Sometimes a folk tale can inspire you to go off on your own track.
The story of Lucky is such a tale inspired by No News and by one of it's most famous tellers Marshall Dodge. I hope where ever he is he enjoys this as well as I.
Tales of fortune by Willey Phinedit
Storyteller,Tall Taleoligist and Maine UnRegistered Guide
Franklin Benjamin Sitchawayshin is one of those guys who consistently fall into fortunate circumstances.
Although he is a an active hardworking commercial fisherman, he is seldom seen wet or hurt due to the immense silver lining from the cloud of luck and fortune that consistently engulfs him. For this reason he is known along the Coast to one and all as Lucky!
It was Lucky who was caught in an awful gale that threw his boat from port to starboard and heaved fore and aft while his mate was holding on for dear life he bellowed out “We sure had a good day of fishing before the weather turned didn’t we Rob?”
“No good to us if we take on water and drown.” His first mate replied between hurls into the sea.
Just then a school of flying fish soaring by miscalculated their wind speed and landed flip flop right amidships of the Sea Tale. The wind was too harsh and the deck to short for another take off so Rob plopped them in crates and iced them for the trip home.
Lucky was the man that thought up the idea of cross breeding two bottom feeders to make a more durable and sustainable fishing resource. The flounder and the lobster combination he calls a Flobster, did not really catch on at first. He elicited help from the College of Onshore Development thinking that students of aquaculture over at C.O.D. could help him market this new culinary delight. But it was actually Lucky’s wife Rosie who figured out that although the flobster aint so good boiled or broiled it does make one hell of a chowder!
Just last week the members of the Peanokio Harbor Organization of Firefighters were called to the Sitchawayshin’s Farm out on #4 Log Drive for a barn fire.
The Barn of Lucky and Rosie Sitchawayshin was fully involved when members of PHOOF arrived on the scene.
Their son Harry had been playing with matches when one landed on a hay bale. 12 year old Harry thought fast knowing his Dad needed the Pickup for his lobster business the boy cranked her up. When Harry’s foot slipped off the clutch the truck veered hard to the right ventilating the Barns northern exposure. Well sir the increased oxygen introduced to the burning barn caused intense heat, forcing the boy to abandon the Pickup just prior, to the explosion!
That blast was heard in Kittery and Calais!
The explosion from the truck spooked the horses in the coral causing them to jump the fence and run down the Interstate highway, causing rubbernecking tourists to slow down, and creating a traffic jam as afar back as Moot Point.
The stranded motorist making a bad situation a little better visited the road side fresh fish trailer operated by Rosie. She sold out and started taking orders for mail delivery of fresh Maine Lobsters.
Meanwhile Lucky had his biggest catch of the season and by the time Mr and Mrs. Sitchawayshin got home that night, they had earned enough money to by a new 4 wheel drive truck and repair their Barn.
Harry on the other hand had earned a summer of chores which included rebuilding their Barn.
About the Author
(Find-It) is the persona of Vernon L. Cox
This is an original work inspired by the classic " No News" his brother Gray
and he performed for years as the Cox Brother's Family Camp
Shows at a Bar Harbor camping Resort.
See the Folkography listed in this group.
Feel free to make this your own, howerver if you tell it as is please ask me for permission first.
Vernon and Willey