29 February 2012

Picture Prompt

A group of wirters have got together and each writes a story of no more than 300 words to one picture prompt.
Thanks for coming by, and I'd love to read your feedback.

'Get a grip, man,' he muttered as the hair on the back of his neck began to rise. What on earth could be wrong with the tranquility of his surroundings? His gaze honed in once more on the boat. A bundle of white nets filled the bow while a larger pile of green nets filled the stern.

Too large?

The setting seemed almost too perfect, Derek mused, as he strolled along the bank. Palms trees leaned over the water's edge lending some false shade in the blistering heat. A boat, long and white lay waiting for someone to take it out to the freedom of the sea, its nets waiting to be filled.

'Get a grip,' he muttered again, 'you're on holiday. Give yourself a break.' When a mirthless laugh split the stillness he glanced round to see who else was in the area. No one else around, he noted and bit down on another curse. He'd travelled 500 miles and had deliberately left his cop's instincts behind. Who was he kidding? If a million midges had bitten his neck it couldn't itch any more.

Maintaining his leisurely pace he strolled over to the boat. Was it imagination or did the lines beneath the netting resemble a body? He stopped, cocked his head to one side as though listening then dug in his pocket for his cell phone. Apparently his instinct had sneaked into his case when he wasn't looking. He keyed in the quick-dial number and prayed his partner would pick up real soon.

“We’ve been searching for that guy for three days; then you stroll into town and solve our problem without even trying!” the local sheriff said several hours later.

Next year, Derek vowed, he’d holiday in Alaska.

12 comments:

Dakota Trace said...

Oh there's got to be more of story than this. I wanna know how he solved it. :D

Jean said...

This is wonderful, Sherry. You've started this character, are you going to continue with him? I hope so. Perhaps we need to have a pic in Alaska to keep him around. Nicely done in such tiny space. i smell a new book.

Lindsay said...

Jean's not the only one who sees a book in the making. Great.

Kharisma Rhayne said...

Oh wow -- this one needs to keep going --yes?

Sherry Gloag said...

LOL Dakota,some wuld give you the answer in 300 words, but I not one of them :-)
I *might* play with this some more later, I don't know!
Thanks for your comment.

Sherry Gloag said...

Noooooooooooooooooo -rofl- I have threee WsIP as it is and having BIG problem keeing them apart, I'm in danger of putting one of my Gasquet Princes into the Regency or the other way round, as it is!;-)

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks Lindsay ;-) Probably not any time soon, though! LOL

Sherry Gloag said...

Kharisma ;-) thanks for coming by.

Christina Cole said...

Some people just don't know how to get away from work... LOL. A fun read.

SherryGLoag said...

LOL Christina. I agree. Thanks for commenting.

BLMorticia said...

Great read. Work follows us doesnt it?

SLira aka BLMorticia/Rawiya

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by BLMorticia :-) Yeah, you're so right.