misty majesty

The roar of MiG jets draws our attention to the ocean out front. A majestic aircraft carrier peers through the mist billowing smoke appears ominous. But it’s a decoy as various aircraft chase one another with destroyers joining in from below. The earth vibrates as a few more bombs explode.

If all goes as planned nobody will die as four nations rehearse war games in our front yard. A regular feature for locals who grew up supplying refreshments to the chopper pilots training for Vietnam, their rotor blades had nominal clearance they had to master. Peace lovers abhor war!

Carrot Ranch Challenge, January 31, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sea mist. How does it create an environment for a story? It can set the stage or take the stage. Go where the prompt leads.


  1. I’m with Charli… I didn’t know where… but I guess they have to practice?
    I know I’ve visited some of the ‘war ship’ museums of retired vessels.
    If only such a time would, could come that this type of ‘practice ‘fell to disuse because there was no need….
    Our whole family will be on jitters until our Army guy returns – Going out of the country for another ‘tour of duty’ too soon.

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  2. We have the same military freindly cross fire training here..

    Sadly though a recent attack in one of our cities also triggered our noble military men to attack the perpetrators .

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  3. That’s wonderful! You have good thoughts. I used to work on Tug Boats in the army. I know, I know, yes, the army has those, too. I dislike going too far into the ocean. It’s worse to die that way than being abandoned in the desert. One of the males fell overboard and died. Crab meat. We were supposed to have a “battle buddy” with us, but I’d slipped out a lot on my own to watch the stars.

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    • my dad, army, died of asbestos cancer from cutting up the sheets to line the boats about to invade PNG … glad you got to watch the stars ⭐ ❤


  4. Oh, wow — I had no idea war was practiced on such a large scale as if it were an annual event. The Hub did helicopter repelling training in “somewhere” west of Sydney. He said they landed in Sydney then go on helicopters and flew west “way out in the middle of nowhere.” Maybe his uncle who flew copters in ‘Nam trained on this coast. Peace lovers abhor war, as they should.

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