View Poll Results: Which ONE is your favourite tale?

Voters
9. You may not vote on this poll
  • Submission 1

    1 11.11%
  • Submission 2

    1 11.11%
  • Submission 3

    7 77.78%
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

  1. #1
    Caillagh de Bodemloze's Avatar to rede I me delyte
    Content Director Patrician Citizen

    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    the British Isles
    Posts
    7,306

    Default Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    Creative Workshop Competitions - Check out our sister competitions here on TWC! << Picture of the Week | Tale of the Week | Writers' Study General Competitions | Graphics Workshop Monthly Competition >>




    Battle of Trenton


    Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze - image provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Keywords River
    Ice
    Attack
    Morale
    Glorious



    You have ONE vote.

    Submission 1
    Patrick ground his teeth. Every splash of his paddle burned his knuckles cold. He shivered. River mist curled around the boat, ice chunks thumped against the hull. He peered forth, eyes locked downstream, too afraid to look away lest a rock or log emerged to upturn the vessel. A soft thud bumped the bow and Patrick looked to the river’s night-black waters. A Union soldier’s face stared back at him, wide eyes glazed beneath the water’s surface.
    “Be strong, Mary,” Patrick called out over his shoulder. “Tomorrow McClernand’s counter-attack will shatter the Confederates morale – have them all fleeing back to Fort Sewall in a glorious rout.”
    Mary said nothing.
    Patrick looked at her. She sat at the boat’s rear, wrapped in a cloth blanket. Through a fold around her neck was the small-round head of their son, his face held against her neck, his own cupped by Mary’s hand. The baby’s thin hair was white with frost.
    “Keep our lad warm, Mary.” Patrick curtailed the urgency in his voice. “We’ll reach Little Harbor by dawn, I promise. Just you wait until you see my father’s farm. Sheep, Mary. And cows and chickens.” Patrick laughed, breath white as a ghost. “What will our boy think of them?”
    Patrick plunged the paddle into the river and rowed harder.
    The boat sailed onward, cutting a path through mist and the smell of gunpowder. The river gulped surf and bubbles and the frozen dead. On either side, grass banks rose steep into shadow, the glow of burning villages long fallen from sight.
    “Not long now, dear. Keep our lad warm.”
    Patrick didn’t look back. His cheeks stung wet.

    Submission 2
    When Publius Cornelius Scipio’s horse started to cross the Trebia river, the Consul was distraught. He looked at a Decurion from his personal guard and saw that the man’s leg was injured. “The fool Sempronius” Publius thought to himself for the tenth time since early morning. “It serves him right to have launched such an attack!” Publius’ wet caligae made him shiver; he was lucky that it wasn’t cold enough for ice to form. The camp wasn’t very far but he’ll suffer it, just like the loss. He looked behind and saw that the Carthaginians didn’t press further and was letting what remained of the battered roman and allied forces cross the river. Morale was low among the soldiers. The battle’s ending and its catastrophic result was just piled on over the cold, the lack of sleep and the hunger that was tormenting them… He could see his fellow Consul with some decimated centuries two stadiums away. He couldn’t help it and sighed heavily… He shook his head in disgust. “At least I warned him…” he thought. “I did tell him not to go against them right now…” Publius sighed again… “And to think for Hannibal, it is just… glorious!"

    Submission 3
    Delaware Doggerel

    In a cold and damp December shiver
    With nary a defense against his great foe
    But only fields, farms, and a river
    (Stern) George and his captains round meager glow
    Discusssed the plain simple sad rationale:
    The sad absence and lack in their men of morale


    "They've been running and losing all season long
    "They need a story, a lyric, or e'en a song
    "To write home of victory against the excise
    "By bravery, firmness, and bold stern attacks
    "Not sad tales of rice cooked with ice
    "And broken limbs set with a splice."


    So the patriots plotted, schemed and contrived
    A cross river amphibious assault to arrive
    North of Trenton ten miles barefoot to march
    Cross the Delaware Christmas Eve disembarked
    Washington's army however meager and slight
    Through the midwinter night, with nary a light


    From farmstead or stars; not even the Moon's
    The boatmen, officers, hussars and dragoons,
    And fusiliers with musket and ball,
    Continentals, minutemen and militia all,
    With their wet and frozen efforts laborious
    Won a victory o'er the Hessians glorious.


    The yuletide greetings from steeple to steeple
    By the townsfolk now spread fast as an eagle
    Of a battle won in combat lethal
    By a brave, free, newly confident people.






  2. #2
    Alwyn's Avatar Frothy Goodness
    Content Director Patrician Citizen

    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    8,572

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    Voted, good luck to all!

  3. #3
    Turkafinwë's Avatar The Absurdist
    Civitate

    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    1,652

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    Three very different tales with very different vibes. All deserving recognition yet only one can receive victory. Good luck everyone!

    Chapter XXVII: The Choice
    #JusticeForAkar #JusticeForCal #JusticeForCookie #JusticeForAthelchan



  4. #4
    King Athelstan's Avatar The Wheel Weaves
    Citizen Censor

    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Nidaros
    Posts
    5,324
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    I have cast my vote, all of these were an entertaining read!
    Proudly under the patronage of General Brewster of the Imperial House of Hader
    Proud patron of 4zumi, Akar, CommodusIV and Swaeft







  5. #5
    Van Zandt's Avatar pulvis et umbra
    Citizen

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West of the Trinity
    Posts
    6,430
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    The Battle of Trenton was a staple in my history classes as a student. Hard to imagine that someone doesn't recognize the name. But anyway, an interesting take by all three entries.



    Neither is this the dawn from the east, nor is a dragon flying above, nor are the gables of this hall aflame. Nay, mortal enemies approach in ready armour. Ravens are calling, wolves are howling, spear clashes and shield answers


  6. #6

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    I felt bad for not having gotten a tale of my own done, but after reading these, I feel I'd not have passed muster anyway. These are quality, and I am very happy to have seen such a strong turnout (in terms of quality). Keep it up ladies and gentlemen, and I hope to try my pen against you three in the next TotW!
    | Community Creative Writing
    | My Library
    | My Mapping Resources
    | My Nabataean AAR for EBII
    | My Ongoing Creative Writing

  7. #7

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    Did my duty!

  8. #8

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    Congratulations to all entrants - three enjoyable reads.
    Napoleon Total War Play-Throughs:

    Italian Campaign - VH/VH (completed Late May, 1797)

    Egyptian campaign - VH/VH (conquered all provinces Late Nov. 1800)
    Prussian Campaign - VH/VH (in progress)

    Just because you CAN buy that shiny bauble - doesn't mean you SHOULD buy it.


  9. #9

    Default Re: Tale of the Week 294: Battle of Trenton - VOTING THREAD

    Voted. Good luck fellow writers.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •