Our weekly photo prompt from Priceless Joy. A bit late with it, but the photo fit in nicely with my ongoing series 🙂 Make sure to check out all the other stories too!
They met in the tunnel as planned. Each had prepared this time: rucksacks of water and snacks, ways to mark the trail back, rugged shoes and clothes for exploring. Haily practically hummed with excitement.
“Which door today?” she asked. “How do we choose?”
Irene pulled sidewalk chalk from her bag, then numbered the doors from left to right.
“I think we should just go in order,” she said. “What do you think, Frankie?”
“Why not?” He shrugged. “I guess that is as good a way as any.”
He reached up and pushed the lintel stone of the door Irene had labeled #1. Haily grabbed Irene’s hand as the door swung out and fresh sea filled the hallway. Once more Haily was the first one out the door, dragging Irene with her. Frankie followed, stopping to wedge a brick in the doorway.
“Nice,” Haily said admirably.
Frankie led the way across the tall grass, stopping periodically to put markers. Haily danced around the other two, clearly wanting to run ahead. She suddenly disappeared from view, screeching.
Irene and Frankie dashed forward in time to see her rolling down the dune towards the water. She sat up as a wave splashed her face. Frankie fell down on the dune, laughing hysterically. Irene leaned against him, smiling down at her friend. Grimacing, Haily climbed back up the sand.
“Yeah, yeah, so funny,” she groused as she came to stop besides them. Haily stiffened as she looked beyond them. “Um, guys, I can’t see the door!”