All at sea [fiction]

2 07 2010

She remembered drowning. She remembered death.

Whoever said or believed that tranquillity settled over the self right before one’s life essence left for the beyond, or that there would be a light at the metaphoric end of the tunnel (the tunnel being life itself) was really full of it. Chin deep, in fact.

Head below water, tilted back at such an angle that the mouth remained open, allowing cold seawater to enter through the unwilling lips and make its descent down the constricted throat. The throat burning with the sting of salt, feeling bruised and narrowed to a pin’s width, although this was only sensation – this was only the beginning.

Unable to breath. Unable to stop the flowing death.

Our bodies are made up of almost seventy percent water… blood contains almost seventy percent water… The cruel ironies in life. That which feeds us also feeds off of us. That which we’re made of can also destroy. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Water brings life… and then, water brought death.

She remembered drowning.

The larynx spasms, contracting, closing up the air tube in hopes to block out the water… yet, unfortunately, oxygen as well. Carbon dioxide levels rising, blood thinning, circulation becoming ineffective as the heart beats its futile few staccato beats against the inflamed chest still submerged.

Unconsciousness, darkness, panic stifled suddenly as nothing remains. The thrashing stops, arms dropping ragdoll-like to the sides (though floating still), body pushed aside and crumbling to the depths in defeat.

She remembered death.

She didn’t mean to do it. Not again, at least.

The beach was empty, the crescent of the moon smiling its cold Cheshire Cat smile in the dark sky. No stars out. No wind. Not a whisper.

She remembered drowning another person today.

She remembered the look of death in his eyes.




3 responses

2 07 2010

This is a nice blog message, I will keep this idea in my mind. If you add more video and pictures because it helps understanding 🙂

3 07 2010

Your writing is amazing.

3 07 2010
Liske van Lill

why thank you – i really appreciate that 🙂

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