CW: Outstretched Arm.

Veronica’s been struggling with the large waves for too long. They have smacked her around mercilessly, making her crash against rocks a few times.

She tried to grab onto some of them, but the waves pulled her right back into the ocean. The cuts on her hands burned in the salty waters.

So close to solid ground, yet so far. Veronica had to fight. If not for herself, then definitely for her toddler.

But she couldn’t. Not anymore… She was too spent. Closing her eyes, she gave up the fight.

“Veronica!” the monster pulled her out of the tub.

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“In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about lifesavers on any body of water.”
– prompt used for this CW piece.
[Source: CarrotRanch]

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21 thoughts on “CW: Outstretched Arm.

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  1. Let’s try again. Thank you backspace for deleting.

    You have a new signature… it’s pretty.

    Who was the monster? Or do I not want to know…?

    Sending serenity, sunshine and sparkles

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      1. Oh 🙈
        My friends know to point out their new things or what they want me to see else I won’t notice. Talking about a year I commented to someone a week ago that she got a new wig. She told me she got it a year ago….

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  2. Is this a case of “who put those onions there” or am I being overdramatic?!

    My interpretation is that Veronica wants to commit suicide by drowning and after many tries, she is is ready to it for real.
    But then someone stops her and pulls her out of the bathtub and she considers them a monster because all she really wants is to rest.

    Maybe I am just seeing things very dark?

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! It means a lot to hear that someone was moved by my pieces.

      I like your interpretation. Mine was slightly different. It’s about domestic violence. The monster is her husband who makes her life a living hell. But she has a kid and she wants to protect them. So she cuts herself. Not enough to kill herself but to release some emotions. At one point she decides she no longer has the strength to keep going. Unfortunately, the husband finds her in time to save her from drowning and the abuse cycle continues.

      Which interpretation is darker?

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      1. You did that with another one, some 2 years ago or so, with “water/drowning” as a theme.

        Both are quite… twisted and sad.
        Does the dark interpretation say anything about the person’s demeanor you think?

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  3. You remind me of all the domestic abuse posters I see in some restrooms. That I think need to be bigger! We had a friend who was in a bad cycle but was able to break free. Thankfully there were no children involved. But too often there are. Starting over, hiding, fear, all take deep tolls to ones emotions. One can only hope Veronica can get out of that cycle too.

    (I think you missed a triple… as you commented on the episode before and the one after…
    maybe? Here’s the triple play: (13,14 & 15) Damned Family

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