At last a sign that someone was looking for me.

I managed to wave my red jacket in the air before I was pulled to the ground.

Was it enough for the search plane to see me? It continued flying and disappeared beyond the horizon.

Three weeks I’ve been held now, without explanation. The ropes excoriated.

We walked on and came to the shore of a lake. On the far bank the seaplane was moored.

My heart leapt. Salvation.

I saw my captor greet the pilot. Newfound hope died. They exchanged money.

My new owner beckoned me on board.

Copyright Ted Strutz

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).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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79 responses to “OUTPOST”

  1. Nice process of slowly revealing the severity of his plight, giving him hope and then mercilessly taking it away. I did stumble on the tense in the sentence beginning with I’ve. I found it disorienting to reference the present in the midst of a sea of past tense. Otherwise powerful and grim.

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  2. Goodness gosh – you certainly can write a clever story! HECK NO! THIS IS A NIGHTMARE! Almost saved and then hope dashed in one second with the exchange of money. Really well done!

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