Well this may be a bit of a cheat. Something written by one of my characters in the Work in Progress. I’m wondering whether it works as a piece of writing. Or is a tad melodramatic. So thought I’d post as a #fridayflash. My cop out is that Elsie Forbes wrote it. Is this what you call meta fiction?
The women huddled by the rocks on the river bank. Their black cloaks clung to them, damp in the grey-white fog that rolled down to the water’s edge, obscuring the river. They did not speak. It was time to wait. They shivered in the cold dawn as they heard the sound they were dreading. A soft splash of oars – the signal for them to part. Splash, creak, splash, creak, the boat was coming closer. Soon the shape of the prow could be seen, forcing its way through the mist. The crouching boatman came into view, as he lifted his arms and pushed the wooden spars towards the shore.
He said nothing as he arrived, just held out his hand for the girl. She hugged her mother, stepping into the boat without a word. She stared ahead. She did not look back. The boatman took up his oars. Creak, splash, creak, splash. A curlew called across the water, a mournful screech. The mist rolled round the boat, obscuring first the daughter’s shape, then the boatman’s. Finally, they vanished altogether, leaving the mother alone on the banks listening to the lap, lap,lap of the waves.
Her daughter was gone. And now she could no longer bear to be silent. She tore at her cloak, let out a curlew-shriek, and threw herself on the ground. When at last, her weeping was done, she picked herself up, smoothed down the grime on her skirts and walked back across her fields to the house that was no longer home.
The seeds called out to their mother; the corn begged to be threshed; the fruit to be picked. She ignored their pleas. She could not tend the earth until her daughter was returned to her. Until that time came,nothing in the land would grow. Nothing.