Sealed with a Club





PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Two seal pups were enjoying basking in the sun. They swapped idle chatter; sometimes so idle sentences trailed off mid-meaning and they dozed. Gorged on their mothers’ milk they dreamed their bodies were expanding visibly; film of their growth speeded up by a benevolent projectionist.
Over the horizon came the advance of Civilization again!
Slipping and sliding in a frantic fracas of flippers, desperate for the sanctuary of the sea, they lumbered towards the water’s edge.
Seals are not quick over land. 18lbs wielded and swung by 230lbs smashed their heads; their lives froze in bloody trickles on the ice.

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


24 thoughts on “Sealed with a Club

  1. I just knew when I read the first line how you were going to end it and I wanted to stop reading but I love the way you write and I couldn’t! I am pushing the like button with reluctance. Very well done with the emotion you will evoke with this story.

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    • Thanks Louise, but it’s such a barbaric thing to do it needs writing like this to expose it. Glad you sort of liked it.


  2. Very grim – I guessed what was going to happen from your title so at least it didn’t come as too much of a shock! I liked the way you “humanised” the seals in your first paragraph.

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  3. I humamised them to try to emphasise the horrific nature of clubbing seals, and pups at that. Thanks for commenting.


  4. Thank you. I think showing they have a life too highlights the disgusting brutality and arrogance of taking it from them when so young especially.


  5. Oh, that ending made me shudder. I HATE that people smash seal pups on the head and kill them. It makes me want to vomit.
    Moving story, Michael – your piece had a sense of serenity, and it made me identify with the seals in the first half – and then you made the human move in for the kill.

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