Freedom: Microfiction

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Ilya Repin. “What Freedom!” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Sergei took Vera’s hand and pulled her toward the sea. Vera had never before seen him looking so relaxed in his uniform. As though he was wearing a costume for fun, she thought. Similarly, she felt loose, unconfined—and free–in her elegant midnight blue traveling gown.

They stood encircled by the swirling water. Waves of blue and white crashed over and about them. Foam and mist dotted the air, but not a drop of water dampened their clothing.

“Where are we?” Vera asked in delight, and accidentally dropped the fur muff she had carried. It stopped mid-air, then began to dance to the rhythm of the waves. It jumped back into her arms. Vera laughed. She could hear the sea singing—and felt its song throughout her body.

“We’re in our place,” Sergei answered. “Where we can be together always. Don’t worry. It will all be clear soon.”

Vera woke, disoriented.  She was sitting in a chair in her parlor, holding the telegram telling her of Sergei’s death at the front. A blue fur muff lay on her lap. She stared at it and wondered. She had always trusted Sergei. Perhaps it would all become clear in time.

 

This story is for Jane Dougherty’s microfiction challenge, using the above painting by Ilya Repin as a prompt.

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15 thoughts on “Freedom: Microfiction

  1. This was a fun, spirited poem. The painting was really unique and lovely. Your lively inclusion of a dancing and bouncing muff made me nearly giggle. This visit tonight was overdue, I just was having so much fun this weekend, I fell behind in reading. 🙂

    • No need to apologize for having a fun weekend, Robin. Your life certainly comes before reading anyone’s posts!
      (And it is so hard to keep up. I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to read and comment on my posts.)
      The painting seemed to invite something magical. I liked the dancing muff, too. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Microfiction challenge Freedom: the entries – Jane Dougherty Writes

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