Flash Fiction #82


PHOTO PROMPT – © ceayr


We put the gate up because people steal sand. We came home one day, to truck tracks across the lawn, and a hole in our beach.

The Sahara has lots of sand, but it’s the wrong kind, and it’s too far to ship. Sand to make glass needs lots of silica.  Saudi Arabia imports it.

The sand people steal is to make concrete for construction. We even had a small ship in our cove with a suction hose.  What used to be a shallow bottom is now deep and stony.  We called the Coast Guard, but they didn’t catch them.


While theft of sand may seem strange, it’s actually quite common, especially along California’s coast, and on the Hawaiian Islands. The pressure of providing for more and more development is fierce.  Dump-trucks with a bulldozer in tow remove tons of sand from popular beaches.  Sucker ships destroy the bottoms of small bays.  Subsequent erosion threatens the concrete supports of decks of beachfront homes.  Play in the sandbox is getting rough.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

20 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #82

  1. BrainRants says:

    I had no idea this was even a thing. I’d suggest a shotgun.


  2. liz young says:

    Well that’s a new one on me – sand thieves! I love your laconic style.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Why thanx! I’ve finally been called something I can repeat in polite company. The 100 word limit keeps it terse – although I added an epilogue to this one. Read some of my other posts if you dare, 800/1000 words. 😀


  3. Dale says:

    What a horrid thing. Damn us humans for destroying our world….

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  4. I had never heard of sand theft… But I have heard of selling sand to,Saudi Arabia.


  5. Very interesting. I had no idea either and I live in California. The Costal Commission has a new battle on its hands related to development! It is no good if The Coast is removed by sand thieves.


  6. i b arora says:

    something new to learn


  7. gahlearner says:

    I’m baffled. Some people think everything in this world is theirs for the taking. Interesting story, great take.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I know! So many people just don’t seem to understand fair play, or share and share alike. It’s why we have so much trouble ridding schools of bullying, or stopping smokers from polluting our air. Giant EGO says, It’s all about ME! 😯

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  8. There is what’s called a “Sand Mafia” here in India. They’re going to ruin Goa’s beaches. I didn’t know what a worldwide problem it was or that it happened in California. It’s sad, another rape of the Earth, and someone may be getting paid off. It’s best for the ordinary citizen to stay out of it or they could wind up prematurely deceased. It’s a nasty business. Good story, Archon. —- Suzanne

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  9. Anything that can be owned, can be stolen and taken advantage of, I suppose

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