Drabble Day – RELIEF

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!

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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!”

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About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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