The darker season

It was November, it was definitely November.


Rachel looked out the window.


Rain was pouring down from the grey almost black sky.
November. What a month. No light.


Rachel grabbed her bag, her umbrella and glanced at her feet. The shoes, that she was wearing were most certainly not going to help her keep her feet dry.


“Rachel, are you ok” a worried voice made her leave her bleak daydream.
She looked at her colleague Carol. Who was looking at her with a concerned smile.


As an answer, Rachel forced herself to smile an unconvincing smile and nodded.

“Rachel, come on. Tell me what lays heavy on your heart. I won’t judge you.” Carol reassured in a warm voice.

Rachel hesitated, all the negative thoughts were wooshing through her brain. November was never easy, but this one was particularly hard for her.

“Thank you, Carol, but I will be okay.”

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Ship – S – A to Z Challenge

The continuous humming that had accompanied us for the past weeks, suddenly stopped. It was eeryliy

The continuous humming that had accompanied us for the past weeks suddenly stopped. It was eerily quiet when we woke up. Out at sea, it was always quiet, but now, we realized that the sound of the engines had been there. A white noise accompanying the gentle rocking of the waves.

“What’s going on”? I asked.

“I have no idea”, Tom answered, looking like a cat after you forced it to take a bath.

I got up, the excess of last night, or rather of the past nights and days was now loudly throbbing in my head. Somehow, weeks of excess had only come to surface in my head today. But then my memory was hazy.

“I think, I know what is going on.” I spun around, Susie was rubbing her eyes and took a sip from her water before jumping off her upper bunk.

How we all envied her, always in good shape. Always fresh and ready to work in the mornings. The past two weeks, when we were without the boss nor his guests, must have been boring for her.

“So what is it smarty pants?” Luke asked with a smirk.

“Oh, our holidays are over. The captain told me last night; when you were all high that we had some repairs to do, that the boss would join us on board tonight with his new girlfriend and that today would be a land day.”

Tom’s face fell. He was enjoying the bosses stash, we were allowed to use it as long as there would be some left, and that we would be presentable when he would come back and not use any while he or his guests would be on board.

“Oh no, I will have land sickness”, he wailed.

“No, you won’t” I reassured him.

“I guess we’ll be feeling the effects of going cold-turkey.” Luke chipped in.

“So who wants to discover this lovely city with me?” Susie proposed, opening the thick curtain and revealing an astonishing view.

“Na, we’ll stay on the ship and make ourselves presentable first.” Was our answer, knowing that that in itself would be a hard mission.