This writing challenge is from Write On Edge .
Instruction :This week we asked you to take us somewhere . Where was up to you – fiction or creative non-fiction – but we asked you to use your words to paint the setting as vividly as possible . In 200 words . Here is a snippet (fiction) from a story I wrote a while back .
At the break of dawn , she negotiated the narrow , rocky path which led down to the water's edge . This rendezvous was a familiar daily routine . Running along the pier , swift and nimble , she jumped over the edge and disappeared , then re-surfaced to join a group of girls as they frolicked about in the water .
The sun's rays beamed as it hovered along the horizon , almost as if it were hesitant to disturb the girls at play . It revealed their irridescent bodies . Their fragile scales molded together , shimmered and twinkled as if composed of hundreds of precious stones . Their laughter reminded him of melodious bells , an aural delight . Drops of water glistened as they rose into the air . They arched their tails in the back-flip position and then slipped under the water , five graceful water gymnasts , bodies in perfect symmetry , in tune with the ebb and flow of their surroundings . It was a breathtaking moment .
They performed their ritualistic dance , slipping and slicing through the water to the sounds of unplayed music ; it was music that lived in their hearts and souls , undetected by the human ear ; music that united them , as ancient as time itself , passed down from their ancestors .