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#JusJoJan prompt the 28th – “Storm”

(FICTION) (Thanks to Anita, Kim, and Cath for their prompts. I’m running out of time, so I’m combining the suggestions.)

Brayden knew, deep down inside his old fisherman’s heart, that there was a storm brewing. But the forecast was clear, and he needed to pay off a debt or get his knees broken.

So he went out on his crab ship, though all the other boats on the pier were locked up and deserted for the night.

An hour out to sea, Brayden started to think he’d been crazy to think there’d be a storm. He’d never seen a sea so calm. But the whispering of a wind began at midnight, and by twelve-fifteen, the sea churned like a water trough in the back of a pickup truck on a washboarded dirt road. Try as he might, he couldn’t keep his vessel straight. Tossed from port to starboard and back again, he wondered if he should have just taken the broken knees, for he was sure to end up with a few broken bones and only half his usual catch anyhow.

The lightning crashed around his ship as he tied himself at the wheel, and just as he thought that maybe he’d get out of it alive, a giant wave hit the boat. The last thing Brayden saw before he blacked out was the hand of the devil come to scoop him and his boat from the sea.

(To be continued.)

(The prompts were; Anita’s: How about Dr. Sams or nurse Sams where they have finally got a vaccine for Covid at their hospital but they don’t want anyone getting well so they contaminate it; Cath’s: Caroline is walking her doggo in the woods as usual when doggo trots back to her with something muddy but glittering in her mouth. What if it’s a lost treasure?; and Kim’s: How about Brayden for the name, on a crab ship as the setting, and what if a freak storm sent them into another dimension?)

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