Winter Words Week 4: Sufficient by Danielle Hughes

by Aug 10, 2020 | Featured Stories


Read the 150 words (or less) works of our weekly winners who were given specific place, character and word prompts to write to.
This was a People’s Choice voting initiative for our members during lockdown.

Co-Winner: Danielle Hughes

Word: Sufficient
Location: Searoad Ferry
Character: Hippie

I’ve been sailing the old Searoad ferry since we began in 1987. We were a one-ship fleet back then, just me and the old M.V. Princess. The first trip was a blustery old day, the sea spray a cold slap in the face. That was the day I met my first love, Meri. Long blue skirt, wild wavy hair, beaded bracelets made from sea glass adorning each wrist. She loved the sea and no amount of time by the ocean was ever sufficient. I used to call her my ocean hippie. She’d ride the ferry just to feel the invigorating sea air on her skin. That was a long time ago. Now I only see her on a quiet day in the off-peak season, when the wind is blowing harsh. She stands out the front, arms spread wide, eyes softly closed, her silhouette translucent against the grey ocean waters.