She’s not far out. Turning, she can see the lights on shore: the bonfire and the torches and the fizzing, wheeling whiteness of sparklers. There’s the reflection of the moon as well, perfectly white and round and seemingly no more than an arm’s-length away. Touchable. But it’s all so quiet. None of the noise–the shouting and the fireworks and whoops and shrieks of people playing in the shallows–none of it carries even an inch underwater.
My short story “Three Stories About Drowning” was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize. A list of winners and the other shortlisted entries can be seen at www.wasafiri.org, and the winners will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Wasafiri.
Wasafiri is a British magazine of international, contemporary writing. The title means “travellers” in Kiswahili. The New Writing Prize is a yearly competition.