Friday Fictioneers – Selkie

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Jamie’s eyes were fixed on the sea loch. Never on me. The brine- and shellfish-scented wind ruffled his hair into a halo and stirred the water. Out by the headland, a vortex formed.

“Look,” he shouted, pointing, “it’s Nessie, the monster.”

A grey head broke the surface. I knew it for a selkie, because I’d seen the shed sealskin once on the beach. A selkie, here to take a comely lass’s form and carry poor Jamie away under the sea.

Turn to me, just once, I silently willed him. Only once and I’ll save you.

He didn’t. I walked.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

66 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Selkie

  1. Aha! Creative one. He met a sad end…
    Hope he had turned his head and looked at her.
    Couldn’t she have screamed and asked him to do so? He could have been saved…

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  2. I felt spellbound by your story. A feeling that Jamie was drawn in by the Selkie from the start, lost to his friend and the ordinary world.. I liked the mood of elusiveness you created, where nothing is quite as it seems.

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  3. Such a tragedy. She can’t compete with the lure of the exotic selkie. Jamie has the affliction of many young men, I fear, and doesn’t see the value of the ‘ordinary’ girl at his side. Wonderful story.

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