Friday Fictioneers: The Seaman And The Swallow

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.

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I’m late this week. I’ve been busy, and my mind’s pulling me in more directions than this story.

The Seaman And The Swallow

Rod was a grizzled, veteran seaman. He knew better than to work for Richard Withers, especially when he wanted Rod to use his crew. The only member of Rod’s crew he could bring was Polly, the swallow his wife got him because she couldn’t afford a parrot.

Tourists wanted to see the arctic. Bloody hell. This job was beneath him, but the paycheck was an irresistible temptress.

Rod would live to regret his decision. He and Polly were the only ones.

He prayed his wife and children got that paycheck. He prayed for the unborn child he would never meet.

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  1. “He and Polly were the only ones”. This unfinished line is intriguing. The only ones to regret it? The only ones to survive? And why couldn’t he go back home, since we know he lived.

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    1. The only ones to survive. Surviving the shipwreck doesn’t mean they’ll survive being stranded or rescued. Even if he lives for years, he may never be rescued. I imagine them in a remote region where there’s not much more than ice.

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    1. I think you got it. Rod went against his better judgment to work with an inexperienced, bargain crew for a big paycheck. That crew ended up crashing the ship and getting Rod stranded somewhere in a desolate land of ice. I had to cut out a lot.


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