The Costa Destiny (a short story of romance) - Shipwreck Writing Challenge

in fiction •  last year

Rated PG - Parental Guidance may be required.

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The Costa Destiny

Jason rubbed his eyes again and put his sunglasses back on. “Should we drink an espresso while we wait?”

“We should! And look through dark sunglasses at the people who pass!” Sarah, as always, had the energy for them both. She pushed her sunglasses up on her nose.

Everything was going exactly according to schedule. He’d worried last night--this morning, when she’d insisted on a third--that they’d oversleep. But she could be very persuasive at two in the morning. When it was over and they lay there in the moonlight it was easy to believe everything she said.

“It’s more than love.” Sarah’s legs were white in the moonlight. “You know that, right?”

Jason wrapped his leg over and around hers, a leg-hug. “There’s nothing more than this love. I love you more than everything else all added together. No. Multiplied together! Take that and then raise it to the infinity power and it still isn’t as much as I love you. Nothing is more than that.” His toes drew lines on the back of her leg while he talked.

“It’s destiny. That’s what’s stronger than love. And it’s right here for us. This love is our destiny, Jason. You. Me. This place. This trip we won out of nowhere. Think about it. Does this happen to us?”

“It does! Look, maybe it happens to us now because we are so much in love. Maybe the universe sees what a true love this is, and this is how it wants to help.”

“Can’t that be Destiny?” She turned to look into his eyes, and he agreed. Maybe it was.

Now, as they walked through the terminal looking for a waterside café, he knew she was right. Their destiny was strong. He could feel it. He squeezed her hand and felt her squeeze it back. He smiled. Destiny it was, then.

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This is my entry for the Shipwreck Writing Challenge, Round One sponsored by @steemfluencer. Heckuva contest. You should check it out.

Thanks to the wonderful editors from @thewritersblock. This story seriously needed some other eyes on it, and those guys really came through with great edits and suggestions. If you write anything at all, you owe it to yourself to find us on discord. Just click the blocks below to get started.

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Your dialogue and emotional tugs are always so realistic. Definitely a romance story; you are getting good at these! Great story!


After the last one, I almost felt I owed everyone something romantic. Makes me glad that you like it. Thanks!

You did an amazing job, Jon. Really really great. His toes are much better now. ;-)


Toes beat nails. He just needed a bit of a trim. Thanks!


Oh lord, I can only imagine. LOLOL!


trust me when i say: the workshop was necessary. LOL

Great job, Jon! Steamy! :)


Well, I figured since I wasn't making it funny for you I had to make it something! <3

I find it interesting how many people chose to go the route of people who missed the boat! I honestly didn’t even THINK of it!!! Great job and good luck in the competition!


Thank you! My last story (My Lie) had so much violence and death that I just couldn't bring myself to write about it again.

I was really worried, knowing what the prompt was, that this couple would end up on that ship.

Thank you for not killing them off. I felt tears of relief but also sadness at the tragedy that no doubt happened to some less fortunate couples.


Well, they did end up under water...
Thanks for stopping by and reading. Your story for this contest simply blew me away.

Congratulations! This story has been curated by The SFT. :-) A small SBD reward has been transferred to your wallet.

It has been added to the Literary Reading Room at the SFT Library.


Thank you! I am honored.

I have to say that I love how you did this challenge from the perspective of people whom did not make it onto the Costa rather than people stuck on a sinking boat. Way to think outside the box! You get my vote.


Thanks! My last story had enough death. Wanted a happier story to tell this time.