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Friday Fictioneers – Jetty

23 January, 2015

I’m always excited to receive Rochelle‘s weekly email with the latest prompt pic, but this week was more of an exciting event than usual. Because I got to open it and to start writing this week’s FriFic on my new laptop. Yes folks, I am back in the world of portable computing. This means that not only could I write a response to this pic


at work during my lunch break, but I now have a computer at home that will open the inlinkz page so I can properly read everyone else’s work and comment and that. Happy times.

Anyway, you didn’t come here to read about my new computer, you want to read 100 words. And here they are:



Recognising the jetty from countless childhood trips, I stopped the boat, secured the ropes as Dad had taught me. A bearded man approached, laid a hand on the bow.

“Haven’t seen her here for a while,” he said.

“She’s mine now,” I explained, “Dad’s left her to me,”

He nodded respectfully. Then said, “So… you’re running her now?”

“Suppose so.”

“Great!” he beamed, “What have you got?”


The man chuckled. “Have you got whisky? Cigarettes? Diesel?”

“I’m just out sailing,” I said.

He sighed as he shook his head, turned to leave. “Your Dad was never just out sailing.”



  1. Lovely characterisation and very funny. The things you learn about people once they’re gone.

  2. Aha! How will he deal with that information? Most entertaining.

  3. Oh the things we find out about our parents when we become adults. Nicely done!

  4. Ahar me hearties. Daddy was a secret smuggler!

  5. Bummer! Maybe the son will learn some new tricks. Congrats on the new laptop. Widens the world, doesn’t it?

  6. I wonder if that will change over time…like father like son?

    Congrats on the new laptop!

  7. Looks like the son has quite a bit to learn about his Dad. Nice story.

  8. It never ceases to intrigue me– the things we don’t know about the people we think we know best. Nicely done.

  9. Me thinks/knows for sure it’s better not to know too much! It gets one into too much trouble.:-) Nice writing and dialogue.


  10. Dear TRG, His dad had a side business didn’t he? Good job! Nan 🙂

  11. Nice to find out what he got up to on the side. Nicer still to be ‘just out sailing’ though. Happy New Computer!

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