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An Evening at the Country Lake—Flash Fiction

Chitrangada likes to express herself by writing fiction and poetry. Her writing reflects her mood and is inspired by the beauty of nature.

Flash Fiction, in Response to the Picture Prompts, Provided by billybuc.

This flash fiction is inspired by the picture prompt provided by Bill Holland/ Billybuc, who needs no introduction. He is an accomplished and celebrated writer and a great friend, always ready to help his fellow writers, whether the new ones or the not so new ones.

I have read some wonderful responses to the picture prompts, provided by Bill. It’s amazing to see, as to how creative the writers can be. Each one, weaving a beautiful and different story, from the same pictures.

I just hope, my fellow writer friends, like my response, as well. I have tried to follow the rules, (or no rules)—including the picture prompts, and the required word count.

Thank you Bill Holland, for the inspiration.

The Serene Country Lake

The Serene Country Lake

Waiting for Someone

’Time to go home, once again.’ Charu whispered to herself. Engrossed in her own thoughts, and with a heavy heart, she started walking back towards her home. The golden hour Sunset, making her golden hair, appear more radiant.
Another day of long wait had come to an end, with the dusk setting in, over the horizon. The country lake looked serene, calm and beautiful, at any time of the day. But at the dawn and the dusk time, it looked heavenly. The radiant beauty of the skies, and it’s reflection in the clear waters of the lake, was such, that Charu could not take her eyes off, from the spectacular view.

But what made Charu, come to this wonderful place, everyday?

Boat ride along the lake is the greatest attraction

Boat ride along the lake is the greatest attraction

Few Days Ago: Flashback

Charu had visited this country lake, last weekend, along with her close friends. The girls were on a vacation, to their native place, and wanted to enjoy such locations, which they couldn’t see in the ever busy and crowded metropolitan cities.

The girls had planned to spend the entire day, by the country lake, with some barbecue sessions, delicious food, outdoor games and boat ride.

Everything was going good, and according to their plans. The girl gang was having an enjoyable time, at the breathtaking, beautiful countryside.

The Boat Ride:

They took a smaller paddle boat for the boat ride, and decided to go on their own.

As they set off, the view on either side of the lake was beautiful. It was greenery all around, as far as the eyes could see.

The cool fresh air, was rejuvenating their senses. Charu and her friends were enjoying and were pleased to experience the beauty of Mother Nature. They were clicking pictures, all along, and loving the stunning view.

Almost in the middle of their sailing, Charu noticed that the boat was not moving. Perhaps it was entangled into something at the bottom, so the boat was stuck up. One could see panic on the girls faces. All efforts to move forward or backward was in vain. They looked around for help, but no other boat was in near sight.

The dusk was setting in and a sense of fear was growing, along with the growing darkness around. Fortunately, they saw a boat at a distance, approaching towards them, with a sailor, who seemed to be alone in the boat. The girls waved their hands to draw attention and shouted for help.

The Stranger:

As the boat came near, Charu could see an attractive man, with rugged looks. Someone, very similar to the characters in the romantic novels, which she was so fond of reading.

’What’s the matter, girls? Do you need some help?’ he enquired in a deep voice.

‘Ah! It was a voice to die for,’ Charu thought to herself.

The girls narrated the whole story. He brought his boat closer, and parallel to the boat of the girls, and bent down a bit, to examine the problem.

Immediately, he took out a long bamboo stick, from his boat and started moving it both ways, under the boat. A large mass of water plants and roots had got entangled under the surface of the boat, preventing it‘s movement. It took him sometime to remove it, and the problem was solved.

The girls thanked the man, wholeheartedly. Some polite conversations and then good byes. All through, Charu was looking at the man, and perhaps he understood the instant admiration, the girl had for him.

As he was leaving, he casually told the girls, that he visits this place quite frequently, but lives on the other side of the country lake.

The beautiful countryside

The beautiful countryside

Finally, The Wait Was Over.

When Charu reached home, she was lost in her thoughts. She had only two days, before leaving this beautiful countryside, for her college.

‘Would I be able to meet him, before leaving for the college?’

‘Why do I want to meet him?’

‘Was he also thinking about me?’

Such questions were doing the rounds, in her mind.

She never believed in the saying, ‘Love at first sight.’

‘How can this be possible?

Without knowing each other, can you love somebody?’

She was reminded of such discussions and arguments, which she often had with her friends.

She fell asleep, while still absorbed in her thoughts.

And They Met—

Next morning, she decided to go to the country lake, once again, for the last time, before leaving for her college. In case, he comes to this side of the lake—-—.

And he did!!!

Charu didn’t know, how to react, after seeing the man, who was in her thoughts, since the last few days, and she didn’t even know his name.

’Hi! So good to see you. I was thinking about you,’ He smiled at her.

‘What? You too?’ Charu didn’t say these words aloud, but was more than pleased to hear, what he said.

‘I forgot to ask your name,’ She said smiling back at him.

’I am Raj, and your name?

‘I am Charu.’

‘Your name is as sweet as you,’ Raj kept smiling. Perhaps both of them had sensed each other’s feelings about each other.

They sat there, on the soft green grass, besides the wonderful country lake.

The cool breeze, the soft smell of the flora and fauna around, was making the whole atmosphere, so heavenly and romantic.

Forever—

A little formal conversation to begin with, which later turned into smiles and laughter, so much so, that it seemed that the two knew each other, since time, immemorial.

How Important it is, to have good conversations, in a relationship?

As the dusk was setting in, it was getting darker, and Raj and Charu realised, that it was time to go to their respective homes.

But not before, they had made a promise to each other, to be in touch, to meet each other’s parents, and to be with each other, forever.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 26, 2020:

Thank you MG Singh ji, for reading and appreciating the story. It means a lot, since you are such a wonderful story teller. I always enjoy your stories.

Thank you for your encouraging words and support.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 26, 2020:

This is a nice story and very interesting as well. Good that you incorporated a personal incident with your imagination.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 26, 2020:

Thank you Vanita, for reading and appreciating the story. I am glad that you liked it.

The boat incident did happen to me. Rest of the story is my imagination. I am a romantic at heart, irrespective of age.

Thank you for your visit and support.

Vanita Thakkar on August 25, 2020:

Beautiful narration of the country side lake, woven into a cute little love story.

Liked it very much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 08, 2020:

Thank you Prantika, for reading the story and appreciating it.

I am sorry, I missed your comments earlier. Somehow, it had gone in the spam, and was not visible to me.

Thank you once again.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on February 27, 2020:

I have enjoyed every bit of the story and found it interesting. I love your story telling style and I must appreciate how beautifully you have presented the story.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 15, 2020:

Thank you Devika, for reading and liking the story. I am glad that you found it interesting. Yes, the picture prompts have produced some very interesting stories, from the fellow writer friends.

Thanks and good day.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 14, 2020:

Chitrangada Sharan this is an amazing idea to this challenge. You certainly are talented and know how to get a story to be read. i enjoyed every bit of this story and the challenge has created a spark in our minds.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2020:

Thank you Lora Hollings, for your kind words of appreciation. Glad you liked the story, inspired by the picture prompts.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

Lora Hollings on February 11, 2020:

A lovely story, Chitrangada. It certainly seems that these two were just destined to meet and spend the rest of their lives together. True soul mates. You did a wonderful job at evoking this special bond between them. I really enjoyed reading your special story in response to this challenge. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2020:

Yes, MsDora, I agree with you. Unexpected happenings, sometimes give more pleasure. Because, God planned it that way.

In fact the boat incident did happen with me, when I was much younger. Rest all is fiction. But, I am happy to hear the positive responses.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2020:

Thanks Thelma, for appreciating the story.

Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2020:

Thank you Rebecca, for reading and appreciating the story.

Glad that you liked it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 11, 2020:

Wow! What a life-changing experience which simply happened! Couldn't be better if it had been planned. Good story-telling!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 11, 2020:

That´s a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 11, 2020:

What a sweet story and the photos are so fitting! Great job!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2020:

Thank you so much Nell, for reading and appreciating the story.

I am glad that you liked it.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2020:

Thank you Susan, for appreciating the story.

Nell Rose from England on February 10, 2020:

Aw that was so lovely! Love at first sight. Great story Chitrangada!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 10, 2020:

What a beautiful story!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2020:

Thank you so much Sean, for your kind words of appreciation. I am pleased to read your comments that you liked this simple story.

Love is such a simple emotion and it really simplifies every other emotion.

Appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 09, 2020:

Well, my dear sister Chitrangada, I think you could have a career as a storyteller of love! Your narration is better than pictures! Simple and full of emotions as should be! Thank you for the sweet feeling it has left to my heart!

I wish you Love!

Sean

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2020:

Thank you Manatita for reading and sharing your thoughts.

I am glad that you liked it. I must have read all the Barbara Cartland and Mills and Boon stuff, in my younger days. We used to exchange the books to read, among friends and were crazy about it. Those were lovely days—.

Yes, it’s 1100 words, as shown in the stats above.

Thanks once again, for appreciating and supporting my work. Have a wonderful day.

manatita44 from london on February 09, 2020:

A very sweet piece and it flew by. Are you sure it's 1100 words? Quite charming, my dear, real Barbara Cartlands or Mills and Boon stuff … of course in your own inimitable style. Beautiful scenery!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2020:

Thank you M G Singh Ji, for reading and appreciating the story.

Glad that you liked it.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 08, 2020:

A nice story that gives a 'feel-good' factor.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you so much Peggy, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked the short story, inspired by the picture prompts, provided by Bill.

Have a good day and thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Sandra, for appreciating the story.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for your lovely comments. Oh! How wonderful for those, who find their love, at the first sight.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Shaloo and I completely agree with you. Love stories should make you feel happy, and believe in the power of love.

Thank you so much. Appreciate your visit and comments.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Linda, for appreciating the short story. So pleased to know that you liked my response to the picture prompts, provided by Bill.

Thank you so much for your kind words and support, always.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you so much Rosina, for your kind words of appreciation.

So good to read your comments, that the story developed well. I am sure, most of the people love happy endings and I am glad that you liked it.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Ericdierker, for liking the story.

The boat part did happen to me, in reality. I was a school girl then, and got really frightened, when the boat was not moving in the Ooty lake, in the Southern part of India. The rest of the story is fiction, and I am glad to read the reader’s positive comments.

Thank you for your comments and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Liz Westwood, for reading and appreciating the story. I am glad that liked this short story. I like happy endings.

Thank you so much for always supporting my work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Pamela, for appreciating the story, inspired by the picture prompts challenge.

Pleased to read your positive comments. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Harish Ji, for appreciating the story, inspired by the picture prompts.

Pleased to read your feedback.

Thank you for always supporting my work. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Venkatachari Ji, for reading and appreciating the story. Glad that you liked it.

Thank you for the encouragement and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Raymond Philippe, for your generous comments and appreciation of the story.

I am glad that you liked it. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you John, for reading and appreciating. It means a lot.

Thank you for always supporting my work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2020:

Thank you Bill, for your encouraging words. I am glad that I participated and would do so again, as and when you provide more picture prompts. It’s like coming out of the comfort zone.

Thank you for your kind words and support.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2020:

Ah, what a sweet ending and a perfect story to accompany the photo prompts from Bill. Nice job, Chitrangada!

SandraLVasquez on February 08, 2020:

nice

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 08, 2020:

What a sweet story. I do believe in love at first sight. There are some things you process subconsciously, instantly.

Shaloo Walia from India on February 07, 2020:

Beautifully written. Love stories should always have a happy ending like this one.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 07, 2020:

This is a sweet story, Chitrangada. It's always nice to to read a tale with a happy ending involving love.

Rosina S Khan on February 07, 2020:

I loved your response to Billybuc's challenge. It was so wonderfully and beautifully crafted! I have to confess I was amazed by the happy ending. I wasn't prepared for it- yet, it turned out to be such an enjoyable read. Thank you for your superb contribution, Chitrangada.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 07, 2020:

Thank you. For whatever reason you wrote it, this lovely story was in you and I thank you again for sharing it.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 07, 2020:

This is an interesting romantic tale. It has a real feel good factor.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 07, 2020:

This is a beautiful story with a very happy ending. I think you met the challenge head on and wrote a lovely story to meet the challengs. Chitrangada, you did a wonderful job meeting this challenge.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on February 07, 2020:

What a lovely story you weaved out of lake images, a photo prompt challenge given by Bill Holland, our distinguished friend. I appreciate how you came through the challenge.

Wonderful read, I enjoyed the short story. Well done Chitrangada Sharan.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on February 07, 2020:

Very interesting and nice story, Chitra. I enjoyed it very much. By simply using three photos, you told a wonderful story. I appreciate you.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on February 07, 2020:

This lovely story lifted my mood. Thank you.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 07, 2020:

What a delightful, feel-good story you wrote from Bill's photos. I enjoyed every word. Well-done Chitrangada.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 07, 2020:

I was thrilled to see you take part in this challenge. Very well done, my friend. Now that you have "your feet wet," I will send out another challenge next week for you to "swim in."