THE CHOICE: On the Beach

 

MINNA

 

 

One of those summer days doused in grey…I rode my bike to the beach to collect shells. As I combed the surf-soaked sands, a man’s voice snapped me out of the zone.

 

‘Found anyone interesting?’

 

‘Nup, no bodies,’ I murmured.

 

‘That’s a shame, a nice looking lady like you.’’

 

I fixed my sight on shards of shell and ignored him. Hate those pickup lines.

 

‘Oh, what’s your problem? I’m not going to bite.’

 

I glanced at him—had to see what creep I was dealing with. Pale, pock-marked face, thirties and just a little taller than me at 165cm. He wore some grubby white t-shirt and brown trousers. “Never trust a man who wears brown trousers,” Liesel, my school friend, always said.

 

‘Come on, dear, just a little conversation. Tell me, what do you want more than anything in the world?’

 

I shrugged. ‘To leave me alone.’

 

‘Tell you what, you tell me and I’ll leave you alone. Deal?’

 

I pushed my bike faster trying to escape this man, but he chased me.

 

‘I promise, I’ll leave you alone—just tell me.’

 

Hopping on my bike I announced, ‘I don’t talk to strangers.’

 

‘I’m not going to hurt you. I bet, I bet you’re one of those girls who wants to get married, have a family. That’s what you want more than anything.’

 

‘If you say so, now leave me alone.’ I sped from the creepy little man with his creepy questions.

 

‘Your desire will be arranged,’ he said as I splashed my wheels through the water. He then shouted, ‘But, I might add, there will be a price.’

 

‘Sure, sour grapes,’ I mumbled. Then pumping the pedals, I sailed along the damp-packed sand where the waves met the shore.

 

Then, near the ramp and having to cross sand too soft for bikes, I glanced behind before alighting. The man in brown trousers was gone…

 

 

 

 

 

An extract from a draft of Diamonds in the Cave © Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2016

 

 

 

Painting: Sellicks Beach—where Mission of the Unwilling begins © Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2015 [Mixed media]

 

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6 thoughts on “THE CHOICE: On the Beach

  1. Dear Lee-Anne

    I found this story disturbing. Was it out of your imagination – or did it happen to you? With the terrible number of incidents around Adelaide of children going missing or being sexually abused, I hope it was your imagination. It would be ghastly if you had come into contact with the man responsible for the Beaumont children’s or the Radcliffe/Gordon disappearances.

    It was a good, but chilling read.

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

    Love

    Denise.

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    1. Ah, Boris disturbs. Actually, I did have a similar experience, but the man used a boy to try and befriend me. I sensed something was off, and made a hasty exit from the beach. They followed me to my home. Fortunately, Mum was home and she sensed something not-quite-right, so we made our excuses (shoe shopping) and sent the pair on their way. God certainly protected me that day.

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    1. Thank you for your response, Rommel. This little extract from my draft Diamonds in the Cave, was inspired by a character development exercise where we were to examine what our characters wanted most, above all else. What a character wants will affect their choices, behaviour, and who they are. And there’s always a cost to getting what one wants. Every story reflects life, and yes, life is tricky. We need to be careful what we wish for.

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