Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s tale is based on a true story, much of which is disputed.
So please consider it to be what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.
He is a crazy guy, the skipper, but a brilliant sailor.
And a great tactician, I am glad he is on our side.
He is destined for great things, I’d say, if he lives long enough!
Although he is a Scot, he does not like the British at all.
Just last year, 1778, he captured a Royal Navy ship, HMS Drake.
This was the the first ever American naval victory in British waters.
And now we are fighting this RN frigate, HMS Serapis, and we are outgunned, and in a bit of trouble.
We get in close and ram them, but we are badly damaged.
The skipper orders the release of our prisoners, about 500, so that they will not drown if we sink.
Their captain asks if we will surrender.
Our man replies ‘I have not yet begun to fight’!
And a short while later they concede to us.