The Sound


As a child, she walked the shoreline, listening to waves lap against rocks as she stooped to study tiny tide pool worlds that breathed in and out with the waves.

As a teen, she sailed the inlet, departing the harbor to the cry of seagulls. She’d wondered then, why they sounded so sad.

Time passes. A million waves. A million breaths.

Cradling an urn, her sister is accompanied by brother and husband. They drift toward the last boat on the right, murmuring memories. An occasional laugh joins the music of the masts.

Still, they know why the seagulls cry.

99 Words

I love Ted Strutz’s photo prompt! I love sailboats, I love Puget Sound, I love harbors, the sea, the mountains. So, it’s no wonder. Thank you, Ted! 🙂

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt. 

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43 Responses to The Sound

  1. neilmacdon says:

    wonderfully atmospheric, Jan

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  2. StuHN says:

    You nailed the story to photo prompt beautifully, Jan. The last line works on so many levels.

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  3. jillyfunnell says:

    Beautifully told, Jan.

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  4. Mike says:

    Great story, Jan. Beautifully written.

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  5. Sad and saturated with mood. Well done.

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  6. Dear Jan,

    I could hear the gulls cry and the waves crash against the shore. Beautifully atmospheric and sad.



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  7. Dale says:

    I loved this beautifully atmospheric and nostalgic take, Jan.

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    Lovely romantic feel to this, in among the sadness.

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  9. ceayr says:

    Those of us who love the sea are right there with her ashes.

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  10. Beautifully lush and sad, Jan, although there are worse way to live and to go and to be remembered.


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  11. trentpmcd says:

    Very well told.

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  12. pennygadd51 says:

    Really, really lovely. Exquisitely crafted. You’ve written a story of a life – and yet it’s not just a single life, it’s emblematic of any life that’s been well lived. Truly, the seagulls cry for us all.

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  13. 4963andypop says:

    One with the water, forver. Very pretty.

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  14. Linda Apple says:

    You have found your writer’s calling. The power of brevity, the beauty of powerful symbolism, the heart and soul of a poet…I love this.

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    I’ve just read it again, simply for the pleasure. It’s lovely!

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  16. So beautiful… I feel her full life is coming to an end in the only way it could possibly do.

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  17. granonine says:

    Why the seagulls cry. Never thought about it. They’ll sound different to me next time I’m at the shore.

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  18. subroto says:

    Beautifully done, you reeled us right in with this story.

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  19. tedstrutz says:

    A beautiful story, Jan. My parents are in those waters.

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  20. lisarey1990 says:

    Great atmosphere in this piece.

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