Thursday, January 30, 2014

SSB - Ken Charles's "The Lighthouse"

What could be more dramatic than adventure on the high seas? The Sea Hawk, Mutiny on the Bounty, Master and Commander, well, not exactly. The Perfect Storm, getting closer. Here is "The Lighthouse". Enjoy!


“Damnedest thing I’ve ever seen! Thunder with no lightning?”

“Hell, it’s the storm of the decade out there, Captain! We must be nearing Friar’s Point by now. But where the hell is the beacon?”

“Storm must have knocked it out. But don’t worry, lad. Old Man MacGregor has manned that lighthouse for forty years. He’ll find a way to guide us home.”


“But I thought the Old Man’s retired, Sir! His Granddaughter took over last year.”

“Doesn’t matter. In a storm like this, MacGregor is sure to lend a helping hand.”

“Look thirty degrees aft, Captain. There’s a glowing red light! It’s faint, but it must be coming from the lighthouse!”

“Told you MacGregor would find a way!”

“From now on, you’ll do the bloody scheduled maintenance on schedule! And get that bottom up higher, Missy. There are sailors depending on us!” CRACK!

KC Copyright‭ ‬2005‭;‬ Moral rights to be identified as the author of‭ “‬The Lighthouse‭” ‬asserted worldwide‭ (‬including in Great Britain in accordance with Sections‭ ‬77‭ ‬and‭ ‬78‭ ‬of the Copyright,‭ ‬Designs and Patent Act of‭ ‬1988‭)

An Open Apology for “Capcha”: 

I love to hear your comments. Every author loves to hear positive comments. Every author who is serious about improving her or his work should at least give thoughtful consideration to constructive negative comments, the key word being “constructive”. Sorry about the “Capcha”, but I had a run in with some nasty trolls a while back. I’d no sooner block a name, than the same individual (same misspelled words and grammatical errors) would post under another name. I had to add moderation to the comments. I didn't realize that moderating at my end added a “capcha" at yours. Once again, sorry for any inconvenience. CK

Be sure to check out Ken Charles's free cp short story valentine “The Widow" on this blog.


Also available from Ken Charles:

The Naughty Ladies Of Cotton Glen

For our friends in Europe:

The Mercies of Cinderella 

This is no Disney princess‭!


  1. Thank you for posting a Spanks snippet. I have to admit to being a little confused. They are on the ship talking and hearing a loud crack that is the sound of the granddaughter daughter being spanked that far away? The last sentence clarifies but if they are surrounded by the storm of the decade how could they hear? I know that fiction can take turns that extend into fantasy, but I just feel it's a good deal too far into the unbelievable.

    Please don't feel as if I've swooped in just to criticize. The premise for a spanking is a good one, I just think the characters hearing it should be someplace other than on a ship out at sea. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Jolynn, I totally agree with your comment, but I suspect this piece was "tongue in cheek" and not to be taken seriously. I mean, I don't think anyone's butt could glow like Rudolph's nose no matter how hard it was being spanked. And you're right. Sailors on board a ship couldn't hear a spanking from a lighthouse even if all else was deadly quiet. Nope, reality took a high dive on this one.

  2. Uh oh! Doesn't look like the granddaughter is holding up on her responsibilities.

  3. I'm a total sucker for auditory voyeurism (I've no idea if that's actually a term, but what the hell, it works).

    Question though: are these two men on the deck -- perhaps the helm -- hearing the sound of her spanking coming from the captain's cabin?

  4. I enjoyed the mention of the faint red light :D

  5. Love the dialogue interspersed with all those cracks! Poor Missy :) And in front of the sailors too - delicious.

  6. Well, now that was hot. wonder why the light suddenly came on:)

  7. That was a fun snippet. Seems there's more than a lightbulb needs maintenance around there :D

  8. Faint red light? Yikes. She has to be glowing a bright cherry red for the sailors to see her butt. Cute snippet, Ken. Thanks for sharing.