Alicia loved this beach. She’d been coming here since she was a child. She breathed in the tangy salt air and lay back in the sinking lounge chair. Just as her eyes shut, a small hand grabbed her arm and frantically tried to pull her out of the chair.
She resisted and scolded her five-year-old son. “What’s with you, Timmy? Let me go! I just got comfortable.”
“But Mama, you’ve got to come see the creature!”
Alicia stared at her son. Timmy was known for his overactive imagination. She’d been the same at his age, but now it got old fast. She pulled her sunglasses down on her nose and said, “I don’t want to hear about any imaginary creatures!”
Hurt flashed through his eyes. She softened her tone and said, “Hey, I promise to go with you later, kiddo. Stay here and dig in the sand for awhile. Mama’s tired.”
But Timmy tugged even harder on her arm and pleaded, “It’s not imaginary, Mama. I promise. Oh, please come with me now!” Alicia felt a twinge of concern at the lisp in her son’s voice, a sure sign of nervousness.
With a frustrated sigh, she got up and let her five-year-old son pull her down the beach. She wondered what it was this time. Last time, he said he’d found a giant pile of bones. But when she got there, it was just driftwood half covered by sand.
Timmy pulled her up towards the dunes, gripping her hand so tightly it hurt. “It’s this way, Mama. Hurry or it might disappear.”
The thicker sand slowed them as they neared the dunes. Timmy pointed to something barely visible in the sand. Alicia saw it. There was something familiar about it. Her heart raced. She spoke quietly to herself, “It can’t be!”
But Timmy heard her. “You see it, too, don’t you. Hurry up, Mama!”
Now, it was Alicia’s hand tugging on Timmy’s. “Slow down, son and be quiet!”
They both walked silently through the deep sand until Alicia put her arm across Timmy’s chest, stopping him. She stared at the thing in the sand, knowing this time it wasn’t Timmy’s imagination.
“Oh. My. Goodness. He’s returned. I didn’t think I’d ever see him again! Let me tell you about him.”
Now it’s YOUR turn.
Story Photo Challenge 1:
What does Alicia tell Timmy about the creature? Try to keep this under 150 words.
Here are some questions to consider in your writing.
- Does he have a name?
- How does Alicia know about him?
- Why did he return?
- Where did he come from?
- Is he friend or foe?
Quickie Story Photo Challenge:
For those who need to stop and go:~) What kind of creature is this?
My example: a prehistoric pelican