Tenacity of purpose


After years and years they were on their way. Amy and Marcus were to live their dream. House and cars were sold. Burning midnight oil as paralegals had paid off.

Amy took the helm:

“Barbados next”, her hair danced with the wind.

Marcus raised the heavy cotton sails, dyed with tannin. Everything was genuine from deck to masts.

“Tenacity of purpose” moved gently with the waves. They were on the way, soon to leave the docks.

Marcus felt like he’d never felt before; Amy felt the same:


“Let’s sell the boat”, Amy said as Marcus puked.


I focused on the sail ship leaving the harbor and thought about the energy you might put into unrealistic dreams. You probably shouldn’t sail around the world if you are too prone to being seasick.

Rochelle selects a picture each week for us to write a 100 word story on, and we all do our best. Friday Fictioneers have fostered many great writers, and who knows maybe someday I will manage to write something longer than 100 words.

March 29, 2017

63 responses to “Tenacity of purpose

  1. I like the clarity of purpose, and I love the twist ending. It’s always good to know when to bail!

  2. Aw! This was a very funny and sweet piece. Though I do feel sorry for them spending all those years planning something that ultimately was not for them. I hope they take the time to research the next big dream, and that it works out much better that this one did.

  3. Bwahahaha! You are a wicked man, Bjorn. Funny, but wicked.

    Under the layers, I read all the little signs that remind us that life is not what we think. And it seems that neither is saling.

  4. One should definitely verify if one is able to sail before spending all tha moolah!! Poor fools…
    That got a definite laugh out loud from me!

  5. And here I was cheering for them finding their reward for all their hard work.

  6. Awww … I was hoping they’d get to Barbados.
    You got me at the end. But, I think iy’s best they find out how sensitive they are to sailing before there’re out at sea. Well done, Bjorn.
    Isadora 😎

  7. Oh, my. The worked so hard, sold everything, bought the boat, and never took a sailing lesson? You’d think they would have learned they were prone to seasickness before they actually set sail. Guess I’m just being to logical….great twist on the story though. How often our dreams and reality don’t match up well.

  8. Oh Björn, that’s so funny:D I often wonder what would happen to somebody who decided to join the Navy, having not tested their sea legs first — whether they’d be released from their signing up contract or would have to put up with several years of puking! At least the couple in your story had a quicker way out.

  9. So sad that their dream didn’t live up to expectations. But you never know, they might have developed sea-legs. My great grandfather captained minesweepers in WW1 and was as sick as a dog for the first three days whenever he put to sea; after that he was fine.

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