The Drabble Day Challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ and it involves writing a Drabble (a short story of 100 words, plus or minus 5) based around a particular prompt. This is my entry into this week’s prompt, which is “RELIEF”. As I am in South Africa I immediately thought of the Relief of Ladysmith, so here is the result!
I peer through the portal, gauging whether, this time, history would play itself out correctly.
I had managed to influence the Boer commanders to withdraw and, now, Ladysmith lay open to the British.
In the eerie glow of the Temporal Instigator I watch as Churchill’s tiny figure bounces along beside Lord Dundonald – khaki, dust and the Natal sun.
This time, the commander of the garrison, General Sir George White, has survived. He rides up and leans across to shake Dundonald’s hand.
It seems as if I have managed to get things back on track, and I blow out a lungful of tension. “What a relief!”