Dry Dreams

Bruges bridge

Photo © Umberto Scudo via Google Photosphere

The lady waited by yet another river. This city was infested with them, slimy maws devouring anything that tumbled in. Why the locals loved them, she couldn’t fathom.

The boat’s wake slapped the shadowy bridge-posts. He leapt the gap, leaving his crewmen to secure it, and rushed to embrace her.

“You came.”

She almost hadn’t. Farewells simmered behind her lips. Then his tongue found hers, rousing waves deep inside her.

“Sail away with me, darling. I’ll show you the endless ocean.”

Surrounded by water? She blanched. Typical young suitor, offering her what he wanted.

“But, my husband…”

“Is drowning you.”

True. Suffocated with dreariness. But it was an arid, calming tomb, and one she rarely visited.

“Don’t you want adventure?”

Not his. Tomorrow she’d leave for the Fentoren desert, following rumors of ancient ruins.

But first…

She pulled him closer. One more night of succulence before returning to dry land.

Word count: 150. Written for this week’s What Pegman Saw challenge. Big thanks to Karen and Josh for hosting! This week Pegman takes us to Bruges, Belgium, which was an amazingly charming town to “tour” with the help of Google’s photospheres. So many cool older buildings and monuments! However, it was danged hard to find an image that had neither tourists nor modern gadgets in it. I was happy to find this. Click on the link to see what cool images the other participants found, and the stories that they inspired. And join in with your own story: everyone’s welcome!

As usual, this version of the story is trimmed down from a longer first draft, which had more of a fantasy element to it. Hopefully you still get the gist of the situation. Also, the original title was “Wet Dreams,” but I worried that would sound like click bait, oh my.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been traveling: three cons in a row in 3.5 weeks, starting with World Fantasy Convention on Oct 31 and then two work conferences, including one in Jinan China. Wow! I was hoping to write a photo blog post about my China trip earlier, but it’s taken me all this time just to even look at all the photos, much less organize them — and my thoughts on world building — enough to write the post. Coming soon, I hope. In the meantime, it’s so good to be back!

15 thoughts on “Dry Dreams

  1. Welcome back, Joy. Your *opposites attract* scenario is an excellent piece to celebrate your return. Though I will admit, when they touched tongues I did think for a brief moment they might be lizards, my belief they were humans a case of homo-centricity

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  2. Welcome back. Joy! Sounds like you packed a lot into the month – looking forward to reading your posts about it all. I love your story, those two opposites coming together, if briefly. And I love her inner thoughts – ‘typical suitor offering her what he wanted’ especially made me smile. Isn’t that just like a man, to offer a woman something he thinks is wonderful rather than finding something she wants? Such rounded characters and scenario, as always with your stories. A pleasure to read you again 🙂

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    • Thanks Penny! Glad you agreed about the title. But hmm… I didn’t mean for her actions to contradict her thoughts. Other than that she’s leaving this man and has to say goodbye, but then puts it off because he’s so sexy, is that what you mean?


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