Indeterminacy 364 (Lake Lady)

The lady of the lake grew weary of her days, sloshing about aimlessly under the waves, so she put on her set of dry clothes and stepped out into the air. As she cast her gaze onto her liquid home from outside, the restless waters became still. She took her place by the shore to see what would happen next. A man ambled by on his way to pay homage to hers truly, blind to the lake lady’s shoreside presence, to the idea that he might easily have touched her. He dove into the water with visions of surprising her in her fluid chambers – and drowned clutching her knee-high galoshes in his hands, the ones she had left behind.

“Tragic, tragic,” she thought in the twinkling of a dewdrop. Then she glanced up, straight into her own eyes. “This is the perfect time for a madcap comedy,” she said to the watery reflection standing before her without the means of a mirror.

A look of surprise met her, “But Shakespeare didn’t write any madcap comedies.”

“Why mention Shakespeare?” she challenged.

“Isn’t Shakespeare writing me?”

“I don’t think so!” she shot back to herself, nonplussed by the magic of moisture that so easily echoed her appearance. Then softening her expression: “Well, I wouldn’t mind being written by Joseph Conrad – ‘Heart of the Deep’ he might name me…”

“But yes,” another likeness cut in – there were several in a semi-circle before her now – “you are decidedly tragic. Look at all those princes dying in the deep because of you.”

“But there’s enough of me for everyone to drink – they don’t have to feed themselves to the fish on my account, though it is flattering.”

A variety of sentiments arose in each of the listeners, mused moments of melancholy and pride. The silence lingered.

“Come on, it is upon the time to move on,” the liquid femme addressed her identical sisters, “let’s stir ourselves together and leave.”

The multitude of ladies, as divisible and joinable as splashes of water, flowed back into each other. For one moment she was strongly visible in bright, perceptible colors. Then she evaporated and rained herself into a fairy tale waiting for its midsummer night.

Indeterminacy 364 (Lake Lady)


Joined January 2008

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This story was originally posted at, a site featuring “one minute short stories” inspired by found photos.

Here is the found photo which served as the catalyst for the story:

Disclaimer: This photo is not my work, and is therefore also not for sale.

I am posting this for Mymindseye9 who really knows how to charm a guy with comments :-))

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