Daily Post: Choose Your Adventure


Daily Prompt: Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.

It was a ritual in the Matthews family. Every Sunday Tim Matthews would quietly wake-up his three boys Donny, Rick and Tim Jr. just before sunrise. The men of the family, having prepared all of their gear the night before, were quickly prepared to exit the house. They walked and spoke softly hoping not to wake up the girls. Most mornings they were successful, sometimes they were not.

The boys piled into dad’s S.U.V. and prepared for the twenty minute ride to the dock where their boat was kept for the summer. As the car pulled out of the driveway…

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7 thoughts on “Daily Post: Choose Your Adventure

  1. Tim turned left instead of right. “We’re not going out on the boat today, boys. We’re going on a different kind of adventure instead. Who’s ready to go camping?” Silence followed the query as all six eyes were glued out the back of the SUV, staring in the direction they were supposed to be going. Tim checked the rear view mirror to make sure he still had all three present and accounted for and then repeated his question, “Well, what do you say?”
    It was Tim Jr. who spoke up first, as it most often the case, “Dad, we’ve tried this before. None of us like camping.”
    Tim chuckled and smiled back at his sons through the reflective mirror. He had already made one left, and was just about to make the second that would take them around the block and send them in the right direction. “I know, I was just teasing to see who was paying attention.”

  2. Tim’s phone began to ring. He got an unhappy look from the boys. They knew what it meant. It was work. It was always work. The last three trips had been either cut short or aborted due to this intrusion. The boys wished their dad would just turn the phone off on Friday and power it back up on Momday morning. But since dad was a neonatal surgeon, he would not. After all, their youngest sister, Kara, had been in need of similar skills. But why was it always when they were doing their “Guys Day”?

  3. Tim’s phone began to ring. He got an unhappy look from the boys. They knew what it meant. It was work. It was always work. The last three trips had been either cut short or aborted due to this intrusion. The boys wished their dad would just turn the phone off on Friday and power it back up on Momday morning. But since dad was a neonatal surgeon, he would not. After all, their youngest sister, Kara, had been in need of similar skills. But why was it always when they were doing their “Guys Day”?

  4. … they didn’t hear the phone ringing inside the house. Tim’s wife Carolyn was quick to grab the phone, knowing that an early Sunday morning call to their land line might not be good news. Standing up quickly, she walked over and pulled the curtain with one hand. The suns rays had not yet reached her window. She was just able to see her husband and sons drive away. It’s frightening how quickly shock sets in. No, this a joke she told herself. Yet she knew what she was hearing from the other end of the phone must be true. “What? Oh my gosh! What? When?” The answers came quickly, the caller in hysterics. She needed to hang up and call Tim to tell him his dad wouldn’t be meeting them to go fishing today. Or any other day.

  5. … they didn’t hear the phone ringing inside the house. Tim’s wife Carolyn was quick to grab the phone, knowing that an early Sunday morning call to their land line might not be good news. Standing up quickly, she walked over and pulled the curtain with one hand. The suns rays had not yet reached her window. She was just able to see her husband and sons drive away. It’s frightening how quickly shock sets in. No, this a joke she told herself. Yet she knew what she was hearing from the other end of the phone must be true. “What? Oh my gosh! What? When?” The answers came quickly, the caller in hysterics. She needed to hang up and call Tim to tell him his dad wouldn’t be meeting them to go fishing today. Or any other day.

  6. A police car pulled up besides them… Officer Cooper leaned out the window and waved at Tim to roll down his window… He did. “Good morn Cooper,” Tim said, ” what’s going on?” I’m sorry, I have bad news for you.” Office Cooper replied solemnly.

  7. A police car pulled up besides them… Officer Cooper leaned out the window and waved at Tim to roll down his window… He did. “Good morn Cooper,” Tim said, ” what’s going on?” I’m sorry, I have bad news for you.” Office Cooper replied solemnly.

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