Bells at Sea

Prompt: can you hear the distance

Henry looked across the waves at the shore. They were nearly to South Cove now. He was nearly home. He tilted his head to one side and frowned. “What’s the bell for?” he mused. It seemed so faint and very far away.

“It’s how we keep time, your honor,” one of the sailors said, as he hurried by.

Henry blinked. So, that meant the bell was somewhere on board the ship. He wondered then, why it sounded like it had come from far away. In his mind, it was as though the tolling bell somehow marked the distance, not just the time.