Friday, January 8, 2016

Palmetto Trees

“What saved them?” The park ranger paused, waiting to see if anyone knew. His shiny badge glittered in the bright sun.

“Shallow water and palmetto trees,” Ed finally offered to break the silence. 

Ed knew the story of Fort Sullivan frontwards and backwards. Now he was standing in awe on the historic fort grounds.

Spongy palmetto logs thwarted cannon balls fired from distant British ships, sending the frustrated fleet away from Charleston, SC only days before Congress declared independence.

Ed grasped Edna’s hand as he imagined the terror of those caught up in a rebellion that changed the world.



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This 99-word story is my contribution to the January 6 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to "write a rebellion."