Welcome to Fate


Photo copyright: Ted Strutz. Thank you Ted.

I boarded the ferry leaving the mainland behind, my steed took the opportunity to cool down. I inspected my fellow travellers. They ignored me for my travel worn appearance belied my station. At the Castle they would have a shock when their laird turned up.

Last year my first officer thought to consign me to the bottom of the ocean as my ship sank.

Perhaps my trusted lady would have the biggest shock, as my claymore sliced her and him: her lover in half.
Later I would introduce the poor child who had saved me, her child would ensure me of a strong heir.


Footnote: When I first saw this prompt my muse failed to respond, so instead I started to write a record of a holiday trip to the Island of Arran in 1975. I needn’t have worried my holiday record transformed itself into this story!!!

This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    This was a rather grim tale, but it seems that laird had some cause to be a tad upset.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly has, for his wife’s lover had locked the laird in the ships hold as it sank. Then rowed away. The laird was found two days later by a girl out fishing. The hold cover had broken apart as the ship foundered.

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I’d say there are a few in for a rude awakening. 😉 Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, Thank you Rochelle

  3. wmqcolby

    A Claymore. Pretty nice sword, although, I’m used to the American Claymore mine variety. It might have solved the problem quicker.

    Fun go of it, Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      True but a bit more messily,and it might have shaken the old castle.

  4. neilmacdon

    Those lairds can be tough

    1. Michael Humphris

      True and perhaps in there day a law unto themself

  5. draliman

    I hope your holiday trip didn’t end with cleaving anyone in half! Nice one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Surely not,

  6. granonine

    Oh, good one! Those who are about to be cleaved should leave!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Yes they really should run, thank you.

  7. plaridel

    vengeance is mine… well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Plaridel.

  8. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Very creative.

    1. Michael Humphris

      But grim, thank you.

  9. justjoyfulness

    What a twist in the tale! Gripping!

    1. Michael Humphris

      This is a kind comment, thank you.

  10. Liz Young

    Clearly he hadn’t heard of chastity belts.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Ha, perhaps not, he loved and trusted her,

  11. Keith's Ramblings

    Goodness me, this is a bit dark! Good though.

    My story – ‘An empty bottle’

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, your feedback is appreciated

  12. Dale

    Never underestimate a Clansmen… but even more so, the Laird himself!
    Loved this, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      I loved your comment Dale, Thank you.

  13. Michael Wynn

    A fully satisfying revenge, he’s ended up with the lot. Well written Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      I appreciate your feedback Micheal, Thank you.

  14. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I love how you wrote “outside of the box” with this one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Dawn. I am not sure where this story came from, but I am so pleased with your comment.

  15. yarnspinnerr

    This is a fantastic take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am unsure where ‘Welcome to Fate’ came from. Maybe years of reading historical fiction, but I am so pleased with your comment. Thank you Yarnspinnerr.

  16. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    A bit of a twist at the end, Michael. YIKES … !!!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Yikes indeed; Thank you Isadora

  17. Sarah Ann

    Revenge is best served cold. I can just imagine the laird’s wife’s trying to bluff it out and her lover’s face and heart sinking. Let’s hope his aim is swift and true.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased to read your feedback, thank you. Sarah

  18. Mrs. Completely

    Those dirty, rotten cheaters! They should never underestimate a pissed-off Laird! Great story, Michael! :o)

    1. Michael Humphris

      Never indeed, I was pleased to see your feed back, thank you so much.

  19. Alicia Jamtaas

    I love the time and place of your story. And, oh, does the little woman have a bit of a shock coming.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that you enjoyed the period in which I set this story. Thank you Alicia

  20. Fatima Fakier Deria

    This scene of a betrayed laird would make a great opening chapter. It hooks the reader into the story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Fatima, I do see quite an involved story line, with court cases and family intrigues.

  21. patriciaruthsusan

    It seems at least two people are in for a shock and that isn’t all. If he’s a lord the court may rule in his favor. Influence–and money– counted in the past. Good writing, Mike. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, I agree, I do see a longer story involving court cases and intrigue.

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