My friend Ken over at Fictional Campfire issued a Sunday Snap challenge to write a flash fiction piece from the most stunning picture entitled Catch the Moon. I struggled a bit at first because I wanted to write a story that would do the picture justice. I hope I have been successful in doing that. I am entering this in Friday Flash as well. Below is the picture and my story.
Catch the Moon
by Billie Jo Woods
Elliot walked along the path that led home. He smelled the salt in the air, felt the sand between his toes and heard the waves crashing against the rocks. Everything seemed so picture perfect yet somehow unreal. He had felt disconnected all day.
Joy grabbed his hand as she lost her balance, she was very tired and it was nearly her bedtime. They had just witnessed another sensational sunset together but his heart felt so heavy. It was their first one without Selene.
“Daddy, where does the moon go during the day?” He loved how Joy’s little nose wrinkled when she asked questions.
“She goes somewhere else so other people can enjoy her for a while.” She must have been satisfied with his answer because she grew quiet again.
He lifted her on to the decking and brushed the sand off her feet. As she went to go pick out the pyjamas she wanted to wear that night he looked up at the darkening sky and shed a few more tears.
Selene always said that bedtime was her favourite ritual of the day. She made him promise to keep it up even when she was gone. In nice weather the three of them would walk down to the beach and watch the sunset. Then it would be time for Joy’s bedtime story, before wishing on a star time and then tucking in kisses. They did these things as a trio. Now there were two.
Tonight’s ritual included a very special gift. Selene made Elliot practice for tonight, prompting him on what to say and how to say it. He was grateful for that now. As he looked at Joy, he could see Selene. Then he began the story.
Once upon a time there was a beautiful moon princess who was gifted to the earth but only for a short time. She was so special that she was needed back up in the night’s sky because it was very dark without her. The only problem was that people on earth would miss her. The god of the skies not wanting to be unfair promised a part of her would remain on earth but only if someone could catch the moon.
Elliot handed Joy a net, “Should we try?”
As Joy leaned over the dock staring up at the full moon with her net, Elliot planted the gift. Joy feeling the weight in the net change, reached in it and scooped out a small box.
“Daddy, I’ve got something!”
“That’s great honey, open it,” he tried to hide the tears of happiness and sorrow.
Joy opened the box revealing a large natural pearl which shimmered in the moonlight.
“Daddy, I caught part of the moon. Now I have a part of the moon princess,” he smiled at her excitement.
“No sweetie, you are part of the moon princess, this is a gift to remember her by.”
Joy looked up in the sky and pointed to the moon, “Look daddy, mommy is shining at us.”