Friday Fictioneers – For those in peril on the sea

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

For those in peril on the sea

“Please don’t go, Tom.”

“I must. The lads are depending on this catch.”

Everything was smothered in snow, after the worst storm for years. Mary sat by the fire, snug at home, fidgeting with her cell phone.

At sea, the wind howled, blasting spray which froze onto the boat’s superstructure. Tom, at the helm, was relying on instruments; visibility was almost nil. Although strong and fit, he was exhausted by the continuous struggle against the elements.

Mary breathed a prayer for Tom’s safety. A log shifted in the grate, sending sparks heavenward.

Her phone rang.

“Hi, Darling. We’ve made port!”

69 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – For those in peril on the sea

    • Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m delighted you liked the back and forth. The underlying feeling I had from the prompt was the contrast between a snug house and the hostility of the elements during a severe snowstorm.


    • Dear Edith
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comments. The peaceful suburban picture of snow, with the promise of a warm fire within, immediately made me think of struggling in a blizzard to earn your living.
      With best wishes


    • Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right – it’s a very dangerous job, even today with modern weather forecasts and navigation aids, not to mention health and safety laws that stop the most dangerous practices.
      With best wishes


  1. Your story left me breathless.🙂 so beautifully written! It’s amazing how you come up with so many different plots and create unique artistic narrative for each.
    Splendid storytelling, Penny.

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    • Dear Moon
      Thank you so much; you’re very kind in the praise you give my stories. I think Friday Fictioneers is a wonderful forum for stimulating ideas and allowing writers to step outside their comfort zone if they wish. For example, have you read James’s story this week? Normally he writes SciFi, but this week he’s written a little gem of literary fiction; it’s truly beautiful. And your stories, week after week, show subtle insight into human nature that you express with great delicacy and skill.
      We all owe Rochelle a debt of gratitude for her hard work in moderating FF!
      With very best wishes

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      • You are one of the writers in FF that I really admire. It’s truly a wonderful forum and has some wonderful writers that one with the ability can learn from. I love participating but learning is yet to start for me. I have wanted to contact you personally via email and have wondered if it would be okay with you.
        James is a very talented and knowledgable writer, I am yet to read his story this week. Thanks for telling me.
        I too admire Rochelle’s hard work and commitment and am very grateful to her.
        Thanks so much for reading my plain stories. I truly appreciate your feedback and encouragement. 💕🙂

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    • Dear Russell
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree that harvesting bellybutton lint would be safer, but I feel grateful to men like Tom who risk their lives to feed us. Bellybutton harvesters, fishermen, poets and even (just possibly) accountants, all add to the rich tapestry of life!
      With best wishes


  2. I couldnt help wondering how so many people live their lives daily under such difficult and physically trying situations. And that’s the power of your piece and the images drawn were very vivid – very well done Penny 🙂

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  3. I agree with Rochelle – you’ve packed so much drama into few words. The details you chose to include (e.g. the wind, the frozen spray on the boat, and the nil visibility) bought this story to life. The ending provided such euphoric relief! Excellent writing, Penny.

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