Just Thinking

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Is there a place where I may sit and contemplate the many fine individuals who have left this land. That time has come when I must take stock, and then move forward. So many are missing from my band of warriors, I fear for the nation’s future. But then they say that no one knows the future. Perhaps that is right, but I doubt it.

For I know I will die, and so I fear for those who follow in my foot steps. Where will they find succour when we have lost so many today. Forester may we rest here a while.

Why I thank you sir, ‘tis a seat fit for a king. A king who has won a battle but not the war.

Now arise my merry band, we ride to Hastings, our duty to perform.

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  1. Iain Kelly

    Poor King Harold – if only he knew how it would play out…

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think had he not been struck by the arrow, he may have won the battle. Then I wonder how history would remember him.

  2. Priceless Joy

    He is able to sit and contemplate all the men he has lost in the battle and knows that he hasn’t won the war. I wonder if he has enough men left to win the war? Great story Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you PJ. He would die from a arrow, and so a Norman king ‘William the Conqueror’ would rule England. In my story I tried to imagine how Harold Godwinson [King Harold the second] felt before meeting the Norman king in battle.

      1. Priceless Joy

        I’m not familiar with the story but I really liked your story!

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you PJ. Being at school was not my scene, but I enjoyed history, for it seemed and felt like telling stories. Little did I know then that I would write my own stories.

          1. Priceless Joy

            Hahaha! Little did we know what we would turn out to be or do.

      2. yarnspinnerr

        I suspected this was about Norman invasion when I first read it but was not sure which Harold. A wonderful take on this one.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Glad you enjoyed it, it was a bit philosophical. It was my take on Harold Godwinson as he rested and prepared to deal with a Norman invasion of his kingdom. Harold Godwinson was also known as King Harold the second, the last Saxon king of England..

  3. Keith's Ramblings

    I’ll keep my eyes open living as I do just outside Hastngs and very near the beach where his lot came ashore in 1066!

    Click to read my FFfAW!

    1. Michael Humphris

      It often seems that battles are won and lost on the wings of fate. My regards to you and Hastings.

  4. anuragbakhshi

    I must admit that I have no idea who this king is, but I liked your moody take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Loved that you felt the mood in this story, thank you.

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