FFfPP/#FOWC — Shallow By the Sea

img_1974She hated being alone, and yet there she was, on a stunningly beautiful beach in mid-afternoon, sitting by herself on the sand just beyond the reach of the water. Susan gazed out towards the sea, reflecting on her young life and contemplating what she might do to give it more meaning.

He told her that she had no depth, that she had little to offer him, added no value. Yes, she was pretty, he told her. And the sex was great. But that would fade over time and he wanted to be with a smart person, a deep thinker. He couldn’t waste his time with someone who didn’t possess the same intellectual curiosity that he did.

She was not stupid, she told herself. She always got good grades in school. The teachers loved her. She was quite popular among her peers. How could he think she was shallow?

Maybe her best friend, Connie, was right. Perhaps he was too old for her. “You’re a senior in high school,” Connie said. “He’s forty and married. I don’t see how this works out well for you.”

“I suppose she’s right,” Susan said to herself as she peered out towards the sea.

(200 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp and for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “shallow.” Image credit: MorgueFile May 2018 1365256807kyjpp.

23 thoughts on “FFfPP/#FOWC — Shallow By the Sea

  1. pensitivity101 July 25, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Forty and married………………. who’s the shallow one? Kick him where it hurts, love.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong July 25, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Reminds me of Duke Wayne’s line in a recent movie: “I’ve got saddles older than you.” 40? She’s not shallow. Just young.

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  3. Liz Charnes July 25, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Great story with a neat twist. I loved the cavalier way she brought up the age difference. It actually made me go “ew.”

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  4. Sight11 July 25, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Perhaps it shows your desire to date a younger women. (I hope Mrs Fandango doesn’t read this comment).

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  5. leigha66 July 29, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Some age difference isn’t bad, but no matter who you are with most all high school relationships are immature. Good post!

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    • Fandango July 29, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks. Yes, a 40 year old married man should not be having a relationship with a high school student. Ever.

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  6. Marleen August 6, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Maybe her best friend, Connie, was right. Perhaps he was too old for her. “You’re a senior in high school,” Connie said. “He’s forty and married. I don’t see how this works out well for you.”

    Oy, yoy-yoy. Sure, Connie said he’s too old for her. And …

    It’s funny (kinda). And terrible.

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  7. Marleen August 6, 2018 / 11:47 am

    BTW: Can only be a little funny if she’s not a seventeen-year-old (or younger) senior. I like your take, Fandango, that a forty-year-old should never have a relationship with a high school student.

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    • Fandango August 6, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Reminds me of the failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore.

      Like

  8. rogershipp August 10, 2018 / 10:09 am

    “He told her that she had no depth, that she had little to offer him, added no value.” He is SCUM!!!! Thanks for participating this week.

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