Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kimberly Gould Week 121: Submergent

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Kimberly Gould’s Picture Choice: Both

Title: Submergent

The great tide washed in, farther than even before, immersing houses, yards and schools beneath it’s sea green waves. The tide was not violent, not a tsunami, pushing vehicles and dumpsters. It just kept rising. Some cars floated away, but most filled with water and stayed where they were. Ships and boats moored on the roofs of houses and other buildings.

The people had been astonished when the tide rose without end. They had plenty of time to move inland, to save precious possessions. There had been no deaths and the only injuries came to those who recklessly swam in the rising waters.

Science had no answers, and prayers gave no insight. Would the waters continue to rise until the entire earth was covered? Would only the mountains be left as islands? Many began pilgrimages to the Rockies, the Himalayas, anywhere with a peak.

Jessica didn’t run. This was her home, and whether it was underwater or not, she wasn’t leaving it. Letting herself sink below the surface, she sat and watched the tide roll in, bringing more water, more debris. She learned to hold her breath for longer and longer, taking heart in the familiar which was at the same time strange. She wasn’t alone. Many others sought to adapt rather than migrate. Together, they would persevere. Humanity could not be washed away so easily.


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Kimberly Gould is the author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege, and it's sequel Duty and Sacrifice. She can be found most places as Kimmydonn, including Kimmydonn.com



  1. I like how you linked the pictures together to write your unigue perspective. Your either intentional or unintentional symbolic story blends the innocence and pessimistic, cruel outcome for the people coping with the rising waters from an unexplained reason

  2. I love where you went with this. Good piece.

  3. A very clever piece with the unexpected ending to adapt. I like this very much. x