Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Rose Petals into the Sea

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season celebrating with friends and family. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a magical year. :) To start off the first day of 2013, I'm jumping into a flash fiction blog hop that's already been going on for a few days, but I promised the host I'd write a piece for today's prompt.

It's day EIGHT of Stacy Bennett-Hoyt's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. The theme is GIFTS and each day has a prompt. Today's prompt is SEA.

"Is it true Grandma was a selkie?"
"Aye." Grandpa sat back on his heels in the rose garden, a wool cap shading his blue eyes from the sun. "It's true."
"Do you miss her?"
He stood, wincing as his knees creaked. "Every day."
I watched him hobble to the edge of the cliff, throwing a handful of petals into the ocean. "Are the roses for her?"
Grandpa nodded.
I gazed out at the wide rolling sea. "Is she out there?"
"She's out there."
I squinted, scanning the surface for seals. "Can you see her now?"
"No." Grandpa shook his head. "I have not seen her since she left. But I can feel her, as sure as a storm in my bones."
I picked a rose from the basket, peach with red-tipped petals. "Do you think you'll ever see her again?"
Grandpa smiled. "She carries my soul in her heart. And I hers. We will find each other after this life, or in the next."
I twirled the thorny stem in my fingers. "That's a long time to wait."
"A lifetime is only a heartbeat to wait for true love." He motioned for me to join him by the cliff edge. The wind kicked up, a salty ocean spray lifting my blond hair as I walked to his side. He laid a handful of rose petals in my palm. "Watch."
A breeze snatched the petals and they floated, dancing weightless in the air until they spiraled slowly one by one out to sea.
"Now, close your eyes."
I closed my eyes, barely breathing as the faintest notes of a siren's song drifted over the waves.
"She was my gift," Grandpa whispered, clutching my hand. "My gift from the sea."
Thank you Stacy (AKA @Rowanwolf66) for luring me into writing a piece of flash fiction on the first morning of 2013! The 12 Days badge was designed by artist and writer, Angie Richmond. You can read my recent interview with her here. Rose Petals into the Sea is 288 words. I'd love to hear what you think!
Image credit for the photograph: http://night-c-h-i-l-d.tumblr.com/post/24863437429.


  1. Sophie, just spellbinding, so lovely. Thank you for this tale of true love rather than a selkie captured, such an uplifting take on the prompt. I totally love this. Thank you so much. Hope your 2013 is as magical as your work.

  2. Love it, "A lifetime is only a heartbeat to wait for true love." Tears!

  3. You made me cry there.... well done.

  4. No one does spellbound romance like you Ms Moss, this is just wonderful. It oozes true love. Beautiful and emotional.

  5. My soul aches likes his as I read this...but a moment in time, such beauty and faith in true love! Wonderful!

  6. There's the germ of another book here, Sophie. Beautifully written, as always.

  7. Such a wonderfully written piece, :)

  8. Ohhh, Sophie... that was so lovely... it brought tears to my eyes, and as one who wrote many, many fan fictions for Pirates of the Caribbean, I find that sometimes its those poignant and brief "one shots" that can provoke the deepest feeling. Thank you for this beautifully written piece... I can't wait for your next wonderful "Selkie" series novel!!!!!

  9. Oh, how glad I am that you're going the Hop, even if it's just for this story. So much depth in this one, and you capture the grandfather's longing and patience so perfectly. "I can feel her, as sure as a storm in my bones"--stunning.

  10. Magical, as always, Sophie. You tell your tales with a delicate, soft caress. Such a lovely story. :)))

  11. A painting captured in so few words. So very difficult to do. So very well done in these words.

  12. You are such a talented writer!

  13. I always love your selkie tales, Sophie! They are a gift to us readers!

  14. This is so beautiful, Sophie! I especially loved this line, "A lifetime is only a heartbeat to wait for true love." As usual you weave your words magically. :)