Situation 14 – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about art so good it pulls someone into it, begins after the image.

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Situation 14

Captain Brandt exited the orange Coast Guard Rescue Chopper and walked inside.

Penny winced at the coastguardsman’s flight gear and apologized profusely. “I’m sorry, Captain. I told the operator my husband fell into the waves of computer art, not real waves.”

Brandt scowled. “It’s that painting by Katsushika Hokusai, right?”


“Not a problem, ma’am.” Brandt turned. “Jones! Situation 14!”

In moments. Petty Officer Jones installed ‘Rescue Chopper’ on the laptop and an animated helicopter fished her husband from the painting’s waves.

“Thank you!” cried Penny, hugging her sopping-wet husband.

“No problem,” said Brandt. “People fall into Hokusai’s wave all the time!”

Author’s Notes:
Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai is famous for his painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” More info here:
A sample of the painting is below:

Each week, the Friday Fictioneers commune for a litany of lots of little literary links to flash fiction from an image prompt. Check the link for more stories based upon the image at the top of this post. Have fun!:


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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45 Responses to Situation 14 – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Al says:

    Fantastic πŸ˜€


  2. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    Situation 14 was a fine tribute to a master. Well done.




  3. Dear Eric,

    I find myself falling into Hokusai’s waves, too. But I don’t mind staying there. πŸ˜‰ Fun story.




  4. Jan Brown says:

    Wonderful story! What an original idea. Genius!


  5. Pawan Hegde says:

    “[…]and walked in the inside”
    Maybe you could have said that differently. πŸ™‚

    I really liked the story. I loved how routine this sounded to Capt. Brandt. πŸ˜€


    • EagleAye says:

      Yikers! That’s what happens when editing while in a hurry. Thank you for the catch. I fixed it. Yes, that’s what is funny about it for me. He should’ve been flummoxed and disbelieving if all things were normal, but he takes it stride. It’s just another product of my bizarre imagination. Thanks so much for stopping in!


  6. That’s really good. What a fun read.


  7. Oh, this was a delight to read. Proof that technology can save anything…right? πŸ˜› I really loved this!


  8. This made me laugh.


  9. That must be terrifying! πŸ˜‰


  10. Shandra says:

    Absolutely terrific take!


  11. Sandra says:

    That was an imaginative take on the prompt. Very well done.


  12. Such a funny story, you did well.


  13. Loved this! πŸ™‚


  14. Indira says:

    Very nice take. Loved it.


  15. BRILLIANT! (And charmingly humorous!)
    I am amazed at so much creativity from all the stories I’ve read so far on this prompt.
    Thank you for your completely funny and original take on it!


    • EagleAye says:

      Cool. There’s a lot of very talented writers out there for FF. I’m glad you had fun. I’m happy you enjoyed the humor in mine. Thanks so much for writing in your thoughts. I really appreciate that.


  16. Ah, this is really cool. Love, heroes, sci-fi all rolled into a very good tale.


  17. Eric, That was fun. πŸ™‚ I could just imagine a little helicopter being animated to fish someone out of the painting’s wave. Just another painting rescure for the Captain. Well done. πŸ˜€ —Susan


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. It’s a ho-hum moment for the Captain. He gets this a lot. I’m glad you could imagine the little helicopter along with me. Thanks much, Susan! πŸ™‚


  18. Dear Eric, What a wonderful imagination you have! Good job – I love it! Glad they retrieved her husband from the wave. This is why I like writing so much – for every mishap, there CAN be an safety door or exit!. Epic story Eric! Excellent, Nan πŸ™‚


    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. Wow, I just want to write some more after reading that! You’re right, with enough imagination we can put our characters into grave danger and pull then straight out of it again. Very much appreciated comments, Nan. Thank you. πŸ™‚


  19. Robin says:

    Another great story!


  20. Lyn says:

    I stand in awe of your ability to twist a prompt into anything. Another stonkingly good story!


  21. Ha yes that happens a lot.. love the animated chopper…


  22. A fun read and a great tribute all at the same time πŸ™‚


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