This is a short story (I actually did one!) as my secret santa gift to
who likes the topic 'wandering' which I used to get started. I hope she likes it.
The inspiration came from a lot of pondering and I dug up a prompt that I copied down from the DA writing club. One that got put on my to-write list and then forgot about eheh
Basically it said to come up with a one-sentence setting and a one-word strong emotion that contradicts the setting. Then you use the elements of the setting to create the emotion. My sentence for this is "Early morning in the winter; loneliness."
The 'mysterious' person that is known to join travelers on this river of life can be who-ever is appropriate to the reader. That person can be a close relative, a significant other, a friend or a religious figure... whatever you call that 'person' that is there for you in life. I know that I have written 'he' but really it would have been awkward if I wrote 'he/she'
For me personally 'he' is more appropriate so there. Oh and the main character doesn't have a name for a reason. Again something to help make it more adaptable to the reader.
Hope that makes sense.