Author’s Note: This is today’s Friday Fictioneers photograph. Rochelle isn’t in any way responsible for the humor that follows. That is entirely my fault: I told my husband it made me think “what if someone slept through Paul Revere’s ride?” I started this piece. He finished it. We make a good team. Enjoy!
My most profound apologies to you and the citizens of West Bournemouth. My attempt at rebellion would have borne better fruit had I not passed out in the tavern before the meeting. When I woke I didn’t realize I was volunteering to ride with Paul Revere – indeed, I only answered “aye” when I thought they were asking if I wanted another drink. Too much rum bodes ill for a man’s ability to walk, much less understand the instructions “one if by land, two if by sea.” The less said about how I ended up stripped naked and tied to a tree when I should have been alerting the public to the Redcoats’ approach, the better. The candle has burned down, Father, and I am ashamed. Until we see each other again, I remain your contrite (and sober) son,
Very inventive take! His voice (and story) is utterly believable.
Thanks, I wasn’t sure how to write a failed drunken minuteman, but like I said, there’s no accounting for my sense of humor.
Well, I think you did a top-notch job.
Poor Angus – he will feel that guilt for the rest of his life. Well written,
Interesting take, and I can certainly believe these things happened in the lighthouses, beacons etc of history. Consistent voice
Great take on the photo prompt. Something that would not have occurred to me, but seems totally fitting.
Don’t even ask me how it occurred to me to go this route. Thinking outside the box I guess:) Thanks for stopping by!
I like your humor! That certainly would be an experience that the history books would omit, I think 🙂
Thanks, sometimes I think my sense of humor is a bit too wierd, but I’m glad it worked out. And yeah, Angus’ story wouldn’t have been in the history books, I’m pretty sure.
Enjoyed it! What if, indeed…!
Thanks for putting up with my silliness:)
I agree with a previous poster… a very believable narrative voice. Nicely done.
The challenge was making it sound historical and yet silly at the same time. Thanks for stopping by!
You made me laugh (a lot), especially the line about rum bodes ill…
I did have to google Paul Revere’s ride though, but it would have been funny without knowing about it. Fab job 😀
Thanks for commenting EL! This is what happens when I’ve had a rough week at work and my husband is determined to make me laugh to feel better.
Hahahaha! Loved this! You and your husband do, indeed, make a good team 🙂
This is great! I love it. A most creative take for the prompt.
This is hilarious! Kudos to both you and your husband. Fantastic! Bravo!
Jen, I agree fully with Rochelle. That was hilarious. I have a picture of the poor man tied to the tree in disgrace. XD I imagine his disgrace would not have stopped there. I’m wondering who he got to untie him. I imagine he went to his grave with that story sticking to him. Well written. 🙂
Great to see that someone finally documented Samuel Revere’s attempt at alerting the Colonial militia (we’ve all heard about his brother Paul).
Jen, I greatly enjoyed it and have written such off-the-wall stuff myself. The voice was impeccable.
This is wonderful! The first one I read this morning and it’s already brightened my day. Thank you.