Water under the Bridge (flash fiction)

A million steps they each did take to get to this place where the bright lights glistened on their flushed faces. Steps that were sometimes sure and strong, other times they took a step back and sometimes their steps were reduced to a crawl. Other times the two, separately stepping, fell to their knees and weeped. Never for long, did they allow life to hold them down. Something was pulling them along. A million steps, stepping them toward a destination that would be a beginning, not an ending. Their steps were stepping them toward each other. Toward home. Their stepping stopped when they fell into each other’s arms. A million steps behind them, blown by the wind. Steps now scattered across the calm water under the bridge. A million steps transformed into tiny diamonds danced in their eyes. No need to retrace the many steps that brought them to this moment, he thought, as he delicately traced the shape of her beautiful face. All that matters is this moment. Together, they will step away.   

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy the sexy NYC couple in my flash fiction piece, “The Last, at Last” Need some more love? Visit my Poetic Storyteller homepage and click on the “Love” category. πŸ’“ Thank you for visiting, reading, and listening. Be well. πŸ’— Michele

Photo by Thomas Pyttel

Β© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

71 thoughts on “Water under the Bridge (flash fiction)

  1. For some time now, I’ve been only stepping forward making sure to not look at the steps I made behind. But I brought along with me the lessons I learned. πŸ˜‰
    Love this, Michele! πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜πŸ˜

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  2. Poetpas

    At 5,000 steps per day, it would take you 200 days to walk one million steps. It takes about 50 minutes to walk 5,000 steps (2.5 miles) at an average pace (approximately 3 mph).
    At 8,000 steps per day, it would take you 125 days to walk one million steps. It takes 80 minutes to walk 8,000 steps (4 miles) at an average pace.
    At 10,000 steps per day, it would take you 100 days to walk one million steps. It takes about 100 minutes to walk 10,000 steps (5 miles) at an average pace.
    At 20,000 steps per day, it would take you 50 days to walk one million steps. It takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to walk 20,000 steps (10 miles) at an average pace.
    Time wounds all heels πŸ‘ 
    Nice poem, nice song. Never heard of Blossom Dearie. It’s good to come across things sometimes I don’t know about yet. A rarity πŸ˜†

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    1. Thanks Mr. Fitbit. I am exhausted now. πŸ˜‚ I was going to do the math on this one but decided doing math would dull my passionate pen. I preferred pondering two hearts stepping toward each other, then falling into each other’s arms when their steps did intersect. That’s why I am a poet, not a mathematician. πŸ’– haha Yes, time wounds all heels, a million times. Ouch! Thank you, I enjoyed writing this one and yes, what a gorgeous song and voice! Happy to broaden your horizons! May you now blossom, dearie. πŸŒΌπŸ˜†πŸŽΆ

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  3. What a beautiful story Michele my Belle! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» I loved this:

    “A million steps transformed into tiny diamonds danced in their eyes. No need to retrace the many steps that brought them to this moment…” πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž
    This is so poetically appetizing my friend. Loved it, as well as that music video to accompany this delightful, fantastic flash fiction! A million steps of romance! πŸ‘ πŸ‘£πŸ’ƒπŸΌ Have a FANtabulous day my dancing queen!

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    1. “Poetically appetizing.” Love this! πŸ’– I suppose I did work up an appetite with all that stepping and romanticizing. πŸ₯° Thank you, Kymbelina, it was a delightful write! Thanks for sharing what stood out to you… dancing and diamonds. Why am I not surprised? πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ŽπŸ˜† Step yourself into a fabulous evening! πŸŒƒπŸ’ž

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      1. Girl Michele, I didn’t even notice the correlation between the “dancing diamonds!” πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚ Lord, I can be a little too predictable sometimes. 😜🀣😝 But girlfriend, you threw down with verbiage in a very romantic way! I will drop the mic for you!!! 🎀🎀🎀 And Dawwwlinkkkk…you have the most FANtabulous evening ever! πŸ₯°πŸ’‹πŸ˜

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    1. Thank you, Deepthy, for sharing that line. I imagined their footprints, in the dirt, being swept up by the wind, then scattered across the water. Literally and figuratively, their history transformed. Oh, so beautiful. πŸ’– Surreal tone – love that! ✨ I appreciate you!

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  4. Our life’s reality story so beautifully decorated written Water under the Bridge dear friend πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯️😊
    Love a word promises a lot and when the two people became lovers they both have to happily
    go along honest and kind and they must make their dreams come true like a fairytale storyπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’
    So glorious lines can read from your post πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒβœοΈThank you for sharing this lovely story with
    Song πŸ‘grace wishes dear β™₯️😊

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    1. “Beautifully decorated.” How lovely! I am moved by your words about lovers. πŸ’ž Thank you very much, Thattamma. I appreciate your beautiful and loving spirit. πŸ’– Wishing you a wonderful evening. πŸŒ‰

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  5. To comment on your writing, dear Michele, beauty is an understatement! The exquisite sentiments between your lines demands the profound understanding of human experience and a warm, feeling heart precisely like yours….

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    1. Annabel! A special day when you drop by! I hope your summer is going well and that you are enjoying some downtime. 🌞 I treasure your description of my writing. Thank you so much for recognizing my motivation and understanding my intentions. I am honored. πŸ’— Enjoy life lovely dancing poetess!

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  6. Wonderful words woven into a fabric of love, this moment together as lights ripple in reflection on sultry eyes and into the night. Your beautiful story is a heartwarming and passionate read, dear Michele ~ thanks for sharing! πŸ’“

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    1. Thank you very much, Jaya. I can count on you to notice and highlight movement within my writing. I truly appreciate you! And yes, the many steps I referenced were meant to include the emotional and mental steps one may take during life. Excellent! πŸ’—

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