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Friday Fictioneers December 11th 2020 BURNT HIS BOATS

Thanks to dear Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Roger Bultot for the photo


‘Best river pilot, a natural they said, an affinity with boats that no-one can teach you.

Then those, exams to be a pilot came in – huh ! Told them where they shove their exams, meant I had to leave the job. I come here every day to sit by the river.

Nancy said I was crazy – what did she know ? Stupid woman didn’t understand me or the river, I told her to push off, together for ten years, I‘d  find someone else. That person never showed up.

Evenings are the hardest time, the silence closes in, all I see is my own reflection in the window. How has it come to this ?’


20 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers December 11th 2020 BURNT HIS BOATS

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  1. Cut off his nose to spite his face. Sad state of affairs of his own making.
    I loved this.

  2. What a sad story. I hope he finds some peace in understanding.

  3. A very sad character study. He’s finally asking the right question. Who was it who said the unexamined life is not worth living?

  4. A victim of his own making. it’s not easy to feel sorry for him.

    My story!

  5. Being too proud to believe in other people is disastrous for him.

  6. Stubbornly living out the consequences of his choices. Nicely done.

  7. A fool living with his mistakes. Nicely done.

  8. He sounds like quite a stubborn chap. It must have been hard, though, to be doing something for so long and suddenly it becomes regulated, with qualifications required.

  9. A great portait of a man who doesn’t know how to compromise

  10. Dear Francine,

    Life is about choices, isn’t it? Sounds like he made a few unfortunate ones. Good story.



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