Hurting

Photo prompt Curtsy of Na’ama Yehuda

Ice cold, so very cold, Janets Fosse was cascading with increasing force. Lightening flashed all around him, thunder claps caused the ground to tremble. When Dominic had jumped into the pool at the bottom of the waterfall, concentric circles had briefly appeared. So briefly that as Dominic had surfaced they had all been overwhelmed.

Despite the lightening, the raging torrent of water appeared jet black. As black as Whitby Jet, as black as the best Pontefract liquorice. Dominic could still taste the liquorice. He had infused liquorice juice into ice cream. Promised a deal with the supermarkets. Failure meant bankruptcy.

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    Feels like the end of days

    1. Michael Humphris

      Which I think must be a terrible feeling to experience.

  2. Nobbinmaug

    I wouldn’t imagine black liquorice would go over well as an ice cream flavor. Though I have seen worse. Nice job of unveiling the shroud surrounding Dominic through revealing his despair.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Experiencing such despair would be very grim, I appreciated your comment about the unveiling. Thank you.

  3. Dale

    I wouldn’t say this is the flavour to end all flavours so, let us hope he managed to sell…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly sales where rather poor. I think Dominic will climb above his despair and rebuild his business

  4. Iain Kelly

    Liquorice ice cream – no thanks! I fear Dominic is set for a failure.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly that is true. Dominic had already tried tea flavoured ice cream !

  5. plaridel

    poor chap, by all counts, it seems that he’s headed to bankruptcy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are very right, all Dominic wanted to do, was to make the family farm profitable again

  6. draliman

    I won’t be eating it, I hate liquorice. Hopefully there will enough takers!

    1. Michael Humphris

      There is liquorice and liquorice, but I do agree that it is an acquired taste

  7. pennygadd51

    A nicely constructed and dramatically described story. I like the way you gradually showed us why Dominic was in the pool. He’s not getting out alive, I fear.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He will be fortunate to survive. However I find myself thinking about a follow up story !

  8. Keith's Ramblings

    Ice cream comes in all sorts but not liquorice!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am now saving my liquorice for Liquorice Alsorts.

  9. granonine

    We accidentally purchased licorice ice cream once (long story). The first bite was yummy. But we couldn’t eat any more than that. Failed flavor, for sure.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I will have to find a new flavour,

  10. Brenda's Thoughts

    Nicely written tale, Michael. But, I don’t much like licorice and can’t imagine a licorice ice cream. I have family members who do though. Creative!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The liquorice flavour did not go down well, perhaps my character should have stayed with traditional flavours

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