To Never Be the Same

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Everyone was sure it was the end of the world as they knew it.

The storm began with a huge surge and hurricane winds.  Lightning struck the church, taking the steeple and roof.

For days everyone hunkered in their houses waiting for the end.

When the storm subsided, they knew they still had to face the invasion fleet.

The sails of the mighty flagship appeared.  And then another ship.

But that was it.

Where was the fleet?  Why the white flags?

The seasick remnants of the invading army surrendered in the burnt-out church.

Life for the town was forever changed.

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word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Ted Strutz. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

(The angle of the view made me a little seasick, so… ;) )

41 thoughts on “To Never Be the Same

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Some would say for the better, some for the worse, but they all agree there is no going back to the way it was before… lol, I think that was the last sentence of the introduction before the story starts….

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  1. granonine

    Trent, this made me think of the Spanish Armada, which resulted in lots of “Black Irish” so-called for their dark hair and eyes from their Spanish ancestors :)

    And thanks so much for tipping me off about the link problem. The story you first saw was, as you say, not a story, but rather part of a daily Thanksgiving exercise. I fixed the problem, so now the link takes you to the story I wrote yesterday.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      My first thought was of the seasick sailors dragging themselves into town, but as I wrote it, that bit of Elizabethan history came to mind.

      You are welcome re: the link to your post. It sometimes happens, and glad to help :)

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  2. James McEwan

    There are echos of the Spanish Armada attempted invasion of England in 1588 in your story, where the weather played an important factor.
    I wonder, did the sailors stay to live there lives out in the place – an invasion of sorts.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      As I was writing this I remembered the Spanish Armada, though I started with just the idea of seasick sailors. I would guess that at least of these guys would stay, just as some of the Spanish washed up on foreign shores ended up staying.

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      1. Diana

        Yes, I’m trying to keep up reading and then realized I can’t read everything and it doesn’t matter if I read blogs days later, so I catch up when I can. 😀
        And with my blog slow down, I’ve been struggling a little bit with why do I blog? Funny, I get so much out of sharing and writing and then I put so much pressure on myself to write, I’m trying to find that happy medium!! 🤔 I’m also trying to not overthink things as I sometimes do!! Haha, sorry for the long response as I’ve thought a lot about my blogging lately! 🤩

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