A Study at the Beach – A short story.

It was a typical geological field trip. The scenery of that part of the country was very fine. The rocks in the cliffs changed from layers of sedimentary rocks, a few limestones sandwiched between sheets of shale, to the occasional igneous intrusion, a Dolerite dyke or Sill. Where the Igneous rock, once molten magma, had penetrated the existing sedimentary rocks, it had burned and altered them turning the Limestone into a poor quality marble and the shale into sheets of Slate, used locally for roofing material.

This geologically diverse stretch of beach was very popular in the summer months, but in March, the wind was blowing an icy gale from the east and the students huddled in corners eating their lunch.

The Professor pulled out one of his favourite sandwiches that his wife had made him. Cheese and Pickle. As he sat on a lump of limestone, he thought about his chosen career. Would he have wanted to do something else?

He was contented with his lot. He didn’t see himself as a boring professor though. He saw himself as a Rock Star.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 23/January/2019

This story was Inspired by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith’s Three Thing Challenge:

Today’s prompts: rock star, beach, pickle





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People are far too complicated to be able to describe in a few words so I am not even going to try.

10 thoughts on “A Study at the Beach – A short story.”

  1. Well done, though I’d suggest —since you have a main character — bring him in at the start and name him. Something like Professor Jenkins was taking his class on a geological field trip to the cliff near xxx.The rocks in these cliffs had been formed…etc
    If we “know him” a bit, then we’ll care that he dreams of being a rock star.

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    1. Haha, Yes, you see where I was going πŸ˜‰ I am still thinking of your suggestion. I usually quite like people to remain anonymous, a random he or she rather than give them a definite name and persona. That is just my way, but I don’t do it by design. Do you think it’s better to give them a name?

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    2. It all depends on whether you want your readers to meet “this person” or just hear about a generic “some guy.” But when you start out with such a thorough description of the cliffs, you almost make them the main character with an incidental person hanging around. You can come at it from any angle and make it work.

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