326: Footprints In The Sand

~Footprints in the Sand~

While Natascha is sleeping in a Vienna airport hotel I thought I would have a go at Frank Angle’s challenge of 150 words.  Natascha will be checking-in at 3 AM for her flight to Malaga, arriving at my home around midday today.

So here goes >>>

The old man had planned this outing with his grandson for months.  He knew exactly where to take the young boy.  Treasure Island was the beach that he played on as a child, imagining Pirates, great battles and treasures lost and found.  He would take his grandson on the journey he played seventy four years ago.

The great day arrived.  The day was perfect as he set out with his grandson along the beach telling stories of gold, dubloons and cutlasses.

To the old man the day was perfect.  The slight breeze filled the sails while the Jolly Roger flapped the skull and cross bones.

He never felt the searing white flash !

World War Three was started and finished in an instant.  All that was left of humanity was footprints in the sand.

(133 words)

Ralph xox ❤

I may not be able to answer any comments as real life and Natascha must come first now.


60 Comments on “326: Footprints In The Sand

    • Hello Leslie 🙂
      I am in total agreement with you my friend. I hope it never happens too.
      Natascha is now in a taxi on the way to check-in at Vienna airport.. I am not going to get any sleep as she knows I will be with her all the way, watching every move her aircraft takes, even takeoff and landing…. on
      which will be a lot of fun for me as well..
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Dale 🙂
      Wow ! Luckily I did see that one coming. lol
      Thank you so much. Natascha should be with me within 8 1/2 hours. How exciting for both of us !
      Take care.. Ralph xox ❤


      • Hello Ralph,
        Pleasure to meet you.
        Yes, it is a good thing you did!
        Enjoy your reunion!
        Dal xo

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      • Hi Dale 🙂

        Nice meeting you too, my new friend, thank you so much, we’re having a wonderful reunion.

        Take care, Ralph xox ❤


    • Hello Lynne 🙂
      How lovely ! You are so sweet. Thank you my friend 🙂
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hello dear Resa 🙂
      WOW Fabulous ? Does that refer to me or to the story ? lol
      Hey, your story was really great. I enjoyed it.
      Love and a big hug. Ralph xox ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • Love and haugs to you, and some for Natascha, too! xoxoxoxo ❤


    • Hello Annette 🙂
      Thank you so much for your take on the story and yes,, I am in a state of nervous excited anticipation of Natascha’s arrival at my home here in Spain.
      Big hug for you my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello YC 🙂
      *Blushing* Thank you so much for your great comment my friend. I agree, I hope it will never happen.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂


    • Hello Widdershins 🙂
      Thank you so much my friend, I am so pleased that you enjoyed this story.
      I love your take on anticipation.. We are both working on the best feeling.. lol
      Take care Widdershins. Ralph 🙂


  1. Wishing you and Natasha a fabulous time together.x🐾🐾🐾🐾😻😸💕💕

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    • Hi there my dear friend! Natascha here, writing from Ralph’s account.

      Thanks lots for your sweet comment, we’re enjoying our time and it couldn’t be any more beautiful and lovely. We’re both totally happy, and the cats are as well. Murli is doing perfectly fine too at home with my Dad, thankfully. Really glad that she’s happy despite not being used to being without me.

      Wishing you a lovely day,
      Natascha and Ralph ❤


    • Hello dear Ute 🙂

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Natascha has been here for nearly a week now, and we’re both having a fantastic time getting to know each other and realising how similar we are.

      Thank you for liking the story

      Love, Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Ralph, I am deeply touched by your story. So sweet and then annihilation.

    Of course real life and Natasha will come first now, please just let us know at some stage that she arrived and you both sang with joy.

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    • Hello Miriam 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      That’s true, my mind has been totally concentrating on Natascha being here, and blogging had to go on the backburner.

      It has been a wonderful experience for us, to meet and be together.

      Love, Ralph xox ❤


  3. Natascha’s flight approaching Barcelona, Spain, a few minutes ago. Hola amiga. Yay !



  4. Yikes!! Terrific story, Ralph and one that will stay with me for a long time! I hope we get to see more of your fiction in the future, it’s a treat to read! Now, go and live real life…wishing you and Natasha a most wonderful time together!! 😀❤️


  5. she should be there by now, and let us know how things go when you have time, you two crazy kids! p.s. i love the new header on your blog, includes all of you )


  6. Well done – one of the best! With everything going on in the US that is strange these days, let us hope WWIII is never started. Thank you for visiting my contribution to Frank’s challenge. Enjoy your time with Natasha!


  7. What a moving and most beautiful story Ralph. Wishing you tons of fun with your girl. Looking forward to hearing all about it! ❤ Hugs xo


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  10. Hello Ralph. Great story – you set the scene beautifully…but I hope it doesn’t ever happen!
    By now you and Natascha will be together and learning all about each other. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful time together. Looking forward to hearing your stories 🙂


  11. Wow – that was a very ‘poignant’ story Ralph.. Let’s hope it’s not in our lifetime or the time of our grandchildren. Enjoy creating wonderful memories with Natascha.. xx


  12. Ralph,
    I hope all is well with you and Natascha. Enjoy your time together. Your blogging friends understand!


  13. A dynamite ending to a great story, MFR. The best story is brewing. Have lots of fun. Love and hugs, 🙂


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