Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s somewhat bizarre photo is by the lady herself, and puts me in relaxed holiday mode.
So nothing too stressful today, okay?
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
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We decide on a pre-wedding holiday, taking her 8-year old son along.
He and I get on pretty well, but it gives us some bonding time before we all move in together.
Deep sea fishing is my passion.
I hire a little boat and take Fred out into the ocean.
She waves us off happily and goes for a spa or some such.
We are not too far out when I see the fin.
It is huge for these parts, heading straight for the boat.
The stunning impact sends Fred hurtling into the water.
I manoeuvre the boat between him and the shark, haul him in by the strap of his life-jacket.
The shark circles and follows him, launching itself onto the deck.
The boat rolls over, and we are all in the waves.
I grab Fred and a boat hook, and watch for the killer.
It seems confused by the wreckage so we strike for shore, futilely.
On its next attack it takes the boat hook and a chunk of my arm.
I realise the situation is hopeless.
There is no way we can both survive this monster.
I push Fred into its path and head for safety.