Deep Sea Wonder – Friday Fictioneers

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for Friday Fictioneers. Oh, and I’m terribly late. I didn’t say any of this made sense. What I do know is that Friday Fictioneers is a group of incredibly talented writers, dedicated each week to writing a 100-word story based on a photo prompt.

A huge thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for leading the group. This week’s photo was supplied by  Doug MacIlroy. Thanks, Doug.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

Genre: Fantasy (102 words)

Deep Sea Wonder

The seagulls hovered over the skeleton carcass washed ashore. A crowd had gathered as Rennard feared, ignoring his pleas to step back. They were just as surprised as he was; he had no claim to it, except that he lived and breathed the sea. Moving closer, he nearly dropped his black notebook at the sight of the reptilian creature.

“What do you think it is, Rennard?”

Rennard knelt before the bones stripped away of flesh and sniffed at it.

“It swum in deep waters millions of years ago, only this one died recently. It’s a miracle.”

From behind them, a splash.


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73 thoughts on “Deep Sea Wonder – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Frank, based on the name of the photo, this is a Plesiosaur. It lived 250 million ago and was a marine reptile, not a dinosaur. That’s the inspiration for my story. Oh, you’re not late ever!


    1. Hmm…and it was actually Wednesday when I posted it, at least in my time zone. I’m just losing track of days is all. 🙂 I always feel a bit behind. Mmm, I wonder what killed it, too. Strange that he wasn’t completely consumed. Thank you!

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      1. Actually, we have until the following Tuesday. Truth! 🙂 That’s when the link closes. I always feel late if I post on Friday for some reason. It’s all good, Dale.

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  1. Love your story – and it actually is plausible! New creatures are still being discovered in deep crevasses in the oceans – that stuff fascinates me, but I won’t go on about it – lol Hope you are having a good day xo


    1. I’m glad you enjoyed my story. That’s what I like Kelly…things are fantastical but plausible. And who knows what’s really in the sea since we have explored only 5% of it. Right?! I find it fascinating, too. I’m doing well. Just losing my mind from time to time. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day! xo

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      1. I know how you feel – for me it’s the end of the school year approaching and making summer plans. It always sneaks up on me so fast! Hope you have a good day as well – hang in there xo

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      2. I know! Happens every year! And then the weekends involve first communions and graduations and weddings and stuff-it’s killing me this year!


    1. I know this sent a chill through your spine, Perry. You can be honest with me. With the right lighting, staging and costumes, it will be perfect 🙂 And 3D, of course, will be an option.


  2. You call this fantasy, but they do occasionally find ‘living fossils’ that they thought died out millions of years ago, so who knows? The coelacanth was like that at one point. I’d be pretty psyched to find a plesiosaur though. 🙂


  3. Dear Amy,

    Recently dead? Could that mean there are more where that one came from? Do I smell a bigger story?
    Remember, in Friday Fictioneers, late is a relative term. 😉




    1. Yes, Rochelle, I went with recently dead. Hey, why not? The sea is full of mystery. Late is a relative term, but it feels different when I get it in a bit earlier? On time? Yeah, you know what I mean. Thank you. 🙂


  4. Nessie! See, that’s what comes from leaving Loch Ness and moving into the sea. 😉 Great story, I would love to read more about that Rennard, he’s a great character.


  5. There’s a saying, “Old fishermen never die, they just smell that way.” I think I’ll pass on the smell-a-blog scratch-n-sniff part. A victim of pollution would be my guess. Nicely done, Amy.

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    1. Oh, if only my blog could be a scratch-n-sniff…on second thought, considering our prompts, I’m not sure that would be such an inviting thing for my guests. Pollution is always a possibility, sadly. Thanks, Russell.


    1. Thank you, Jan. I like your take on my story. I hadn’t envisioned a documentary film crew, but I’m sure it won’t be long before Rennard has one!


  6. This is excellent, but there’s one thing missing. one more line at the end:

    “From behind them, a splash.”

    you can save a few words by changing “up on the beach” to “ashore.”

    but that’s just me.

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  7. Good story with a surprise ending, Amy. I’m thinking it’s not the only one to survive. I also think I’d stay out of the water for now. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


  8. There’s something soooo creepy about “something” lurking beneath the waves. You’ve resurrected my childhood nightmares Amy. Good piece.

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