On the Cusp of History

Many times in his life the Doctor had been on the cusp of battle.

But never like this.

The TARDIS was hundreds of miles away in London.  There would be no escape for him as bullets flew, as cannonshot fell.  His life could easily end here, on the deck of Victory.

His companion, much shorter than he, handed him a spyglass.  “There.  Just on the horizon.”

The Doctor put the spyglass to his eye.  “Sails.  Pennants.  Villeneuve’s fleet.”

“Glorious, isn’t it?”  Horatio Nelson smiled.  “Signal the fleet!  Make sail!  Straight in!” he shouted.

The Battle of Trafalgar was at hand.

Written for dw100‘s “Sail/Sale” drabble prompt

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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