Search and Rescue


“Over here!” yelled Tony. “They’re over here.”

Relief spread over Sarah like a warm blanket. “Thank God you found them.”

“No,” Tony shouted back. “It’s just their kayaks. Not Tim and Maureen.”

“Shit.” Sarah knew that was not good news. Her brother and his wife had left for their kayak adventure on Friday and were expected back on Monday night. It was now Tuesday and no one had heard from them.

Jim walked over to where the Tony had found the kayaks. “It looks like all of their stuff is here,” he observed.

“Footprints!” Sarah called out to the two men. The three gathered to see the footprints in the sand leading from water’s edge about 20 yards into the dense woods.

They followed the footprints to the edge of the trees. “This is a small island,” Tony said. “I’m sure we’ll find them.”

A week later the lead story on the local TV news channel was about the mysterious disappearance of five mainland residents.

(165 words)

This post was written for this week’s FFfAW challenge. Image from T. J. Paris.

26 thoughts on “Search and Rescue

  1. Sight11 August 1, 2017 / 6:58 am

    5 persons went to the woods..
    4 return..
    To search
    4 persons again went to the woods
    3 return..
    To search..
    3 persons again went to the woods

    Liked by 3 people

      • Iain Kelly August 1, 2017 / 2:33 pm

        So many options. I’m either going something like Kong Island with giant monsters or an undiscovered cannibal tribe!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Varad August 2, 2017 / 4:34 am

    They stumbled into a wormhole and now are the first residents on Mars. Well written, dango!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 2, 2017 / 7:23 am

      Ah, the dreaded wormhole. I wonder how Mars is this time of the year.


  3. Tricia September 1, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Why all the doom and gloom, folks? Why can’t it be that they just got sick of civilian life and created this elaborate plan to fake their deaths so they can live on the island forever? Maybe there’s a five-star resort deep into the forest. The first two found out about it and was having too good of a time to go back for the others; they figured their friends will find it eventually.


    • Fandango September 1, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      You just wrote chapter two of the story!


      • Tricia September 2, 2017 / 6:50 am

        Haha! They kept telling me I how smart I am

        Liked by 1 person

      • Tricia September 2, 2017 / 6:54 am

        Haha! They kept telling me I how smart I am!


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