Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 31/3/17 – Patience is a Virtue

with 21 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

I was at a loss as to what to do with this week’s photo, and then I remembered something my brother told me about working the docks in Melbourne, Australia. I’m not sure this works though, so let me know.

With thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Fatima Fakier Deria for this week’s photo.


© Fatima Fakier Deria


Patience is a Virtue
(Genre: general fiction; 100-words.)

Greg grew up overlooking the harbour and only ever wanted to be a stevedore. At school he was friends with the right boys, but an eight-year doesn’t dream of closed shops.
Greg matured to down pints with dockworkers, play football for their team. His crane-driving ingenuity built the city’s skyline, and brought him to the head of the cartel’s attention. Greg was so well liked he married the guy’s daughter. Still there was no dock job. It wasn’t until Greg’s brother-in-law fractured his leg during football training that Greg got his break. He always wondered why no-one questioned that tackle.




Written by Sarah Ann

March 31, 2017 at 7:08 pm

21 Responses

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  1. Hehe. It works for me, that guy knows what he wants.


    March 31, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    • Thank you. Yep, he knew what he wanted just didn’t want to wait forever to get it.

      Sarah Ann

      April 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm

  2. Both Greg and his brother-in-law got a “break” 🙂


    April 1, 2017 at 6:15 am

  3. Dear Sarah Ann,

    Clever use of ‘break.’ Good story.




    April 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

    • Hi Rochelle. I was hoping it was a clever use of break and not too contrived. Thank you.

      Sarah Ann

      April 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm

  4. Having worked in a shipyard I saw things that told me about the advantages of being a stevedore…. I guess that any trick is allowed to land such a position.

    • Poor Greg was a little desperate after so long. I’m sure he’s not so conniving in the rest of his life.

      Sarah Ann

      April 4, 2017 at 8:50 am

  5. Looks like someone really wanted that job.
    Great build up to the ending. I liked it very much.
    Isadora 😎

    • Thank you. I’m glad you found it built up the way I’d hoped.

      Sarah Ann

      April 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

  6. It totally does work, Sarah Ann. I love how the “opportunities” arose in both of our stories… 😉


    April 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm

  7. how nice. methinks, it was a “break a leg” situation for greg, too. 🙂


    April 1, 2017 at 10:39 pm

  8. Wonder how many breaks he got after that. Great story to tackle head on.


    April 2, 2017 at 1:10 am

    • Thank you. I think he’ll keep his head down now he’s got what he wants. Hope so anyway.

      Sarah Ann

      April 4, 2017 at 8:44 am

  9. He seems a little obsessed with his career choice. It’s a good thing I didn’t have a sister. Still, you have to admire his drive and determination.


    April 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    • He didn’t start out quite so obsessed. He got that way with me trying to tell the story in 100-words.

      Sarah Ann

      April 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

  10. So much told in so few words – nicely done 🙂 I do miss Fictioneers and the gang … maybe we’ll return if/when good health and available time ever occur at the same time. (And if the current novel ever gets finished!) Thanks for visiting our blog recently. 🙂

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