Truly Magical

We looked at the setting sun and decided to stop for the day. And now, a few minutes later, we were sitting on a small hillock by the sea, mulled wine in our hands, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks on the beach only adding to the quietness of the moment.

It was truly magical, the sun almost touching the water in the distant horizon, playing hide & seek with us through the scattered clouds. It was a moment of peace, a moment of reflection, a moment of awe….Of the sheer magnitude on which Mother Nature operates, and how puny our ‘problems’ and ‘issues’ are in front of it.

We didn’t speak a word to each other. We didn’t need to….maybe because we knew that it would break the spell. So we just sat there, waiting for dusk to make way for the night, but wishing it were not so, that this sun would never set, for morning would follow the night, and we would have to start a new day.

A new day of fighting, of killing or maiming each other mercilessly, of the sand on the beach being soaked in blood, of clashes of swords, and cries of pain, of burning forests, and arrows falling from the sky like rain.

And those of us who survived the day till sunset tomorrow would again sit on this hillock on the beach, mulled wine in our hands, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks on the beach only adding to the quietness of the moment.

Truly magical.


Written as a part of  Sue Vincent‘s weekly #writephoto challenge. The amazing photo has been provided by Sue herself as usual. Click on the link above to read other stories inspired by the photo prompt.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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17 Responses to Truly Magical

  1. SHILPI DUTTA says:

    Yes truly magical indeed. Words do break the spell and deprives one of the beautiful moment. Lovely piece.

  2. Michael says:

    Its a positive thought that nothing no matter how horrific can detract from that magical moment.

  3. For some reason, I thought of Troy. You made me feel sad.

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    The unexpected paragraph of war crashing into the silence was very effective. Nicely done.

  5. Vivian Zems says:

    A truly stunning scene. You quite highlighted the ” peace inbetween”.

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  8. Think you re-create very well that sense of stillness and uplifting beauty, within the chaos all around.

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