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Freedom Drifts

Updated on May 5, 2015

George Washington's Private Journals

On February 14th, General Washington spent most of his day studying maps and potential battle plans, and in the evening he wrote letters. The letters he wrote talked about freedom, and how it was very important to mankind. He wrote about how the winter was passing and there was no real disaster. He stopped and breathed a sigh of relief. However, he wasn't kidding himself, and he knew that danger and war would soon be intense.

Washington knew that the letters he sent were being intercepted by the Redcoats, and he had to seek new couriers. The boys that carried his notes were captured and then reassigned. He knew the Redcoats made military men out of his boys because during a night raid, his men recognized a few in enemy attire.

He folded several letters and placed them on the corner part of the table. The last letter he wrote was all about freedom. He wasn't in it for monetary gain or for some deep seated political reason. He wanted freedom for the colonies. He wanted all people to breathe in freedom without interruption, or conflict.

His men were considered traitors, and he was coined the cold blooded leader of the freedom fighters.

General George Washington sat down and was lost in thought. He couldn't imagine anyone more enslaved as the colonists. Freedom was still a dream, but someday it would be realized...

After weeks of confinement in the February darkness, the barge dwellers were living a different kind of terror. The Queen's Rangers kept the black men from Africa locked in a cramped space at the bottom of the barge with the supplies for the army. Most of the African men were groping around in complete darkness. Their initial feelings of anger and determination to escape had given in to despair.

The Africans huddled close together to stave off hypothermia as hope of survival kept dwindling.

Tired and hungry eyes looked up as the hatch was briefly thrown open. It proved to be nothing more than an inspection from the Queen's Rangers. At least the rangers provided some food and blankets before their hasty exit. The Africans took that as a good sign. They wouldn't be given food and blankets if they weren't intended to be kept alive.

The African men wondered what was going to happen to them once they reached their destination. They felt lost and trapped like animals aboard a seemingly bottomless black hole inside a rolling ship.

The words, slavery, or freedom never entered their thoughts, but love, hope, and family faded, and fear along with a rocky motion from the choppy seas remained.

Washington's second in command felt keenly responsible for capturing one of the Queen's Spies. They tortured him for information and they found out that the rangers were bringing across African drones to help fight and defeat the Patriots. He also learn that the drones were going to fight against their will.

The General sat down with his letters and wondered if that was an advantage or disadvantage. Another group being starved of their freedom. Who had it worse? Who indeed?


© 2015 Frank Atanacio


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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flash fiction with a moral and political commentary. It doesn't get much better than this, Frank.

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Frank,

      Yes, who indeed? Dramatic flash fiction here! Oh, you made my stomach flip describing that rocking ship ... so sad when all there is, is despair.

      It takes a man of great integrity to not give in to the temptations of personal gain or political motives. You know how to choose the best titles for your particular flashes.

      I am reminded of, "God tests the heart and is pleased with integrity." I wonder how many men out there, if their hearts were tested, God would find integrity.

      Reading about that rocking ship, I am reminded when we were in Boston and went on one of the Blue Humpback Whale boat tours ... well, there had just been a tropical storm days prior, but what we did not realize was that, although the water looked calm, underneath was still churned from the storm. When that boat finally stopped two hours out and that horizon came up and down with the huge waves ... well, it was all over for many of us ... However, I saw blue humpback whales. LOL

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

      You must be a history buff.

      God bless you real good, my dear virtual friend

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Billybuc thank you for stopping by...:)

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Faith, your comments always have this calming feel to them.. you put a smile on my face all the time.. so glad u enjoyed ur whale watching.. and Boston.. sometimes u just gotta let it all out before you feel good again.. God Bless you REAL Good...:)

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      Ruchira 23 months ago from United States


      Frank I was hooked till the end. Honestly the write up was so attractive that I thought it was for real...I bow thee for your fiction :)

      Sharing it across.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Ruchira :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      Fighting against one's will is a brutal kind of slavery; I understand the general's confusion. You put so many bits of reality into your story, and because I'm not as versed as I should be on American History, I have to check the topic thread to make sure it's fiction. Very engaging!

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Msdora "

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It surely does give one pause to ponder. This one hit the mark and left a mark. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Eric

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      You almost had me fooled Frank. I saw the photo/image and thougt that I had read it and someone was replying - until I scanned it and saw "Africans" instead of "Indians".

      You wrote another good one that has much realism to it. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.


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      Lee Cloak 23 months ago

      Very potent stuff Frank, really engaging, so enjoyable I read it twice and will read it again, great flash my friend, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another good one in the George Washington series, Frank. It is hard to believe these are fiction and not fact. I could feel Washington's frustration about the situation and the desire to make all men free.

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      You are truly excellent at what you do, Frank. This historical turn that you have taken -- I really like it. I can't wait to see what else you come up with. What a brilliant creative writer you are!

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Lee. Jodah and Flourish for stopping by and checking out the journals.. Bless you guys :)

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      Mary Craig 23 months ago from New York

      Brilliant! It seemed so real from start to finish, like you had insider information. Surely many nefarious things happened during this period in history and George Washington faced many decisions and horrors we can only speculate about, unless of course we have your fiction to fill in the blanks.

      Where I live it seems every other building has a sign that says, "George Washington slept here." We often wonder how much sleeping around he did ;).

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and very interesting.

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      Chris Mills 23 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Frank, It seems that people can only be kept down like this for so long, and then the explosion comes. Men like Washington helped guide that power so that freedom was the outcome. Thanks for creating a vivid picture in our minds about these times, places and people.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Tillsontitan and Cam8510 for sharing your comments.. and thanks for reading my Washington Journal entry.. bless you both Frank :)

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      You took us right there and back again, Frank! Terrible suffering, terrible choices to make, all because of leaders, greed and the call of power.

      Brilliant story.


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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thank you annart bless you

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      Theresa Ast 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Frank - Quite different and very good. I really like how you have so skillfully combined history, storytelling, and social and political concerns. Very nice work. Blessings. Theresa

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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      A good reminder of the depravity of mankind and what that can lead to when selfish ambition rules the day, but also, it reminds of how complicated societies become over time. Thanks for a read to think about.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Kake.. I guess you can take that approach.. thanks for checking out my piece :)

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      Akriti Mattu 23 months ago from Shimla, India

      Nice post

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thank you akriti

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      One of my favorites of yours Frank!!

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      mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This reminded me a bit of Alastar Packer's work which is about the nicest thing I can say about someone's writing.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Audrey... and ckbird that i a fine compliment

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thanks Examiner didn't mean to fool ya..:) bless you bro

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