Between Iris and the Ocean

Iris stands on the dock, daring the ocean to sweep her away, like it did Bobby twenty years
ago. Instead, a gentle kitten of a wave laps at her feet with its salty tongue.


She peers into her bag of memories. A spaceship, a baseball, a drumstick. Finally, she picks
the medal won at a chess tournament and dangles it over the edge, her yearly offering.


‘Now keep your side of the bargain!’ she commands.


Later, on the horizon, Iris sees her son, half-dolphin, half-boy, chasing the golden disk on the
crest of a wave that roars like a lion.


This story was shortlisted in the July monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author:

Eleanor Luke lives in Spain with her husband, two teenagers and a small menagerie. She writes short stories and flash fiction that have appeared in the ‘The Dribble Drabble Review’, ‘FlashFlood’ and ‘The Birdseed’. Twitter @Eleanor_Luke24