FFfAW- Strange Cargo

Posted: October 13, 2015 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Here’s my response for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This time it’s a little more “Halloween” than yesterday’s Mondays Finish the Story due to involving less cute cats. Take some time to check out the other responses as well by following the link.

Photo Credit to Sonya of “Only 100 Words”

Word Count: 150

The ship had been sitting there in the dock for weeks, rocking slightly in the waters. No one would go near it.

“Why on earth not?” John Greyson asked when he found out. He was sitting in his plush office, full of fine leather, expensive furniture, and art that he didn’t like but made him seem more intellectual. “Do you know how much money that cargo’s worth? And they’ve just left it sitting there!”

“Workers are a superstitious lot,” Susan Green replied.

“So grab a few homeless people off the street and offer them a hundred bucks to shift the stuff,” John said. “Honestly. Superstition.”

“It is a bit understandable,” Susan pointed out.

John waved her out. “Just go get me my cargo.”

Honestly, he thought as he watched her leave, a ship comes into port with everyone on board dead and suddenly everyone’s mind jumps to curses. It’s pathetic. 

  1. Mel A Rowe says:

    Sailors are a suspicious lot. Well done.

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  2. I think there must be something more going on on this ship than curses. Possibly a deadly virus? Great story J.A. Little on the creepy side but I like that! Thank you for your participation!

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  3. Yeah who wants to empty cargo off a ship where everyone died of what…..? Yikes.

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  4. emiliopasquale says:

    Everybody’s afraid of a little death? Honestly!

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  5. Loved it, especially the line ‘ art that he didn’t like but made him seem more intellectual” I think a lot of people have that. I won’t step on the boat either, if his so sure it’s nothing then he should go get it.

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  6. Ooh that is a bit creepy.

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  7. Madeeha says:

    I really like this character of John greyson. Your description of his sitting in in his office is vivid and clean. I think John is a selfish character. Isn’t he?
    I’m taking it too serious 🙂
    But, he’s not going near a ship and he’s still expecting from others to go near it.
    I like reading this creepy tale 🙂

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  8. mandibelle16 says:

    I guess he cared about his money more then his life, or anyone’s life for that matter. Great story, well written.

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  9. afairymind says:

    Never mind superstition, I think common sense ought to tall you not to go on a ship where everyone has mysteriously died! I love your depiction of the pompous fat cat. 🙂 Great story.

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