Alastair’s Photo Fiction -28th of July – Louis

If it is Sunday then it is time for Alastair’s Photo Prompt. We are allotted 150 words to wreak havoc using the alphabet and entertain you with our fictional wits. I love the opportunity to use photos as a jump off and hope you enjoy!


Louis loved watching the work of the port. From the moment his mother first brought him here for a daily entertainment visit at five he declared one day he would run the biggest of the dock workers toys. True to his word, Louis worked hard and rose through the ranks to work all the machines.

Then came the storm in 2010, the one the weather man undervalued. The storm that ravaged not only his city, his port, but his life. Now his perch was significantly less majestic as he enjoyed watching the same activities he enjoyed as a child. The yearning in his heart was little changed from then, but the reality was his days in charge were done.

He would stay all day, but the rehabilitation appointment was looming . He slowly unlocked the brakes and began pushing against the wheels on the side to make his way back to the van.

About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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9 Responses to Alastair’s Photo Fiction -28th of July – Louis

  1. julespaige says:

    My thinking is at least he is still around. Some of those storms…and ka-booms on ocean oil rigs leave little living.
    Nicely told.

  2. Very well written, it managed to be extremely descriptive while minimizing superflous words.

  3. Christopher Shawbell says:

    Thank you for tearing my heart out on that one, Joe.
    Good piece with a nice transition.

  4. nightlake says:

    The tough realities of life. sad and moving

  5. zookyworld says:

    A touching story… the character’s life has certainly been changed by the port. I like that the yearning in his heart is still there — he still has the love that he did as a child. But now with more challenges.

  6. Gabriella says:

    A very touching and subtle story!

  7. That was a very poignant, and well written, story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  8. misskzebra says:

    This story is definitely very touching and well-written.

  9. Alastair says:

    Excellent and sad story. I can relate to this totally. In the town that I am in, we had a storm in 1987. The weatherman undervalued it. He said there were going to be a couple of gusts. Turned out to be a full force hurricane. So I can see and feel this man’s pain and sorrow. It is very believable.

    Thanks for taking part again. I appreciate it

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