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Here we are for another week. Today we’re revisiting an old row boat pulled into shore. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is a rerun originally sent in by Georgia Koch and requested this week by Dee Lovering. Thanks, Georgia, and Dee.

Congratulations to Rochelle on making the July deadline for the third novel in her series. The novel is entitled AS ONE MUST ONE CAN.

I’m sorry I missed the story last week. I was ill with a head cold. I’m feeling much better now.

I was satisfied with the story I wrote for this prompt the last time, so I’ve repeated it with just a couple tiny changes.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories 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 afternoon. 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 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.




Written Act of Kindness Award



53 thoughts on “THE HAPPY TIMES

    • Thanks, Sandra. Many people like water, and I think that’s part of the attraction to boats. My dad used to like to fish sometimes from a boat. Yes, those children had a special fondness for the boat. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Russell. At least fishing is often a profitable leisure pastime. It’s not a waste of time. Work is what we do so we can eat and have a roof over our heads as well. I’m pleased you liked the story. That ‘is’ a good name for a boat. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Lore. Thanks for the wishes for my feeling better. I appreciate it. Yes, a leak in a boat is not good news when you’re in deeper water. My dad used to make me wear a life vest when I went rowing by myself. I’m pleased you liked the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  1. My SO and I had a canoe once and named it Buttercup. It doesn’t matter how big or small, when it’s your ship, it gets a name, and you’re the captain. Lovely story, Suzanne, and I’m glad you feel better.

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    • Thanks, Gabriele. I like the name “Buttercup” for your canoe. You’re right. Every mode of transportation that travels on water should have a name. It gives extra personality. Thanks for your good wishes on my health. I do feel much better. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  2. Ah, neat! It sounds like two boys on an adventure that have to be home by supper time. The imagination at that age is something we all must experience as a part of growing up. That’s my take on it.

    Thanks, Suzanne!

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