Week of 9-29-2015


Louise, with the “The Storyteller's Abode” has provided our prompt photo this week.

Louise, with the “The Storyteller’s Abode” has provided our prompt photo this week.

Stormy Weather
By Teresa Smeigh
Copyright September 2015

The weather had been threatening all day, but the Sanger twins wouldn’t listen to reason and took their sailboat out in the bay. The winds were strong and the sailboat took off at a good clip. Their friends looked on with dismay.

Danny was more headstrong than Sammy and he over-ruled their turning back. He was having a great time.

A storm was coming in, the winds began to blow harder and Danny was having trouble handling the boat. He tried to turn the boat and head back when the sail swung around and knocked Sammy in the head and overboard.

Danny tried to slow down the boat and circle back. He threw a life-saver out, but Sammy wasn’t moving.

By now the people on shore were aware of what happened and a motor boat roared out to where they were and they drug Sammy out of the water.

They were too late, there was no pulse and Sammy was dead. Danny was speechless as tears ran down his face.


Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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29 Responses to Week of 9-29-2015

  1. Tragic story Tessa! That is sad that Sammy died, and he wouldn’t have if Danny had listened to him. Which makes it even more tragic. I have one correction. In the fifth paragraph, I think sure should be shore. Thanks for participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge.

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  2. If Danny had listened but he didn’t. Sad, very sad

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  3. Donna says:

    How tragic it is important to be responsible boating


  4. Jenn says:

    Good story, but very sad. Interesting that your story features twins and mine has triplets. Hope the universe isn’t trying to tell me something 🙂

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  5. Great story! Poor Sammy…


  6. Sad story about how easily kids can get in over their heads. You described a realistic scenario. 🙂

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  7. mandibelle16 says:

    How sad that Sammy died. As a twin, I think that would be extra hard. I guess Danny should have listened. But hind sight is 20/20.

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    What horrible guilt and sadness the surviving brother will have to live with — such a tragic story.


  9. luckyjc007 says:

    Such a heartbreaking story. Tragic things can happen very quickly. Danny was so caught up in having fun, it caused him to use bad judgement, a mistake he will remember the rest of his life.

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  10. Susan Langer says:

    Good story. Very sad but realistic too. I’ve always thought teens should not be allowed boating without an adult present until age 21. But that ‘s


  11. Susan Langer says:

    That’s my opinion anyway.Sorry computer went haywire and sent it before I was ready. LOL:)

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  12. afairymind says:

    Such a sad story. Tragedy can strike so quickly. I expect Danny will be carrying a heavy load of guilt for the rest of his life. Nicely done. 🙂


  13. Such a tragic story. As so many said before me, you wrote it very realistically. Nicely done.

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  14. Graham Lawrence says:

    Oh so sad but such is life ‘n’est-ce pas’. Nice story Tessa.

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