The Calanque – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant sit still for too long
He has itchy feet and just loves to rove
He pauses briefly here so
He can let you all know
A calanque is a steep-sided rocky cove

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Where a spume-splattered Rochelle seduces salty scribes with a spray-filled seascape.
And AnElephant splashes sadly in the shallows.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright-Dawn Q. Landau

Copyright-Dawn Q. Landau

The Calanque

He sits on a rock on the steep face of the calanque.
Forty feet below him the Mediterranean crashes violently over jagged rocks.
Behind him the cliff face towers inaccessibly.
He came down, carefully, a barely discernible path.
He hardly remembers why he is running.
But he knows they will never forget.
He smiles grimly.
There is no way they can find him here.
He relaxes, enjoying the early winter sun.
As it disappears behind the hills he stands, reluctantly.
And, although they are thirty feet above him, he can see the satisfaction on the faces of the two men.

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20 Responses to The Calanque – Friday Fictioneers

  1. The fugitive – and he was being chased? Then – they saw him so the gig was over. Very good. Clever writing and enjoyable – Thanks! Nan


  2. AnElephant never disappoints. I love what you’ve done with my photo, Sir! Really well done!


  3. A real cliff hanger. Nice.


  4. Looks like he’s busted! No where to run now. You painted a pretty dim future for this fugitive.


  5. pattisj says:

    AnElephant spun a marvelous tale, but left us hanging on the side of a cliff.


  6. Lynda says:

    I too, had to look up ‘calanque’. Thanks for the new word, Elephant!
    So, I am left to wonder if they will come down, or just wait for the tide to turn and do the job for them?


  7. Dear Elephant,

    He sounds like a fugitive…but from what. I like the way we don’t know what or from whom he’s hiding. Nice one.




  8. vbholmes says:

    Sounds like a pressure dream to me. Have him jump so he can wake up.


  9. mike olley says:

    But he still has hope and half a chance, if he can find another pathway out and remain unseen.


  10. Linda Vernon says:

    Oh I like that you left the ending open. He’s not in a very good situation right now. . . . 😀


  11. liz young says:

    A write-your-own-ending story – or are you going to finish it next week?


  12. I conclude he found his demise. Or he’s trapped either way the outlook doesn’t seem good.


  13. And then…? You gave us just enough to wonder. And that’s a good thing.



  14. misskzebra says:

    Sounds like he enjoyed one last moment of peace.


  15. Brenda says:

    A few cliffs, a beautiful sunny respite and a cliffhanger… What a tease!


  16. claireful says:

    So many unknowns for the reader in this piece. I love that about it.


  17. Adam Ickes says:

    Does the path continue further down or is he trapped? And why are they after him?


  18. Hmm, seems like it was a good hiding spot but he’s trapped now unless the place is good for cliff-diving. I had to look up “calanque” but I always like learning new words.


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