Boatful Of Memories

By Neel Anil Panicker

Little John hated journeys, especially boat trips.

The badness started the day after his exams.

”Get ready, we are leaving for Chennai”.

He lay in his bed, transfixed like a stone, long after his father had left.

The next morning he found himself stranded in a boatful of shrieking humans, all jazzed up in psychedelic colours, with even the boat’s bow thrusting out into the skies like a massive rainbow.

Disgusted, he turned his face to the waters below. And there he saw what he had come to dread the most__ his mother’s face, angelic and smiling, her hands reaching out to him from below the waters, her eyes locking his in sheer desperation, and then the waters turning a bloodied red.

He felt a tap on his shoulder.

He turned around to find his new mother-in-law smiling down at him.


FFfAW Challenge-Week of January 10, 2017


97th Challenge

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 01-10 through 01-16-2017

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!

The challenge was initiated by

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Tuesday to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Monday evening.

3. Please credit photo to photographer.

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.

5. Pingback to the challenge post in your story’s post.

6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.

7. Add your story to the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button). Please let me know if you need link-up instructions.

8. Please keep stories below R rating.

9. Please respect the diversity of our readers and writers in regard to race, religion, and life style choice when writing your stories.

10. Remember, half the fun is reading and commenting on each other’s stories.

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4 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFfAW/11/01/2017

  1. Good one Neel. I can see why he hated boat trips, and I suspect perhaps his mother’s death was a sinister affair.

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    1. It so immensely gratifying for a writer when a perceptive reader gets exactly what has been written including the subtle undertexts.
      Thanks a lot Lain for reading and appreciating. Have a great day.

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  2. Oh my gosh! Sounds like he had a flashback to a nightmare! Great story, Neel!

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  3. No wonder boat trips were nightmares. Well done.

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