The Adventurer – Friday Fictioneers

Here is this week’s entry into the weekly challenge brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. She has requested that we extend birthday greetings to Jackie P. and Perry Block, so….


Here are the rules: Use the photo as inspiration, write a hundred(ish) words – and share! Here goes my offering for this week – and I welcome your comments again!

Copyright - Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

– The Adventurer –

Murdo McMaster didn’t quite possess the spirit and guts of Great Uncle Hamish.

Hamish had cheated death countless times as he captained his tiny fishing boat, the ‘Nil Desperandum’, in the unforgiving seas off the west coast of Scotland. Murdo’s chosen path as a tourist-season pleasure boat captain was ironic, to say the least.

The only thing that Murdo had ever cheated was the IRS. Now he would be forced to take his two-berth out into the Atlantic, in the hopes of reaching international waters before the tax authorities caught up with him.


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38 thoughts on “The Adventurer – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Hi Freya,
    Inventive, creative story. Maybe Murdo can find a country with no extradition treaty with the U.S. Or maybe hide out in Scotland and check out his roots. Either way, I’d call this a reverse immigration story! Ron

  2. This is a great story. Good use of the prompt.

    You wanna know something? My Uncle Hamish has cheated death countless times. He even survived just losing a bit of tackle when he stood on a land mine.

  3. Good one Freya, I like the idea of cheating death and cheating the tax man, sometimes they can be one and the same.

  4. haha great story. you said a lot in 100. reminded me too of Meet Joe Black and how Joe seemed so appalled that people would often use “death and taxes” in the same sentence. ^^

  5. Murdo is going to need the spirit and guts of Great Uncle Hamish to survive the Atlantic in his two-berth–won’t even discuss what he needs to evade the clutches of the IRS.

  6. Dear Freya,

    What an imaginative story. I think, though, that Hamish would advise Murdo that three hots and a cot in a Federal Penitentiary would be far safer than trying to get to safe harbor in his pleasure craft. Ah, well, I wish him fair winds and following seas. Nice job.



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