“Oh yes. But I’m not so happy about the new colour scheme.”
I stood with Sol, mirroring his stance – arms folded, legs locked in position. He was angry. I steeled myself against the onslaught. ‘I’m not so happy’ was code for ‘Bloody angry’.
“I need to tell you something,” I scratched my cheek, feeling two days’ worth of bristles rasp against my fingernails.
“We sourced the paint livery from the original makers. We painted her sky blue, just like you asked, but it just didn’t cover up the, the…”
“I asked you – no, told you – to get rid of the stains! Sandblast the wheel, smooth it, seal it, paint it. For God’s sake, that’s why I hired you!”
“That’s what we did, Sol.”
“And she never had a red wheel – never!”
I sighed, faked my ‘I’m sorry’ shrug and turned away. The captain’s daughter had been torn to pieces on Dixie’s maiden voyage, her skirt caught up in the paddle steamer’s big wheel. It seemed like the old girl didn’t want anyone to forget. A red-painted wheel was her way of honouring Ruby – my great-grandmother.
16 thoughts on “Full Circle – Alastair’s Photo Fiction”
Very funny, even if a bit dark!
I love the ‘I’m not so happy’ was code for ‘Bloody angry’.’
You know me – the dark side is my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you, kind sir! Great inspiration, as always!
Certainly a bit of dark humor. I enjoyed it!
I’m glad you enjoyed it. I refuse to worry about my preference for the dark side – writing it out is better than acting it out.
Old paddle wheels never die they just steam away….
Haha! Indeed they do! Thank you for popping in and taking the time 🙂
I like this line: I scratched my cheek, feeling two days’ worth of bristles rasp against my fingernails
Thank you! I was quite pleased with it when it popped into my head. I can almost feel the stubble… And smell the paint and resentment!
Loved the last part. Excellent.
Thank you, yarnspinerr.
The old girl has got some spirit. Won’t let anyone forget. I like that touch. Great dialogue in this one.
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it.
A nice chilling twist to it!
Thank you! 🙂