THE TRANSPORTER

SUNDAY 4th APRIL 2021

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘The Daily Post on WordPress’  

Prompt ~THE TRANSPORTER

Tell us about a sensation – a taster, a smell, a piece of music, that takes you back to childhood.

The boyhood of Raleigh by John Everett Millais 1870

THE TRANSPORTER

by John Yeo

   The sensation that is the strongest transporter back to my childhood will always be a strong smell of ronuk fXxurniture and floor polish. Our school reception area was full of highly polished panelled wood, with a polished wooden floor. These wooden areas were kept highly polished by the school cleaners, using ronuk, floor and furniture polish. The powerful smell of this wax polish will live with me forever. 

  However, there was another sense at work in this area that will always stay with me and that is the sense of curiosity and wonder every time I gazed at a painting that was prominently displayed in the main entrance area. Every time I passed this work of art, I would spend ages just standing, soaking up this image, surrounded by a strong smell of ronuk floor and furniture polish.

   In the foreground of the painting was a bearded man

 wearing a distinctive hat, seated in front of a beached fishing boat.

 The fisherman was in conversation with two young boys 

pointing to a distant horizon with one hand, while holding a fishing net with the other hand. 

THE HORIZON 

 by John Yeo

 A distant horizon, where the clouds meet the sea 

 An unbroken line as far as the eye could see

Representing mystery and imagination to the schoolboy mind.

  A gateway to the unknown an escape route from reality,

The sailor, telling tales of wonder across the waves.

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  Waves as high as mountains and fish as big as a man.

Huge sea monsters  with many humps spouting spume

Swordfish, mermaids, sharks and pearls in shells

  I would stand and be transported to distant lands  

Journey to  places I was encountering in classes.

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 Ivory and the slave trade, copra, with spices

Sandy islands with Palm trees and Robinson Crusoe, 

Cannibals and treasure with footprints in the sand.

Pirates and corsairs with cutlass and gunpowder.

Gold-filled galleons sailing the storm-tossed seas.

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Hornpipe, sea shanties, shipwreck and disease.

Colourful birds flying high above the waves

Leading the traders to many distant lands,

Jungles, filled with lions, bears and monkeys, 

Elephants and tigers, and strange perfumed flowers.

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Faraway lands filled with milk and honey

With many peoples of the world in traditional dress.

Contrasting strange lives of splendour, and sad distress.

Deserts with oasis and camel train routes from the east.

The mystical oriental thousand and one tales of wonder.

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 Magic lamps with genies granting wishes galore.

The science of Arabia, the wisdom of China and more.

The perilous journey home across the seas braving storms

Carrying the cargo from ports and people round the world.

Unload a hold full of fish mend the nets whilst ashore.

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A dream-filled reverie cut short with a caustic shout to implore.

‘You there! Stop daydreaming boy, and cut along to classes’.

© Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.

Mysterious Island ~ (1)

PART One and Part Two below

I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story 08/12/2014, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words.

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The image is supplied and credited by “Monday’s finish the story”

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

by John Yeo

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Donning her fins and snorkel she headed out into the deep water.

She entered the water making as little splash as possible to avoid alerting the guards on the mysterious island. Her mission was to steal a very valuable painting that had been stolen from a London art gallery and was now part of an eccentric millionaire’s private collection. Reaching the shore, she checked a waterproof canvas tube slung over her shoulders and unfastened an infra-red torch from her belt. Making her way to the centre of the island she encountered no guards and to her great surprise the door at the rear of the mansion was unlocked.

Creeping silently through the dark mansion she found what she was looking for and took her knife out from the sheath attached to her belt, to cut the picture from the frame.

Suddenly light blazed out.  A smiling man pointing a gun right at her said. “Welcome little mermaid, we have much to discuss.

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Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.

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Written for: http://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/mondays-finish-the-story-december-8th-2014/

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story~15/12/2014 which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words.

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The image is supplied and credited by “Monday’s finish the story”

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (2)

by John Yeo

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They say that life is a game of chess.

This was illustrated very clearly by her present predicament. Marg froze as she stood staring at the pistol held by someone who’s picture she had only ever seen in newspapers and on the television news.

“I have been expecting you. Our mutual friend has now departed in the yacht. I have been following your progress. You are a very brave lady, but greed is a very powerful motivator”. Marg could do nothing  to bluff her way out of this crazy situation as she realised she had been used as a pawn in a much larger game. “What do you want?” She stammered, full of questions. “Why Me? Why go to a lot of trouble to entice me here? I am only an ordinary person. I have nothing, I was hired to come here by your colleague!”

“Just a minor inconvenience my dear we needed to test your courage and resilience”~

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(149 words) To be continued ~~~~~~

Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.

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Written for:~ http://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/mondays-finish-the-story-december-15th-2014/

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