The Shipwreck

21 August, 2011 at 19:09 (Flash) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The storm cracked it’s lightning whips from overhead and still the rig continued it’s journey, tossed by the waves. For a moment it was outlined against the black clouded sky by a crack that echoed around the sky. It strained over the racing waves, beneath the clouds. Not even those aboard could hear the creaks of it’s timbers as the wind tore a line free of the mizzenmast. The roar of the ocean was too great and the thunder too loud. Then the ship seemed to catch itself in the trough of two waves, the fore tossed by one and the aft by another, there was a moment when the sea seemed to pause, hover above the decks, and then it crashed. The figurehead plunged into the trough of the wave and the jigger tore from it’s hold and the foam and salt of several tonnes of water plunged upon the ship.

There was no time for anything to be done, as the sailors aboard the ship tried to race up from below decks the sea pushed them back. The sea wrapped itself around the full-rig like a serpent and squeezed with all it’s might. The foremast joined the jigger as the sea squeezed. Lines from the mainmast span free from the rigging and spiraled up in the water like tentacles from a drowning sea urchin.

The next morning the sea was calm. The yellowed sky glowed free of clouds and the only evidence of the previous nights events was the driftwood that came ashore as flotsam. The beachcombers ran for such, but the gentlemen on the beach ignored the spars of the ship and it’s intricately carved figurehead to favour the barrels floating merrily as jetsam upon the tide.

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7 Comments

  1. Old Egg said,

    Let’s hope the seawater hasn’t tainted the rum! Enjoyed your very descriptive piece.

    • luvlymish said,

      Well they could probably sell it anyway 🙂

      I couldn’t seem to get into the story on this one, kept getting caught on the way it looked in my head – glad you enjoyed it though!

  2. on paper wings said,

    I find the description of the next day almost as eerie as the shipwreck. Nice piece!

    • luvlymish said,

      Thankyou very much!

  3. gautami tripathy said,

    Good work..

    stalling

  4. jennifaye said,

    very vivid description. great post on the shipwreck prompt.

    • luvlymish said,

      Thankyou.

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