OLD MAN’S STORY

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–November 13th, 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.

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

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/sunday-photo-fiction-november-13th-2016/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

OLD MAN’S STORY by P.S. Joshi

It had been a boring evening at the Sea Lanes Yacht Club. My wife was enjoying herself gabbing to friends but I was bored.

I decided to stroll down to the beach and get some fresh air. There was a breeze and I could smell the salt. This was my element, not the stuffy club atmosphere.

It wasn’t quite dark yet. I looked toward the horizon and saw a large ship. It looked like a battleship but how could it be? This was 1980.

An old man came strolling down to join me.

“You watchin’ for ships? Didn’t expect to see that battleship didja'”

I turned toward him. “You mean to tell me that is a battleship? Where on earth did it come from? Is it a tourist attraction?”

“No sir, no sir. That’s the Newport. It shows up sometimes on nights like this. Went down in 1918 on its way back from France. Troop carrier it was. A torpedo hit it and it limped toward New York but never made it. Some men were lost.”

A cold chill swept through me. I studied him. “Are you trying to tell me that’s a ghost ship?”

“Ain’t tryin’. I’m just tellin.'”

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TOWN ODDITY

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This is my contribution for this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara 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.

To read the other stories written by group members, be sure to click first on the link given, and then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for all other stories is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/mondays-finish-the-story-sept-22nd-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 2+8+144=154 Words

TOWN ODDITY by P.S. Joshi

The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood. At least it was on the outside.

Jared Bitticom was a man with ideas to gain attention. His partner, Marcus Appleyard, had the idea for a building made of driftwood.

It had started in 1899 as a joke, and, at first, Jared hadn’t liked the idea.

He’d said, “Listen Marcus, we sell building supplies. Let’s not encourage people to build with free stuff.”

He had a point, but the idea gained acceptance.

Under the exterior, the rest of the building was made of wood treated to look old. It became a tourist attraction in the town.

Over the years, some hurdles had been passed, but the building survived.

In 1920, there was the woodpecker invasion. That left quite a dent.

In 1940, it was the termite onslaught where the A of A&B was eaten away. That cost a bundle in exterminator bills.

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