Microfiction challenge #20: Isle of the Dead

This picture has an eerie enchantment, and I love it.
Thanks Jane. Click below for her original post.

Here is my contribution

microfiction-isle-of-the-deadThe little boat whispered into the manmade docking bay, the towering walls either side gazing down on the still water below.
It was so quiet!
No birds in the trees, no-one around to greet them.
Once clear of the entrance, the boatman cut the engine and drifted towards the concrete steps. He didn’t say a word as he tied off to release his fare.
Tentatively, Jenna alighted.
The boat turned silently and she was alone.
Her white shroud glowed in the eerie light, but she wasn’t afraid.
Her thoughts suddenly fled to the lyrics of The Eagles hit ‘Hotel California’:
‘You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave’.
Taking a step forward, she laughed.
Welcome to the Hotel of The Afterlife!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Microfiction challenge #20: Isle of the Dead

  1. Whatever you think about The Eagles, there’s no denying Hotel California has memorable lyrics. You throw up more questions in this short story, like who made the ‘man made’ docking bay? And what is gazing down from the cliff walls? Intriguing story 🙂

  2. Lynn Love says:

    Ah, such a great song to reference – what the heck is it all about? A great take on the prompt and yes, what a corking picture 🙂

  3. Michael says:

    Great response Di, I really liked the reference to Hotel California and yes the afterlife is a lot like that isn’t it….

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