Word count: 100
Pairings or characters involved: Stephen and Jack
Character(s) to give rum to: Mr. Pullings
Author and notes: An answer to Challenge #8. Is it worse to base stories on the movies because you have read the books or to base them on the books even though you haven’t read them? From HMS Surprise. Thanks to sparowe for her quotes from that book. I’ll get to it soon. Stephen’s POV (as usual).
There seemed no dose that could banish fear. Even when laudanum freed him of pain, the screams haunted him.
Just a little more and I’ll sleep, he thought, “perchance to dream.” He smiled bitterly; unlike Hamlet, he was not shy.
But he could not reach the bottle. Despairing, he fell back into a fitful doze, echoes of their questions and phantom touches, keeping him from rest.
Then he heard it. He couldn’t place the sound. He knew it well, but it drifted tauntingly out of reach, calling him back. An Old Irish lullaby played soft and sweet on a violin.
Thanks also to my Father, who plays the wonderful music of Turlough O’Carolan on acoustic guitar.
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