Author Jenna Eatough's Flash Fiction Story from writing prompt: I always want to be

Wednesday has come around again and I’m happy to present this week’s flash fiction.

Trenon jerked his gaze from the depths certain he’d misheard Nurdeen. “Excuse me?” he asked.

She didn’t answer him but stared at the dark sky. “I always want to be.” The words were no less puzzling when repeated.

“Be what?” Trenon pulled his net from the waters. His mind whispered this conversation would demand attention.

“Just be.” Her voice remained quiet. Nurdeen raised her hand and waved it slowly before of her face.

Trenon attempted to keep a twitch from his eye watching her. “You are. No danger there.”

Nurdeen grasped the edge of the old wood rail tightly. “Not all that was is.”

“What a funny thing to say.” Shaking his head, Trenon shoved himself stand on to the balls of his feet. “Come on, sis. Let’s get you back to mother for a treatment.”

His feet slapped hollowly over the dock, but Nurdeen’s footsteps didn’t follow. Pausing, he turned back. She staring at him wide-eyed and Trenon shrugged. “What? Come on.” He gestured for her to move.

“You’ll always remember me, right?” Nurdeen asked.

Trenon rolled his eyes. “Of course. Now come on.”

Trenon turned as a star shot through the sky above. The echoing sound of his steps dulled on the sand leaving the area quiet. The silence bothered him.

Trenon glanced at the empty dock. The emptiness bothered him.

He’d expected… something. Trenon couldn’t recall what

Shrugging, he shoved his hands in his pockets and gazed at the stars.

“I always want to be,” Trenon whispered.

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