Melvin and Vaughn

copyright - Joe Owens 2015

Joe Owens 2015

Every week on a Sunday, a new photo is used as a prompt for Flash Fiction challenge using around 200 words based on that image. Your story does not have to be exactly what the item in the photo is as long as there is at least a reference to it. You can make it anything you want, and enjoy what you write, and we will as well.

Melvin was a shy loner. He sat on beach rocks, contemplating the wideness of the sea.

Vaughn, who walked the rocky, sea weed slippery beach each day, through patience and kindness, befriended Melvin. Together they trolled the beach, looking for small treasures.

Vaughn brought lunch; Melvin sang sea shanties. A rare and unusual friendship; they shared all things. No judgment; just understanding.

Vaughn rented the roadside sign. He built a wooden box with a slot on the top. Melvin watched; good at singing, not so good with tools.

The friends stood back to admire their work. Melvin’s “Share an Idea” was spelt out on the sign. The drop-in box, veneered and polished, shone next to the sloppy, late winter road. All set so folks could put their ideas in.

Melvin was the watcher. Bedford, who had made fun of Melvin’s relationship with Vaughn, came by to ask about the message. They entered into a conversation. Melvin found it all very strange, especially when Bedford sincerely took over watching so Melvin could have lunch with Vaughn down on the beach.

Everyone said that gulls and people don’t mix. But Melvin and Vaughn proved this idea was wrong.


Written for Sunday Photo Fiction (based a photo prompt by Sunday Photo Fictioner), March 1, 2015


© phylor 2015


2 thoughts on “Melvin and Vaughn

  1. Priceless Joy March 5, 2015 / 8:29 am

    I love this. It all makes perfect sense when you get to the ending and discover that Melvin is a sea gull. Great story!!


    • phylor March 14, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks! I thought I’d be playful.


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