Terra Firma – Year One

Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here. This week’s photo has been graciously donated by: Bradley Harris

wc: 101

The beach was pristine,untouched by humankind for a millennia. I walked slowly down the stretch, watching dolphins play. On the breeze, I heard their chortles of glee as they leapt, spun, and dove. I smiled. I couldn’t help it. Their joy was infectious.

Walking on, my destination growing larger on the horizon. The old ship wreck, still half beached, half buried beneath the waves lapping against its rusted hull. The upper deck now home to hundreds of seagulls who were none to happy at my appearance. Again, I smiled. It was good to see Terra Firma once again teeming with life.

Author’s Note: This week, Omicron is surging fiercely in our area of the country. We have returned to mask wearing, and there are shortages of basic groceries and what is there has inflated in price. Personally, we have lost two Aunts in the last few weeks to Covid, as well as several friends and acquaintances. It is a rough time, and so I thought I’d write something joyful, something that would hopefully transport the reader away from the grimness of reality for a few moments. May you all have a safe and healthy week. My prayers are raising for our great nation and it’s citizens, as well as our world as we live day to day with this “plague” of Covid.

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18 thoughts on “Terra Firma – Year One”

  1. I liked your story that has taken me away for a moment from the distractions of covid and various issues.
    We were blighted over the holiday period with isolations and people confined to bedrooms while the worse past. Our family deaths occurred during the height of the first waves, seems so long ago now.
    Sorry about you aunts. best regards.

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    1. At the beginning,,, in the first three weeks, I lost 28 of my 36 godchildren and most of their parents. I haven’t felt such grief since 9-11, and pray I never have to again.

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    1. Amen to the lifting. Our Sunday School for the little ones and choir was canceled this morning, and masks are once again required for church.


  2. I have been home sick…I don’t know if it is COVID or not. I don’t feel well enough to go out and get the test. I’m not even sure where to go! It sounds easier than it is when you watch it all on the news. I do love the thought of walking upon a calm bay where a shipwreck has turned into an ecosystem for more life!

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      1. I would get tested because this thing goes wrong side up fast. I’ve been to ER twice – COVID-19 pneumonia but because there are no rooms available or staff for care, I’m sent home each time, alone. I’m on my third round of antibiotics, third round of steroids, prescription cough medications and I still have fever of 101.1 after battling this for over 13 days. It’s pretty horrible. No strength to even get up to get some water. 😢


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