Friday Fictioneers: The Leaky water tank


© Madison Woods

Last week the Italians had been left with shampoo on their heads and now Dafan was refusing to pump water to the leaking tank. We had to repair the tank.

Peter claimed he had the solution. We emptied the tank and painted its interior with Peter’s magic glue. Miraculously on refilling no leaks appeared.

An English family who were travelling on the cheap, having taken passage on the inter-island boat, checked-in. On waking the next day the Englishman  confronted us angrily. “You’re trying to poison us. There’s fibreglass in the water. We want compensation”. 

Oops, Peter had forgotten the catalyst.

Genre: Memoir

Word count: 100

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt 

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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47 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: The Leaky water tank

  1. Dear Irene,

    It looks like there’s more to this story. I see ‘memoir’ in your tags. Sounds interesting. Nicely done..



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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Oops. I assume everything worked out okay in the end. I won’t take the water from our well for granted again!

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  3. micklively says:

    That will be a horrible mess to clean up!
    Interesting piece.

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  4. Oops.. yes that sounds like a mistake you shouldn’t do.. hopefully they just showered.

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  5. Oh dear the best laid plans.

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  6. Irene, sounds like a perfect plan except for that fatal flaw. So, is this based on actual events?

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  7. Oh dear. Is this a true story?

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  8. Oh dear, lessons learnt obviously.

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  9. Paula says:

    I admire people who can write a story like that at minutes notice 🙂

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, no! But makes a terrific tale!

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  11. I’d love to read “the rest of the story” sometime. If you post it I hope you will alert me.

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  12. gahlearner says:

    You must have felt horrible, but I had to laugh, it is funny. I would like to read more of your memories, too, read your ‘about’ and that’s quite the bio. 🙂


  13. Whoops. Big boo-boo. Nice pics on your blog!


  14. Sandra says:

    I like a resourceful man. But I prefer a meticulous one. Great story.

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  15. that’s problem with magic, you have to do the spell right!! Nice story, hope it wasn’t a terrible mess to clean up

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  16. plaridel says:

    just wondering if they got compensation. 🙂

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  17. McGuffy Ann says:

    Since this is memoir, I wonder about the rest of this story!

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  18. Didn’t know the catalyst as used here, but now I get it! Interesting tale.

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  19. This sounds like a piece that needs to be expanded! I want to know more, please.

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  20. Amazing that you could take this prompt and tell a true story based on it. I’m sure we had more fun reading it than you did experiencing it.

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  21. subroto says:

    Truth really is stranger than fiction. Nobody drank the water I presume otherwise this would have a part of your prison diary 😉

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