Within the ship, the smell was overwhelming. Animals once occupied its hull. Crammed together, people were now its cargo. Riding the waves, my stomach emptied frequently.
Will I ever arrive?
Saying goodbye to family was heart-wrenching.
Will I see them again?
My brother told me to jump overboard as soon as I saw land. The crew periodically took a few of us at a time onto the deck. This morning, land appeared.
I jumped, swimming toward the unknown.
What will this new life be like?
Mother had told me, “It will be safer.”
I pray that will be so.
“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge by Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt. It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers! This week’s photo was provided by JS Brand. Other stories can be found here.