The Story of the Skull

Photo by: Barb CT

Photo by: Barb CT

Young Andrew sat beside his grandfather at a bench overlooking the bay. The “new” dock stretched into the waters, though it was already thirty years old. An animal skull impaled on a gaffing pike in the half-sunken ruins of the old dock fed the stuff of legends.

“Grandpa,” said Andrew, pointing. “Why is that skull there?”

“Oh, that’s from the good old days,” rasped Grandpa. “We used to go fishing for sea monsters.”


“Yep,” he pointed towards the skull. “We dragged one in right here. Thought it was dead, but it was just bidin’ its time. We all nearly died. It smashed up the old dock and three fishin’ boats before we killed it.”

Andrew imagined a sea monster’s body growing from the skull. “It must’ve been huge!”

“That it was.”

“Were you scared?”

“Didn’t have time. We were too busy tryin’ to stay alive!”

“So that’s the story of the skull,” mused Andrew. “It’s a sea monster!”

“That?” said Grandpa. “No, that’s a bull’s skull. We were using that for bait!”
Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge.

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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29 Responses to The Story of the Skull

  1. Love it! All through the story I was thinking the skull was from the monster that Andrew’s grandfather killed then to find out it was the bait! Hahaha! That must have been some HUGE sea monster! Andrew probably now thinks of his grandfather as a hero! Great story, Eric! It is really nice to have you back!

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  2. Mike says:

    I liked the images you created with this story, mike

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  3. Jade M. Wong says:

    Loved the misdirection! I chuckled when I realized the skull’s wasn’t the sea monster’s after all.

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  4. Joy Pixley says:

    It’s all in the perspective, ha ha! Funny twist at the end — although I suspect this might be, I don’t know, a big fish story? 😉

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  5. BarbCT says:

    Love the twist ending! My favorite story so far resulting from my photo prompt.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice punchline 🙂

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  7. Lyn says:

    So nonchalant; I can almost hear the grandfather saying it. LOL in another generation, the skull will be the skull of an elephant they used for bait 😀

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  8. Hah! Very cool tale & great twist… We used to have sea monsters like that one here in New Zealand. Really! Prognathodon waiparaensis – luckily extinct (I hope, you know, cryptozoology and all that…). There’s an interesting article here:

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh, a Mosasaur. Yeah, they are great sea monsters. Plesiosaurs too. And if they aren’t extinct, it would go a long way towards explaining the Loch Ness monster. 😉 Glad you liked this one, and thanks! 🙂

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      • There were a lot of mosasaur species around NZ in the Cretaceous… now extinct (maybe…) – the big news for us in a paleontological sense was the discovery of land dinosaurs, which were uncovered in the 1970s in my home district. NZ at the time was mostly seabed so it was startling news. I still wonder whether the mosasaurs might have had one or two for lunch, if they happened to venture down to the sea.

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  9. mandibelle16 says:

    I like this story it’s very charming and gives you this cute image of Grandpa sitting with his small Grandson. We don’t know If Grandpa is telling stories to amuse his Grandson, or if this happened for real. Logically it couldn’t but you never know 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. In the wild and woolly worlds I create, anything is possible. Grandpa might be telling a “fish story” or he might be completely serious! I like to keep my options open. 😉 Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks much! 🙂

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  10. sailajaP14 says:

    An endearing tale. Love the twist!

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  11. Really enjoyed me, kept me hooked from start to finish. There really is something about hardy seamen’s tales which can’t help but resonate!

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  12. Indira says:

    I thought you were going to pass a bull’s skull for monster’s. Serves me right for being so dumb. lol.

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