Mission Possible – FFfAW 125


Mino rested the oars and flexed his tired muscles. The Mediterranean waves gently rocked his boat. One more day and his mammoth fifty day fund-raising expedition would come to a successful conclusion.

He had encountered setbacks – gun-toting fanatics in Al Hwaiz, immigration officials in Karatas, hooligans in Girne and narcotic squads in Antalya – creating enough delays and self-doubts that drove Mino to the point of quitting. But he didn’t and he wouldn’t.

His mission was very important.

He checked his GPS and nodded with satisfaction on realizing that he was close. He flashed the pre-arranged signal with his torch. Soon, a sliver of smoke went up the chimney of a decrepit shack on the beach.

Feeling reinvigorated, Mino guided his boat to the shore. His wife Xenia ran towards him with a question.

Mino removed the sheet covering the base of the boat. Two small, timid pairs of eyes looked back at him.

Mino smiled, “We have arrived, kids.”

They would bring them up as their own. First, he had an expedition to complete.

Note: This piece of fiction is in response to the 125th edition of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted weekly by Priceless Joy.

Image credit: Louise (The Storytellers Abode)

Word Count: 175

Find other entries to this challenge here.



  1. What his wife doesn’t know, is that he’ll end up bringing home 20 more kids. She’ll be like the nursery rhyme about the old lady that lived in the shoe, having so many kids, not knowing what to do…as her man continued his amazing and important journey.

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  2. Wonderful story telling , Varad. I wonder what would happen of the kids, will Xenia and Mino be the parents that the kids needed and how will Mino’s future shape up in his risky career . This story definitely begs a sequel.🙂

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    1. Our lives are driven by the eternal fuel of hope. Mino and Xenia are hoping to provide a good life for the kids. Thanks for the comment, Moon. Hopefully, I might get around writing a sequel or just expanding this one. Cheers


  3. Great tale Varad. I can’t decide if this is a good thing – he has saved kids that they will bring up with love, or a bad thing – he has illegally smuggled them in a small boat back home. Intriguing.

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    1. Well, if not for the word limit I would have added that Al Hwaiz is in Syria. Mino really thinks he’s done something right. Thanks for the comment, Iain.

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