Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara Beacham. Every Monday, Barb supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. After the link, click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:


Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 2+18-150=170

WILD RIVER by P.S. Joshi

When the team heard the dam explode, they knew they had limited time to make it to safety.

It began as a great day for the rafting exploration of the upper Gambeze River people’s new settlement. The government of Bangara had relocated them fifteen years ago when the dam project was begun. There had been threats and trouble from factions that objected to the project.

The explosion had been planned and they had to work fast as the water thundered toward them.

Each tightened his grip on his paddle. The rush of water picked up the large reinforced, rubber boat like a huge hand and hurled it forward. It just missed the river rocks. The current now propelled them along at tremendous speed.

Their only chance was to reach the fork in the river where the force of the water would be divided and the speed would decrease.

It should be just ahead. Finally, there it was. Each pushed his paddle to the left and it was done.

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16 thoughts on “WILD RIVER

    • Thanks, Ali. I’m glad you liked the way I described the scene. Most of the action was in that wild ride, so I had to make it extraordinalry by description. I had sheets of “active verbs” in front of me. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  1. Lovely description of the great rush of water, Suzanne, and I love the fictional names you’ve given to the river and new settlement. Naming them makes the story much more real. A nice, happy ending, too. 🙂


  2. What a wonderful story Suzanne! They all made it! Your piece is so well written that I could visualize the story in my mind… Thanks again for participating, and I hope to see you next week! Be well… ^..^


  3. Like many of the commenters, the sentence “rush of water picked up the large reinforced, rubber boat like a huge hand and hurled it forward.” has wonderful imagery. The active verbs made me feel like I was on the river with them. And, it had a happy ending! 🙂


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