It’s time for this week’s flash fiction foray, and Matt at The Book Blogger has set our one hundred word fiction challenge based on a song called You Ruin Me, by the Veronicas. This is a new piece to me so I’m thankful for the following clip to hear the lyrics.
I always set myself the additional task of making sure that my hundred words also have some sort of link to Greece. This is where my thoughts took me this week:
You Ruin Me
Powerful, elegant thrusts propelled the huge turtle through Homer’s wine dark sea. On breaking the surface she gulped a breath, then blinked up at the twinkling sky. Perhaps those stars aided the unerring sense of direction that took her to the exact Cretan beach where she started life.
Clumsy now, she hauled her bulk through foaming surf to gouge through the sand until clear of the water line.
She dug deep among plastic ruin.
Eggs buried she edged towards the sea, trailing a length of nylon line wrapped around neck and leg.
‘Man, you’re killing me’.
When we used to drive to Crete it involved two overnight ferry journeys. I remember being disgusted at the notice telling crew how many miles from land it is before they CAN tip rubbish overboard. The part of Crete that I love has many beaches all around Mirabello Bay. They all get plastic rubbish washed up but some are now permanently blighted by it and councils spend huge sums of money on ineffectual clean ups. There is only one way to stop it, a concerted effort to ban all sea bourne rubbish tipping.
For information about turtle conservation issues click here.
There is also a very interesting piece on one of my favourite websites, Explore Crete.