The Expedition

Old Sound, Britannia Beach, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada

Image © Patrick Jennings

“Okay, before we go any farther, has everybody signed their release forms and handed them in to Sonya?” the expedition coordinator asked.

The dozen or so Unique Discoveries participants nodded in the affirmative.

“Excellent,” Alex, the coordinator said as he pulled a clipboard from out of his day glow waterproof jacket.  He did a quick headcount and ticked the top of the sheet before passing it to Sonya, a plump redhead of about fifty.

“I have had a look at your questionnaires, and I saw that many of you have been on whale or dolphin spotting excursions before.   We may well see some orcas today, but we have ‘bigger fish to fry,’ you might say.  As you know we have British Columbia’s own answer to ‘Nessie’ right here in Howe Sound.  If we are very lucky, I hope that we will all get a glimpse of ‘Howey’ today.  What I am sure of, however, is that we will get some really great views of Pacific Selkies.

At this one of the men in the group scoffed.  He had only come on this “goose chase” in order to humour his wife.

At this a mousy-looking woman in her mid-thirties sheepishly raised her hand.

“What did you want to share, Barbara?” Alex prompted.

“They are real,” she insisted. “And so is Howey!  I saw him near here was I was thirteen.  That’s why I’ve come back today.”

The skeptic mumbled something about wishing he had had some of those mushrooms, but his wife elbowed him in the ribs.

Just then a huge ripple formed on the surface of the sound, and a five foot reptilian head broke the surface and moved towards deeper water for several seconds before diving again leaving only its wake behind.




Haunted Wordsmith Prompt :Prompt B (sentence starter): “What did you want to share?”