Friday Fictioneers: Historical Fiction

History in the Making

“Do you think it will last?”

“What?  The fireworks?”

“No, I was thinking about the country.”

She stepped closer to him while waiting for his reply.

“You shouldn’t worry about it so much.  We pray and God is with us.”

“Will He always be?”

“You shouldn’t even think like that,” he scolded, his voice rough and his eyes darting around.

She looked at the child wrapped up in the quilt.

“I am … sorry.  I worry for Alexander.”

“I know, but stop worrying.  We will always be strong and safe.  After all, it’s 1776 and we have come so far.”



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  • Parul  On January 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Very interesting take. I enjoy historical fiction though I have never tried writing it. I liked this a lot.


  • rich  On January 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    i’m glad you wrote this because i was thinking of something similar but went “alien attack” instead. well done.


    • kindredspirit23  On January 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Well, glad we covered the bases. I liked the “alien Attack”!


      • rich  On January 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        i was going to write – and i should have written – about a guy in jail, watching, looking for paper, looking out again, then beginning “oh say, can you see…” that would have been much better than what i wrote. dangit.


        • kindredspirit23  On January 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm

          Rich, I really liked what you wrote. Don’t beat yourself up about it. I would not have thought of that idea with the frame of mind I was in and I was trying not to do horror, so I am glad you did.


        • rich  On January 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

          i always beat myself up. a little. then i get over it. usually. hard to say. then i talk too much. keep making comments. don’t know when to shut up. babbling on and on. ugh.


        • kindredspirit23  On January 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm

          🙂 Sound like me.


  • bridgesareforburning  On January 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hi Scott,
    Were you maybe named for Francis Scott Keys? Ha! That last line put it all in sharp context. Good one! Ron


  • muZer  On January 4, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Wow. Nice take on the pic. While I read the title for historical fiction but definitely didn’t think of Alexander and 1776 at all.


    • kindredspirit23  On January 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Alexander may have been a poor choice of names for the time period. I don’t know there.


  • train-whistle  On January 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    nice ending. I wasn’t expecting it and liked it.


  • Joyce  On January 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    A wonderful historical fiction story. I like it.


  • 40again  On January 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    And look where you are now!
    Must have been an incredible time for the “young country”. You told the tale very well, I enjoyed reading it


  • waitingforaname  On January 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    “It’s 1776, and we have come so far…” Makes me wonder how far we’ve come, here in 2013.


  • Tin Woman  On January 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Ha! Loved the twist at the end. Nicely done.


  • thehappyhugger  On January 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    That was so clever, Scott 🙂


  • magsx2  On January 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

    What a great idea bringing history into the present, very nicely written, and well thought out.


  • rochellewisoff  On January 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Dear Scott,
    An enjoyable piece that put me back in time. Well said in few words.


  • dmmacilroy  On January 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Dear Scott,

    This was a great piece that really put me in the time and place and meade me worry for your characters. Well done.




  • Sandra  On January 3, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Timely reminder. Enjoyed it.


  • Tom Poet  On January 3, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Nice work…Makes you think if the distance traveled is just a circle or if we really are progressing forward.



  • tedstrutz  On January 3, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Nice Historical Fiction. We could be asking the same question today at times…


  • kz  On January 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    good one, scott. brilliant idea to include history, makes it very real and makes the readers feel..


  • boomiebol  On January 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I really like this one. History in the making indeed, very well done


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