Breaking News: divers have found three figurines off the coast of Samoa, in the South Pacific Ocean, giving weight to the legend of the buried treasure of Island Number Twenty-Three. It is said that many moons ago, under the decree of the Pacific King, whose kingdom spanned fifty-seven islands, a stonemason and his two apprentices were sent to the twenty-third island, which housed all the Kingdom’s treasures. There, they set about building and re-building the fortress around the island, much to the consternation of Whirlpool, the local wave god who felt all the treasures were his. Over many years, Whirlpool pushed with fury, the white froth of his anger slowly eroding the wall, but he made no headway as the stonemason and his two apprentices were meticulous in their repairs. One day, Tsunami, a visiting wave god from the Indian Ocean conspired with Whirlpool, joining forces to share in the spoils of Island Number Twenty-Three. Tsunami was tall enough to peer over the fortress, where he saw the stonemason and his apprentices at work. In his rage, he not only flooded the island, he cursed the stonemason and his two apprentices, turning them into stone figurines that could not hear, see, or speak, ensuring the whereabouts of the long since buried treasure remains a closely guarded secret.
Write approximately 200 words based on image of 3 stone figurines in the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” pose. Prompt from Sunday Photo Fiction.