Promptober Day 5: Boat

Colin had never been a fan of boats. Never enjoying the rocking. The moving. His grandfather said the waters were calm but Colin never could relate to that experience. Instead he avoided fishing, canoes and kayaks. In his 9 years of life, Colin felt as though he had enough experience of the sea to know it was not a place to be. When he was 5, his mother forced him to go on a boat ride with his grandfather. As the waves crashed against the boat, Colin knew boats were not for him. The ocean was not for him. Why did people like the water anyway?

“Colin!” His mother called. “We are headed to Grandpa’s! Grab your stuff!”

“‘Kay Mom!” Colin responded. 

Mom always made him go fishing with Grandpa even though Colin told her about how he didn’t like boats. Luckily for this trip, Colin had made preparations. He had a plan. Colin started to gather his things. He grabbed a blue and orange duffel bag which was almost as wide as he was tall. He placed it on the bed, Tugging at the zipper. Then he started to pack. First were the extra pairs of socks in case the water splashed onto his shoes. Then he rolled up a small faded towel. Mom had let him keep this in his room. The towel would be perfect to sit on so his shorts didn’t get wet. Colin added two flashlights and two quarters to the bag. The flashlights would help in case Grandpa dropped something into the sea. The quarters were to make wishes. Colin picked up his walkie talkies and added them to the bag. These would help Colin talk to Grandpa over the splashing. Then there were 4 sheets of paper and 3 pencils stuffed into the bag along with a plastic bottle. You might want to leave a message at sea. Lastly, Colin placed an old tattered rope into the bag. He had found it in the basement among random boxes. He would use the rope for sea rescue for when inevitably someone fell off the boat. Colin zipped up the bag.

“Colin! Let’s go!” his mom called.

“Coming, mom!” Colin said walking down the stairs. Everything was ready. Or so he thought.

“Hun, did you bring your swimsuit?” his mom said as Colin made his way down the stairs.

“We’re going swimming?” Colin asked.

“Yeah, hun! I said a little while ago! Go change bud!” His mom turned.

Colin stood on the second to last step looking dumbfounded. Swimming? This was perfect! There would be no swimming and boating! 

“Woo-hoo!!” Colin shouted running back up the stairs. “This is gonna be awesome!”


I am following along with Bethany Bloggs‘s prompt list! You can find the full list here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFwfyWlgRNd/. Be sure to let me know if you are also following the prompts! I would love to read your inspired pieces. Photo by Roberto H on Unsplash

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