A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 6: F

Fisherman

“Starboard, lads, double time, she’s crashing down on us!”F

The sea was a tempest, rocking monstrous waves and unleashing its fury on our courage.

“Hold fast,” I called to anyone who could hear above the squall as salt bit into my scarred lips. Safety an afterthought, I gripped the nets to pull in our catch and feed the crew.

“Jacob,” Mom interrupted, “out of the aquarium, you’re scaring the fish again.” So embarrassing – why can’t she be like other moms and catch me masturbating?

 

And just like that, we finally have a story with nobody dying.

Writer’s note: The original story for F was called Frain and I fell from a ladder and broke my skull while drinking whisky — ’twas the drop that killed him, the first officer on the scene says. But since some people were getting worried about my mental health — not to mention my physical health after falling from a ladder — I did a last-second lineup change. And besides, it’s only your imagination that kills the editor in our previous story!

How did this all start? Blame Hemingway who crafted the six-word story (“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”), which led me to give a shot at six-sentence stories.

Gee, why don’t you come back tomorrow! Also, this just in … during the all-request lunch hour, you can suggest occupations for any of the upcoming letters. In other words, I didn’t plan at all and haven’t written a thing yet for the rest of April

Most of all, thanks for stopping by!

 

25 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 6: F

  1. John Davis Frain! You are a master at these six sentence stories, and I’m NOT just saying that! It just keeps getting better and better.

    And I actually think your other idea titled Frain would have been really good too. “Twas the ‘drop’ that killed him”…ha! Drop/ladder. Drop/whisky. Also, your stupendous knack for giving us little surprises. I was going along with the Fisherman story…then you pop up with a kid and his aquarium!

    Brilliant!

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    1. You, Donna Everhart, are way too nice. And I’m NOT just saying that either! After all, I’m hoping to be you in a year. And I won’t tell your kids how nice you are since they’d never believe it anyway.

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  2. Hilarious! Especially since the aquarium in my house is just 1.5 gallons, so my mental image is very strange!

    Confession: I hadn’t noticed these were all occupations. Another constraint you’ve put on yourself! Good luck.

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    1. Yeah, I don’t know how that constraint got there. Just sorta showed up, and now I have to stick with it since I’m all the way to F already. I wonder if this is how Sue Grafton got started!

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    1. Hey, thanks Serena. I’m looking forward to the rest of the month too. Just wish I’d have thought this through back in February and could have done a little more planning. Oh well, good time to experiment.

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  3. Ha, I love this. You and Colin have such knacks for flash fiction. I laughed, which is good. I was expecting a death.see what y’all do to me?

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    1. So funny, Julie. Stick around, I bet there’s a decent chance someone dies here in the next 24 hours. But we’ll catch the culprit and make her pay! Or, I suppose there’s a chance the killer could be male. A little odd, but ya never know.

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    1. Thanks, Kae. I wish I could tackle long form with the same results. I’ve been working on a flawed plot point for two hours and I’m ready to jump out my second-story window. Good thing it’s not warm out and the windows are locked shut.

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    1. Well, Monica, you are welcome to hop on over anytime you like. We’ll leave the light on for ya. People are getting killed here almost on a daily basis during the month of April, but you’ll be safe I promise.

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