Walking to the Saugatuck Falls, climbing over the grey boulders littering the narrowing path the sound of water always seems to be just round the bend...and then it starts to rain. Matching her footfall to the drumming of the drops...then a cloudburst...a whoosh of Canadian geese beat the air and the sound chills her more than the sopping wetness. Divots turn into whipped puddles frothing with glee at the sight of her new white sneakers. So she shelters beneath the branches of a yellowing tulip tree not feeling the cold drops falling down her back. In front of her a monarch butterfly sinks into the mud. She knows she cannot save her...and the rain is full of salt.
the steady drip
of the drip...
Adele Evershed was born in Wales and has lived in Hong Kong and Singapore before settling in Connecticut. Her prose and poetry have been published in over eighty online journals and print anthologies such as Every Day Fiction, Free Flash Fiction, Ab Terra Flash Fiction, Grey Sparrow Journal, High Shelf, Tofu Ink Arts Press, The Fib Review, Wales Haiku Journal, Shot Glass Journal, and Hole in the Head Review. Adele has recently been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize for poetry, the Staunch Prize for flash fiction, and her novellain-flash, A History of Hand Thrown Walls was shortlisted in Reflex Press Novella Contest.