This week’s story is based on a lovely picture by Susan Wenzel.  For more stories based on this picture, please visit or click on the link at the end of the story.  You’ll be amazed at the variety and talent.

Legendary love

We met walking the beach, both searching for signs of life in tiny eddies and pools.  Her dark hair glistened in the mist as we talked, her body sleekly beautiful, attractive as her mind and humor, her bark of laughter.

We met daily, accompanied by the sounds of the sea, the keening of the wind.  Growing closer, making plans, living life.

I came to find only footprints disappearing near the sea into some flattened sand, a few short, dark  hairs next to a perfect shell, the two mirrored halves lightly joined.  And I remembered the legend of the  selkie.

  1. billgncs says:

    you can be my Selkie….

  2. SAM says:

    Breathtaking. You wrote her so clearly I pictured her in my head. Thank you for this momentary escape.

  3. Romantic and mysterious. I wonder if they’ll meet again, and if their plans accommodated the girl’s return to the sea.

  4. boomiebol says:

    Such vivid imagery you created here. Very well done. Mine is here

    • Thanks. I may be awhile in getting there because of being on our last day of vacation, but I’ll get there. 🙂

      • boomiebol says:

        Oh no please take your time, and even if you can’t get to it I completely understand :). Hope you had a great vacation?!

      • It’s been great and was greatly needed. Only bad thing was that Bill (bwthoughts), my husband, couldn’t come because of that broken hand. And our older daughter couldn’t make it, either, due to work. But Megan and I had a wonderful time. If you’re interested, you can see some pictures and blog posts on my site.

  5. Loved her barking laugh even before I realized what it implied. Nice mysterious woman piece. I guess from other comments she turned into a seal? Can she go back and forth?

    • Selkies generally only go back to the sea as seals because even though they may love someone, they long for the sea and eventually, even if their skins are hidden, they find the and return. Google them for some good stories or watch “The Secret Of Roan Inish.” Glad you like it.

  6. Sandra says:

    Nicely crafted and a good theme. Well done.

  7. Nifti says:

    Beautiful. Picturing those footsteps now.

  8. rochellewisoff says:

    Lovely story. I’ll admit I had to read it twice. The second time after I looked up Selkie. I learned something. Thank you.

    • janet says:

      Phew! Just made our motel for the night after a great day. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story!! If you get a chance, watch “The Secret of Roan Inish”, something I’ll have to do again. I just remember we really liked it.

  9. Wow! A selkie…wonderful! I wondered what sort of mythical sea creatures this photo would conjure up. This is one I hadn’t thought of for some time.

    ~Susan (

  10. I found this to be mysterious and like Rochelle, didn’t quite understand it until I looked up the word selkie. Interesting work.

    • janet says:

      Lora, I hope you enjoyed it as well as found it mysterious. I’m looking forward to working my way through some more stories when we get back tomorrow night or on Sunday.

  11. A fascinating story, beautifully written.

  12. Kaitlin says:

    Oh nice. I love your description of his appearance, it’s somehow very evocative.

  13. Linda says:

    Clearly their plans were a little mismatched. I really enjoyed this one 🙂

  14. Oh, this is just beautiful. Now I wish I’d gone the soft and magical route instead!!!

    Thanks for your comment on ours 🙂

  15. Jan Morrill says:

    Beautiful sense of place, and I love the magical surprise ending.


  16. vbholmes says:

    Lyrical legend with a traditional sad ending. And thanks for the introduction to the Selkie–a new mythological character for me.

  17. Carrie says:

    Enchanting. Nicely done

  18. Brian Benoit says:

    Glimpses and traces – just the right details to tell us about the relationship. Great tone, too!

    Brian (

    • Thank you for the feedback, Brian. After tomorrow, I hope to read the stories I haven’t gotten to yet. One more day of vacation travel. 🙂 It’s always lots of fun to see what everyone wrote.

  19. Cindy Marsch says:

    You’ve inspired me, Janet! See here: .

    Beautiful way to use the image for the selkie reference!

    And I’m majorly impressed at how many comments you have!

  20. Jess Schira says:

    Wow, you’ve done an amazing job of making me think I was standing on a British sea, and mourning the loss of my love in just a few words. I’ve always found the legend of the selkie both romantic and so, so sad. At least your character didn’t drown.

    • Thanks, Jess. I’m pleased it resonated with you and thanks for letting me know. The saddest part of the legend is that the lure of the sea always triumphs over that of love.

  21. tollykit says:

    An enchanting tale. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  22. keliwright says:

    This prompt also seems to form folklore connections. I love folklore and love this telling. It’s been a while since I’ve spent much time in mythology, legends, etc., but the posts from you and Susan have reawakened my interest.

    I did have images of a man and a dog at first. Not until I reached the end did I realize it was a selkie, which immediately produced mental home movies of a man and a seal frolicking at the seashore. Okay, I know they shed their skin (’cause I looked it up!) and appear in human form. I just have to readjust my visual imagery. Good stuff. 🙂

  23. Russell says:

    You hit a home run with this one. Beautifully crafted and a perfect fit for the prompt.