Punishment for Defiance

Sharise and her sister Sasha looked out to the vast ocean. “Where are you taking us?” Sharise inquired the man rowing the boat.

“Do not question him.” Her mother snapped. Sharise shrank. They have been sitting in this shallow rowboat for the past hour and as far as anyone could tell, they were venturing further from land.

“Mother, can’t you see land is no longer in our sights?” Sasha pleaded as her mother shot her an icy glare.

Their mother stared straight ahead, her hands folded at her lap as they journeyed. “This is far enough,” she muttered

At her words, the man stopped rowing. Willingly, he let the oar slipped between his hands into the water. “What are you doing?” Sharise asked. The man said nothing as he stood and fell into the water. “Mother, what’s going on?”

“Punishment, for your defiance. This shall teach you girls to do as you’re told. Now it is your responsibilities to make your way back.” She grinned and with one wave of her hand, she vanished into thin air.

(~175 words)

This story was originally published on May 7, 2015.

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a flash fiction challenge hosted by Priceless Joy from 2015-2019. In this prompt, we are challenged to write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) using the photo prompt given.



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