Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:
- that it’s morning,
- that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
- that the MC (main character) is bored
- that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
- that something surprising happens.
Always Look Behind
The sun begins to stretch wispy rays over the horizon. Maria clutches her blanket around her shoulders trying not to shiver. The tag scratches her neck, reminding her she should have cut it off.
Her scalp is caked with sand. Sleeping on the beach isn’t as glamorous as it seems. What she’d really like is a steamy bath. She inhales, wishing the scent of lavender bath oil was greeting her nostrils. Instead, a putrid smell triggers her gag reflex. She covers her mouth with her hand and crawls closer to the waves. The fishy smell emanating from the wet sand is better than whatever she’d caught a nose full of. Probably some rotting animal. Anyway, she won’t remain any longer to find out. He’s not coming.
The golden orange light of the sun intensifies, driving home the point that she’s alone. What did she really expect would happen? Devon wasn’t a knight in shining armor. How could he get away with picking her up and heading out of town, forever, while this godforsaken town snored and drooled in the moonlight? It had always been a stupid idea.
Maria buries her face in the blanket and rubs at the sand that has suddenly found its way into her eyes.
She staggers along the shore, not knowing where she’s going, only that she isn’t going to come back.
It’s a shame she doesn’t look behind her to find out what that smell is. If she only turned around, she would see that Devon did arrive, as promised. Only he has a knife through his neck and a note pinned to his shirt: He can never have you now. –Your GuardianAs is, she wanders on, oblivious to the grave danger she’s in.
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