The Selkie – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s photo is provided by Fandango, and shows San Francisco, a city which brings me many happy memories. The inspiration for a happy little tale, for once.
The general idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

© Fandango

Click here to hear the author read the tale:

The Selkie

Selkies can’t fall in love with humans.
It leads to heartbreak, every time.
That’s what the legends say.
That’s what the old folk tell us.
But I did.
She was so different from us.
Tall, lithe, long-legged and blonde.
When we come out of the water and change into our human form, we still look a bit like seals.
We tend to be small and compact, with dark hair and skin.
Her skin was like milk.
I watched her from the bay.
She noticed me, laughed and waved.
I came closer, always closer.
She smiled, fed me titbits of fish, eventually stroking my head.
So I summoned all my courage, shed my coat, and stood before her as a man.
She recoiled in horror, fled screaming.
Men came with clubs, beat me, and took my sea-skin.
They threw me in a prison.
I can see the waves from a tiny window.
I see the heads of my own kind, searching for me.
I hear their anguished cries.
Today I saw her golden head pass by.
She was wearing my coat, fashioned now to fit her.
Without it I cannot return.
It seems the old folk are right.
Humans bring heartbreak.

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27 Responses to The Selkie – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. ladynimue says:

    This is brilliantly sad ..


  2. Happy little tale indeed, with a message to boot 🙂


  3. michael1148humphris says:

    For me this is a many layered story, with a challenge to humanity.


  4. Abhijit Ray says:

    One sides love, that too a lithe, tall, blonde woman. Such people are in great demand in human circles. Why would she fall for a seal? Well seal will never know. Love is usually blind.


  5. Susan says:

    Beautiful CE. The message of how we treat others different from ourselves reaches well beyond the 200-words of the story.


  6. Wonderfully crafted piece of fiction. I do love pieces that draw on old folklore.


  7. Mukhamani says:

    Humans do bring heartbreak and destruction. Well written.


  8. Very sad and true! Beautiful story!


  9. You have excelled yourself CE! Brilliant.


  10. Piyali says:

    This is so beautiful and once again I love listening to you read your own stories more than I read them myself.


  11. Violet Lentz says:

    Excellent CE. Have to listen to this one to get the full effect


  12. emmylgant says:

    I salute your craft and imagination.
    Just blown away by your story.


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