The Albatross Post

Photo by: Al Forbes

Ian and his visitor, Cleary walked the sidewalks of the picturesque seaside town of Bledsoe.

As they walked beside O’Shay’s fish market, people began calling, “Albatross!”

Some raced for cover beneath awnings, others looked up expectantly. Soon one of the huge seabirds flew overhead. It dropped a letter squarely into the hands of a woman, who squealed with glee.

“Did you see that?” said Cleary. “She caught that letter!”

“Of course,” said Ian. “It’s hers after all. Jenny loves getting letters from her sister.”

Cleary assumed he’d missed the point. “But an ‘albatross’ dropped it.”

“Yeah, that’s how we get mail. The birds are genetically designed and very smart. We’re so remote here, albatrosses are the best way to deliver the post.”


“You get used to it.”

As they walked along, many more calls of “Albatross!” went up. Unwary recipients were often struck in the head by the super-accurate birds.

They arrived at the house of Ian’s friend, Ewen, but the fellow refused to come out.

“What’s wrong with you?” said Ian. “It’s a sunny day and you should meet Cleary.”

“I cannot do it!”

“Why not?”

“I ordered a bowling ball from Amazon.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

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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21 Responses to The Albatross Post

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Uh-oh! Ewen must be new to town himself, to have made such a, er, weighty mistake. LOL!

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  2. Jelli says:

    Oh, that was a good one! :0

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  3. Mike says:

    I loved the ending that you supplied. Smiling all the way to the bowling green.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. athling2001 says:

    Great take on the prompt. An albatross is a larger bird, but it works fine in the story. Love the last line.

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  5. Lyn says:

    Hmmm from what height would the Albatross drop the ball? Let’s see…. v = v0 + a x t
    Ætime = square root of (2 x distance/g) LOOK OUT BELOW. I think that would make quite a satisfactory hole in the ground…or Ewen’s roof. Hope it’s not a thatched roof 😮

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  6. Susan says:

    Another gem of a story. Well done.

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  7. Ha ha ha. I pity the poor Albatross delivering his mail today. He’ll have to keep circling overhead with that heavy bowling ball indefinitely.

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  8. ceayr says:

    Sounds like the albatross could shoot a 300, Eric


  9. Dahlia says:

    Haha – good one!


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