100-word Flash. #FridayFictioneers (http://madisonwoods.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/photo-prompt-for-100-word-flash-fridayfictioneers-12/)
Carrie huddled at the edge of the beach farthest from the lapping waves. The water frightened her. Memories frightened her, imprisoned her, encased by darkest secrets.
She watched enviously, but safe, as Fred embraced the surf and wandered among the rocks and shells.
She flinched as an acorn plopped to the ground beside her. A bulb flickered. That was exactly how she felt: cap off, cracked open, and starting anew. She needed to escape, to live.
“Come walk with me.”
How she wanted to grasp his hand and walk, free to grow.
She took a step.