Welcome to the 13th edition of Pen’n’Tonic’s Creative Expressions challenge.

Join the challenge. Everyone is welcome!

Each week on Tuesday (as time permits), I’ll post a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (preferably not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

Interpret the theme as you see fit. The only rules are that you be creative, be original, and have fun. Post your entry on your own blog and add your link to the InLinkz page (see little blue frog image below).

As with most challenges of this sort, I encourage you to provide feedback, respectful critiques, or general comments for each other’s stories. Simple “Likes” are good too!

CaribbeanIsland3This week, I give you another of my own original photographs. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer this week. Enjoy!

Mysterious Mully Tarz

“Mully Tarz settled on that island twenty-three years ago.” Diego said to his son, sitting at the far end of the little boat.

“That’s a strange name, Papá.”

“Si. It is isn’t it. His real name is Mulligan Tarantino. He was born to an Irish mother and an Italian father.

“Is he still living there?”

“I believe so.”

“Can we visit him?”

“Oh, no. I don’t think so.”

“Why?” Tomas asked as he snapped a photo of the island.

“He doesn’t like visitors and, besides, I don’t see his boat, so he’s not there.” Gracias A Dios. I’m the last person he’d want to see.

“Why would anyone want to live alone like that?”

“Because they say that a beautiful Spanish señorita broke his heart and he vowed never to love again.”

“Does he ever leave the island?” Tomas asked.

“Oh, yes. I hear he sails to the mainland for supplies about once a month or so.”

“How does he survive?”

“No one really knows. Some say he is a pirate of sorts. Small time, mind you. They say he boards yachts and other small vessels, relieves them of a few things he figures they don’t need and leaves, never to be heard from again.”

“Sounds like fun!” Tomas laughed.

“Other people say he simply loves the ocean and she is his mistress now. He sails around the Atlantic taking photographs and painting things he sees, living on his memories, I guess.”

“Wow! There must be some stash of paintings somewhere. Have you ever seen any of them?”

“No. I haven’t.” Diego lied. One unsigned painting of a beautiful señorita hung in their home.

“Well, that would be quite a find for some lucky treasure hunter some day.”

Diego sighed. He still couldn’t bring himself to tell Tomas the truth. It should be all yours if it is ever found. Your mother truly was a Spanish beauty.


Mully Tarz, you ask? A revamp of the name of Jimmy Buffett’s main character Tully Mars in his novel A Salty Piece of Land.


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