ON THE BEACH WITH SANDRA

This was not what he had in mind when Sandra invited him on a beach holiday.

He’d thought of golden sand and her golden hair; revealing swimwear barely concealing her tanned curves; frolicking in the sea…

Sandra rubbed her grimy, seaweed-covered hands on her dirty overalls and threw the trowel aside, her smile beaming.

‘Another one. I knew this coastline would be full of dinosaur fossils. Grab the tools.’

Another afternoon of back-aching excavating sprawled out in front of him.

At least there was still the hotel bed to look forward to.

His tired body needed the rest.


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Copyright Sandra Crook

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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92 responses to “ON THE BEACH WITH SANDRA”

  1. At least he got to grab the tools

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    1. That sounds a very ‘Carry On’ comment, in the style of Kenneth Williams! 🙂

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  2. We men always dream of the glamorous females. Poor guy!

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    1. We can dream, but in reality I think he’s a lucky guy, but doesn’t seem to realise it!

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  3. Oops! He got work-zoned!

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    1. Haha, nice phrase 🙂

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  4. I think Sandra sounds like a lot more fun than some empty-headed beach barbie 😉

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    1. Absolutely – ran out of words to get across that he prefers her exactly the way she is in the end!

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    2. It depends on what you call “fun” 🙂

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  5. Expectations!!! He got to be a busy body 🙂
    All work & no pleasure for him, while fossils meant pleasure for Sandra!
    Pretty Sunrise Partners – Anita

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    1. Yep, hopefully his expectations change!

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  6. Dear Iain,

    Maybe it’s not the beach getaway he’d envisioned, but perhaps, it will become something deeper. At the very least, he’s spending time with her. Love where you went with this.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle, wasn’t wholly convinced about this one, ran out of words to fit in that he ends up preferring it/her this way – so went for a cheap gag last line instead!!

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  7. Hey, at least it’s exercise!

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    1. And healthy fresh air 🙂

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  8. I love it. Nothing shows who you and the other are than working together. They have potential.

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    1. I think he has already been won over by her 🙂

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    1. There does seem to be a future for them.

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  9. Our Sandra? She never seemed the overall type to me.. Nicely done, Iain…

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    1. She’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty, so I’ve heard 😉

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  10. LOL! Great job! I think Sandra sounds like a great woman! 🙂

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    1. She certainly does, thank you 🙂

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  11. Poor guy! Hope Sandra doesn’t disappoint him after the day’s hard work 😂

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    1. He will be too tired to notice 🙂

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  12. Your twist made me guffaw! I like that you tied in the story with the Jurassic coast.

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    1. Thank you Penny 🙂

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  13. Yeah, well, life’s full of disappointments!

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    1. I know, I’ve had a few 🙂

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    2. I’m sure they’re bound to uncover some of the bodies C.E. has left in his wake.

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  14. Poor guy. He needs some well-deserved rest. I wonder what she is trying to find.

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    1. All sorts of interesting things can turn up on beaches and in rocks!

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  15. A shared passion can lead to… well … a shared passion. Needs to keep his strength up though…

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    1. He’s a lightweight, but he’ll learn.

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  16. At least the seaweed will be a tonic for him and the garden

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    1. I’m not sure he’s thinking that way at the moment!

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  17. At least there is the hotel. Nice job.

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    1. And it’s a rather plush one too 😉

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  18. I think I would enjoy the excavating… there is nothing better than the shared passion for bones

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    1. Haha, I would – for some of the time at least! 🙂

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  19. Hoping for fun and frolic on the beach, he ended up digging for dinosaur fossils. Such a let down!

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    1. Perhaps discovering a dinosaur bone or tow will make up for it 🙂

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  20. That’s expectations for you. Been there, done that 🙂

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    1. Some things just never live up to what we imagine!

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  21. I really like his resigned tone, and her gusto for fossil hunting. Sure the day will end well.

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    1. He just needs a bit of persuasion.

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  22. Hilarious! I don’t think his efforts will go to waste. Perhaps they will grow closer the more time they spend digging up fossils.

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    1. There is definitely that chance! Thank you Fatima

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  23. Frolicking on the beach sounds like a lot of fun, but how often do you get to go dinosaur hunting?

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    1. Right, I mean I wouldn’t mind giving it a go 🙂

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  24. Ahh, the thrill of an excavation! Did a lot of that in my youth, driven by sheer curiosity. Wish I’d kept all the ancient artifacts that I found. Alas, I was but a child. I played with them til they wore out or broke.

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    1. Perhaps that is exactly what should be done with them 🙂

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  25. Shame they couldn’t have alternated the activities – fossiling, frolicking, fossiling…..

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    1. Maybe they will, once he’s found the energy 🙂

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  26. Haha fantastic piece. Back breaking work indeed

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    1. A working vacation it turns out

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  27. Ha! Ha! Finding fossils must have made him raptor with joy. Maybe he will dig her more after this.

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  28. Fossil hunting. What a good way to enjoy the beach. Great story.

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  29. Poor bloke, all he wanted was a dirty weekend!

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    1. Dirty in a very different way 🙂

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  30. Fossil hunting seems very rewarding, perhaps he’d get a massage in the morning!

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    1. Something to unwind after all that hard work 🙂

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  31. He might have been dreaming of a different kind of afternoon but deep down he must have known what her interests were. They seem to work well together so there’s hope there. Good story, Iain. 🙂
    — Suzanne

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    1. He must have expected it, you are right!

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  32. Seems like there won’t be much frolicking tonight!

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    1. Too tired for any of that 🙂

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  33. Hilarious! Really good descriptive writing.

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  34. I have a woman like that. Always digging in the dirt and finding new chores for me.

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    1. You wouldn’t have her any other way, I’m sure!

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  35. This made me smile so big! lol

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  36. Life so often steps in to dash our hopes and expectations.

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    1. It can be very unfair like that! 🙂

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  37. Haha! Great contrast between “frolicking in the sea” and digging for fossils. Love Sandra’s enthusiasm.

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  38. Well, there’s a time to work and a time to play. Hopefully, after the work (which doesn’t sound all that bad), there’ll be some time to play. I love the ending!

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  39. Not exactly a sexy holiday, but I’d love it! Written with a wry sense of humour. Great stuff Iain

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  40. What an interesting direction you took, Iain! I got a kick out of the gap between what he anticipated, and what he got. “You can’t always get what you want…”

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    1. As someone once sang 🙂 Thanks Dawn

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