There was a rumour going around that a killer tide was coming in.
So everyone at the marina moved their boats to higher ground.
No one knew what a killer tide actually was, but the rumour was laced with enough hysteria to urge every boat owner to action.
First, one shifted his boat, said it was a precaution as his boat was worth a quid or two and he wasn’t taking any chances. Pretty soon no one was taking chances, and the wharf became a boat parking lot.
High tide was predicted that night. Sailors near and far waited in expectation.
The following morning the sea spread before them in its usual calm self. Hardly a ripple. A school of dolphins rose and fell.
The boat owners looked at each other, a feeling of inner embarrassment.
‘You can never be too sure, can you,’ said one to the other.
Written For: https://crispinakemp.com/2022/08/31/crimsons-creative-challenge-199/
Nice to see you Michael
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Hello, thanks for stopping by.
Mob mentality is often the driving force
Yes so often
Wonder if they will do next time there is a warning? Seems like a lot of work.
Its amazing what people wil do when they perceive a danger whether its true or not.
I guess no one wanted to be left out and have their boats destroyed.
It reminds me of all the hurricane preparations we have here in Florida, only to have it pass by no where near us. Good story, Michael. 👍🏻
Hello isadora lovely you could stop by it’s surprising how people can be influenced by hysteria
I’d say they were wise to take the precautions. I’ve seen what sea can do, and that without the help of hurricanes 😊😊😊
Exactly. Thanks Crispina I hope you are doing well.
Better to be sure than sorry… a stitch in time saves nine (or should that be any port in a storm?)