Over at Murphy and Stanley's place it is last Friday of the month story day... click to read more!!!.
Normally I use a photo to prompt my stories and this is no exception; but we are also given a sentence by M&S which we have to highlight in the story...
Benny had asked her what she had made for this year’s resolution. Marta had snorted and shrugged.
‘Oh I don’t do resolutions – not since I was 21. That last one WAS THE WORST NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION THAT I EVER MADE!
‘Why is that?’
‘I had decided that, having been nowhere, I wanted to see everywhere. Ever since I can remember I was telling the folks I was going to go travel out of the way places and maybe play at Robinson Crusoe. I took out a loan and booked a round-the-world air ticket. On the list was Alaska, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, East Africa, India, Russia, Norway and Iceland and then home again….’
‘What, no Europe?’ interrupted Benny?
‘Yeeccchh, don’t talk about it… anyway, the bank agreed the loan and off I went. Ticket bought, passport organised, all the vaccines taken and bags packed. Mum was having kittens. Dad was saying ‘good riddance’ and Mowbray the pupster thought he was coming too. I had a job persuading him there was no room among the swimwear.
Alaska was fabulous and whilst there, I was able to organise an Aleutian cruise and whale watching and all sorts of fun stuff.
Vanuatu was outstanding – I mean what can you say about tropical beaches that hasn’t been said before?
New Zealand was where the wheels started to fall off the wagon train of Marta. There was so much to see and do and I was booking tours this way and that way and round the back as well. By the time I reached OZ there was only money left for one tour. Someone told me about a company which did adventure trips to off-shore unpopulated islands. Sounded exciting and if I had to end my tour early, then it might as well be with a mystery adventure!
There were only three of us on the boat. I was the only passenger…’
Benny’s eyes popped.
‘Yup, you guessed it. They stranded me. Took all my luggage and passport and what was left of the money.’
‘Pirates! Wait – you got your wish to play Robinson Crusoe!’
‘Yeah, kinda. It was a Friday, come to think of it… ‘
‘…go on then, tell me… how’d you get outta that mess?’
‘Oh they came back next day. Turned out they were under-cover bank police wanting to teach me a lesson about misuse of loan funds. They impounded all the goodies I had bought and sold up my trendy clothes as part payment of the debt, then made sure I got my passport back and saw me off at the airport.’
Benny stared at her. ‘Am I expected to believe this?’
‘That’s up to you. All I’m saying is you gotta be careful what res you put on your lution. ‘