FFfAW Challenge – Week of November 15, 2016 – A Sign of Hope


Image: Barb CT of the blog, Gallimaufry.


It was the old-timers who remembered. The times when the harbour was alive with commerce and trade. When fish as long as your arm could be caught off the jetty.

Then the great death came, the fish went away, people who went in the water became sick, it became a place to be feared.

Most moved away but a few stayed as they had nowhere else to go.

Over the years they evolved their own lifestyle.

They could fish but it was a three-hour drive to a safe place. They learned to grow their own food.

They sustained a life for themselves built around the memories of the past.

Last week was a glimmer of hope. A sea bird appeared. One old timer threw in a line and caught a fish, just a small one but a sign that life was maybe returning. It was cause for hope.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/fffaw-challenge-week-of-november-15-2016/

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16 Responses to FFfAW Challenge – Week of November 15, 2016 – A Sign of Hope

  1. Great story, Michael! All seems to be lost in your story but the light shines at the end. Thank goodness!

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Michael this is well written. At first I almost feel a dystopian end of the world vibe. But you artfully remind us time goes on and bad things can be restored, life will be normal again soon.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Good work. I like the sign of hope at the end and the strength of those that remained to endure.

  4. michael1148humphris says:

    The oceans and natures bounty. This story illustrates what can go wrong if we ignore that, glad you gave us a glimmer of hope. Mike

  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    This makes me wonder about the great death and what could have caused it. Eerie parallelism with the destruction occurring in our own oceans. Great writing Michael!

  6. sailajaP14 says:

    I love how Hope emerges in the end! Love happy endings!

  7. I do like this a lot, as a conflict between an old way of life and modernity. Great job!

  8. athling2001 says:

    Nice story- inspiring and gentle.

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