If yesterday’s announcement about an up-coming story gave the impression that this is an original rendsz’ world story based on historical fact .. that was disingenuous. In English, Talking bollocks. The idea was not mine. The temptation to tell this tale .. it came from somewhere else. And it’s personal.
A friend has a forefather who was one of the first marines of the new United States of America. He was serving aboard the Philadelphia when it surrendered. Captured, sold into slavery. His family has a diary written about the marine’s experiences in Barbary captivity, his enslavement and his treatment.
The up-coming story has its origins in historical fact. But better than that. It’s true. Ancestor of a friend.
Well … the opening scene. After that, it descends into the abyss of rendsz’ world fantasy.
I’m going to owe someone one whopping-big apology. First, for jumping in and stealing the tale out from under his nose. Second, for not telling his story with the verve and manly drive as my friend would have narrated. And thirdly, …. well, for simply making the rest up as I went along!
But .. still .. assuming I survive the onslaught .. I hope the posting will be a good read.
And .. if my version in not strictly accurate in the actual events .. I hope my telling remains faithful to the spirit of the man .. for enduring slavery .. doggedly staying true to himself.