Thursday, February 4, 2016

TEMPTATION

Hosted by RochelleWisoff-Fields @ Addicted to Purple has supplied us with a new photo prompt. To participate simply write a complete story in 100 words or less. 
As Rochelle says, make every word count!

PHOTO PROMPT © Erin Leary

TEMPTATION

I love rowing out to the old pier, long ago recaptured by the ocean. The silence calls to me, the isolation fills me with warmth, and the view – a city of potential mermaids makes my heart pump like that of a young stag.

I come here only during the daylight hours. When my mermaids frolic and play in the currents. Their beauty undeniable, their loving embraces my temptation.

At night, the moonlight turns them ravenous, deadly. Although, their sirens song does mesmerize as it combines with that of the bullfrog's baritone. Only a fool would answer, for certain death follows.

100 words
Yolanda Renée © 2016

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31 comments:

  1. Very inviting, tempting place to be!

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    1. Hi Susan, it looks that way, but looks are deceiving. I saw it as a murderers dumping zone. :)

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  2. Have to watch where one goes, may seem good, but not always the case.

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    1. Hi Pat, not with dead bodies tied to the old piers. :)

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  3. Dear Yolanda Renee,

    I can't help but think about Gremlins. Never feed them after midnight. Vivid imagery that puts me in the setting. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Hi Rochelle, these gremlins are the dead bodies of the narrator. He visits during the day, but at night he fears his own creations.

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  4. Oh, I like your little story! And thanks for the shout-out!

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  5. Not the place to be at night - who knew mermaids could turn so nasty?

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    1. Hi Sandra, these mermaids had a hard death. Now their creator fears them, at least at night.

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  6. I've loved mermaids ever since I was little. I had always imagined them to be nice beings but ever since Pirates of the Caribbean: One Stranger Tides, I've been intrigued by the dark, deadly side of mermaids.

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    1. Hi Chrys:
      Yes, a very deadly side, at least in the mind of this murderer.

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  7. Spooky and evocative - well written.

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  8. Your 100 words would make for a great opening to a larger story. :-)

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    1. Hi Misha, and in my head I have a much larger story forming. Hmm...

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  9. I always thought there have to be those weremermaids

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  10. Love your deadly mermaid take on the pic! And that's a creepy pic, too. When I saw it, I immediately imagined waterlogged murder victims floating under the lily pads. Yup - we have sick minds! LOL!

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    1. Hi Lexa,
      I just love it when a reader gets me!!
      Thank you, and yes, we do. Isn't it wonderful! :)

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  11. Now this is great imagery with the setting as a character. Chilling little tale. Fabulous use of the prompt. :-)

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    1. Thanks Denise,
      I have a tendency to leave the setting out of such short tales, but this one called for it! :)

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  12. Hi human, Yolanda,

    One can never be too careful when it comes to mermaids. We have one in a very deep pool a few miles from where I live.

    Nicely done and happy flashing, human Yolanda!

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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    1. Hi Penny, say hello to Gary for me.
      Thank you for stopping by. I hope your mermaid is a lovely one. These poor mermaids were created by a horrid little man! :)
      Doggy hugs and kisses back at you!

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  13. I think the narrator moves between caution and temptation. The nightly, dark meremaids seem to have a special allure and one day the narrator may succumb to it. Great fairy-tale like atmosphere.

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    1. Hi Ga, I hope he does, then maybe he'll get the justice he deserves.

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  14. I don't ever want to meet a mermaid.

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    1. Neither do I, Elizabeth, scary proposition! :)

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  15. Intriguing and chilling - the mermaids as his victims, but able to turn murderous themselves after dark. A fascinating idea.

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