Unicorn Challenge: The Harbour


The clouds gathered above, but there was still enough blue sky visible so as not to dampen anyone’s spirits. The bright red Titanica Titanaceae in full bloom atop the surrounding cliffs provided their usual purple hue when seen against the sapphire backdrop as the sky disappeared below the heightened horizon.

The residents of the row of houses that overlooked the old harbour had done the terrace proud. Bunting hung across the road, a band played merrily in the makeshift bandstand at the ‘far end’, and people had already began to sit on the many seats installed on the grass verge just for this occasion.

Seagulls cried overhead, sometimes swooping to try to steal an unprotected chip or piece of fish, failing more often than not, to the amusement of some, but not all, of the expectant crowd.

As they did every year, the band stopped playing at 12:32. The crowd stood in silence, some bowing their heads and closing their eyes for the minute’s silence at 12:33.

At 12:34 the silence was broken by one long blast from a ship’s horn. The excited crowd oohed and aahed as water began to lift and fall back to the surface, creating rainbows in places. A large ship materialised out of the droplets as it rose higher into the sky, becoming more transparent and then invisible again as it disappeared into the sky.

Why the ghost of the Titanic chose this harbour every year, nobody knows. But the people are glad she did.

🦄

Written for The Unicorn Challenge. The photo prompt is provided by Jenne Gray and C E Ayr, with the challenge to write something, anything, based upon it – up to 250 words.

24 responses to “Unicorn Challenge: The Harbour”

  1. jenne49 avatar

    You made me smile, Tom. You paint a delightful picture of life in this village, but I wasn’t expecting the magical ending!

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    1. Tom avatar

      The Titanic was the first thought to enter my head when I saw the photo, Jenne, for reasons unknown… so I just went with it! 😀
      Pleased I gave you a smile!

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  2. Destiny avatar

    an enchanting tale, Tom
    much enjoyed 🤍

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    1. Tom avatar

      I’m pleased you enjoyed it, Destiny! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. ceayr avatar

    Well Tom, that left me smiling in bemusement!
    I actually googled Titanica Titanaceae to check, you fibber!
    Hugely entertaining piece, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom avatar

      Hehehe! 😀
      Well, a fictional tale needs a fictional flower at times. 🤣
      I’m pleased you enjoyed it, CE.

      Like

  4. Chris Hall avatar
    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Chris! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  5. joylennick avatar

    A very pleasing and enigmatic tale and photograph…

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Joy. The photo is full of stories! 🙂

      Like

  6. pennsivity avatar

    Beautifully written tale, Tom, ..from start to mystical finish it held your attention and kept you guessing….loved it, …✨Penn✨

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    1. Tom avatar

      😊 Thanks, Penn. Pleased you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

    A lovely piece, Tom, with a pleasantly surprising ending.
    CE wasn’t the only one to Google Titanica Titanaceae! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Nancy. Titanica Titanaceae will be trending on Google by the end of the day, at this rate! 🤣

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      1. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

        And you can say you broke the internet!

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        1. Tom avatar

          I think I did that years ago with my very first blog post! 🤣 (and I’ve been breaking it ever since!)

          Like

  8. Doug Jacquier avatar

    Great to get a lift from a Titanic story rather than the usual sinking feeling. Cleverly conceived.

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Doug. I have no idea where this story came from, but the Titanic was in my mind when I saw the photo! 🙂

      Like

  9. Liz H avatar

    Magical bit of whimsy…I just might stick around for awhile. Full moon and smoky Shiraz tonight? 🍷

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Liz… and why not? I’ll have a lemonade, though! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Liz H avatar

        Whatever makes one happy. 🤩

        Liked by 1 person

  10. clark avatar

    Damn!*
    Great scene drawing, engaging with a touch of ‘uh oh’.

    *compliment on an ending I did not see coming.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      The ending was what pulled the picture into the story for me, Clark! 😄 I just had to fill the bits in the middle!

      Like

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