Duplicitous Old River







PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The waters have calmed after the spring floods. The gentle old river has returned and tinkles again over the rocks, laps rhythmically against the ancient, algae stained, stone walls.
I watch a pair of dippers, chocolate headed and white bibbed, diving into the flow and bobbing up several feet further downstream, beaks clamped contentedly on caddis fly larvae and water boatmen.
My beautiful summer friend; so serene I almost forget and forgive its cruelty and carnage when in torrent.
Except there should only be one dipper, hunting for the other that should be sat on eggs the flood washed away.

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here