Elephant Island, April 24 1916
If you ever read this letter, you probably know that I have perished at sea. You know I always loved you; but only with Endurance I can show my worthiness to you.
Seeing the ship be eaten by ice and spend months of Antarctic night was all well, but to set out in our tiny vessel across the stormy sea has made it harder than ever to encourage my men that we still have any hope.
Tomorrow we will be at the mercy of wind, sea and a carpenter’s adze.
Forever Your Ernest
This week my muse took the route of historical fiction through and imagined letter sent from Ernest Shackleton to his wife Emily right before he set out on a life-boat across the stormy sea to South Georgia (to tie it into the name of the photographer).
Friday Fictioneers is a vivid group of writers who every week set out on adventurous expeditions across the globe. We are follow the beacons from light-house master Rochelle Wissoff-Fields, and the only constraint is a story in 100 words that write to the same picture.
January 21, 2015