Friday Fictioneers – Pieces of Eight

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Fuller

Fisherman’s twine, a bottle-top, seashells, a smooth pebble, a knobbly rock. The treasures in Granddad’s cabinet were as the man himself – surprising, various, and chosen with love. These were his treasure chest and his story book.

Heaving myself up onto the stool, I gazed. Though I’d seen the cabinet before, the contents changed with time, a bit like Granddad’s memories.

“What are these?” I asked, reaching for a stack of coins.

“Arrr,” he said, a protective arm drawing me down with the coins to his lap. “Arrr, Jim lad. Them I got when we took a Spanish galleon.”



Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

80 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Pieces of Eight

  1. Lovely tale Neil. Love the idea of Grandad telling tall tales of the seas, pirating and the ocean wave and his grandchild lapping it up. My take was similar, but written before I saw yours, honestly 🙂

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  2. Ah now I see exactly what you were referring to in your comment on mine. We’ve arrived at the same theme, even story. I promise you I never read others before writing my own for fear of undue influence, so this is a coincidence which must go back to our perceived psyche of the young and old.


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