Open water

fish in shallows

I exhaust my arsenal of survival strategies too soon. My spirit depleted, your clever ruses skew my sense of worthiness.

Changing tactics, I keep to the shallows where my choices are clear. Accustom to playing your mind games and navigating your sins of omission, my last chance at victory is the uncomplicated truth. A secret weapon you won’t expect this late in our hostilities.

I break the surface, coming up for air. Fortified, I take a last look back, gauging your apathy toward my pending escape, and do the only thing left for me to do…

…head for open water.

The Trifecta challenge this week is: Exhaust [verb \ig-ˈzȯst\] 3b : to try out the whole number of
The 100 Word Challenge is to tell a story in only 100 words. This week’s theme is ‘Surviving’

*Photo venue: Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, FL


21 thoughts on “Open water

  1. What fantastic opening lines & a powerful piece ,leaving the reader craving for more.Loved the subtle message at the ending-intelligent writing once again Tara:-)

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  2. A secret weapon you won’t expect this late in our hostilities.
    Contrast this with the underdog tone of the rest of the piece. Devastating!
    Here’s to clear swimming to the open water.

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  3. you know how sometimes you read something and you feel like …”I could have written that, I wish I had written that.”
    I just felt that.

    Point the way to the open water…every word was just brilliant and beautiful.

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