A day at the seaside.

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I move fast, it is so hot, my feet just skim the sand. Then I reach the shade of the isthmus and dive into the ocean, I feel better, but I know that I cannot relax. For there is are dragons closeby.

I can swim fast for my size, but mother tells me that I am not built for swimming. So I find a ledge and climb out to explore. I hope that I will find something of value, something my family can use or trade.

Then I see the footprint. It seem that I am not the first to seek shade today. I freeze, as I realise that the dark shadow at the base of the cave has moved.

Should I dive or fight. Then the harsh sound of a horn tells me that the dragon boats are threatening my village. I dive but I am to late. As my village burns, I swear that I will take my revenge against the Vikings.

Michael Humphris.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. neeltheauthor- author of WHEN LIFE THROWS THOSE CURVE BALLS

    Ah the Vikings again. Your stories are so real despite talking about things so unreal.

  2. Akshata Ram

    That was an interesting plot

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Akshata. It surprised me developing out of a totally different starting point,

  3. Iain Kelly

    Not the day at the seaside I was expecting. Dramatic stuff Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain

  4. Varad

    Nice bit of misdirection there, Michael. Excellent.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Varad

  5. Moon

    Wonderful story, Michael.sad for him .

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Moon, I am pleased that you enjoyed it.

  6. Priceless Joy

    I imagine a small boy in this story and he is swimming and seeing the Vikings destory his village. You and Iain both saw footprints and I saw a heart. LOL! Great story Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is the beauty of photo prompts, thank you PJ.

  7. James

    Dragons and dragon boats? Oh my.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I started to write about one of my holidays and fossilised dinosaur foot prints. It always puzzles and bemuses me how my stories totally change from my first thoughts.

  8. anuragbakhshi

    Woah. The Vikings better watch out.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly had. Thank you for commenting

  9. Keith's Ramblings

    Rather different from my seaside story! Great take Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I really enjoy the fact that we all see different stories; even though in reality I have quite a narrow taste in fiction genres

      1. Keith's Ramblings

        We certainly do and that’s what’s so interesting about prompts such as this.

  10. afairymind

    Great twist, Michael. I wasn’t expecting Vikings!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Neither was I when I started writing this flash. I appreciate your feedback, thank you.

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