Back to Port – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
Today’s artistic photo by Georgia Koch is rather like looking in a mirror, I see something old, grey and somewhat past its best.
I did not write anything for this last year, perhaps because I was in Canada at the time.
Or perhaps I just lacked inspiration.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

Copyright – Georgia Koch

Copyright – Georgia Koch

Click here to hear me read the story:
Back to Port

I head back to port in the failing light.
The Mediterranean seems strangely devoid of other craft.
I see a solitary small boat ahead, dwarfed by my sixty-foot yacht.
I catch it fast, on a course to overtake on its starboard side.
Its two occupants, a man and a pre-adolescent boy, wave a friendly greeting.
I raise a hand from the steering wheel, send a salute in return.
Then I look around at the empty seas.
There is nothing as far as I can see.
With a grin, I grip the wheel more firmly.
And pull my left hand down.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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68 Responses to Back to Port – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Ah, another nicely evil character doing horrid things because …
    Alas, even as I grinned, I sobered up, and thought, “Were they refugees?” But if so, there would have had to have been more of them.
    Yes, your protagonist is definitely a beast.

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  2. That man would give Blackbeard a run for his money. Maybe someone more evil will torpedo him before he strikes again. Where is Batman when you need him–or Neptune for that matter. Good writing, C.E. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. Oh, an evil man indeed. I often wonder what’s hidden inside people, what they’re capable of.

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  4. Michael Wynn says:

    Sinister man. Very dark piece enhanced by what is left out as much as by what you say. Great job

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    • ceayr says:

      When we only have 100 words, we often depend very much on the reader’s imagination.
      So I appreciate that you have one, Michael, and that you enjoyed my little tale.

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  5. Michael Wynn says:

    Sinister man, very suggestive tale. It doesn’t need spelling out, the hints and suggestions make it so dark

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  6. wmqcolby says:

    Neat! We’re shoving off to sea! The adventure awaits.
    You are SO spoiling us with these recordings, C.E. … keep going!

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  7. Jan Brown says:

    That is a malevolent grin if there ever was one! Well done, C.E.

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  8. gahlearner says:

    And then boy and son took their gun, and ‘bam’– I’m sure the yacht will bring a good price on some black market. So many people perish at sea… (Sorry, couldn’t stop myself. Nastily good story, as always.)

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  9. Nasty man! I never understand why people do horrible things just because they can!

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  10. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, I knew from the outset that this would end badly. I love the way this is all suggestion, nothing obvious, nothing actually stated, but we are in doubt things will end badly for the man and his son. Very well written, C 🙂

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  11. Why did he have to do it?
    Seems senseless.
    Unless he is the kind who does it just for the heck of it!

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  12. jellico84 says:

    Ach, so cruel you are. 🙂

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  13. brainsnorts says:

    disturbing. well done.

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  14. mandibelle16 says:

    Nicely told story CE. He gets rid of them. No one can see. He’s safe. Plus, he had the bigger boat. I wonder why? Maybe, it makes him feel powerful?

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  15. Graham Lawrence says:

    Evil I would agree. But tastily done with panache.

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  16. I’m optimistic that he’ll just rock their boat and not shatter them.
    Tracey

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  17. paulmclem says:

    Was the yacht here to pick up the boy? That’s what I took from it.

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  18. He is a bit demented I presume.

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  19. An evil catch of the day! 😉

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  20. Oh my, dripping with malice. I like it!

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  21. Dear CE,

    You look so mild and harmless in your photo. I fear there’s a side to you I don’t want to cross. Well done. As always, I love to hear your brogue as you read. ❤

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • ceayr says:

      Mild and harmless, that’s what everyone says.
      My school principal, chief of police, judge, parole officer…
      I am very happy at your kind words, m’lady.

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  22. Iain Kelly says:

    Quite a twist at the end. Very evil. Great work.

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  23. Al says:

    Wonder what will crunch first, the boat or the bones. I like it.

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  24. I have been in that small vessel… but most people don’t understand the seaworthiness of a kayak… so I would grin back…

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  25. I really felt I was there too with this one.

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  26. Sandra says:

    Yes, I’ve been there, even in our 16 metre craft. And I’d swear I’ve seen a similar grin as I’ve prepared for what we call a ‘cupboard emptier’. Great take on the prompt, CE.

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  27. neilmacdon says:

    I think the grin was what really made this for me. Most people would have had him grimace!

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