Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is to write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below.  I am writing another serial story. part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5.  This is the conclusion.  It is over the 200 words but not too far.  SPOILER ALERT.  I recommend reading the five previous parts before continuing as there is definitely a spoiler here.  It won’t take long, just 1,000 words.


Later on board the cutter, Captain Wonder briefed Agent Smith.   “A few hours march from the shore we came upon what appeared to be a Nazi POW camp.

“I had thought you were on your way back when I received your cryptic message about it not being just Nazis,” said Agent Smith.

“We found medieval weaponry and when we continued along a new path, we unbelievably walked into the Battle of Falkirk.”

Seeing the puzzled look on the agent’s face, the Captain briefly explained the battle between England and Scotland in 1298.

“I don’t know what to make of all this; however there are substantial reinforcements on the way,” said Agent Smith.  “They’ll be bringing some state of the art robotic equipment in case it is needed.”

“No matter what is going on, the plan needs to focus on getting the people out safely,” stated the Captain.

The next morning as the sun rose, the Captain’s radio sounded in his quarters.  “Captain you are urgently needed on deck,” said the voice.

Fully dressed for the operation, Captain Wonder arrived on deck to see a cruise ship excursion tender unloading passengers.

“Halt in the name of the United States of America,” called the Captain but he could not be heard over all the noise.  Disembarking, the Captain approached the person who appeared to be in charge.  He was about to confront the uniformed officer when he overheard a passenger at the front of the line.

“Could my wife and I make a change?  We no longer want to portray members of the French underground.  My wife watched the film, Braveheart last week and she now wants to look for Mel Gibson in your Scotland scenario,” said a man in a wrinkled Hawaiian shirt.

“Sorry.  There are no late changes.  All props, costumes and accommodations are set months in advance.  Enjoy your stay on the cruise line’s private island.”

Source: Alastair Forbes

Source: Al Forbes

Stained Glass window on the old Town Hall in Dover. This building used to be Maison Dieu (house of God) when it was built in 1253. It was added to and added to, becoming a gaol, a hospital before becoming the Town Hall. The stained glass is representative of the Cinque Ports.

Credit: Al Forbes

Source: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes

Source: Sea King Rescue Helicopter and Lifeboat at a Coastal Display in July 2011

Credit: Al Forbes

Copyright: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes


5 responses

  1. Al says:

    That is brilliant!! What a fantastic twist at the end. You have outdone yourself Maryann.


  2. Great story Maryann, you had me in, i was wondering where it was going, though with Captain Wonder at the helm I sensed there may have been a touch of tongue in cheek. Well done.