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This is a continuation of the story told in the previous flash fiction pieces: Hard to Port, Unstoppable Waves, and Deep Currents, with a little side-step into the story Tidal Returns. You might want to read those first, or just jump straight into this one.
Menawidasenala didn’t yell. This was too important.
Her son stared at the water-line, as if memorizing it for the last time.
“Eka, what did you think? That because I ride the highest wave, I can move the ocean?”
“Customs can be bent.” Hope pooled in his eyes. “She’s no lowly lander.”
Mena bared her forearm, displaying shining blue-green designs, the most intricate on all the islands. “Is she marked? Can she water-shift? Who will be your wind-scent?”
He grumbled. “I can smell the wind as well as any woman.”
Would she pay for her indulgence by losing him? Mena swayed, her jeweled necklaces clucking, signaling silence while she considered. “If she stays, she must prove herself.” She held his gaze. “The long swim.”
“But she’ll drown without…” He choked.
“One year I give her, to gain Xinxoni’s blessing first.”
That was as far as she could bend, even for him.
Word count: 150. Written in response to this week’s What Pegman Saw challenge, which lets us vicariously travel all over the world in Pegman’s footsteps. This week Pegman brings us to Raja Ampat Regency, in the West Papua province of Indonesia. Click on the link to see the other stories inspired by this gorgeous location, and to write your own!