A Mighty Sport – Sunday Photo Fiction

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

A Mighty Sport

Every other day, Ian walked past the marker on the way for fish & chips at the Waterfront Restaurant and Bar in Cumbria, UK. He enjoyed the walk down West Strand past all the sail boats moored in the harbor. For the most part, he didn’t pay much attention to the stone sign marking the entrance to The Waterfront. Then one day, he stopped to stare at it.

Something was different.

Each time he passed the sign for a fortnight, he stared at it in wonder. Finally, he figured it out. The latitude and longitude, providing the exact geographic location of the sign, was written in stone upon it. Somehow, the location had changed.

At first, Ian thought he was losing his mind. Then he brought the GPS on his phone into play. Each time he passed the sign, he noted the readings on his phone as he stood by the sign. Over two weeks, the unbelievable was proven true. The city of Whitehaven, perhaps even all of Britain, was moving. He took his findings to the press and within days, social panic rocked the entire nation.

On the other side of Britain, a man who stood three meters tall, pulled hard on a rope as thick as a tree. He wore a cape and shining armor beneath long golden hair. His calloused hands easily pulled the great rope which stretched out to sea. An answering tug pulled him back. He grinned heroically and pulled again.

Dark clouds formed above him. A hand the size of a small island reached out and pointed an accusing finger. “Stop it at once, Thor!” boomed the voice of Odin, the All-Father. “You and Hercules have played tug-of-war long enough!”
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Each week, photographer Alastair Forbes offers a first-born photograph to the gods, so that we may use it as a prompt to write flash fiction. This is my story for the week. Look here to see what others wrote: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/sunday-photo-fiction-july-5th-2015/

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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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20 Responses to A Mighty Sport – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Well done in concealing the speculative angle for as long as (humanly, ha-ha) possible, Eric. I love how you’ve taken a real-world photo and jolted it into a fantasy realm. Very cool!

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  2. Great story! Adding the sf as the twist at the end is genius! (I have a vision of the sort of conversations that might follow in any Manchester row house: ‘Eeee missus, t’chippie’s – moooved, and so’s t’bloody island.’ ‘Roobish, you’ve been at t’bloody bottle again.’)

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Thanks Matthew! I just love throwing a monkey wrench into the works at the end. I could imagine another conversation from the woo-woo crowd…
      “It’s Mister Cameron, it is! He’s got the helm and he’s steerin’ us straight into France, the bloody wanker!”
      “Good God! If I have to eat one bloody frog, I’ll off meself on the spot!”

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  3. Lyn says:

    Thank goodness you didn’t have them being pulled towards Greece. My goodness! Can you imagine it? Fish and chips, fish butties, jam butties, all gone and in their place Moussaka in 100 different forms (I hate eggplant). 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      I hate eggplant too. Moussaka never did it for me. Still, I love Gyros and Spanokopita. Mmm mmm! No, the worst thing about being smashed into Greece would be their economy! Complete chaos for England!

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  4. i b arora says:

    sometimes one wishes that such would happen in real life too

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  5. You are definitely one for pulling the rope and making the prompt go your way!

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  6. I loved it. Puts new meaning to feeling the earth move. I think Thor would make most women’s earth move 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I think he would “move” quite a lot of women. Certainly the movie Thor from the Avengers has a strong effect. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks kindly, Maryann!

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  7. luckyjc007 says:

    I’d say…you know the ropes when it comes to telling stories! Great story and amusing.

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  8. Loved it! Loved how you used the mythical gods to put a fantastic twist to your story. You are such a genius.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Whenever I need something immense, something Epic, I turn to the Gods. I just love mythology. Does it show? 😉 Thanks so much! You’re making me blush. 😉 🙂

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  9. tjparis says:

    Just discovered you. Love the story! Bon weekend!

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