The Shadow in the Wave


A 100-word story from long ago:

Water sluiced off her body as she sprang up from under a wave. The next rolling wall of water was translucent green, containing for a breathless moment an arching shadow. A dorsal fin. Her heart recognized the sweet smile.

“Look!” she cried to the others. “It’s my mother! I told you she’d come!”

Their ears were dulled by salt water. Laughter echoed across the waves.

“Scaredy brat! She thought it was a shark!”

“It’s just a dumb dolphin, babe!”

She didn’t care. The wave and its rider were gone. But there was a smile left behind in the sunlit sea.

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23 thoughts on “The Shadow in the Wave

    • Hmm. Thanks for this; I’m going to go look at it. If I were to try and expand it to a short story, I’m not sure if your read isn’t more interesting than mine! At any rate, a confused reader is not good, so I do want to check it out and see what you mean. (A bit busy this morning, but wanted to thank you for the heads-up 🙂


  1. I liked how this finished, “a smile left behind”. It reminded me of the excitement people feel when dolphins appear along side a boat. A lovely reminder of the diverse world we inhabit.

    (I do not know why my like does not appear above).


    • Thank you, James. There is something that people I’ve talked to never lost after seeing them in the sea. It’s nothing like seeing them in captivity, even a reputable research center. By the way, I’m fine without the likes, especially if the same person goes on to give me a couple words of encouragement.

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