Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tantalizing Tuesday!

I'm trying something new today called Tantalizing Tuesday. I just discovered the meme yesterday, so I hope I'm doing this right. The idea is to take a personal picture prompt write a 200 word teaser for it. Alrighty then...I give you Catch of the Day.

Ben Chalmers was born to be a fisherman. His father and grandfather and every Chalmer since Maryland became a colony fished the blue-green waters beyond the Chesapeake Bay. Lately, the nets hauled very little, a few lobsters, some eel. Not much to make a living by. But he had no one to care for but himself.
Taking off his shirt in the steamy humidity, he mopped his sweaty brow. Suddenly, the boat rocked wildly. The boom bowed with the catch. Smiling at the thought of a full net, he recalled his grandfather’s tale of the record shad haul. Several of those meaty fish were longer than two feet. By the fight, his net must be filled with shad.

He reeled the net in, but stopped horrified. There, covered in sea weed and netting, a naked and unconscious woman lay tangled. He begged her, "Please be alive." 

Not wanting to injure her further, he lowered the net into the water and dove in to free her. Her eyes fluttered. She was alive. With one arm around her, he swam to his boat. Only then did he realize he’d caught himself a mermaid. Her eyes opened. The smile she gave him, breathtaking.


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  1. I love this. He was alone and down on his luck and what better surprise than to rescue a mermaid.

  2. Yes, a Sea Witch. 'Tis time to ask, "Who captured whom?" He is irrevoccably under her spell now. Your virgin premier was wonderful. Great character descriptions and history, fishing knowledge and back story made this totally believable. Loved it!! Bravo xp

  3. Grand surprise... and "WHAT A CATCH" well done loved this....give a great background, and leads you through to the fun ending.... hugs T

  4. Hope you do it right? Hope you do it right? Darling, that was better than right. Wonderful!

  5. Thank you everyone. I had never seen this meme before so went in with my fingers crossed.

  6. Fabulous first tease. So glad you joined us :-)

  7. Really enjoyed this! She seems happy about her capture. LOL

    1. That's the image that came to mind. :) I'm glad you liked it.

  8. Loved this. Please carry the story on

    1. I just may. My life is filled with stories waiting on the 8-day week to finish.


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