Paying Tuition – Mondays Finish The Story

Photo by: Barbara W. Beacham

Paying Tuition

Dropping her line into Fool’s Lake, she patiently waited for something to bite. It took but a moment.

She pulled hard on the pole….

She pulled harder…

She pulled really hard…

…and a Russian nuclear submarine surfaced.

Weight training class is getting results, mused Hannah.

The captain called from the conning tower in Russian. “Excuse me! We’ve had a navigation error. Is this Baltiysk Naval base?”

The Russian navy base?

Nyet,” she replied. Luckily, she was taking Russian in college. “This is Sweden!”

Chyort!” The Russian gathered himself. “Sorry! Please don’t tell anyone, okay?”

Hannah crossed her fingers, “Not a word.”


The captain disappeared back into the sub.

She took pictures as the top-secret AS-12 dived. Swedish Intelligence had handed out cameras ever since Russian subs appeared in Swedish waters, and western analysts had wanted pics of this submarine for years. Now they would have them.

Hannah grinned and accessed her email.

College tuition? Paid!
Author’s Notes:
There’s lots of background for this story.

Russian Sub in Swedish waters:
Still looking for confirmation…

Info on the Russian AS-12

Russian Translations:
Chyort! = “Damn it!”
Spacebo = “Thank you.”

Every Monday, it’s time to finish the story. Each week, we get a photo prompt, and an opening sentence. This week, the sentence was, “Dropping her line into Fool’s Lake, she patiently waited for something to bite.” Look here for more stories based upon this week’s prompts:

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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35 Responses to Paying Tuition – Mondays Finish The Story

  1. John Yeo says:

    Brilliant I love the bi-lingual aspect and the great twist at the end~Nyet problem ~ 🙂

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  2. sonya says:

    I laughed out loud at “weight training class is getting results”. I find writing funny stories rather hard, and you make it look so easy…

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    • EagleAye says:

      I hoped folks would enjoy that. Funny stories aren’t always easy for me either. It takes a lot of thought…and sometimes a couple of beers. 😉 Glad you got a laugh. I’m so happy to hear that. Thanks kindly!

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  3. Indira says:

    Weight training can do so much? lol. Very amusing story.

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  4. Haha–if only everyone could pay college tuition that way…though I guess your world is full of dangers! Nice one.

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  5. Very funny tale. Thanks for teaching me some Russian Now I’m off to the gym to hit the weights!


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  6. You never disappoint me with the story you compose, well done again. I think a photo of her face as the sub emerged would have been a sight to behold.

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  7. babso2you says:

    Maybe she should go out into the Pacific where there are ships that sank many years ago. Who knows what treasure she can lift up off the bottom! 😀 Loved your story Eric! Thanks again for taking part in this challenge and I hope to see you next week! Be well… ^..^

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  8. Lyn says:

    Like Michael said, You never disappoint with the story you compose If the captain keeps making stuff ups like this, he and his sub are going to end up at the Kola Peninsular 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! No doubt. With a nuclear sub, he won’t run out of fuel very easily. If he ends up in the Pacific, I will laugh! Thanks so much for the encouragement. You give me the fuel to write often.

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  9. I absolutely love the thought that you can throw in your fishing line in Sweden and pull out a Russian submarine. OMG the center of the earth is water! (That’s how my strange mind saw it). LOL!!

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  10. Oh Danny Boy says:

    Like your footnotes. You have a strange mind. Perhaps that is why I like reading your posts.


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  11. tnkerr says:

    As an old submariner myself I found this most entertaining. Your stories are always entertaining so maybe a better word for this one would be “engaging”, I found this most engaging, as well as entertaining.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Either one sounds good to me. It’s good to hear the stories are having a positive effect either way. Thank you! That’s cool to hear you served on subs. I don’t think I could’ve done that. Too confined. I think I’d get claustrophobic.


  12. milliethom says:

    I love this one. A very funny story and great dialogue. That must have been an extremely strong (and costly) fishing line to pull out such a prize. At least Hannah’s set to have her tuition fees paid for her efforts. 🙂


  13. afairymind says:

    Great story! I was not expecting a Russian submarine to be pulled out of the water. I love the line about weight training class. 🙂 That is one way to make your tuition fee money!


  14. Susan Langer says:

    I like it. If you can see Russia from Alaska, I’m sure there are Russian subs in Swedish waters. Made me laugh. 🙂


  15. Hilarious, Eric. 😀 I especially loved the part about the weight training class, also her happening to be taking a class in Russian. Especially well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


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