Second Honeymoon – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
This week’s
clever prompt is supplied by the man himself, and I walked down a romantic road, hand in hand with the one I love.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Al Forbes

Click here to hear the author read the story:
Second Honeymoon

A pilferer.
You don’t expect that on a ship like this.
I paid thousands for this cruise, trip of a lifetime, exotic ports all round the world, so I expect the best.
And I find a cabin steward stealing from me.
I know a bit about technology, so I rigged a little trap, caught him on film.
He didn’t even argue when I showed him what I had, he just begged for mercy.
I told him I’d think about it, that he should keep his nose clean for the rest of the voyage.
My wife knows nothing about it, of course, no point in upsetting her.
And she would go straight to the captain, and the boy would have to walk the plank or be keel-hauled or something.
So we carry on as before, swimming, dancing, sightseeing, having a wonderful time.
And now it is karaoke night.
I get up to sing.
I always murder Delilah.
Ha, just my little joke.
My wife hates the song, hates to watch me perform it.
She goes out on deck, as I knew she would.
And the steward does what he was told.
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take any more!

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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26 Responses to Second Honeymoon – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. And there was me thinking it would be the Steward who went over the side. Loved it

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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Bad Steward, but it almost seems as if the narrator knew of his tendencies and trapped him to help him get rid of his wife Delilah. And of course, the Stewart’s an amateur and will probably get caught and the narrator can just pretend he’s none the wiser and knows nothing about what the Steward is saying.

    Hugs CE

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  3. emmylgant says:

    Hook, line and sinker! You got me again.

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  4. Varad says:

    Guess the guy got the better end of the deal. Loved the Delilah reference.

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  5. JS Brand says:

    Great story. However, if I were your narrator I’d be extra vigilant for the rest of this cruise. The steward might decide to finish the job and come back to strangle him with a bit of towel origami.

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  6. James says:

    Whoa! “I keep your secret about being a thief and you murder my wife.” I don’t know. I think I’d rather go to jail than become a killer. Now this fellow has something to hold over the steward’s head for the rest of his life.

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  7. My my my! Another one bites the…waves!

    Click to read my PhoFic!

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  8. Mandie Hines says:

    I half expected that it’d be revealed that the cabin steward was helping himself to the man’s wife. I wasn’t expecting the steward to make up for his pilfering by helping in the untimely demise of the man’s wife. Yikes! Great story.

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  9. Iain Kelly says:

    ‘Delilah’ is also sung by Stoke City fans at football games – no has a clue why this tradition started, perhaps it was also to cover up a sinister bit of uxoricide?

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  10. Sheena says:

    The penalty for pilfering is way less than that for murder! What exactly was the steward pilfering?!!
    I like the Delilah reference.

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  11. Sandra says:

    Your main characters seem to get through an awful lot of wives, CE. 😦

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