50 Word Thursday #60 – A Myth of the Past.

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“It wasn’t fair that Dorry couldn’t get her hopes up.” – Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts – Kate Racculia

 

It was an old family legend that her great-grandfather had once been a smuggler. She had no memory of him, he’d died when she was a year old but her mother said he’d been a rogue and the best storyteller she’d ever known. She said that he would waffle on about his past deeds, how he’d been a man full of adventure and intrigue who had crossed the sea and had found the Island of Atlantis. He was full of stories and the greatest myth was that he had returned from Atlantis with treasure but that his vessel had sunk off the coast and he’d been washed ashore. It was then that he’d met his wife who had nursed him back to health. They had never found the ship.

Dorry grew up with the determination and resilience to find that ship. She studied marine engineering and had spent years scanning the sea bed off the coast trying to find a glimpse of the vessel. One day the computer scans revealed the remains of the ship and filled with excitement Dorry arranged for it to be raised from the sea bed. However, the scans had also revealed that the vessel was empty, there was no treasure from lost Atlantis inside it. It wasn’t fair that Dorry couldn’t get her hopes up.

When the ship had been dredged up, Dorry and her team searched the rusty remains but found no gold or gems inside. They found the skeleton of a woman instead.

[250 Words]

 

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by Deb Whittam, click on the link to see her post and to take part in this challenge that finishes on Wednesday:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2020/02/21/50-word-thursday-60/

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/waffle/

FOWC with Fandango — Myth

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/rdp-monday-resilience/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/your-daily-word-prompt-intrigue-ydwordprompt-february-24-2020/