Thursday 7 July 2022

The Voyage by Hannah Retallick

I’d boarded the boy’s raft because it looked sturdy and I wanted to cross the lagoon.

Kneeling on the boards that were bound with thin blue rope, I felt my balance shift. Water seeped through my trousers. I toppled. For a scary moment, I was submerged in sea water and didn’t know which way was up.

The boy was unconcerned when I gasped through the surface. ‘You getting back on?’

The raft was sturdy, but I wasn’t – merely an old man who should be in a home. However, aside from my dignity, there was nothing much to lose.

‘Very well.’

 About the author

Hannah Retallick is from Anglesey, North Wales. She was home educated and then studied with the Open University, graduating with a First-class honours degree, BA in Humanities with Creative Writing and Music, before passing her Creative Writing MA with a Distinction. She has been shortlisted/placed in several international competitions.


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