Moira Seeks Adventure

This week’s prompt reminded me of the Outer Hebrides, those island off the west coast of Scotland. They are wonderful places to visit and the impression is an idyllic life. The islands are know for their products of tweed cloth and whisky distillers. The range of employment is problematic for many young people who seek careers elsewhere.

Thanks to Rochelle for the Friday-Fictioneers picture prompt. More stories can be read HERE.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Moira Seeks Adventure

Moira smiled with admiration after polishing the spinning wheel. It had been in the family for generations, and a centrepiece of conversation for visitors to mother’s tearoom.

In the distance across the bay, she saw Hamish pulling up his crab and lobsters traps as a flock of seagulls hovered around him. On this island, it was an isolated life in winter.

However, the summer was grand, with a bedlam of tourists coming to see the seals and red deer.
She would listen to the boys’ chatter about their wonderful travels.

Oh, how she dreamed of escaping into their adventurous world. 

33 responses to “Moira Seeks Adventure

  1. Dear James,

    You captured it all…the atmosphere -the sea, the adventure and Moira’s longing. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. Great and atmospheric picture of island life

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  3. When the tourists come again in summer, she would be busy and think of work and showing her spinning-wheel.
    Now that she’s free, she dreaming of adventure!

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  4. I echo Rochelle’s sentiment. You’ve written such an evocative piece, James. Wonderfully done.

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  5. michael1148humphris

    I was carried to a remote island off main land Scotland, lovely

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  6. Well done, James. “a bedlam of tourists” rather says it.

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  7. Dreams can come true, maybe for her one day. A touching tale, James.

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  8. I set my story in a similar place!

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  9. i’d like to believe dreams do come true. 🙂

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  10. When I was young, I was fortunate to travel extensively. It was an education. Now, I’m happier at home. Lovely story. Most of one side of my family came from the Isle of Lewis, part of the Outer Hebrides.

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  11. Moira seemed happy and content until the last couple of lines, which show us her longing to expand her world. I hope she got that opportunity!

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  12. It does sounds idyllic, but with that longing for something more.

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  13. The fate of girls for far too long. Stay at home and clean, no adventures for you. I can feel her longing and smell the sea. Great story, James.

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  14. You draw the reader into the ambiance and the sense of longing. Well done.

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  15. Wonderful descriptions of a place those born there want to escape but to everyone else paradise on earth. Would love to spend a summer (or even a winter) there. Must be so very very quiet in the wintertime.

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  16. Oh this is a lovely moment in time. You’ve highlighted her longing and the seasonal ins and outs of the area. Great piece

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  17. I have ancestors from Islay and your story has fuelled my desire to go there and experience it for myself. Great story, James.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  18. I can imagine an island life now. Nicely done James

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