Stories tagged “sailing”

  • desperate passage

    June, 1875 The Inscrutable rocked gently in the harbor. Ropes creaked and strained, as gray water and cold rain splashed against the hull. Her captain looked across the rail at the hopeful few who had made it past the barricades, and now waited on the ...

    • Author: wilw
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • name your price

    Boah pushed past the tall man. “Ship’s full.” He placed a strong hand on Boah’s shoulder and squeezed. “Name your price.” Boah turned and put a hand on his hip, making sure the man could see the belaying pin he wore ...

    • Author: wilw
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • red glow

    Boah slept uneasily that night in his cot as the waters rocked the Inscrutable to and fro like a baby in it’s cradle. He dreamed that he saw a glint of red light dart out the pocket of his pants hanging at the end of the cot. He opened his eyes. ...

  • The Bitter Wait

    “I hate her,” said the commander. “I know,” said the bosun. “Not long now, sir.” They were a near to a dozen, but only ever they spoke—commander and bosun. The rest smoked damp, lumpy cigarettes, exhaling through a...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Where She Goes

    “She’s taking on passengers, looks like,” said the bosun, straightening up, then contorting to stretch his back in the stout compartment. “Of course he is,” the captain took a drag on his misshapen cigarette. Reaching for ...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • AOL Crashes The Party

    “Oh no!” Oy cried in horror. “They’ve located the Island!” “How is that possible?” Band Baby demanded. “We have the best security system imaginable!” “Um yeah,” Chimed in Blusparrow. ...

    • Author: Lone Writer
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • ...and two stout men to work the bellows.

    Waves lapped up against the wooden bow of the sloop Lucky Doris, the flagship of the Lobstermen’s Association. The vessel was small and fast, perfect for salvage work amongst the many rocks and shoals of the Serpent’s Teeth. With the anchor...

  • Sailing the Dream

    The wind shifted and I opened my eyes and took a firmer hold of the tiller. I had dozed off into the dream again. I blinked my eyes and shook my head to clear my mind. It was getting dark and cold, the sun just a diffuse glow on the horizon. With the d...

  • The Sea, my Lover

    Waves roll me over, wind ruffles my hair, the sun kisses my skin. Dolphins slip-slide sleekly through the waters. Birds circle overhead, and dive into the cool sea. The sails, like sheets, fold around me, like a long-lost lover re-found. I try to hold ...

    • Author: Match
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • There's no book like my autobiography, an excerpt.

    I loved to sail. Scratch that, I love to sail. God knows they’ll have invented immortality by the time I should die, so I really don’t need to create a memory. Either way, sailing is a very dear passion to me. I think it all started when I ...

    • Author: H.S. Wift
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • Meaning of It All, Piratically Speaking

    Hyrum spat into the sea, sure to turn his head to leeward. He evaded his own spit being blown back at him, but the sea spray dampened his neck to send a chill down his spine. Early September in the Atlantic was no time to be on deck in a nightshirt as ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Captain Laura and Pirate Eric

    Captain Laura looked up from her instruments and saw planks of wood bobbing in the waves. A shipwreck, she thought. There could be valuables or supplies around. As long as no one was the wiser, she could help herself to something to trade at next dock....

  • Lessons Learned

    Boah knew better than to test the captain’s orders, especially ones so specific and simple. He had already filled the quota of 50 passengers, so he hardly noticed the tall pale man who blocked his return to the ship. He was about to push past whe...