This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–June 19th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.
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Genre: Humor Fiction
Word Count: 200 Words
SKULL OF WARNING by P.S. Joshi
“Yo, ho, ho,” laughed Captain Short John Sliver. This was going to be another grand day to seek out Spanish galleons and capture their bounty. He was mightily proud of his swift vessel The Bottle of Rum named after his favorite drink. He thumped his wooden leg on the deck and swung his good one forward taking a step out from his cabin. He carried a decorated skull.
“Avast men,” he thundered. His crew ran to form a group, ready for the dreaded morning talk. It was dreaded not because it frightened anyone, but because it was deadly dull. They’d heard this same talk every morning they’d been on board The BOR (their shortened version of the ship’s name–also their secret shortened version of their opinion of the captain. Thankfully, he never caught on.
“Harken, shipmates,” he began, holding high the skull, “this be the result of not following orders. This fellow was one of my crew many a year ago. He didn’t follow orders. He was a hard worker so I continue to take him aboard”
In truth, he’d won the skull in a card game in the Caribbean Islands. It was his favorite possession.