Friendship Means Everything

Posted: December 7, 2016 in Friday Fictioneers
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It’s Wednesday/Friday again! Today’s picture prompt, provided by our Fairy Blog Mother, Rochelle, was taken by Lucy Fridkin. Thanks to both of you.


The whump-whump of the tug’s motor was the only heartbeat Jason needed to hear.
He liked people alright;
even got married – once.
But he loved isolation best, so the knock on the wheelhouse, and whispered, “May I board?” surprised him.
So did the way his best friend, Alice, looked.
“Roger . . .” Her bruised eye said it all.
“I’ll take care of it.”
After drink took Roger into a deep sleep aboard My Mistress, Jason drained the fuel, hooked her up to his tug and headed north out of the harbor.
Ten days and much shouting later, Jason cut his payload adrift on the frigid Bering Sea.

  1. Dear Alicia,

    I take it that Roger was aboard the other boat. He needs to sleep with the fishes. Good one.



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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Something tells me he’s going to have to do away with Alice as well sooner or later

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Great way to get revenge. Good work.

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  4. I think there are friends you would do anything for… I would guess that nothing was ever found out about Roger.

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    • I have at least two friends that I say, “I would walk through hot coals for him/her.” I’m glad I’ve never needed to meet that challenge, but I do believe I would. Roger who?


  5. ceayr says:

    Neat story, but I really like your comment above ‘A little light-hearted this week!’
    Yeah, a bit of wife-beating and murder in a 100-word story is just a chuckle!

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    • You just made me spew coffee! I thought about that after I wrote it. I MEANT for this one to be all kinds of light-hearted when I started. A tug boat captain, happy with his little tug, warm inside the cabin … then, before I knew it, the story took an evil twist. Guess I hadn’t caught up yet!

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  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Jerk deserves to be taught a lesson, but hopefully Jason isn’t setting himself up for a murder charge.. Still, I think they could use what Roger named his boat as a piece of evidence in the trial. 😉

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  7. Dale says:

    Ha ha! I’m having fun reading the comments as much as the story….
    Sorry Roger, you can’t beat up his best friend…

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  8. Dale says:

    Jeez… stupid computer… OK.. stupid user… Thought I clicked back to get back to Neal’s story!! Sorry about that… You can flush my two comments…


  9. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Alicia,

    Gotta love a good friend with a handy tug. I enjoyed this tale for many reasons, not the least the way you said so much without words. And they lived happily ever after. Sweet, neat and cold.



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  10. Lynn Love says:

    Wow! I’m guessing Roger has a track record of this behave to earm such a final punishment? Love your scene setting Alicia – an effective way to show us your man’s character

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  11. Michael Wynn says:

    Great take and I loved the way Jason dealt with the problem, cut it adrift where it can’t do any harm and you can’t hear the noise. Will Roger survive? There’s a chance. For a moment I thought Jason was going to sink the boat or set fire to it, which would have been very final and definitely attract a murder charge if found out.

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  12. draliman says:

    “Justice” is done. I hope Jason remembered to trash Roger’s radio as well. Nice one!

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  13. Liz Young says:

    I didn’t see that coming – good one.

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  14. wmqcolby says:

    Wow! Felt like I was there, Alicia! I like this story very much because there’s SO much going on in 100 words and it needs every mouthful to get the taste. Sensational!

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  15. I was leaning forward reading this Alicia!

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  16. ansumani says:

    Jason was a friend in need…Good one.

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  17. I’m with Dale, the comments are just as interesting as your story.
    Clever write …
    Isadora 😎

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  18. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Nice build to the well deserved end. Loved the line “He liked people alright;
    even got married – once.” So many layers hinted at.

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  19. plaridel says:

    hmm… this alice charcater seems interesting.

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  20. rgayer55 says:

    10 – 4, Roger Wilcox, over and out of the picture. Jason didn’t do anything wrong, just gave a buddy a little tow. Now, Roger can enjoy the peace and serenity of the Bering Sea.

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  21. gahlearner says:

    I was thinking of the radio, too. Otherwise: perfect murder. Maybe the battery ran empty, too, or whatever it is that fuels radios on boats… Harsh but efficient and seeing a Jerk punished is always so satisfying. Great writing.

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  22. Oh this isn’t going to end well if Alice doesn’t agree with his methods.

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  23. michael1148humphris says:

    Sadly Roger got home first after being rescued by a ice break. I fear for Alice and Jason

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  24. Eek, you do have a wicked streak, Alicia! A dark way to get even!

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  25. What a wonderful way to take revenge. No short sharp punishment but a lingering end.
    Nicely told, a complete story in 100 words

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  26. Wow, that’s some punishment!

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  27. Now that’s friendship!

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  28. Margaret says:

    That’ll help Roger’s temper to cool down. Sounds like he had it coming. Jason’s a good friend to have around. Nicely set up and neatly solved. Very satisfying story.

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  29. I love it. Justice has prevailed. Bully pie for the sharks. Tasty.

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  30. Well, I guess his friend doesn’t have to worry about being beaten anymore. He most certainly took care of it. Good writing, Alicia. 🙂 — Suzanne

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