Fishing Boats – 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 the picture below, which this week is supplied by good ol’ me!



© C. E. Ayr


Click here to hear the author read his words:


Fishing Boats

It is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
I know she’ll love it, she has always been crazy about boats.
So this is just perfect.
Structurally sound, but needing some work done.
And a paint job, of course.
All of which she’ll enjoy doing herself.
The price is very reasonable, well within my budget.
It means I’ll have some spare cash to buy her some other little Christmas gifts.
Maybe a nice scarf and gloves to protect against those chilly Atlantic breezes?
For when she cycles down to the port to watch the fishing fleet come in.
Her favourite pastime.

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63 Responses to Fishing Boats – Friday Fictioneers

  1. subroto says:

    I am not going to doubt the motives and say sweet story.

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  3. I must admit, I was expecting the worse. But, I enjoyed the generosity of the giver and the happy ending. Nice photo!

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  7. Good story line, I still feel a tad suspicious about his motives – call me a cynic.

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  8. plaridel says:

    a twist i didn’t expect. caught hook, line, and sinker. 🙂

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  13. draliman says:

    Aw 🙂 I’m sure she’ll appreciate the second-hand bike, it’s the thought that counts!

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  15. Maybe he’ll have enough left over for a bell and a crash helmet and a puncture repair kit and a life jacket in case she wobbles into the water…

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  16. Sandra says:

    Nice piece of misdirection there, CE. And such a thoughtful main character.

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  17. I hope this is an invitation he’s planning, not an abduction.

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  21. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Ah, a pink boat. Keep it pink if you repaint it 🙂

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  22. pennygadd51 says:

    A rather sweet story, CE! I really enjoyed all the misdirection. Despite your reputation for murder and mayhem, I’m going to read this as a happy ending!

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  24. James McEwan says:

    It’s the little things in life that really matter, the thought rather than the expectation – as you led us along in the story. Just right.

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  25. Where is the evil in this story, Ceayr? Why havde yoiu cheated us? Your trademark dirty twist is sorely missed.

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  26. Dora says:

    Is she crazy about boats, or the men on them? Who’s the dupe, the narrator or the reader? Why am I so suspicious? Questions, questions!

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  29. granonine says:

    It seems you’ve gained a reputation for the sinister, CE. Well-deserved, I might add :). But I can’t find it in this story. I think he may be sincere in giving her something she’ll enjoy. I hope.

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  30. Nobbinmaug says:

    What a tease! Still sweet, though.

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  32. Hi, C.E. Re your comment (I can’t seem to reply on my Medium site), I meant “their” as a nod to the recent agreement in the U.S. to use the non gender-specific “they” to refer to either a male or a female (as in, Mary nodded their head). It is new for us, and not yet widespread, but I figured Liberty’s planet would use it.

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    • ceayr says:

      I can see the point in the case of a neutral noun, like doctor, driver, etc., but Mary is surely a person of the female persuasion.
      Must the language be adulterated in the name of pseudo-Political Correctness?

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  33. Who’s that boat really for? LOL

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  34. Tannille says:

    Hmm this guy seems a bit suss…

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  35. He he – loved the twist! (I’m in sync with you this week.)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  36. Dear CE,

    I’m not sure if he’s being generous or has an ulterior motive. Perhaps it’s because of what we’ve come to expect from the author. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  38. Anita says:

    Someone will be very pleased this X’Mas!
    Hope the motives are just this and intention is love 🙂

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  39. neilmacdon says:

    Very clever the way you suggest something much more sinister than a lover’s generosity. Or am I being cynical?

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