Another new prompt (for me) Flash Frenzy at the Angry Hourglass. Up to 360 words, and 46 hours to enter. It seems to be another one with lots of comments being passed around, so somehow I’m going to have to find/make the time on weekends to join in the social side here as well.
For week 62 we had this picture prompt:
Phil usually loved the beach. It was better than lego. More fun than even Susan’s iPad. Full of potential, just waiting to be filled by his imagination. But this beach was a disappointment. Too many rocks. Not enough shells. Unbelievably, there was no-one selling ice-creams. Something about the off season, his mother had said. Whatever that meant.
He decided to make a sandcastle to break out of his funk. Choosing a site largely bereft of rocks he began to dig, his movements in time with the quiet susurration of the waves. The excavated sand piled up, and he smoothed and shaped it with his sandal. Not even Susan’s taunts could reach him as she stepped from the water, one moment gangly the next self-confident in her new figure and swimsuit.
He worked on, getting redder in the sun. Construction complete, Phil roamed the beach looking for suitable shells to decorate the battlements. He was beginning to get agitated again, every promising shape turned out to be a rock which he flung into the waves with distaste. His bucket nearly empty, he turned back and then saw the perfect addition: a long, opalescent streamer. Excitedly, he picked it up and poked a stick into its open end. Skipping back to his castle, he added the flag to his highest tower. Proud of his fortress, he went to the tideline, to search for seaweed. He forgot to check where his sister was and she used his distraction to strike. She pulled back her leg, ready to attack his creation, but her kick never landed. Instead, she went running across the sand yelling to their parents.
“Oh, gross! Muuuum, Phil’s playing with a washed up franger!”
Once again, I’m surprised by how little the world knows Aussie slang. Lots of people commented that the last word was an unfamiliar one to them.
This story got an honourable mention.