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Boat Trip

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again – the weekly 100 word photo prompt hosted by Rochelle! This week’s photo comes to us courtesy of Jan Wayne Fields. You can view other entries here. Why not have a go, it’s fun!


Photo copyright Jan Wayne Fields

The little boat tossed on the choppy waters of the bay as the old man demonstrated a simple reef knot to his grandson. The young lad watched entranced as the old man’s gnarled fingers once again worked their magic.

Scant yards away the shark, lost and hungry after a long journey through unknown waters, tracked the large beast. It had broken such beasts before. Hard and tasteless on the outside, it knew that these beasts always contained tasty morsels of flesh within. It had only to break the shell.

The shark altered its course towards the boat and increased speed.

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  1. summerstommy2
    September 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Behind this story there is the sound of the music from Jaws…So what happened next? Need a bigger boat?


    • September 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I’m waiting for someone to claim that no shark could smash that boat – I’m ready with the “Jaws Defence”!


    • September 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I’m hearing that same music but although it sounds like the “Jaws” script, it’s well-written.



      • September 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        Funnily enough I didn’t think “Jaws” until after I’d posted it and I was thinking, “Could a shark really damage that boat – well, it did in Jaws. Uh-oh.”


        • September 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

          And we all know “Jaws” is true, right? 🙂


          • September 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

            Absolutely! Best nature documentary I ever watched 🙂


  2. September 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Oh, I loved the turnaround in this, the man and child as catch of the day, lol 🙂


    • September 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks! In the words of Qui-Gon Jinn from “The Phantom Menace”, “There’s always a bigger fish” 🙂


  3. September 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    The old man and the sea … with grandson?


  4. September 12, 2013 at 2:40 am

    “We’re going to need a bigger boat.” This is just chilling. Darkly funny too, with the boat being like candy to the shark. Crunchy on the outside and a chewy middle!


    • September 12, 2013 at 6:19 am

      That’s the best sort of treat 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed it!


  5. September 12, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I assumed the shark might had met his match with the old fisherman. It’s possible.


    • September 12, 2013 at 6:21 am

      You never know what he might have hidden in that boat, anti-shark-wise.
      Like an oxygen cylinder and a gun perhaps, ahem 😉


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  7. September 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Dear Draliman,

    You took a bite out of story telling this week. I would think the boat would be hard to digest…loved the “morsels within the hard shell” like someone cracking the shell of a lobster to get to the sweet flesh.




    • September 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

      I’m glad you liked it 🙂
      I’m thinking the shark will probably spit the boat out and enjoy the humans within. It sounds like he’s done it before so he know what he’s doing!


  8. September 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Interesting to read the point of view of the shark…well done!


    • September 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I thought it might work quite well to split it into two points of view.


  9. September 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I can hear that music starting to play…


    • September 14, 2013 at 3:32 am

      Possibly the most recognisable music in the world!


  10. pattisj
    September 14, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Great description of the meal as seen through the shark’s eyes. And mouth. Hopefully, those gnarly fingers can ensure the shark’s demise.


    • September 14, 2013 at 3:34 am

      It does sound like the old chap has pretty much seen everything by now. I’m sure a hungry shark will pose no problem 🙂


  11. September 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Dear Draliman,

    I kept waiting for the reef knot to come back into play. Guess it’s curtains for the two of them.




    • September 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Maybe granddad is going to do something clever with knots to incapacitate the shark.
      You’re probably right, though!


  12. September 16, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Nice one!


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