Picture it & Write – Lady in Water


Sabina entered the antique shop and looked at the statue of a lady in the water. The statue lady gave herself to the water with abandon. She seemed comfortable with the idea of the cold water embracing her. Sabina had known that feeling. She had been a national swimming champion. It was not just the money and accolades, but also her love for swimming.

Then, her life had turned around. A small sprain had become a more complicated problem, bringing down the curtains on her career and international ambitions.

She noticed a couple of girls staring at her.

“Aren’t you Sabina Ray, the swimming champion?”

“People have often asked me that. I don’t even know who she is. I can’t swim for life.” said Sabina, with a forced laugh.

It is better not to revisit the past, she thought as she turned away.

Written for Ermilia’s Picture it & Write


25 thoughts on “Picture it & Write – Lady in Water

  1. An lovely conceptual theme with wryness and wistfulness. Well told but consider tense in the opening paragraph – if you read it out loud you will see what I mean 😉

  2. So sad. I can see where the past would make her feel that way – since swimming was her life. But – hopefully she will one day view that differently & be thankful that she was able to live her dream for the time that she did as many others never even get to live theirs at all.
    As always – I enjoy reading what you come up with for the prompts! 🙂

    • Yes, you are right. She was able to live her dream briefly whereas many others do not even get close to achieving theirs. But, a national champion who wants international recognition or a tennis player who is not able to achieve excellence because of back injury..well, it should be very painful for them..Appreciate your perspective, Rosy. Thank you for stopping by and the kind compliment.

  3. seeing an object that brings up an emotional tidal wave from the past can be devastating…i love your character’s choice – calmly walk away and let it be. ♥

  4. I liked how she tricked the others into thinking that she was just a ‘look-a-like’. That was a great touch. Also, I loved your perspective of seeing the woman as a statue. Very creative! Thanks for contributing this week. 🙂

    – Ermisenda

  5. I’ve had at least two life-changing events but try not to dwell on them. God has been good and brought me to where I am, and I remain happy.

    A well told story, Padmini, and resonated for me.

    Thank you and all good wishes for the week ahead,

    • Thankfully, nature balances out in most cases. It always gives something, if not everything. And glad that you are happy now. Remember the post on your life-changing escape from a gang, due to the advice of a policeman. But, that was a good change. Thank you so much, Mr Alagan, for your good wishes and wish you a great week ahead

  6. A wrenching pain, really. Those good ole days make forging ahead seem like a difficult thing to do. Sabina’s response was an intelligent one … such a well-knit ending.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, today. I’m grateful Eric’s link and yours have brought me to your corner of the globe. I will be following from now on.

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