The Last Ferry Home

Through the distant haze of sweltering heat, the blurry outline of a boat appeared. Cyrus had seen the craft in a recurring dream almost nightly since his diagnosis. Each night he would watch as the boat passed him, floating down his consciousness stream—but he wasn’t sleeping now.

Fear gripped him as the hauntingly languid procession approached. Unlike his dreams, the ferry turned toward Cyrus. He looked around in fugue-confusion, unaware of where he was. Impulsively, Cyrus reached in his pocket and discovered two coins. The boat knocked against the dock, beckoning him. Instinctively, Cyrus paid his debt and boarded.

Word Count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers, a 100 word photo prompt challenge. Read more stories inspired by this prompt here

photo copyright – Georgia Koch

as always, comments, advice, criticism are welcome (just keep it civil!)



  1. neilmacdon · August 25, 2016

    That’s what you get for making your house by the Styxx. Atmospheric and well-written!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · August 25, 2016

    I think this would be a dream always coming back… at least he had his fee ready, it could be even worse.


  3. brainsnorts · August 25, 2016

    well done. consider changing “reoccurring” to “recurring”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. FabricatingFiction · August 25, 2016

    Lovely language in this piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. rgayer55 · August 26, 2016

    I guess it proves dreams do come true. Good thing he had cash, I hear they don’t take debit cards.


  6. gahlearner · August 26, 2016

    I like how his transition is made easier with the dreams preparing him. Beautifully told.


  7. macjam47 · August 28, 2016

    Well written and ends with a punch. Great job.

    Liked by 1 person

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