English King


I will not capitulate!

Tell your master:  This Throne will never seat a Norman King. Your archers will fall, the conscripts will abandon you, your errant Knights will betray you. I will fight alongside the lowliest foot soldier, the noblest Knight, and see your heart on the end of my sword…

Tell your master:

If I die before your head is impaled upon my lance, rest-assured no one in this Kingdom will let you live a moment longer than my last breath…

Take that to your noble master and may he choke on it.  Save us some time…and arrows.

Friday Fictioneers  @ Addicted to Purple
Photo Prompt:  Copyright Claire Fuller
Word Count:  99

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When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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28 comments on “English King
  1. Y. Zheng says:

    Nice! Really enjoyed it.

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. Didn;t you do Fri Fictioneers? I haven’t seen you there. I know, it’s hard enough for you to study let alone do any challenges. Thanks for coming by Zheng. Lucy

      • Y. Zheng says:

        Yes, I actually posted mine this morning. It’s a fun challenge to do each week. I posted the link in inlinkz, go check it out!

  2. Nice. it flowed so smoothly. I could hear the speaker saying the words. Congrats.

  3. Doobster418 says:

    Yeah, that’s telling ’em!

    • Lucy says:

      Well, the phrase “bite me” wasn’t appropriate. Or maybe “tell your master to shove it were the sun don’t shine”. Lucy

  4. Kate Loveton says:

    Good job, Lucy! I’m still trying to figure out what to write for this one. I better figure it out soon or take a pass. The mind seems on hiatus this week. 😉

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. The voice of the king that was in my head was that of Max von Sydow. It’s not due until Mon or Tues I think.. After writing English King I have a need to read something about King Arthur, but I have read everything. Maybe Amazon Prime has something. I’ll fall asleep. Lucy

      • Kate Loveton says:

        Whenever I think of Max von Sydow, I think of the stiff-necked evangelist in the film ‘Hawaii’ or the gloomy Christ figure he played in one of the Bliblical flicks. I was hearing Richard Burton when I read your English King’s words. No anemic king would Richard be, but a strong, robust – even tragic – one. I haven’t read much about King Arthur. Years ago, in school, I read Idylls of the King. That was a long time ago, though.

      • Lucy says:

        I hadn’t thought of Richard Burton. He would do. It’s just I’ve been a follower of Max von Sydow since I first saw him when I was a young teen in Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal”. He was often in Bergman films. I was always so impressed with his mastery of English while being Swedish. Lucy

  5. Love the previous comments about “bite me” and “shove it …”. What you wrote truly boomed like Max von Sydow and said so much more…. Nice

  6. Sandra says:

    He sounds like a very tough cookie. Convincing monologue.

  7. Wow. That would scare me off!

  8. Lucy, Those old fellows were tough. The Normans might have won, but they really had a fight on their hands. Well written. Good story with great dialogue. 🙂 —Susan

  9. Dear Lucy,

    Powerful speech. I could hear it.



  10. Say it like it is! The tone and language was excellent.

  11. yarnspinnerr says:

    The poor Norman king did not know he was fighting destiny for if he would have won the World history would have been very different. The power drips from each word. Excellent.

  12. Pratik Kirve says:

    That’s the attitude..!! Awe-Inspiring King!!
    Well described.. 🙂

  13. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, I love it, I love it! Don’t waste the time, or arrows. You are so very clever! Nan 🙂

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