Copyright–Georgia Koch

Here we are gathered together again to discuss our original stories for the group, Friday Fictioneers. Today we’re gathered in the  virtual sunporch of a rural home near a small lake. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for this group is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Georgia Koch. Thanks Georgia.

To read the other stories from the members of this group, click on the small blue frog in the blue box. The link is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


I remember the day my ship, The Happy Times, was launched, it was a beautiful day. It had rained that morning. There was some water on the decks, but I, Captain John, and my first mate, Jerry, felt it would probably dry off by noon.

We cast off into the deeper water. It was calm so we decided at noon to prepare and eat our lunch.

When we happened to check below, we noticed a slight leak. Our plans abruptly changed, and we headed for port.

To others it was an old row boat. To us it was The Happy Times




46 thoughts on “THE HAPPY TIMES

  1. Lovely tale. I had an idea of the age of these two intrepid sailors as I started reading. But the end they were much younger and braver. 🙂


  2. Suzanne, I love the sweet childhood memories cast into this story. It’s often true that what others see as old or rickety, are things that children overlook and love. Nice job!

    And I have to ask, again… you have gone by Susan for so long; why the change to Suzanne? I’m very curious. 😉


    • Thanks, Dawn. I’m so glad you loved the story. Thanks for the encouragement. I took a pen name at first because I was concerned someone might get upset at something I wrote. However, then I read that if someone wants to know your name bad enough, they can find out somehow. I decided to start using the name most people use for me and that’s Suzanne. I have been called Susan and Suzie (mostly by people in my family and people who knew me from the time I was little), but most people call me Suzanne which is my given middle name. Sorry if I had people confused. You’re not the first to ask. We’re located in Pune, India. I decided if I have a book to market one day, people will want to know anyway. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Lily. I’m so glad you liked the story. I grew up near a small lake and used to go rowing by myself a lot for something to do. I’ve never been sailing. That’s a great name for a boat. 🙂 — Suzanne


  3. Dear Suzanne,
    First, I was glad to read the explanation concerning your name, and I’m also glad to meet you formally under your given name.

    As to the story, this sounds like a fun jaunt for our fellows. I’m confused concerning the times, though. Were they at sea for more than a day? They leave in the afternoon but later they are eating at noon.

    Whatever the case, you have indeed described happy times. Everyone needs an adventure like this.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


    • Thanks, Marie Gail. You’re perfectly right. I changed “afternoon” to day. Thanks for catching that problem. I’m glad I went ahead and changed to my given name. It’s the one I’m most at home with. I’m also glad you liked the story. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  4. This had me smiling, Suzanne. Just a slight leak. I almost missed your story this week!
    Later in the week I’ll come back and read the bookstore story and the wolf picture story. I’m thinking to write one for the bookstore photo so I’ll wait until I’ve done that.
    Hope all is well!


    • Thanks, Ellespeth. I love writing stories about children. I write all three stories these days. I can’t seem to pass up a good story prompt. 🙂 That old bookstore was a good one, and so was the wolf. We’re doing fairly well. It’s been winter here in India. It usually dips to about 50F which is somewhat like Calif., but there’s not heating in the homes here, so I end up wearing a heavy sweater and socks in the house. We’re in Pune, in the mountains, so it’s cooler than in Mumbai. I hope you’re doing well. Take care. 🙂 — Suzanne


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