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Bitter Boat

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, and this time I’m well stumped. My muse has gone on holiday, I think. Never mind, I’m not missing one so I’ve popped together the story below.

Thanks as always to our host Rochelle, and to Ted Strutz for supplying the photo. Other entries for this week can be found here.


Copyright Ted Strutz

Ah, to be a cruise ship! The majestic lines. A power station turning huge propellers to slice with ease through the dark waters of the Atlantic, the Pacific, to distant and exotic destinations. The pride of the fleet!

It could have been me.

It SHOULD have been me!

Ding ding, all aboard for the harbour tour! All aboard!

Harbour tours. Pah! How could the Great Builder (may He be exhalted) install my consciousness in this tiny, flat-bottomed scow? How has it come to this?

I think today I will end this. Sink myself. All hands lost.

Goodbye, cruel world.

  1. November 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    For not having your muse, this was a rather unique take on the prompt. I liked it!


    • November 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks! I have, however, noticed a tendency to personify when I’m stuck for ideas – statues, mannequins, shopping trolleys – now boats! Ah well, if it works… ๐Ÿ™‚


      • November 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        Haha, I hadn’t thought of that! I do see a trend. Ah well, I tend to turn to magic whenever my muse runs dry. I’m sure every author has their own thing. Guess we found ours.


  2. November 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Boy, for someone who lost their muse you not only wrote a fantastical piece full of imagination and pathos, but amusing also. Well done.


    • November 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you! I think I just got annoyed when I couldn’t think of a story quickly. The impending completion on my first ever house purchase is destroying my mental health :-(. Or maybe I’m just upset when I can’t think of something dark and haunting ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  3. November 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    All a bit drastic isn’t it, isn’t there room for advancement, maybe serve his apprenticeship then move on the ocean liner?


    • November 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Heh, maybe he’d consider that if he wasn’t feeling so sorry for himself!


      • November 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        Yes I guess so…..I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him…


  4. November 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’d say your muse is playing with you, he’s there alright. Great job ๐Ÿ™‚


    • November 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Maybe he popped back in the nick of time ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. November 30, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Ann McCaffrey would approve!


    • November 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Wow, a sci-fi master!
      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. November 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Dear Draliman,

    Tally this on the good side. Lovely take on the boat and the sea.




    • December 1, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Dear Doug,
      Thanks – even boats have hopes and dreams!


  7. November 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Dear Draliman,

    At least he didn’t have his consciousness installed in the Good Ship Lollipop. I loved your story. Unique, imaginative and clever.




    • December 1, 2013 at 4:59 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes – I don’t think he’d have liked that at all.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  8. November 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    H.M.S. MARVIN sets sail. Good one.


    • December 1, 2013 at 5:01 am

      Ha, I did think when I’d finished it that it definitely once again had tones of Marvin about it!


  9. December 1, 2013 at 1:07 am

    The muse got back in time for cast off I see. Nice look at the heart of the ship.


    • December 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

      It’s a shame to learn that ships have dark thoughts too. Hopefully it won’t carry through on its threat.


  10. December 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Great idea – anthropomorphisation (phew!) always works for me.


    • December 1, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Anthropomorphisation and personification are my regular go-to guys. Mannequins, shopping trolleys, statues, sharks, I’ve done it all here on FF!


  11. kz
    December 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    so that’s how boats are when they’re depressed. ๐Ÿ™‚ not good for the passengers. even w/ your muse on holiday, it’s still a very imaginative take ๐Ÿ™‚


    • December 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      There’s nothing worse than sitting on a suicidal boat in the middle of the deep blue sea ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. December 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Unique take! Sometimes you don’t need that silly muse, huh? Well done. I understand though because I felt the same way this week, despite the very cool prompt.


    • December 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I just read your story and it’s great!
      When I can’t think of a cool story I fall back on personification/anthropomorphisation – my backup guys ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ah,now we know why the boat sank-maybe the Titanic too-depression gets us all,eh?lol!What a cute and unique take on the prompt,loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • December 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

      I can see the Titanic now – “Hmm, yes, that iceberg will do very nicely…”


      • December 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

        Oh,oh,you are killing me now-am really laughing aloud!:-)You are so funny-I like you!


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