An Evening at the Country Lake—Flash Fiction, Inspired by Billybuc’s Picture Prompts
Flash Fiction, in Response to the Picture Prompts, Provided by billybuc.
This flash fiction is inspired by the picture prompt by Billybuc, who needs no introduction. He is an accomplished and celebrated writer and a great friend, always ready to help his fellow writers, whether the new ones or the not so new ones.
I have read some wonderful responses to the picture prompts, provided by Bill. It’s amazing to see, as to how creative the writers can be. Each one, weaving a beautiful and different story, from the same pictures.
I just hope, my fellow writer friends, like my response, as well. I have tried to follow the rules, (or no rules). It was slightly difficult to reach the 1000 words count. But, I did manage to write 1100 words.
Thank you Bill Holland, for the inspiration.
Waiting for Someone
’Time to go home, once again.’ Charu whispered to herself. Engrossed in her own thoughts, and with a heavy heart, she started walking back towards her home. The golden hour Sunset, making her golden hair, appear more radiant.
Another day of long wait had come to an end, with the dusk setting in, over the horizon. The country lake looked serene, calm and beautiful, at any time of the day. But at the dawn and the dusk time, it looked heavenly. The radiant beauty of the skies, and it’s reflection in the clear waters of the lake, was such, that Charu could not take her eyes off, from the spectacular view.
But what made Charu, come to this wonderful place, everyday?
Few Days Ago: Flashback
Charu had visited this country lake, last weekend, along with her close friends. The girls were on a vacation, to their native place, and wanted to enjoy such locations, which they couldn’t see in the ever busy and crowded metropolitan cities.
The girls had planned to spend the entire day, by the country lake, with some barbecue sessions, delicious food, outdoor games and boat ride.
Everything was going good, and according to their plans. The girl gang was having an enjoyable time, at the breathtaking, beautiful countryside.
They took a smaller paddle boat for the boat ride, and decided to go on their own.
As they set off, the view on either side of the lake was beautiful. It was greenery all around, as far as the eyes could see.
The cool fresh air, was rejuvenating their senses. Charu and her friends were enjoying and were pleased to experience the beauty of Mother Nature. They were clicking pictures, all along, and loving the stunning view.
Almost in the middle of their sailing, Charu noticed that the boat was not moving. Perhaps it was entangled into something at the bottom, so the boat was stuck up. One could see panic on the girls faces. All efforts to move forward or backward was in vain. They looked around for help, but no other boat was in near sight.
The dusk was setting in and a sense of fear was growing, along with the growing darkness around. Fortunately, they saw a boat at a distance, approaching towards them, with a sailor, who seemed to be alone in the boat. The girls waved their hands to draw attention and shouted for help.
As the boat came near, Charu could see an attractive man, with rugged looks. Someone, very similar to the characters in the romantic novels, which she was so fond of reading.
’What’s the matter, girls? Do you need some help?’ he enquired in a deep voice.
‘Ah! It was a voice to die for,’ Charu thought to herself.
The girls narrated the whole story. He brought his boat closer, and parallel to the boat of the girls, and bent down a bit, to examine the problem.
Immediately, he took out a long bamboo stick, from his boat and started moving it both ways, under the boat. A large mass of water plants and roots had got entangled under the surface of the boat, preventing it‘s movement. It took him sometime to remove it, and the problem was solved.
The girls thanked the man, wholeheartedly. Some polite conversations and then good byes. All through, Charu was looking at the man, and perhaps he understood the instant admiration, the girl had for him.
As he was leaving, he casually told the girls, that he visits this place quite frequently, but lives on the other side of the country lake.
Finally, The Wait Was Over.
When Charu reached home, she was lost in her thoughts. She had only two days, before leaving this beautiful countryside, for her college.
‘Would I be able to meet him, before leaving for the college? Why do I want to meet him? Was he also thinking about me?’ Such questions were doing the rounds, in her mind.
She never believed in the saying, ‘Love at first sight.’
‘How can this be possible? Without knowing each other, can you love somebody?’
She was reminded of such discussions and arguments, which she often had with her friends.
She fell asleep, while still absorbed in her thoughts.
Next morning, she decided to go to the country lake, once again, for the last time, before leaving for her college. In case, he comes to this side of the lake—-—.
And he did!!!
Charu didn’t know, how to react, after seeing the man, who was in her thoughts, since the last few days, and she didn’t even know his name.
’Hi! So good to see you. I was thinking about you,’ He smiled at her.
‘What? You too?’ Charu didn’t say these words aloud, but was more than pleased to hear, what he said.
‘I forgot to ask your name,’ She said smiling back at him.
’I am Raj, and your name?
‘I am Charu.’
‘Your name is as sweet as you,’ Raj kept smiling. Perhaps both of them had sensed each other’s feelings about each other.
They sat there, on the soft green grass, besides the wonderful country lake.
The cool breeze, the soft smell of the flora and fauna around, was making the whole atmosphere, so heavenly and romantic.
A little formal conversation to begin with, which later turned into smiles and laughter, so much so, that it seemed that the two knew each other, since time, immemorial.
How Important it is, to have good conversations, in a relationship?
As the dusk was setting in, it was getting darker, and Raj and Charu realised, that it was time to go to their respective homes.
But not before, they had made a promise to each other, to be in touch, to meet each other’s parents, and to be with each other, forever.
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© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan