James’ Bliss -FFfAW 03-11-2015


James’ Bliss

James dreamed of retiring and living on a houseboat docked at the pier because of his love for the sea and all things nautical. Sandy dreaded their retirement because of James’ dream. But, as a dutiful wife, she followed him to their new home, “James’ Bliss.”

While Sandy endured months of motion sickness induced by her rocking home, she dreamed of living on land, resigning herself to living in constant motion. On her birthday, James promised to take her to the Flocken Island where their friends, the Burgs, have their boat docked.

That evening, while enjoying a meal and a glass of wine with their friends, James could barely contain his excitement as he handed Sandy her gift.

She opened the card and two tickets fell out. She fought back the tears raging in her throat, as she read, “Carnival Cruise.”

Then, he handed her a photo of a beautiful home.

(150 words)


This is my submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and challenged to write a story, based on the photo, of 150 words or less.

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51 thoughts on “James’ Bliss -FFfAW 03-11-2015

  1. Nice job, Joy, at first my heart sank for poor Sandy, but I’m guessing he was pulling her leg and it was really a home on land…lol… or maybe he was saying, “come on this month long carnival cruise and you can stay a week in this holiday cottage” πŸ™‚ This week, because I entered the pic, I’m having problems finding my imagination, I already know the pace too well and can’t seem to dream up a story, but I need to wait till thurs anyway, so plenty of time

  2. I really do hope the new “home” was on land. Sandy- I liked the play on the word Sandy also (near the water but always sea-sick) showed herself to be quite a devoted wife. I wish that she had been devoted enough to talk to him instead of suffer in secret! Apparently, the secret was not well kept- hence the house!
    1) “tears raging” ….. very nice! 2) James’ Bliss…. leads one to believe James knew it was HIS dream and NOT HERS to begin with? I am in awe- sort of- of Sandy’es devotion… but James does not measure up to well as a husband? A little late in the game.

    • I think some people can get so caught up in what they want and desire that they “see” their spouse as wanting the same thing. They’re seeing through blinders. Sooner or later reality catches up with them and they see the truth for what it is. Sandy loved him enough to sacrifice what she wanted for him to have what he wanted. I think Love won in the end. I am a hopeless romantic and believe in love. They both loved each other just as much. But.. I also think that home is beachfront! LOL!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting! Actually, it happened accidently. It is a good idea, but I didn’t have that in mind when I was writing the story. I just happen to have a neighbor by the name of Sandy.

  3. Please, oh please, let that house be firmly set on dry land! Poor Sandy! You did a wonderful job with this one PJ. I could feel the tears gathering when he handed her the cruise tickets. So glad there was some hope at the end!

    • You have to get the code from InLinkz and paste that code on the html (I use Blogsy and I have to paste it on the html side of my post). I have the code that I can send to you over email if you would like. (I will need your email address).

    • Where ever your write or wrote your post for the challenge, go to the html side and paste the code there. I have the code that I can email to you and all you have to do is copy and paste to your post and not have to get it from InLinkz. You link your post by clicking on the blue button and it takes you into the grid where the stories are and in there is another blue button that you click on and add your information into those 3 boxes. (Those are on my directions for the challenge, but if you need them again, I will get them for you).

  4. In my opinion some cruises can be quite rocky but at least that is temporary> At least Sandy is now headed for dry landy ~ A great story Joy πŸ™‚

  5. Haha, my heart felt for poor Sandy asi’m not a fan of boats myself. Turns out it’s only joke πŸ˜€ . I think Sandy would stand a few weeks of carnival cruise for an entirety on land.

  6. No!!! That was so awful of her husband. She hates the sea. He doesn’t know her at all. I did like the twist at the end though no matter how sad it was. The only thing that wasn’t clear for me was the POV it seemed like it switched between the two main characters. We’re you doing 3rd omniscient?

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