Drowning – 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, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below, which this week is supplied by my favourite Fictioneer, the ultra-talented Sandra Crook.

© Sandra Crook

Click here to hear the author read his words:


Get him out of here, says the king dude, feed him to the fishes!
They take me out, none too gently, and tie huge boulders to my feet.
Then they heave me into the waves.
Unsurprisingly, I sink fast.
Then, somewhat more surprisingly, I find I can still breathe.
I open my eyes and there’s no water, just a big guy with a beard, looks a bit like Charlton Heston, standing before me with a puzzled look on his face.
Behind him there’s a lot of impatient folk, maybe Israelites, but I’m no expert.
I think, well, that was lucky.

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22 Responses to Drowning – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Sandra says:

    That’s what you call catching a break! Thanks for the giggle. And a Happy New Year to you. I’m assuming that you had a decidedly merry Christmas.


  2. granonine says:

    A very funny, and novel, take on the prompt. I saw a cartoon the other day of the Israelites walking on dry ground between two walls of water. One man is held fast by a shark’s teeth clamped around his arm. Moses is saying, “I TOLD you not to touch the water!”


  3. pennygadd51 says:

    Haha! I hope he’s been circumcised or Moses will leave him where he is!


  4. draliman says:

    Charlton Heston was pretty good at parting the sea, as I recall. Lucky for blokey he was near the sea bed when the waves disappeared!


  5. A very interesting take on the prompt…..


  6. Nobbinmaug says:

    Hmm… Is his life flashing before his eyes and his fondest memory is of watching “The Ten Commandments?” Was he magically transported in time? Did he sink to Atlantis? Are his virtual reality glasses malfunctioning?


  7. If he can breathe underwater, perhaps he can also swim with the boulders. … 🙂 Nicely done!


  8. Dear CE,

    Charlton Heston? Hm. Hope he can swim with those boulders. Judging from the title I’d say he’s having a last minute vision. Nicely done.




  9. neilmacdon says:

    He shouldn’t be too self-congratulatory. Pharoah’s chariots are on their way and the waters are going to return. Nice one


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