Friday Fictioneers: Sea Adventures

teds-viewEveryone expected James to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a dentist. Grudgingly, James gave up his dream of joining the Navy, went through Dentistry College instead and graduated with top honors.

He took up a room next to the sea and set up his clinic. Whenever he had the time, he would look out the window and yearn for adventures on the sea. Finally at 40 he had made enough money to retire.

He bought his yacht and began planning his first adventure. After all there was much time to make up.

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Sea Adventures

  1. I feel for James, I know what it’s like to have to go into the family business and yearn for what could have been, but I can’t feel sorry for him – getting to retire at 40 – we should all be so lucky.

    • Yes no need to feel sorry for him, he is in the prime of his life, already has a career and money and now he gets to do what he loves.
      Thanks so much for taking time to read my story.

  2. Dear Zainab,

    Your second sentence can be read two different ways and would be more clear if it read, ‘Grudgingly, James gave up his dream of joining the Navy….’

    A lovely piece.



  3. Our plot is so similar… I hate it when people expect someone to be a doc or engineer just because his/her father is one.

    • Yes you’re right, yours is an artist? It happens so much in our culture that there are just a few paths that people expect you to follow. It’s so frustrating.

  4. Very nice. Sounds like something I would have done! 🙂

    I saw the movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir yesterday and the character of the sea captain, Daniel Gregg (played by Rex Harrison), mentioned his reasons why men went to sea: “Because they haven’t any sense to stay ashore.”

    • Haha! That’s a good one! That’s a good answer to a lot of difficult questions:
      “Why did you do XYZ???”
      “Because I didn’t have any sense to do otherwise!”

  5. Zainab, Good story and well written as always. I hope James has a lot of good experiences. He’s most likely going to have sufficient years left to enjoy his adventures. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

    • Oh yes he’ll be OK. And if he runs out of money he can always start his practice again for a few years.
      Thanks Susan for reading and commenting.

  6. That must have been torture, looking out the window every day, longing for the sea. I’m glad he was able to retire young. I wish I could–oh, it’s too late now.

    • He did yearn for a life at sea but I don’t think he let it overwhelm him. Otherwise he wouldn’t have done so well as a dentist.
      When do you plan to retire?

  7. Good for him! Sometimes it isn’t possible to escape one’s family’s plans for oneself, but innovation can make dreams come true in the long run. I’m guessing he’ll enjoy the yacht far more than the Navy anyway.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

    • Hi Marie! Yes you’re right, sometimes thing work out even when we are planning differently. I have found that in my own life too. You plan something and you feel disappointed when it doesn’t happen but in the long run it turns out better for you.
      Here’s hoping for the best always.
      Thank you for the visit.

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