23 June 2017

Published June 21, 2017 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Speculatively Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

DESIGNATION

 

 Slow moving traffic and gray skies contributed to Ted’s equally gray mood. The rhythmic thump and swish of windshield wipers lulled him.

            He had almost drifted off when banging on his passenger-side window startled him. Leaning over, he opened the door.

            “Mahalo, hoaloha. I must get back to my sheep near the harbor.”

            “Friday Harbor?” Ted stared at the stranger’s crescent-shaped eyes and old fashion clothing. “Where’re you from?”

            “Hawaii, but I work for Fort Cowitz.”

            “They shut down in 1869. What’s your name?”

            “Poalima. ‘Friday’ in English.”

            A horn’s blast made Ted jump and the stranger vanished like steam.  

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Mahalo, hoaloha – thank you, friend.

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101 comments on “23 June 2017

  • Love that ‘Friday’ was still concerned about his sheep – even if he has been dead for some time! Would love to know more about Poalima – he must have had some strong personality to have a harbour named after him. Thanks for the link to the history of the area. Love that photo of the three town founders. Some magnificent beards there 🙂

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    • Dear Lynn,

      Trying to find more out about Joseph “Poalie” Friday was kind of frustrating. The ‘facts’ that I could find seemed to alternate. So, I, too would love to know more about him. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Ooh went for surreal there. Driving and dreaming is a bad combination yo!

    I hope the driver’s not on the verge of death and hallucinating – oy that turned a bit grim. I’ll just imagine he woke up just in time.

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    • Dear Blue,

      I suppose it’s up to the reader to decide if it’s a dream or not. In my mind, Friday’s a ghost. Would I let Ted dream and drive? 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

      PS Welcome back. 😀

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  • Dear Danica Cow Patty,

    Did you forget to post your cute little selfie on InLinkz this week? I didn’t see your smiling face there. As for your story, you never know what you’ll see out there on the track (I mean highway). It’s usually rather a blur to me as I’m typing 25 words per minute and pausing every three words to let my brain catch up with my fingers. I’m holding out for the ghost of Mae West to tap on my window and invite me up to “See her some time.”

    Time for a pit stop,
    Mario

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    • Dear Kitty,

      Running this challenge is one of my passions. The benefit has been making new friends all around the word. Thank you for being a part of it. However, it’s not necessary for you to leave your link here on my page as long as you’ve put your link on the inLinkz. I will see it.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    I guess if one is going to have to wait on a traffic line, a quick nap can help revitalize.
    Un cuento muy bueno, mi amiga.
    Estoy aqui mas temprano esta semana. He tenido mas tiempo para escribir.
    Hasta la próxima … adios, aloha y au revoir (el padre de mi mama era Frances).
    Abrazos y Shalom,
    Isadora 😎

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    A nicely spooky piece, although I wouldn’t want a visitation from ghosts when driving, as it makes me jittery at the best of times. I listen to BBC Radio 4 in the car, to prevent me from daydreaming or seeing ghosts.

    I think a breather from darkness this week was probably necessary. Your piece last week is still haunting me.

    Hope you’re having a good week.

    All best wishes,
    Sarah

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    • Dear Sarah,

      I had to look up BBC Radio 4. It looks like the British counterpart of our NPR. I’m afraid that might send me off to Daydreamland faster than quiet. 😉

      You’re spot on in your assessment. I did need to take a break from the dark side. Although I’m sure I’ll find my way back there at some point in the not too distant future.

      Glad you enjoyed my little ghost tale.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Lovely story Rochelle. Ted seems like a kindly soul – who else would open a car door for a stranger these days? If the grumpy driver hadn’t sounded the horn, Poalima might have stuck around a little longer.

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    • Dear Ted,

      Good luck with getting that translation from him. Google translate will give faster results. 😉 I hope you had fun reading my story.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

      PS
      noʻu ka hauʻoli (you’re welcome)

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  • Day dreaming ones way out of boredom. Liked the categorisation as historical fiction.
    This could have been horror/woo doo or even mystery for all i care.
    You brought in a lot of cheer with this sweet little tale. Loved the link to the history of the area as well. As usual a delightful read, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Neel,

      Thank you for such a lovely comment. As I’ve said previously, the event in the story is open for interpretation. Was it a ghost? A daydream? I’ll let the reader decide.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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