Footprints in the Sand (Jane Doe Flash Fiction)

Carrot Ranch October 12 flash fiction challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a walk across the sand.

Jane stops walking and sits, letting her backpack slide down her arm. The sand is wet, soaking through her jeans immediately.

She pulls her boots off, then her socks, digging her toes into the cold sand as if it was summer and warm. It’s comforting anyway.  Sky and water kiss in the distance.

After she’s done with this foolishness, goes home to warm up and let the horizon fade from her eyes, keeps on keeping on, trying to live a life, the wind and tidewaters will erase all evidence she was even here.

Like life itself.

That’s comforting too.


This is a vignette from The Life and Times of Jane Doe. Fun flash fiction from other writers can be found at the Carrot Ranch link above.



Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

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