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Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ~ Writing challenge. The goal is to write a story between 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) based on the provided photo.

Thank you Ady for our prompt photo this week

The boatman’s organisation were paid thousands to smuggle the family onto the mainland. They were escaping from a brutal regime that would have jailed Mr Shah and sold his wife and children into slavery. When they saw the transport for the last leg of the journey they were shocked. The boatman assured them all would be well as they would never be considered suspects on a paddle boat. That would be considered a pleasure trip.
A patrol boat sped by as they were halfway across the bay and ignored them. The family raised fishing rods and pretended to fish when a helicopter flew overhead. They reached land-fall, when a patrol ordered them to stop and produce their papers. With their hearts in their mouths, Mr Shah reached for the forged papers in his wallet. A radio crackled into life and the patrol instantly sped off on their motorcycles in the direction of the waterside. The family breathed a united sigh of relief and made their way ashore to a new life.

(175 Words)

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25 thoughts on “ESCAPE WITH DIGNITY

  1. The things many have to go through for a “better” chance at peace and another way of living with the ones they love and want to protect. Thanks for this story and the emotions evoked. Excellent job!

  2. I wonder about that unfortunate name choice? (Youngsters may not remember the last Shah of Iran, who fled Iran to escape the Ayatollah Khomeini coup. On a yacht, if my memory’s good?) Not a sympathetic parallel.

    • Mr Shah is quite a usual family name in many parts of the East. The Shah, as in the Shah of Persia is a totally different title ~Thanks for reading and commenting ~

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