Writing Prompt – I hadn’t thought that would happen…

Esther Newton runs her weekly Monday Motivation post to inspire the budding writers around her to generate a small piece of writing.

This week the theme is:  I hadn’t thought that would happen. So what was I going to do now?

This is what I came up with:

Radio Troubles:

The radio wasn’t badly damaged, but even so it was his job to get it working again. The captain needed to radio the rest of the fleet ahead of the intruders and they only had an hour until they would be in firing range.

“Oi! Beaumont – where the hell is that radio?” Chief Watson was breathing down his neck. As chiefs went he wasn’t old school, but he still had a hell of a bark and a temper!

“Just a few minutes sir!” Beaumont called back, sweat pouring off of him as he clipped in the power connection.

Nothing happened. Damn it. Watson was going to tear a strip off him if it wasn’t working soon. Beaumont shoot the sweat from his head and went through the circuit again. He wired in a new fuse and plugged in the power again.


Beaumont swore out loud! He didn’t expect that t happen, what was he going to do now?

“Beaumont! What the hell have you done?” Chief screamed back again.

In desperation he flicked the switch and the radio sprang into life! Beaumont didn’t expect that either.

“It’s working sir!” Beaumont shouted back.

“Well done my son!” Watson growled back “Never a doubt in my mind!”

Simon 🙂




21 thoughts on “Writing Prompt – I hadn’t thought that would happen…

      1. Yes, it is useful to do this. I wasn’t on a ship or anything it’s just when things don’t work when they should and everyone is looking to you to fix it. It’s still pretty stressful.

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      1. Yep! The experience made me the man I am today (excuse me… I have to go outside for my daily swinging upside from a tree while singing extracts from Gilbert & Sullivan; it freshens the brain cells y’know)

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