Friday Fictioneers: The Boat of Charon

Friday Fictioneers (FF) is a challenge open to writers all over the world: write a 100 word story using the week’s unique photo as inspiration. This week’s picture is supplied by Ted Strutz.

More hows, whens and whats of FF can be found here at Rochelle’s site.

Copyright - Ted Strutz

The return voyage was void of passengers except for the ferryman Charon.  He had collected sixty danake, or one for every soul of the deceased, for the journey across the river Styx. Each coin carefully placed on the mouth of the dead person.

Charon could not accommodate everyone. His red flashing eyes would determine who boarded his boat and those who would be left behind to wander the shores for one hundred years.

Charon felt his power while holding his pole in his right hand and using his left hand to receive the deceased. “Another day another sixty danake, he thought!”

NaBloPoMo #28

10 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Boat of Charon

  1. Lindaura Glamoura December 1, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    I guess a job is a job. And a danake is a danake, whatever that is…

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  2. mike olley November 29, 2013 / 10:20 am

    Haha! I suppose every job must become routine at some point.

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  3. rochellewisoff November 28, 2013 / 7:06 am

    Dear Danny,

    I see our titles were joined at the hip this week, although your story took a more literal route. I love the last line. Just shows that everyone has to do their time to earn a dime or, in this case, danake. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Danny James November 28, 2013 / 8:36 am

      You will not believe this but I really didn’t notice “Charon” in your title. I did some research and that turned up his name and the story revolved from there. At least I’m in good company with that thought process.

      DJ

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  4. Sandra November 28, 2013 / 4:26 am

    Nice switch in tone at the end there. From the sombre to the practical. Well done.

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    • Danny James November 28, 2013 / 8:37 am

      Thanks Sandra. Means a lot coming from you. You have had some great ones recently.

      DJN

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