FlashMobWrites has only recently started (as you can tell by this week’s title being 1×04) run by Cara Michaels and Ruth Long. You get two different prompts – one from each judge – one of which must be included as is, and a song that you can use for motivation (or not,as you see fit).
For this week they were:
Cara Michaels: “here comes the rapture”
Ruth Long: “I’ll play the harlot”
On the Board
Vern sat on his longboard, out at the very cusp where the combers formed. He rode the swell of the nascent waves, idly watching the seabirds as they swooped in the onshore breeze. There were many promising waves but Vern kept on waiting, rocking gently, enjoying the view.
Gavin paddled over, amazed to see someone so old sitting there placidly with salt water plastering the few remaining wisps of hair to their head.
“Woah, I hope I’m still catching waves when I’m your age! Show me what you got, you must be a deadset legend.”
Vern shook his head. “You’re wrong, son. I’ve wasted my whole life sitting on boards doing nothing.”
“The wrong sort of boards – not out here but on dozens of corporations. My grandson will be visiting soon and I bought this as a gift for him but I think I’ll have to get him another one. I’ve only been doing this for a week and I love it.”
“No shit, that’s awesome! Let me show you some moves my friend, he’ll be stoked to see what you can do!”
With gentle coaxing and plenty of practice over the next few days Vern finally managed to stand up and ride a wave most of the way in, only falling off when he tried turning too sharply and he felt a twinge in his artificial hip. Spitting out water he came up smiling. Eager for more he turned and paddled back out to where Gavin waited.
“You’ve got it man! I can see it! You’ve got the surfing bug bad!”
“I do at that! Can’t believe I waited so long to do something like this. The last trump could sound, but I wouldn’t go. Here comes the rapture – a new wave, not heaven!”
With that he turned and went racing in on the foam, shouting in pure joy.
This story got an Honourable Mention (Soldier)
Cara Says: This second chance surfer story just hit all the right sweet notes, as this character finds a new lease on life.
Ruth Says: There is such an easy good-natured vibe in this piece. I was rooting for Vern the whole way through and adored Gavin for being so supportive.