25/04/2019

RECCE - a story in less than 100 words



RECCE

Asbed scuttled up the shingle like a crab, terrified at the noise it made, and peeped between the seaweed covered beams of the breakwater.
After the filth and fear of the camp the peaceful town looked like paradise. He imagined clean beds, decent food, and freedom. If only...
From the dinghy Karim hissed, ‘Hurry up!’
Asbed sighed and took a photograph. They returned quickly to the yacht and sailed east again – just two men out on a fishing trip.

Back at the refugee camp Asbed’s photograph sold a hundred cross-Channel tickets.
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Sandra Crook's photograph could almost have been taken on my short break last week in Folkestone, where there is a vast shingle beach, empty on the cool and foggy morning of our walk, from which on a clear day you can see France.
That family visit, and the glorious weather over the Easter weekend, are my excuse for my absence from FF last week - I hope you missed me.




29 comments:

  1. Interesting story, Lizy. Is Sandra's photo of Swanage? It looks familiar.

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    1. I don't know. Do thay have breakwaters like that?

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    2. Yes it is Swanage Helen. :)

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  2. We may not be building a wall, but we're no more welcoming to those fleeing terror than are those with walls, fences, towers, and guard dogs

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    1. We give them free accommodation, meadical care, schools for their kids, More rights than pensioners - that's why they travel through several other countries where they could ask for asylum, in the hope of reaching England . We might complain but we're a soft touch and they know it.

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  3. A powerful use of the prompt Liz. Well done.

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  4. Dear Liz,

    Two men on a fishing trip? Nicely done. Actually, I did miss you. Welcome back.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle - I missed you too, though I did read some FF entries.

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  5. I missed you, too!
    If that was all it took...

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  6. Love this story! Thanks for playing. :D
    Cheers,
    Ronda

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  7. The advance party. Clever!

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  8. A different look at the prompt, for sure. And yes, I did notice your absence last week. I always look forward to what you have to offer.

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  9. They make profit from the hopes of these poor people. Excellent story, Liz, and great descriptions.

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  10. A good story, Liz. Enterprising youngsters can find various ways to earn money. I'm not familiar with selling cross-channel tickets. :) --- Suzanne

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Suzanne, though i wonder if i was too obscure for you? 😀

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  11. You described the tension and the longing of the boy very well. What he could only imagine compared to what he had in the camp. Nice details and poignant story.

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I suspect it won't be long before he jumps ship and tries to stay himself.

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  12. Great take on the prompt Liz. :)

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  13. An different perspective on the refugee crisis. Nicely written.

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