Three line tales: Sabotage

Here is the story inspired by Sonya’s photo prompt.

Photo ©Wynand van Poortvliet


Moonlight lay on the placid harbour water, picking out the taut lines of the hawsers and running around the shiny gunmetal of the capstans.

His little ship was ready to take the morning tide, ready to leave as soon as the crew arrived, to carry him away from her.

Only a small craft, only six mooring lines, she said to herself as she bent to unwind the first, already seeing in her mind’s eye, the boat drifting away and safely out to sea.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “Three line tales: Sabotage”

  1. I can imagine the look of dismay on his face. It’s amazing how you write it briefly but still in details. I want to learn how to weave stories like this. Nice tale!

  2. Great story, Jane! You are a master at saying so much with so few words. And what a twist!

    Btw the birds in my cooker hood were starlings, and they flew the nest yesterday. Either that, or they’re all dead. Its so quiet without them. Where do they go? They still need a nest to sleep in at night, dont they?

    1. I love starling babies! The way they waddle, just like toddlers with a full nappy. I think they have the sense to stay put until they can fend for themselves. Unlike blackbirds…

      1. Bloody noisy things though. Now they’re gone. 2 and half weeks. Thought they’d be around longer than that.

      2. Could be. I never saw the babies. The parents always went in the field at the back of the house. Maybe the babies are there with them.

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