Sunday Photo Fiction — Paradise

904A674F-6768-4A29-92C8-7128BCB03D49.jpegIt was picture perfect. As close to ideal as any place could possibly be. The weather all year long was wonderful, with mild days and cool, crisp nights. There were typically around 300 days of bright, sparkling sunshine a year, and when it did rain, it was almost alway at night. The ocean’s warm blue waters surrounded the peninsula on three sides.

They had promised themselves that they would sell their home in the city and move to paradise once Eric retired. They had scrimped and save and had accumulated enough money to finally fulfill their promise. And so, when they found what seemed to precisely meet their needs, they took the leap.

Sure, it was a little more than they planned on spending, but they decided to splurge. They bought a lovely three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath beachfront bungalow. There was room enough for the two of them plus for their grown kids for when they wanted to come by and stay over for a weekend or longer.

They moved in and got settled and were enjoying the good life.

A thousand miles away, an earthquake.

A few days later, the tsunami.

That was the end of paradise.

(198 words)

Written for Susan Spaulding’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Anurag Bakhshi.

13 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — Paradise

  1. JT Twissel December 16, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    You’ve read my mind – but if the tsunami is coming (and it probably will strike globally) what better way to spend last days than in paradise?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Abhijit Ray December 16, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Nothing in life is permanent. Good times end, so does bad times. They still have their home in paradise. They were insured, weren’t they?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango December 16, 2018 / 11:27 pm

      I’d say it’s unlikely that they survived a tsunami that hit their beachfront home.


  3. Violet Lentz December 17, 2018 / 3:55 am

    They will quickly find out where their real happiness lies, that is if they survive the tsunami…. Nice write.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leigha66 December 26, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Sadly no place is safe from natural disasters, even paradise. Good story.

    Liked by 1 person

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