Thanks to dear Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Roger Bultot for the photo
BURNT HIS BOATS
‘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 ?’
December 15, 2020 at 10:42 pm
Cut off his nose to spite his face. Sad state of affairs of his own making.
I loved this.
December 13, 2020 at 12:12 am
What a sad story. I hope he finds some peace in understanding.
December 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm
I appreciate your comment, isolation is sad, isn’t it.
December 12, 2020 at 6:09 pm
A very sad character study. He’s finally asking the right question. Who was it who said the unexamined life is not worth living?
December 12, 2020 at 7:43 pm
Great comment Jade, I’m glad you liked the story.
December 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm
Thanks and you’re welcome.
December 11, 2020 at 1:21 pm
A victim of his own making. it’s not easy to feel sorry for him.
December 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm
Thanks Keith – interesting response to the man, he was the author of his own disappointments I guess.
December 11, 2020 at 10:03 am
Being too proud to believe in other people is disastrous for him.
December 12, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Thanks James, I agree with your point of view.
December 11, 2020 at 9:11 am
Stubbornly living out the consequences of his choices. Nicely done.
December 12, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Thanks Sandra, so glad you liked the story, I really like your phrase ‘stubbornly living out the consequences of his choices’.
December 10, 2020 at 5:45 pm
A fool living with his mistakes. Nicely done.
December 13, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Thanks Iain. I think people’s motives are intriguing, especially ones that do them no good.
December 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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.
December 13, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Thanks Ali, sounds like you have an understanding of his mindset.
December 10, 2020 at 4:05 pm
A great portait of a man who doesn’t know how to compromise
December 13, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Thanks for your comment Neil, glad you liked the story.
December 10, 2020 at 2:38 pm
Life is about choices, isn’t it? Sounds like he made a few unfortunate ones. Good story.
December 13, 2020 at 12:51 pm
Thanks Rochelle, I’m glad you liked the story.