5 storytellers were given a daunting task—write a 250-word (or less) story explaining a random photograph. This is Photo Spark 1. This is story 5. This is Chris Day with “The Amazing Sound of a Bass Boat.”
“Don’t even start with me, Reginald. I distinctly remember when we withdrew the money we were saving for Trevor’s college that you said you would use the bass boat every single week. You sat at that kitchen table and told me about the thousands of dollars you would be bringing in each weekend using that boat. And now look. That boat has sat in the driveway for the past four months and hasn’t even moved. In fact, I took a close look the other day and some spiders had actually made their home in the holes you drilled at the top for the stupid tuning pegs. I want that thing gone. And we’re using the money we make on Trevor.”
Reggie sat on the kitchen chair with his face in his hands. As Trina went on and on with her disdain for his boat his mind couldn’t help but wander. His dream of the band wasn’t dead. He simply needed more time and new ways to convince Trina that Seaworthy Serenade was a legitimate band and would soon get their big break in the Toronto music scene. Tom’s buoy banjo had just gotten a fresh coat of paint and was all tuned up. Jeff’s bait bucket drum set finally sounded like real drums. And Ray’s vocals had never been better. Reggie knew that if he could just get it strung and tuned, his 18’ upright bass boat would be the epic centerpiece of Canada’s first Nautical-themed, bluegrass band.
Photo (Flickr CC) by Brent Marshall