Flag warnings

red flag, beach warning

Like sharks feasting on a lost and hurt swimmer, their feeding frenzy is no less bloodthirsty. Picking at tender, unhealed scars, they scrape away vulnerable self-esteem, peeling it off as easily as filleting an angelfish.

Circling, prodding, waiting for the right moment, they go in for the kill.

Reaching out, hoping for mercy from these sharks, these false benefactors, you are pulled in with kind words, and feigned understanding. They will turn on you, sinking their claws and teeth into your trust’s soft underbelly, rendering a fatal wound.

Watch for the red flags, dangerous creatures are in the water.

The 100 Word Challenge is to tell a story in only 100 words. This week’s theme is “Feasting”

  1. with grands in various stages of school – 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades – all I could read was bullies. 😦 Great job as always, Tara.

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    1. This description could definitely apply to Mean Girls and other bullies. Middle school and High school can be hard.

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  2. Those creatures circle us on land too!

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  3. The line, ” . . .you are pulled in with kind words, and feigned understanding” reached out and really grabbed me. So many different ways to interpret this piece – it really has me thinking! Very nicely written!

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    1. Thank you, Christa. I was hoping this piece could be read in different ways, I’m glad you liked it.

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