The sea was calm and a brilliant clear blue, mirrored by the cloudless sky above.

The storm had railed against the mysterious island for three weeks, the same surge that had capsized the cargo ship and driven them to the unknown land in the canoe life rafts.

‘You’re sure which direction?’ Gideon asked.

Cyrus shrugged. ‘We can’t stay here. Nothing but sand and rock and we haven’t seen another ship all the time we’ve been here.’

‘There must be a search party looking for the wreck and survivors. Why haven’t they picked up our emergency beacons?’

Cyrus shrugged again. He wanted to get away from the island. Something felt wrong. They had explored it all and found no sign of life but still he couldn’t shake the feeling they were not alone.

They shook hands before each solemnly getting into their meagre craft.

As they pulled away from the beach Cyrus looked back.

He saw the glint of sunlight reflected on glass. Standing on a rock he saw the man watching them leave through his telescope.


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My small tale was suggested by the classic novel ‘The Mysterious Island‘, by Jules Verne.

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around 150 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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41 thoughts on “CASTAWAY

  1. As I recall from the novel, there was plenty of life on that island, just no apparent human life. May Captain Nemo have a better fate in your story than he did in Verne’s.

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    1. Thanks James, plenty of life on Verne’s island – I think they were stuck there for 5 years or more in the end – and 900-odd pages – the opposite end of the fiction scale to the Flash Fiction version!

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    1. Thanks PJ. Interesting interpretation – you’re the only one to think of that solution so far, definitely a plausible explanation of who the man looking for them is 🙂

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  2. Fear of the unknown can put all kinds of thoughts in your head and maybe they just needed to stay a little longer or at least go back and find out who was looking at them…maybe it was someone else that had landed on that island like they did. It may be safer than drifting without water or food to last an unknown time before someone finds them. A grate suspence and lots of questions unanswered. 🙂

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  3. I really admire how you customise your inspiration and create a whole new world rather than blandly reframing the tale like an ordinary/ inexperienced story teller would .

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