Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #271 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo ( below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #271

Mate by John W. Howell © 2020

“Ahoy on the boat.”

“Yes, I hear you.”

“Permission to come aboard.”

“Oh, there you are. Who are you?”

“You ran an ad for a mate and here I am.”

“Oh, I see. Welcome aboard.”

“Thank you. This is a nice boat.”

“I’m rather proud of it. I have had it for ten years.”

“My goodness, it looks immaculate. You’ve had a mate then?”

“No, never have. Have been alone.”

“This must be a lot of work then.”

“I spend most of my time on her, so the work doesn’t seem so much.”

“Why do you need a mate, then?”

“A man gets lonely after a time.”

“You want to ask about my qualifications?”

“Not much to ask. You cut a fine figure.”

“Just so we’re clear, and since I am one of the few female mates around, I don’t believe in fraternization with my employer.”

“Yeah, I wouldn’t do that either.”

“That’s a relief.”

“Yup, I’m a one-woman, man.”

“Where is your woman, then?”

“You’re kidding, right?”

“I don’t think so why?”

“Why do you think I ran the ad?”

“To get some help on the boat?”

“Don’t need help. I need a mate.”

“I’m confused. You ran an ad in the Boatman’s Times looking for a mate. That means you need help.”

“I see where the confusion is.”

“Tell me.”

“My ad was for someone to share my life. A mate. Not someone to work for me as a first mate.”

“Ah. Now I see. Okay, then.”

“I guess you have waisted the trip.”

“No, I think I would like to apply for the life mate position rather than the first mate job.”

“The position is yours if you want it.”

“Why so fast?”

“I have a feeling that life mate who knows how to be a first mate is exactly what I’m looking for.”

“I’m going to need to know a lot more.”

“There is a nice thing about a life mate arrangement.”

“What’s that?”

“Life is a long time to get to know more.”

 

64 comments

  1. Nice one, John. Lends a whole new dimension to speed-dating!

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    1. Yes it does. I guess the original ad was not very clear.

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      1. It was clearly missing the essential GSOH tag.

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      2. Yes. A sense of humor is definately needed as well as a Great Sack of Hardtack.

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  2. Ads can be so misleading…nice job, John!

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    1. Yes they can. Thank you , Jill.

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  3. Nice twist. Love the ending line.

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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  4. Well, now I want to know how it worked out for the two of them!

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    1. Yes. Maybe someday, Liz.

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  5. It’s a good thing we have you. I’m not the only one who didn’t have anything to add😊!

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, GP.

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  6. That worked out well.

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    1. Yes it seemed that the two were looking for the same thing but came at it from different angles. Thanks, Craig,

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  7. Hey, it could work out. There have been arranged marriages that turned out great. Who knows?

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    1. When you look at a life time to make it work the odds are good. Thank you, Dale. 😊

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      1. I don’t see why not? 😉

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  8. This made me feel good, John. Nicely done. I hope their life on the boat is less stressful than another boat story I once read 😏

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Dan.

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  9. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    I suspect a good first mate knows a lot about life, at least life on the water. This story needs a followup in a few months…just to check in on these two. 😀

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    1. Hahahah. Thanks, Gwen. Good idea on the follow up.

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  10. An ad run in the L.A. Free Press many, many years ago.

    B(black) & W(white) M (male) seeks F (female) of any color.

    Only problem: confined to yard.

    Call D.O.G.

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    1. Hahahaha, Thanks, Greg.

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  11. Nice twist, John!

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    1. Thank you, Teri.

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  12. Well done, John. A two for one mate!

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    1. So true. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  13. Great job, John! Love the twist!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie.

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  14. I’d give them a 50 percent chance of success — whatever arrangement they arrive at! Nicely spun, John.

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    1. I think you are right, Debbie.

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  15. Ahh, true love 🙂

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  16. Maybe they could go on a few three hour tours just to see . . .

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    1. That would be fun. Thanks, Marc.

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  17. I’m doomed now! We Aussies call everybody mate! You’d need to send bail money. I do like those odds though, a lifetime could be just long enough.😊

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    1. There you go mite. 😀

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      1. Groan. Crocodile Dundee has much to answer for. 😁

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      2. You bet he does. I forgot to mention that 1/4 of my family on my grandfather’s side live in Sydney. They would never say mite. Although my great uncle asked me if I thought he smelled like shep. I thought he was talking about a dog but he was asking about sheep since he heard some thought aussies smelled like sheep since they ate so much lamb. 😁

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      3. lol … you probably have more relatives in Sydney than I do. John. That M word is verbotten in this house. With the current price of lamb at an all time high, methinks we may smell more like chickens. Eeek … run save yourselves. 😁

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      4. Yes run and save all of us. Thanks, Soooz.

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    2. Maaaaate!! I didn’t know you were a fellow Aussie, Sooz! Where are you? I’m regional Victoria 🙂

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      1. Oh good. An Aussie convention. 😁

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      2. 50 Shades of G’Day, Jessica! 😁I didn’t realise you were an Aussie, either. My Daughter, grandson and I live in rural Bathurst, NSW. I hope you and yours are staying safe and well as the second wave of Covid19 has hit your state hard. This year has been a nightmare on so many levels.

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      3. We’re in Ballarat, so we’re close enough to Melbourne to be worried, but not close enough to be locked down again (thankfully). Let’s hope the numbers start to stablisie again!

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      4. Alright, ladies. If you are going to use my comments section you need to start spelling words in American. Good to see a couple ofShelas having a nice smoko. 😁

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      5. Hahaha! So funny 🙂
        I wrote my entire book in American, so you should have seen my poor editor correcting all my Australian!

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  18. Well, there are plenty of arranged marriages…and although I have never watched it, we have shows like The Bachelor. Stranger thing have happened, LOL!

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    1. You can never tell what would happen. Thanks, Mae.

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  19. Aw, this was so sweet! I expected him to zap her with a weird ‘duty’ of the life mate position and her to flounce off. Instead, it was an ‘aw’ moment 🙂

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    1. Yes I have a few aw moments. Thank you, Jessica. 😁

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  20. You old if fast moving romantic!

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    1. I know right? 😂

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  21. LOL! The captain of that boat would have a good mate with her as she’s two mates in one!

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    1. So true. Like getting two for the money. Thanks, Deborah.

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  22. I think you may have started a new technique in the dating world John! Move over “Plenty Of Fish.” 🙂

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    1. Hahahaha. Love that name. Thanks, Mark.

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