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Storm Front

Title: Storm Front

Author: Eglantine_br

Rating G

Word Count 200 (double drabble,)

Spoilers None

Disclaimer Nor mine, nor ever will be





A slight editorial comment first. Even in today's Navy, for truly severe storms, our ships are all sent out to sea. They are safer out there, away from anything that they can collide with. But for those on shore, who love them, such times are not easy.







Storm Front



Rain shook the window. It leaked in with the cold air around the loose frame. It misted Horatio with nose itching cold, and the smell of the sea. The storm had come with the winds shift at sunset. He could hear the surf tearing at the shore. There would be foam at the land's edge, brown with sand, like the head on a beer. Under that soft deceit, were the hidden rocks, to tear the belly of a ship or a man. Far away over the water, the sizzle of lightning, the thunder immediate. No time to count or even breathe.


“Its close.” Archie's voice was gruff. . “Poor bastards.”


Horatio and Archie, knotted together, forced idle in the prison room. God, keep us all from the lee shore.


Somewhere out past the smeared window, men's voices fought the wind. Men were aloft with feet slipping, with hands torn and bleeding. Men soaked with cold, and the canvas heavy, slapping and fighting, because of course ships are alive.


French, Spanish, English. On such a night they rocked as one. They suffered as one. Because of course, the sea is alive, and it is no man's friend.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 18th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, atmospheric. :)
Feb. 19th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. this one was just an image, a feeling really. This is of course not 'the' storm of the devils teeth.

I love the icon.
Feb. 18th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Very quick note - as I am not at home till Monday

atmospheric indeed - and yes - the sailor's real challenge always - the sea itself overppowering any temporary emnities.
hope to be back to comment again
Feb. 19th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Hope you are out having fun. I suppose, where you are, it is past midnight. Happy Birthday!

I will send you an email tomorrow.
Feb. 19th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
No such luck - just getting ready for bed in fact !
Still never mind - look forward to email though.
I love Vsee's icon too -who will no doubt tell you but suspect it maybe one of Tabby Stardusts origianlly - she is imcomaprable in that field! *nodbears other life in the Holmesian subcluture briefly surfacing - however not here !
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