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“Henri, a rainbow!” Sophie cried.  “It means good luck!”

Henri looked toward the overcast skies and raised the mainsail.

“Hmm,” was all he said.

Out at sea, a brutal storm hit.  The mast snapped.  A wave washed Henri over one side and Sophie the other.  The boat shattered.  Sophie grabbed onto a large chunk of debris.  She rode the heavy swells as the dark night passed.  Battered, she washed up on shore.  Someone approached from down the beach.

Sophie ran into Henri’s arms. “We found each other!  I told you that rainbow was good luck!”

“Hmm,” was all he said.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Jeff Arnold.  If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

I hope everyone stays safe!

 

48 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Henri has some reason to question Sophie’s idea of good luck

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    1. Indeed he does. They have two completely different perspectives on life. =)

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  2. A man of few words but sturdy survival skills, that Henri is. I think he’s a keeper.

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    1. Henri is a keeper for sure. Thanks for commenting, Na’ama!

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      1. 🙂 Sounds like he may well be a keeper … 🙂

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    1. Sophie tends to see the sunny side. Thanks for stopping by, Tracey! =)

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  3. Ann Coleman says:

    Just goes to show, attitude is everything! Good story, Brenda!

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    1. It really is and often the attitude thing is a challenge for me. =) Thanks so much, Ann, for your encouragement!

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  4. Dear Brenda,

    Sophie has a wonderful outlook. Henri is a good balance for her. I love a happy ending.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I love a happy ending too. Needed one this week. =)

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    I can understand Henri’s taciturnity in the face of Sophie’s naivety. He must love her very much. So, yes, I agree, he’s a keeper!

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    1. The love is there for sure and they both benefit from their different outlooks on life. =)

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  6. plaridel says:

    when you come down to it, it’s all about perspectives. 🙂

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    1. That’s very true! Thanks, Plaridel.

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    I’d hate to see what bad luck looks like! Still, all ended well 🙂

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    1. It did, happily ever after, though Henri wonders how they’re going to get off the island without a boat. =)

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  8. Dale says:

    Not a big talker is Henri, hmmm?

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    1. No, I have a couple of those in my life (haha). Henri’s words are sparing … saved up for when they’re needed. =)

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  9. ceayr says:

    I like Henri, even if he can be somewhat garrulous on occasion

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    1. Haha … he saves his words for when they’re really needed.

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  10. Nobbinmaug says:

    Sophie certainly has a positive outlook. I can see why Henri only grunts at her.

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    1. Yeah, Henri’s outlook is not so, but he appreciates it in Sophie. At least I think so, he doesn’t really say.

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  11. I don’t think Henri would be my sort of guy. Nicely done, Brenda.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. =)

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Perspective is everything. Good story. They came out of it alive.

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    1. And, that’s what matters, to come out alive. Everything else is secondary. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Yes. You’re very welcome, Brenda.

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  13. Sandra says:

    Now that’s what I call seeing the best in everything. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra. I find it difficult to be a Sophie, seeing the best, but am somewhere between Sophie and Henri. Stay safe!

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  14. Henri says a lot with his “grunts”. Nicely done.

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    1. He sure does. I know a few “Henri’s” and have developed a sense of what the grunts mean. Thanks so much, Alicia, and stay safe!

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  15. draliman says:

    Yes, I’m with Henri on this one!

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    1. Yeah, he probably wasn’t much in the mood for Sophie’s optimism after spending the night on the open seas without his boat which was destroyed (haha). Stay safe, Ali!

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  16. Lynn Love says:

    I get the feeling he’ll never see the rainbows in the world! Exciting take and a very satisfying ending

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    1. I’m afraid you are right. Thanks so much for your kind comments. =)

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      1. Lynn Love says:

        My pleasure, Brenda

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  17. He’ll never see the rainbows, but she always will! Great job of characterization.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Eugenia! =)

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Ha! I love his stoic attitude. Thank goodness she has all the emotion for him and can share it. Glad they both survived… great luck indeed

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    1. They balance each other! Thanks, Laurie, for commenting. =)

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  19. magarisa says:

    Excellent storytelling! At first, Henri seemed like a grouch/cynic to me. However, perhaps he’s a true stoic. That would explain why Sophie’s extreme optimism doesn’t annoy him. ☺

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    1. Thanks so much, Magarisa! I enjoyed creating these characters. =)

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      1. magarisa says:

        My pleasure, Brenda.

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