Friday Fictioneers: Way to Go



“Now this is what I call going down the gurgler.” Baleen said. 

“No! My Mum told me its not over ’til the fat lady sings.”

“Don’t you think I’m bigger than any fat lady. I am a hump of a woman and my voice, well, it’s lyrical.  Music to some ears.”

“You’re having yourself on. Perhaps this is a nicer way to go. We can breach and slap all we want then poof. Better than a slow death in a hot ocean with no tucker.” Bluey blew, his water-spout spurting high. 

“Oh no! I see a singing fat lady.”

In response to Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers where all are invited to write 100 words to  photo prompt. To see other entries follow the frog at Rochelle’s.

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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54 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Way to Go

  1. Norah says:

    Oh no! That doesn’t sound good. Let the humpbacks keep on singing!

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  2. Wonderful story reflects the photo – very creative approach. I read it first time before seeing the image and still understood the basic dilemma. Poor humpbacks, gorgeous mural, maybe they’ll repaint it on another building – with your story painted along the edge.

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    • Thanks Sharon. The wall art is just spectacular. Seeing it first I thought it was real which made the photo confusing to the eye as the destruction let the city world intrude. I think the artist had real talent. I don’t know if it was graffiti or commissioned but now it will be lost and I know what view I would prefer to be looking at.


  3. mewhoami says:

    Great story for the photo!

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  4. Love it! A story from the whales’ POV. Who could beat that fat lady’s blubber? 😉

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  5. ceayr says:

    Well written piece reflecting the tragedy of our world.
    Nice one, Irene

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  6. M-R says:

    Not humpbacks – ‘killer’ whales. Glorious things – so amazingly clever !
    Wonderful street art, too: that’s the trouble with creating on the sides of falling-down buildings – so ephemeral.
    Thanks, Irene !

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  7. Dale says:

    Love the whales point of view…

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  8. rgayer55 says:

    The destruction of the mural is an accurate reflection of the destruction of our oceans (and earth in general). The fat lady may not be in fully melody yet, but I can hear her tuning up.

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  9. noelleg44 says:

    Love the photo – does reflect the destruction of our oceans, which can only accept a limited amount of our detritus. I love the humpbacks – saw a wonderful movie about them at the Museum and Life and Science in Chicago in a wraparound theatre. I’ve also communicated with the man studying their singing, in Hawaii. They change their songs (only the males sing, BTW) occasionally and they do not respond to music or human voices. I hope to visit him next time I’m in Hawaii.

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  10. gahlearner says:

    Not going out with a fizzle, wise whales, sad story. And sadly, a possible outcome of our callous, stupid, selfishness. I’ve read in other comments that this mural was made by an artist named Wyland, and there are many more around. I can’t understand why they aren’t cherished more. Surely, even if the building has to go, the mural could be saved and relocated?

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    • Thanks for the mural information. I think he is a talented artist. They are certainly saving graffiti in places now so it is definitely possible. Perhaps those in Vancouver had stopped noticing it. Hopefully they missed it once it was gone and will make efforts to save any other building he has painted a mural on – should they be demolishing those also.

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  11. Sherri says:

    Stunning photo, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. And your flash is very clever Irene, love the dialogue but so sad that the fat lady turned up, for the whales and for the beautiful mural…


  12. Sherri says:

    Hi Irene…will try again, I seem to be having problems with my comments showing up. Did my last one go to spam? I hope not…


  13. Dear Irene,

    Imaginative POV. I think I hear that fat lady warming up. Well done.



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  14. Amy Reese says:

    Great job, Irene. I enjoyed their dialogue. It’s not fair. Let them keep swimming.

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  15. Oh no, don’t the whales go stranding.. to sad if that fat lady sings.

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  16. Copied from a website. Here is the rest of the info:

    The mural in question is one that was painted by American artist Robert Wyland, commonly known as Wyland, who has painted 100 whale murals around the world.

    Known as whaling walls, he painted his last one in 2008 in Beijing.

    The murals, which feature whales painted in life-size dimensions, are intended to increase awareness of and draw attention to marine life.

    Vancouver had two such murals. One has been mostly covered up by new construction and the other one is currently being destroyed. (RAWR!!)

    The mural “Vancouver Island Orcas” was completed on August 15, 1994, on the former Continental Hotel at 1390 Granville Street, which is surrounded by the Granville Street Bridge and its off-ramps.

    The 80 feet long by 90 feet high mural was restored in 2010 for the Winter Olympics.

    The deteriorating building, which was built in 1910 and has served as social housing since 1970, is being torn down.

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  17. Margaret says:

    I love the whales’ voices, and the light-hearted tone makes their tragedy more poignant. Great story. And I’m really glad I commented after Sharon, just above me, so now I know all about the mural too.

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