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When Opportunity Strikes – Friday Fictioneers

‘Tis Wednesday, mes amis!  Yes, that means another round of Friday Fictioneers is here.  Wow!  There were 102 entries last week!  How amazing is that?  Doesn’t it make you want to try your hand?  It’s a challenge.  Only 100 words – or less, one full story with beginning, middle and end.  G’head, you know you wanna….

Thanks, as always, to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields from the blog Addicted to Purple for rounding us rowdy peeps up and choosing the photo from which our imagination must roam… This week a thank you goes to Fatima Fakier Deria for supplying this photo.  Looking forward to what others come up with.  Click on the Blue Frog to see for yourself!

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Genre:  Fiction

When Opportunity Strikes

It was the opportunity of a lifetime.  Sail with a couple, help with the videography and editing before uploading.  His cost?  Time.  What an amazing year was in store for Martin.  They would leave the port of Venice, sail all around the Mediterranean then make their way to the Strait of Gibraltar then sail down along the coast of Africa.

Martin was worried that he would feel like a third wheel with Sasha and Frank.  He never did.

The sudden squall that sent Frank overboard, forever lost at sea couldn’t have been planned.

They mourned him and sailed on.

109 thoughts on “When Opportunity Strikes – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Oh Dale, you had me at Venice. That is at the very top of my list of international destinations. My wife and I are trying to nail down a 25th anniversary trip to Alaska this year, but soon I want to see Venice, preferably before global warning sinks it.

    Poor Martin, so happy with his opportunity only to be lost at sea. You have a zinger with the last line. “They mourned him and sailed on” I was struck the first time someone near to me died and their was no stop of the world to notice. Time marches on no matter the loss. Such a good story from beginning to finish Dale!

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    • Indeed…although I’m not so sure he would be so glad about Sasha and Martin being so cozy without him…


  2. Sasha and Martin certainly got it together suspiciously fast. No dressed in black for them. Did Martin get the hots for Sasha soon into the voyage and was he the “squall” that threw Frank overboard? Murder most foul!

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  3. You have to love those convenient squalls … Poor old Frank. Though maybe not. Maybe he deserved a dunking in the ocean. Love the way you construct this, Dale, revealing all at the end. Nicely done

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  4. It really is Martin’s lucky day!
    I love the brief last line – it gives me the sense of “oh no, Frank! Oh well, what can you do, onwards and upwards as they say, fancy going below for a bit…” 🙂

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  5. I hate to see a good squall go to waste. Somewhere along the way Frank became a flat tire. Fortunately for Sasha, she had a spare tire handy and was able to keep on rolling. I would love to see the video.

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  6. Oh my, Dale. Did we have a little clairvoyant moment? I wrote about sailing too. My expierence is taken from the many cruises we’ve taken. I’m in awe of the way they naviagte around many other ships and boats in marinas. : )
    Your story leave a bit of questions. Like … so are they going to hookup now that Frank is no longer here? Are they going to be able to manage that sailboat? Did they report that old Franl fell overboard? And, is there a nice life insurance policy for Sasha to continue on her sail with this Martin guy? This could be a wonderful short story. Great take on the prompt … well done.
    Isadora 😎

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  7. Ha ha. They’re not going to let a little drama like that get in their way. I do wonder how innocent they are, might there have been just a slight element of giving fate a helping hand?

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  8. A man overboard – just like in mine!! But clearly an entirely different story here. I wondered – did he know Sasha before? Did either of them really grieve? I suspect not as much as they could/should have done….! A bigger story wanting to get out 🙂

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  9. Oh, I know you’ve been traveling, miss. You’ve been quite the traveler. I think things kind of fell into place for Martin. My, how convenient. Nice one! I hope you’re having fun. 🙂

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