Title: The evil that men do
Rating PG for violence and misery
Word Count 684
Disclaimer I did not invent them
I must offer some apology here. This is the darkest and ugliest thing I have written, maybe ever. I was doing research on the historic treatment of Prisoners of War. Not conducive to easy sleep at night. But we know, as Archie does not, that love, and dignity, and Horatio, will be returned to him.
Archie at 14, had been a puppy.
The Navy had not been his first choice, but still he had come to it in hope. He had been full of bright eyed curiosity. He had been so ready to be every man's friend. Three days later, Jack Simpson had commenced his lessons. Archie had bled, and he had wept hot tears, he had begged for mercy, and there had been none. Then he had fought, desperately. None of it had made a difference. Simpson had taken what he wished. Four years of darkness followed.
Archie had been 18 when Horatio arrived. He had considered himself an educated man.
He had been so wrong.
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