We flourished beside the pool like two happy frogs waiting to take a joyous dip. Lotus flowers floated there atop the becalmed water, like the reflections of perfectly captured stars. A dragonfly, apparently unaware of the twilight, zipped about like an army helicopter, downing as many enemies as his mandibles-for-bullets could bite. A breaching moon threatened one horizon as a submerging sun teased the other. A swan’s neck rose from the reeds like an elegant white snake and then dipped away. The universe hung on her next breath, as did I.
“I love this pool. Don’t you?” she breathed. But my mouth did that thing where some old hag had stitched up my lips, so I just nodded. “There’s something about how it captures everything, from those tiny, stray dandelion seeds to entire eternities. That’s what I think, anyway.” Again, I nodded. “You don’t say much for a man so keen for a date.” I smiled and shrugged. “Meh! Probably for the best. You wouldn’t want to spoil the moment.” As if on queue, she leaned in. I didn’t have to move anything but my lips.
Years later, and the television presenter claimed the police to have found them. All of them. Those dive-bombing children, so obese as to flatten the bullrushes, who had disturbed the pond one last time. They’d stamped on the frogs and stolen the swan’s eggs before they’d even hatched. The presenter looked disgusted, but he was smiling on the inside at the dramatic news story now attached to his name. They were to close the whole area off to ‘re-establish the ecosystem.’ I wanted to cry. It wasn’t that I was an eco-warrior or anything, just that I’d kissed eternity there once, and now I’d never see those stars again.
Thank you for reading
Richard M. Ankers. Author: The Eternals Series and Britannia Unleashed
I’m delighted to have my micro-fiction Eventually posted today at MasticadoresUSA. I have written for the Masticadores family of magazines for a while now, and this is my second post with the USA branch of said publications. As always, a very big thank you to editor Barbara Leonhard for trusting in my work.
Again, I hope you enjoy the short read that is Eventually.
Thank you for reading
Richard M. Ankers
Author of The Eternals Series & Britannia Unleashed
I’m delighted to have my short dark fiction ‘Staring at a World Gone By‘ published today at DarkWinter Literary Magazine. A big thank you to editor Suzanne Craig-Whytock for trusting in this melancholy piece about a ghost sat waiting for the one he has lost.
Please do take some time to explore the site and all the many wonderful reads available.
I’m very pleased to announce that my Gobblers & Masticadores monthly post ‘Petal‘ has just gone live. I hope you have time to read this short fiction, and peruse the latest posts on the site. They’re always good.
A big thank you to editor Manuela Timofte for publishing my work. She’s a gem.
I’m delighted to have my micro-fiction The Loneliness of Creation posted today at MasticadoresUSA. I have written for the Masticadores family of magazines for a while now, but this is my first with the USA branch of said publications. A very big thank you to editor Barbara Leonhard for trusting in my work.
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