VSS: Scratch

Based on the daily writing prompts on Twitter, I write very short stories (#vss365) about the Captain, First Mate and Deckhand in every-day situations.

Today’s Story

The air reeked of gunpowder, sweat and blood. Some of it their Captain’s.
“I have had worse.”
“You always say that, but a scratch doesn’t cause stains like that, does it?”
“It’s nothing!”
A blatant lie, but the First Mate knew better than to contradict.

Ship’s Tip

Normally, the Deckhand is in charge of defending the Ship. That is what your instinct is for: fight or flee.

But if the Deckhand is frozen and can’t act, the other Crew Members will step up instead.

The First Mate and Captain can put up the “you shall not pass!” attitude to defend your boundaries and protect you, but it is much, much harder for them. f they need to keep up the Deckhand-act for long, it will exhaust them.

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About the author

Christel Vogels developed the Ship Psychology Method as a playful means to understand your own mind. As coach and trainer, she teaches people how managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help to improve their mental quality of life.

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