If you are looking for something to read that will take your mind off of some of the hot days of summer, here is my short little story that I am linking to the blog hop, Six Sentence Stories - Twist, hosted by Denise of Girlie on the Edge's Blog.
The experience wasn’t one he had sought, but he obligingly accepted the offer when it presented itself.
After all, it would allow him to use some of his skills as a surgeon on The Hope, a whaling ship in the Arctic, following his third year of study in medical school.
Although it is not unusual for doctors to have to deal with life threatening ordeals of their patients, Conan came close to losing his own life in the Arctic one day when he was working on a floating mass of ice out of sight of of any of the other crewmen .
As he was skinning a dead seal, he accidentally took a step backward and took a frightening fall into the freezing ocean below.
He was unable to grab hold of the slippery ice above to pull himself out of the water and the only other option was to grab the seal’s flipper and hope his exertion didn’t cause the seal to slide into the water too.
Perhaps it was a twist of fate, or of a flipper, that his life was spared enabling him to not only complete his education and become a doctor, but to go on to become a renown writer of crime fiction.