Ferry Frightening



Suddenly the ferry lurched.  Passengers fell from seats; drinks flew through the air slopping their contents.  The boat levelled, everyone resumed positions amid nervous chatter.  The journey continued, equilibrium seemingly recovered, but a sharp tilt to starboard sent people reeling again.  Screams, panic, confusion!  Anxiety crawled up inside like an intrusion of cockroaches.  Seeing water flooding into the bar, her fear intensified.  The ugliest side of humanity exposed itself.  Drunken men shoved children aside to reach lifeboats.  She dragged heavy legs in rising water.  Another sway, a surge of seawater.  Her head was submerged, leg trapped, fighting to break free.

Word Count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


40 thoughts on “Ferry Frightening

    • Clare Hempstead says:

      Thanks Jellico. I tried to comment on yours, but it came up with ‘This comment cannot be posted’ – not sure why so here’s my comment on yours: Nice mis-direct. I thought she just didn’t like sailing, then WHAM! I saw it as terrorism too, but that may be because we’re seeing a lot of it at the moment!

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  1. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    You brought the rising terror to life in this piece. I love the line “Anxiety crawled up inside like an intrusion of cockroaches.” Great story.

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