Friday Fictioneers -By Strange Means

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly photo challenge hosted by the wonderful Rochelle. She hangs up a photo that someone has provided for her and our task is to write a story in 100 words or less based on that photo. It is not as easy as you may think. I managed to edit mine from 160 words down to exactly 100.

If you want to have a go, then click on the Friday Fictioneers image, or if you want to read what others have written, then click on the blue frog.


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Photo © Georgia Koch

Jeff lay back in the boat, his oar snapped three hours previously and one of the shards still protruded from his right arm. Looking out across the lake, he knew no one could see him; he dozed off hoping someone would come.

A female voice to his right woke him, “Help’s coming Jeff.” He looked and saw a lifeboat speeding towards him. He smiled. He was safe. The owner of the voice was nowhere around.

“We got your distress call from Anna,” a rescuer told him.

Jeff smiled with tears in his eyes. Anna, his nan, died twenty years ago.


Whilst this is fiction, it is based on a true event. My cousin was on a Loch in Scotland and for some reason he couldn’t get back. Our nan sat on the boat with him until help arrived. This was in 1996, and we buried our nan in 1988. I changed the names. Our nan was very spiritual and claimed she could see spirits when she was alive. Maybe she could, and that’s why she came back to my cousin.

51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers -By Strange Means

  1. It’s at the same time heart-warming and spooky. As a hopeless sceptic I’m convinced the ghosts and angels are part of ourselves, but what do I know. 😉 In any case it’s a good story.

    • Thank you. I have been a sceptic for a long time. At the time I may look at something and think “wow” but when I have time to go back and look at it, I look for what else could have caused it. I have these accounts from other people. I would love to have an account for myself where I could say “this really happened”

      In 1995, not long after I married my then wife, we were getting ready to move into a different property and had been told the one we were in at the time was haunted. On the last night there, I closed a door until it clicked. Then the cat hissed, the door opened and my wife at the time screamed saying there was a shadow above the bed. I did the heroic thing of jumping into bed and hiding under the covers lol. Next day on looking around, I may not have closed the door as well as I had thought, the shadow could have been a car going past with it’s headlights casting a shadow, or someone with a torch, and the cat could have picked up on the anxieties.

      • This made me laugh. I’m just as brave when spooked. But like you, so far I always find the rational explanations more convincing. Which doesn’t mean that I’d dismiss what other people saw. Only that I haven’t seen nor heard anything that’d convince me personally.

  2. Great story! I understand it is very difficult to understand this type of thing happening, but if it happens to You…you will either consider yourself going crazy, mistaken, or perhaps become a believer.

  3. “He looked and saw a lifeboat…” if you could change “looked” to something with more imagery to it, like “winced,” something that shows pain or difficulty or strain. “looked” seems too casual. otherwise, well done.

    • There have been stories of ghosts who have saved peoples lives just by appearing or by seemingly giving someone directions. My sister seems to have taken on my nan’s ability to some extent. One time she was at a stable sorting a horse out, and she heard one galloping up behind her. She turned but there was nothing there. She heard it running off and realised it was one that she had previously but had to get rid of him due to him hitting his head and becoming mentally unstable He had to go to a specialist stable. About an hour later she received a call saying that the horse had died, and the time of death was around the time she heard him behind her.

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