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A WHALE TALE… A Drabble for FriFic

Somewhere in Chicago a telephone rings…

“Hi Cheryl, it’s Ethel!”

“What’s up now, Ethel?”

“Pack your bags we’re going whale watching in Friday Harbor! I got a cheap flight to Seattle, and a boat’s going to take us up to the San Juan Islands to see whales.”

“Ethel, why on earth would I want to see whales?”

“You said you liked Moby Dick?.”

“Moby Dick is a book about a whale. I said I liked the book.” 

“Oh… I thought it would be fun.”

“Well I think it sounds like a lot of fun. Besides we haven’t gone anywhere in a long time. I’ll start packing.”



I’m afraid to say that I haven’t written a story for TedBook since last February… life has a way of getting in the way.  My friends in FridayFictioneers will be shocked, because, here’s a story… The Girls are Back!  Each week I faithfully look at the photo prompt Rochelle puts up, and this week I couldn’t pass… also finally having the time to write something helps.  Glad to be back.  Thanks to C.E.Ayr for this week’s photo, and to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting such a diversified group of writers each week… to read this week’s crop of stories …  FriFicWriters



For those of you that don’t know, I live in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington state.  The west side of San Juan Island is home to 3 pods of Orca Whales (also known as Killer Whales) consisting of about 73 members during spring thru fall. They swim up and down the channel chasing salmon, while being chased by boats.  Whale Watching is a major industry on my island, with many whale watch companies here, in the other San Juan Islands, from Seattle and coming 20 miles away from Victoria on Vancouver Island, B.C.


Whale Watch Boat… The Odyssey coming into Friday Harbor

14 responses

  1. Fun! I look forward to more Ted 🙂

  2. Welcome back, Ted! Great to see you here. I’d love to see some glorious whales. I enjoyed your story.

  3. Hi Ted , thank you for continuing the story. 🙂

  4. Great one!!! Love the prompt too!!!!!

  5. Finally another story about Cheryl and Ethel. Good job Ted. Love all the pictures!!

  6. Fun story Ted and nice to have you among us once again.

  7. Good to have you back, Ted! I’m really missing my San Juan summer, and hoping to see some whales when I get home! It’s been an amazing summer for them, I hear from friends at home. Fun story with local appeal!

  8. Thanks, Ted, sure wish I had a friend like Ethel to plan my life’s itinerary (but with a cooler name than Ethel). Hope you stick around a while.

  9. Great to see you back here, Ted. I want a friend like that to go whale watching with on the spur of the moment.

  10. Dear Ted,

    It’s great to see you back. Friday Harbor looks like an idyllic place to live.
    I love the dialogue in this piece. Realistic with a bit of whimsy.



  11. Great to have you back Ted.. I think they will love the whales, it would be so exciting I think too…

  12. I like these women, they’re fun loving and spontaneous. And I envy you, you live in such a beautiful place.

  13. veronicahaunanifitzhugh | Reply

    glad to see you writing again! 🙂

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