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An Evening at the Country Lake—Flash Fiction, Inspired by Billybuc’s Picture Prompts

Updated on February 9, 2020
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Chitrangada likes to express her creative mind by writing fiction and poetry.They reflect her mood and are inspired by the beauty of Nature.

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.

The Serene Country Lake
The Serene Country Lake | Source

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?

Boat ride along the lake is the greatest attraction
Boat ride along the lake is the greatest attraction | Source

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.

The beautiful countryside
The beautiful countryside | Source

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.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Prantika, for reading the story and appreciating it.

      I am sorry, I missed your comments earlier. Somehow, it had gone in the spam, and was not visible to me.

      Thank you once again.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      I have enjoyed every bit of the story and found it interesting. I love your story telling style and I must appreciate how beautifully you have presented the story.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for reading and liking the story. I am glad that you found it interesting. Yes, the picture prompts have produced some very interesting stories, from the fellow writer friends.

      Thanks and good day.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Chitrangada Sharan this is an amazing idea to this challenge. You certainly are talented and know how to get a story to be read. i enjoyed every bit of this story and the challenge has created a spark in our minds.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Lora Hollings, for your kind words of appreciation. Glad you liked the story, inspired by the picture prompts.

      Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

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      Lora Hollings 

      8 weeks ago

      A lovely story, Chitrangada. It certainly seems that these two were just destined to meet and spend the rest of their lives together. True soul mates. You did a wonderful job at evoking this special bond between them. I really enjoyed reading your special story in response to this challenge. Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes, MsDora, I agree with you. Unexpected happenings, sometimes give more pleasure. Because, God planned it that way.

      In fact the boat incident did happen with me, when I was much younger. Rest all is fiction. But, I am happy to hear the positive responses.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Thelma, for appreciating the story.

      Have a good day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rebecca, for reading and appreciating the story.

      Glad that you liked it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! What a life-changing experience which simply happened! Couldn't be better if it had been planned. Good story-telling!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      That´s a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 weeks ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a sweet story and the photos are so fitting! Great job!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Nell, for reading and appreciating the story.

      I am glad that you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Susan, for appreciating the story.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 weeks ago from England

      Aw that was so lovely! Love at first sight. Great story Chitrangada!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful story!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Sean, for your kind words of appreciation. I am pleased to read your comments that you liked this simple story.

      Love is such a simple emotion and it really simplifies every other emotion.

      Appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Well, my dear sister Chitrangada, I think you could have a career as a storyteller of love! Your narration is better than pictures! Simple and full of emotions as should be! Thank you for the sweet feeling it has left to my heart!

      I wish you Love!

      Sean

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Manatita for reading and sharing your thoughts.

      I am glad that you liked it. I must have read all the Barbara Cartland and Mills and Boon stuff, in my younger days. We used to exchange the books to read, among friends and were crazy about it. Those were lovely days—.

      Yes, it’s 1100 words, as shown in the stats above.

      Thanks once again, for appreciating and supporting my work. Have a wonderful day.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      A very sweet piece and it flew by. Are you sure it's 1100 words? Quite charming, my dear, real Barbara Cartlands or Mills and Boon stuff … of course in your own inimitable style. Beautiful scenery!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you M G Singh Ji, for reading and appreciating the story.

      Glad that you liked it.

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      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      A nice story that gives a 'feel-good' factor.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Sandra, for appreciating the story.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you FlourishAnyway, for your lovely comments. Oh! How wonderful for those, who find their love, at the first sight.

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo and I completely agree with you. Love stories should make you feel happy, and believe in the power of love.

      Thank you so much. Appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for appreciating the short story. So pleased to know that you liked my response to the picture prompts, provided by Bill.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support, always.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Rosina, for your kind words of appreciation.

      So good to read your comments, that the story developed well. I am sure, most of the people love happy endings and I am glad that you liked it.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for liking the story.

      The boat part did happen to me, in reality. I was a school girl then, and got really frightened, when the boat was not moving in the Ooty lake, in the Southern part of India. The rest of the story is fiction, and I am glad to read the reader’s positive comments.

      Thank you for your comments and support.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Liz Westwood, for reading and appreciating the story. I am glad that liked this short story. I like happy endings.

      Thank you so much for always supporting my work.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Pamela, for appreciating the story, inspired by the picture prompts challenge.

      Pleased to read your positive comments. Thank you for your encouraging words.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Harish Ji, for appreciating the story, inspired by the picture prompts.

      Pleased to read your feedback.

      Thank you for always supporting my work. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachari Ji, for reading and appreciating the story. Glad that you liked it.

      Thank you for the encouragement and support.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Raymond Philippe, for your generous comments and appreciation of the story.

      I am glad that you liked it. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you John, for reading and appreciating. It means a lot.

      Thank you for always supporting my work.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Bill, for your encouraging words. I am glad that I participated and would do so again, as and when you provide more picture prompts. It’s like coming out of the comfort zone.

      Thank you for your kind words and support.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Ah, what a sweet ending and a perfect story to accompany the photo prompts from Bill. Nice job, Chitrangada!

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      SandraLVasquez 

      2 months ago

      nice

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      What a sweet story. I do believe in love at first sight. There are some things you process subconsciously, instantly.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 months ago from India

      Beautifully written. Love stories should always have a happy ending like this one.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a sweet story, Chitrangada. It's always nice to to read a tale with a happy ending involving love.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      2 months ago

      I loved your response to Billybuc's challenge. It was so wonderfully and beautifully crafted! I have to confess I was amazed by the happy ending. I wasn't prepared for it- yet, it turned out to be such an enjoyable read. Thank you for your superb contribution, Chitrangada.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you. For whatever reason you wrote it, this lovely story was in you and I thank you again for sharing it.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      This is an interesting romantic tale. It has a real feel good factor.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a beautiful story with a very happy ending. I think you met the challenge head on and wrote a lovely story to meet the challengs. Chitrangada, you did a wonderful job meeting this challenge.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      2 months ago from New Delhi , India

      What a lovely story you weaved out of lake images, a photo prompt challenge given by Bill Holland, our distinguished friend. I appreciate how you came through the challenge.

      Wonderful read, I enjoyed the short story. Well done Chitrangada Sharan.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and nice story, Chitra. I enjoyed it very much. By simply using three photos, you told a wonderful story. I appreciate you.

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      Raymond Philippe 

      2 months ago from The Netherlands

      This lovely story lifted my mood. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a delightful, feel-good story you wrote from Bill's photos. I enjoyed every word. Well-done Chitrangada.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was thrilled to see you take part in this challenge. Very well done, my friend. Now that you have "your feet wet," I will send out another challenge next week for you to "swim in."

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