Life in a Boat


PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Georgia Koch

He watched the tiny creatures scurrying ostensibly without purpose inside the boat all morning.

Why are you scuttling about so frantically? he wondered.

He noticed one upsidedown unable to right itself, legs running ineffectually in the air and gently, turned it over with his forefinger.  It was instantly imperceptible amongst the others of its kind.

“Mum said you’re to come to lunch,” his elder brother spoke gently.


He rushed back to the boat afterwards.  Teenagers were shouting and jumping inside, ignorant of the miniature lives they were extinguishing beneath their feet.

His anguished cry carried along the beach.


Word Count: 99

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


32 thoughts on “Life in a Boat

      • brainsnorts says:

        oh, it wasn’t unclear. it’s just that that’s what bugs do. however, that particular word also means to have the appearance of rushing for no reason but possible having a reason that isn’t visually obvious. so i thought maybe the bugs had more of an intelligence that might first appear.


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