Alastair’s Photo Fiction – Beacons of Mercy


The waves crashed against the jagged coastline of the Northern Boundaries. Thick fog was swirling in the frozen air. Ten miles out the Hyratal Laguna was desperately making for the shelter of Berlatas harbour. As the Laguna rolled violently from side to side her crew struggled manfully to keep their vessel on course. Most of the 50 passengers were praying. Praying to their Gods, praying to any God who would listen.

The winds continued to batter the ragged sails. Captain Thietus Gundsmork remained confident. He knew these seas like the back of his hand. In the darkness ahead the serrated edges of the Hellaran rocks were about to welcome their bounty.

From the left it came. From the right it followed. The twin lighthouses of Berlatas illuminated the scene. Just In time Gundsmork heaved his vessel from disaster. The lights guided the Laguna safely home.

The passengers continued to pray.

This is my entry into this week’s Photo Fiction challenge on Alastair’s WordPress site. The picture is copyright of

11 thoughts on “Alastair’s Photo Fiction – Beacons of Mercy

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks Alastair. Great prompt which generated two neat stories. Lights/Lamps are an excellent blank canvas for making up stories.

      BTW are you saying where you took this picture there really were two lighthouses? Weird!

      1. paulmclem Post author

        Crikes! What’s the chances of that? I saw two lights and thought of two lighthouses. Amazing that down the road from the lights there were two lighthouses. Spooky.

      2. paulmclem Post author

        Thanks again for the prompt. This pic deserves more stories. Look forward to seeing what you have on offer next week. Hopefully a few others writers will join us soon.

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