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A Small Token of Thanks
by Terrie Leigh Relf
Quite a few young women went missing that summer. Mostly college students on holiday with friends. During the day, they would gather at the beach. At night, there were trips to the pub, and afterwards, perhaps moonlit strolls with some young man they fancied or who fancied them.
The usual media circus didn’t begin until summer’s end, though. By that time, nearly a dozen women had gone missing. Likely more. “It is difficult to say for sure,” the authorities said, “as they may have traveled elsewhere.” As if that possibility would console the families . . .
It really had been a lovely summer. So as a small token of thanks, I set one of my favorite’s shoes along the water with a bouquet of flowers. Even though I preferred to keep each pair, it was the least that I could do to let go of one of my trophies. I took a photo, of course, as a memento mori. It’s not like anyone would question why, as I was the local photographer, after all.
Fiction © Copyright Terrie Leigh Relf
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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