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She Frog

by Martha Williams

She had a face like a frog: wide mouth, prominent eyes – and when she touched him, her fingers felt clammy on his skin. He’d noticed it before, alternately intrigued and repelled until today when, in a moment fueled entirely by curiosity, he took her swimming. He monitored her expression as she saw the water; when her eyes bulged he wondered, do frogs have fun? Before he could turn to ask, she leaped in and swam like a fish – although without a fish’s grace or purpose – and he laughed to see her meaty thighs gaping wide as if to engulf the water... the world... him. And all the while, as she thrashed and splashed and even when she sank beneath the surface, her face remained an unearthly blank. Then she was gone, leaving only his baffled frown and the memory of green.

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7 comments:

Tina said...

Mysterious, gorgeous, evocative writing.

martha said...

Ooh, thank you, Tina! And to everyone for reading.

Madam Z said...

I like the details, such as, "...when she touched him, her fingers felt clammy on his skin." And "...her meaty thighs gaping wide..." It was easy to picture this she frog.

Payton L. Inkletter said...

I enjoyed at least two things in the general about these six, Martha, and they are the quirkiness of the story, and your sense of humour: 'She had a face like a frog' - just wonderful.

Your wordcrafting had me wondering, puzzling, seeing, hearing, feeling, and worrying, for both the frog and the fellow.

martha said...

Thank you Madam Z and Payton. Glad you liked my little frog and her confused man.

Teresa Stenson said...

This is so visual, so (hate to use this word) unusual, I love it!

martha said...

Aw, thanks, Teresa!