All Hallow's Read - THE LAND BY THE SEA by Amanda Bergloff

Something had followed him and
was there in the darkness of night
in that land by the sea...
EC would like to wish everyone a happy All Hallow's Read with this ghostly flash fiction tale.
Shall I tell you the story before the fire goes out, my sister?

Yes, yes...please do.

Then I will begin.
The land by the sea was wild and forlorn,
and there was once a forgotten man who made it his home.

Did he bring anything with him to that land by the sea?

Yes, my sister. He brought the two things he still held precious in the world
to the land by the sea,
and he forgot for a time,
that his heart had been lost.

But he could not forget completely, could he?

No, my sister, for something had followed him
and was there in the darkness of night in that land by the sea,
singing a song that called to his soul.

A song of sadness and regret?

Yes, my sister, a song that drove him mad
for he was the only one who heard it,
and every night, he tried in vain to find the one who sang
by searching the rocks and shore in that land by the sea.

Until one night he finally saw her?

Yes, my sister. He found her in the moonlight by the water's edge...
A blue lady whose hair was unbound and moved ceaselessly in the wind.
The forgotten man saw her and was drawn to her beyond reason.

And she called to him to remember?

Yes, my sister. She held out her hand,
and he finally remembered fully the loss
that caused him to live by the sea in a land that was wild and forlorn.

And he remembered the one who would not let him go,
even after death?

Yes, my sister.
He remembered and followed the blue lady
until they both moved ceaselessly on the waves...
until both their souls were lost.
And that was his end.

Now the tale is done, my sister,
and it is time for sleep.
Let us pull the blankets close so we can remain warm.

Will you hold my hand until the fire goes out?

I will hold your hand until it is cold.

And we will forgive the forgotten man for leaving us?

Yes, we will.

But we will not forgive the one who drove him to do so.

No, we will never forgive our mother.

Then goodnight, dear sister.

EC's editor-in-chief, Amanda Bergloff, writes modern fairy tales, folktales, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Frozen Fairy Tales, After the Happily Ever After, and Uncommon Pet Tales.
Follow her on Twitter @AmandaBergloff
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  1. Cool and eerie, I think it could have stood alone without the mother explanation, but it was a tidy finish.

  2. Very haunting and creepy, with such vivid imagery formed in my mind’s eye by words you write so well, Amanda. And that ending is so clever. So you. Loved this story.


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