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

Author: Danny James

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

10 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Boat of Charon”

  1. 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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    1. 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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