Warden: “Time of Death. 12:01”

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