Friday Fictioneers – 11/27/15 — Beloved Sentinel

This week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge. The photo is courtesy of Sandra Crook. My story is below the picture.

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook


“Does she stand on that cliff every day?” Tobias asked.

“Every day,” Raulf replied, looking at the young girl wrapped in her woolen shawl, black hair windswept like a flag.

“But five years! Surely she doesn’t still hope.”

Raulf nodded his head. “Serena insists Jamie will not fail her. He promised, and she must keep trusting.”

Tobias frowned. “She’s so beautiful. I’d gladly have her for my wife. There must be some way to make her see that she needs to move on with her life.”

“She’ll move on … when she sees his sails on the horizon … and not before.”




37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – 11/27/15 — Beloved Sentinel

      1. But, on the other hand Dawn, I was just thinking: If she’s actually married to him, she’s going to have to wait seven years before he would be declared legally dead and she’d be allowed to “move on” with her life anyway. So really she doesn’t have it so bad right now I guess.

  1. Dear Sandra,

    Such a sad tale well told. “Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be…” Sorry I couldn’t help myself. 😉 Good one.

    Shalom and Happy Thanksgiving,


    1. Yes, it’s an age-old theme rooted in so much of real life in several parts of the world. And it isn’t really sad if you take the hint at the end that he will come back.

      Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving.

  2. Well now, I dunno if I would wait that long. There is a life to live.
    But hey, I shall wish her well and that she see the sails she seeks!

    1. Just think, if she were married to him, she’d have to wait at least seven years to have him declared legally dead and be able to go on with her life. So she’s really not got it so bad yet.

  3. I know you see the ending positive, and I see how many see it as a sad tale. I’m reminded of all these adventure stories, like Shogun and others, where sailors–who are married–make a life, find love, find adventure elswhere while wife and children wait hopefully at home. There’s something very wrong with that concept, I think. But that’s how it used to be, good piece of historical fiction.

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