PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

Rochelle’s prompt this week is a scene of sunlit canals, quiet streets. Perhaps a backwater behind the busy centre of Venice ? Here is my 100 word story.

LOST AND FOUND

I merge into the waves of people, shift into the shadow of an unlit empty canal, rank smelling, flotsam drifting on the dark water.

I am human flotsam, drawn to a current that can suck me down into oblivion. She threw me away, unwanted. I fled to this haunting city to hide in the blur of people here.

Down a side street I notice a café. The owner smiles at me and through her open door wafts the warm sweet aroma of tomatoes, herbs, meat. I feel suddenly famished. She invites me in, my whole being softens. I am welcome here.

 

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