The Mystery of the Man on Boat

Susan Tan Aparejo
Posted April 13, 2017 from Philippines

" Rush, hurry!, you're slower than turtle moves! You've just moved hastily when table for dinner is ready. You're good at nothing but swallowing food!", the man on boat yelled to his family.

This often be the scenario of that family when the breadwinner docked his boat every morning whenever the sun shines every sea creatures in that seacoast. While other fishing boats were met by families joyfully with all the heartfelt gratitude for the day's catch, here's the man ceaselessly cursed the world for the family he had been blessed.

The man on boat had other work other than a fisher. He toiled at day time as factory worker while doubled his energy for the night to fish for his additional income. "I need to augment my income for my liquor, cigarettes and my family" He said to himself. None from his family urged to halt him. He was the figure of crown, power, law and obedience. He felt the triumph of knowing he was followed and bowed by his family. His crown lingered every slits and slats of the dwelling. He enjoyed all the peace of being the crowned. All subjects had to fear and followed his echo. He was served, deserved and respected. Even the hair of his heir had to hear his breathe. That's for years, many years, till his entourage got older. However, none of them made move to defy him. Even his health began to shrink, his shadow silhouetted scary moves trembling all the dust away. He still had to do his routine work. When he failed to report to factory, he had other job foe -his leisure. He loved to fish at all cost. He loved to be known as fisher in the place getting all the catch in all his might. Then, one day he never returned home. His family members sought after him. Day and night they had explored the seacoast, the wide blue sea but in vain. With all those unhappy and fearful moments with him, they longed to see him. They're used to his mandate, his atmosphere recoiled every member of his little kingdom and that terrified time was intermingling their entities and became part of their whole. Every morning, the king's entourage brought their paces at the sea cost hoping they could see, hear and witness any sign of him. Something is missing them entirely. Then, one man appeared.

A man approached them. His narration broke all the mystery for the family who longed for him.. He had seen their man on boat, swam deeply to catch that big fishes on other net. He tied those big fishes on his belly where he got from the net. That net was not his. After such incident, he lost sight of him.

"Madam, look, the boat!", a shocking voice from someone cut their solitude of sorrow. Instantly, everyone watched the lone boat sailed in the peaceful sea. The family rushed, hurry to meet the boat on shore. His son had quickly left with full excitement of meeting their man on boat.

This time, no one shouted at them. No one cursed them. The boat was lifeless. It sailed alone to its shoreline. People looked at each other. Their eyes answered the mystery of the missing man.

But, the family missed the echo of his forceful voice. They became music to them. Tears filled their cheek. He was still the man on his boat.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 14, 2017

Hi Susan. Thanks for sharing your interesting, suspenseful story. You have the gift of the pen:)

Susan Tan Aparejo
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 17, 2017

Hello, thanking you for giving a description of my story - suspenseful. I never notice I made a suspenseful story until you describe it. Sometimes, we never know we have done something until person around us tells us we did something. Again, thank you very much.

Jill Langhus
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 18, 2017

You're welcome:) Very true. Have a good one:)