The Night Quest...

George Washington's Private Journals









He looked up at the starry revolutionary sky. Beautiful, he thought. Lonely, but so very beautiful. He closed his eyes, and as he was drifting off to sleep and he heard his daughter sobbing silently. He wanted to comfort her, but he couldn't, and he fell into a deep sleep. The nightmares then attacked his soul as he watched his daughter naked and being tossed into the river, as the British soldiers were laughing and drinking. They made the rape party available for everyone to see.

He tried helping her at the start, but he was force to fight two British Soldiers at one time, and if he won, they'd leave her alone. The fight was still fresh in his mind and tried to change the outcome while he slept.

When he took a step toward the first man, the other one threw a flurry of face and head punches that stunned him and forced him to step back. Then a third soldier joined the fighting party and they circled around him in a slight crouch. He threw a right round house punch and missed the target completely. One of the soldier's kicked his right heel out from under him and he fell onto his back, and after that there was no mercy. They kicked him senseless until he was completely knocked out.

The river water was cold, but they roughed bathed her and then took turns. He tried to force his way to her, and knew he would die in the blink of an eye, but it didn't matter. His body ached so much he just stood silent and begged God for forgiveness.

“Forgive me God, I can't seem to help my baby,” He cried.

In an instant he woke up to such commotions that filled the air. He looked toward his daughter and she was being helped by two of General Washington's men. They had the rape party tied to trees, and the men who resisted being tied were shot to death.

The young girl ran to her father and hugged him tight. “I'm sorry baby,” he cried.

“For nothing,” she whispered. “For nothing.”

“General!” He demanded.

Washington walked over to him carrying a thick tree branch.

“I want those men shot!”

Washington grimaced.

“Did you hear me?”




“I did,” he replied. “I don't think we will have them shot. Your daughter will not be avenged. And they will not suffer.”

“What do you mean?”

The general handed the tree branch to his daughter and nodded his head.

“Beat them?” she whispered.

“Make them suffer,” he replied. “Beat them for as long as you can.”

For a moment she stood frozen, staring at the tied rape party. Then she looked into her father's eyes and saw hurt. She saw suffering, and shame. She then walked to the rape party and started beating them with the tree branch. She was hitting them in the genitals with swift accuracy. She concentrated on no other place, but the genitals. Each blow had more hatred and more thrust. She prayed that the tree branch would shatter their privates beyond recognition. She wanted them to remember what they did to her, and that what she did to them was payment.

After an hour or so, she felt her hands shaking. She felt a little dizzy so she stopped. She walked toward the general and dropped the tree branch in front of his feet.

“They're never going to use their fucking dicks anymore,” she half whispered.

A smile almost creased the general's face as he turned away from her.

“Thank you general,” her father called as he took his daughter by the hand and walked away.

The general's second in command brought the horses over and stood directly in front of Washington. He helped the general onto the horse and then looked up at him. “What should we do with the rape gang?”

“The same thing we did to Lieutenant Britcone,” he said as he rode several paces away from the river and stopped.

Washington really never approved of capital punishment, but what was the next best thing? He couldn't put his finger on it, so it had to be. There was a war going on, and it meant death, and only prayer offered some relief.

Ten shots rang out and the general closed his eyes. Those shots kept ringing in his ears as he commanded the horse to move on.


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billybuc 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

There's nothing like a historical fiction with the phrase "fucking dicks" to get my motor started in the morning. LOL Great story....you had me from the very beginning.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

LMAO!!! what a comment and no comment to your comment :)


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

First I have to agree with Bill, o f course being a genteel lady I had to laugh quietly LOL.

Second, growing up my favorite genre of reading was historical fiction. You're certainly pulling me in with these.

Voted all but funny. Shared too.


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wow! Frank, your historical fiction is something else. Good old George Washington giving the girl retribution first, so they'd suffer before having the rapists shot. I hope you don't find this hub becomes shut down or censored because of the "f..d.." phrase and the theme. It just won't have the same impact if that happens. If it does though just claim it is the name of a "cocktail"...apparently that's allowed going on the HP HubPro blog.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

Til.. I have no doubt that you are a lady.. Bless you.. and Jodah first LOL on the cocktail... They may just remove the ads.. but hey what can I say..thank you guys for reading my night quest.. and for the life of me I forgot why I titled it as such...


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MsDora 20 months ago from The Caribbean

That phrase is sure getting a lot of attention, perhaps because it describes the center of the story. I didn't smile until I read that the general almost smiled. Good story plot, by the way!


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annart 20 months ago from SW England

Just desserts! The language here is not gratuitous, it fits the situation so how can hubpages object? I usually condemn bad language in any hub but the theme here requires it, doesn't it?!

Great story! I don't understand the title either!!

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you MsDora and Annart for your understanding and wonderful supporting comments bless you both


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clivewilliams 20 months ago from Nibiru

Great one frank, very imaginative indeed


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Clive


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tirelesstraveler 20 months ago from California

So much emotion and so much justice packed into so few words . Nice work.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you tireless


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Frank, you certainly are becoming a master at historical flash fiction. I believe these are becoming my favorite of yours and on HP. You have this one down pat and right from the start grab our attention to where we just can't stop reading. I am in agreement with Ann and others here, the "f.d." language certainly is understandable considering the situation. WTF ..."What the Faith" did I just write LOL ... If HP gets onto you, maybe you could change it to "dastardly pricks" ... Tee hee (not the same, I know ...)

Keep up the phenomenal writing here, dear Frank. Blessings always

Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

Yeah they did make their mark on me I have to change it..:( but at least it went unnoticed for two days LOL.. thank you and WTF ( What the Faith ) when are you hubbing again?... So I can trip and fall all over your page :) Bless you


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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

Well this held me to the end Frank!


Lee Cloak 20 months ago

Serious stuff Frank, strong stuff, I was hooked from the get go, very enjoyable reading, voted up, thanks, looking forward to the next one, Lee


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Audrey and Lee Cloak for checking out my Quest


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Oh, darlin' (that's what we say here in the Deep South ...when there is a darlin' like you, Frank), believe it or not, I am working on a flash fiction and wanted to publish it Sunday night. However, you know me, Ms. Wordy ...so I realized it was turning into more of a short story fiction than a flash fiction. I have been studying your style in the opening lines and cutting out all of the unnecessary. It is hard for me, but I am still editing, editing, and editing.

Yes, I see they made you remove that particular language. I was initially going to say she should have just said, "Off with their 'heads'" Tee hee, not the ones about their shoulders either. Ahem, I do hope to publish soon, and I will be waiting for you to trip and fall all over my page : )

Bless you too


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Oh, really! Hmm, that is interesting LOL. I hope I don't disappoint, as I am not an expert at flash fiction. I feel like I have a lot of pressure to make it perfect before publishing anything, which there is no such thing as perfect but I guess I can settle for halfway good Hahaha

Hugs, sweet dreams ... get that violence out of your mind


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

what r u talking about no such thing as perfect.. look in the mirror Ms Thang!


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The Examiner-1 20 months ago

That was interesting Frank. I guess that the father was glad that his daughter was allowed to punish the men. I voted up, shared, Tweeted and pinned it.

Kevin


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FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

Such evil men deserve evil punishments


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks examiner 1 for stopping by and commenting.. and Flourish always good to see you


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Woo ...bless you! Oh, so now you're either a sweettalker or silver-tongued devil : ) ...whichever the case may be, we need millions more just like you in this world to bring a smile.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

LOL.. silly


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Tee hee


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

stay sweet dear faith.. and get crackalackin on that hub...


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

I need someone to crack the whip on me to get publishing, so thank you, dear Frank. I was so tired when I arrived home this evening from working in the City and then my hour commute home, I thought I would take a short nap, and I just now woke up LOL. I did not even eat dinner.

I will try to get crackalackin, dear one ...


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

LOL.. funny girl


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always exploring 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

Wow Frank! Man I was getting into the tree branch beating BIG time, the dirty dogs! What a great story teller you are. I loved it!!


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much always :)


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Sara Sarwar Riaz 20 months ago from Michigan, USA

Another great piece of historical fiction. Very imaginative and captivating till the end. You certainly have great talent in this area.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Sara for reading :)


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cam8510 20 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Frank, interesting opening with the dream, then switching to reality. There was obviously some tough justice being handed out before the courts were set up here. Caught red....handed it was probably most effective. Great job on the historical and the fiction sides Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Cam for stopping by :)


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dghbrh 20 months ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Dear Frank,

You know what....the historical flash fiction or exactly the conversation through commenting between you and Theresa....I am not sure which I enjoyed more here....I am honest here LOL.

Frank you always catch your readers with your unique ways of story telling skills. It was another wonderful read on this afternoon and very righteously the devils were punished. The phrases chosen have been talked about a lot ....that actually is the punch in the whole game.

Ahem.....and Frank.....you are turning me into a short story reader really.

Votes up awesome and sharing too like always.

Take care and stay blessed

Deergha


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Hi Frank,

Just stopped by your side of HP Town to say thank you for leaving a kind comment about me on billybuc's hub. What a sweetheart!

Bless you


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

Deergha thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.. And Faith..WTF? Where's the Faith? I always have your back :)


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

LOL... I was told it wasn't the F'''D that it was the violent act... is the reason they pulled the advertisment.. I guess that was okay.. can't wait to see what you bring to the table..:)

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