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For Real Poetic's Holiday Jamboree! Challenge

By Matthew FrommPublished 5 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - November 2023

My dearest Catherine,

My love, I hope you are well and safe this Christmas, for it’s a glorious Christmas night here as I sit penning this letter to you. While I dream of being with you and the children at the lake, sitting beside the fire, drinking wine with you as William and Mary play at our feet, there are things happening here in Trenton, and it’s a dream that I do not dare dream, for it makes what comes next that much harder.

Today was a glorious day, one of such majesty I dare say they will be singing its triumphs for Christmases to come. They said the cause was over, but today, through what must be a certain amount of divine intervention, I believe our righteous cause renewed with a force of will hitherto incomprehensible.

I was awoken suddenly on this frosty morning by the thumping of the cannons, a veritable cacophony of violence that, I must admit, gave me quite a start. Steeling myself, knowing that you and the children were safe, I sat near that little window upstairs. Don’t fret–I had my musket handy and watched them gloriously sweep through the streets.

But it was not the glory of the guns that stirred my soul more fiercely than I could ever have imagined. Nay, It was him.

Taller than a territorial oak, he rode at their head, bellowing, "March on, my brave fellows, after me!"

Despite the swirling rumors of their ruggedness, Washington and his army rode with such passion and bravery that any notions of their inevitable defeat I held shattered.

Not even the Sunday preacher could match his authority. Tomorrow, I will go to enlist in the Continental Army and join in this great struggle.

I pray for you and the children.





This was written in response to Real Poetic's Holiday Jamboree! Challenge, details below:

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Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wished to be found.

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  • JBaz4 months ago

    Congratulations on the win. This is still one of my favorite mini stories.

  • Great Top Story! Poor Catherine, William and Mary!

  • J. S. Wade4 months ago

    Poignant micro Matthew! Congratulations! I’ve been working on a series of Letters Home and really enjoyed yours. Now I may park it. My idea was letters from soldiers to home or home to soldiers 1780, 1812, 1861, 1917, 1941, 1967, 1991, 2001, and present day.

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    Missed this one, sorry! Congrats on tops story. Such a poignant well written piece. Enjoyed the EME voice immensely 🤍

  • WENNA WILLIE5 months ago

    Congratulations on your top story. Very well written indeed. Subscribed!

  • Mark Gagnon5 months ago

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Well done and congratulations on TS.

  • Julygwynet5 months ago

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  • What a fascinating story!!! Excellent work Matthew!!!

  • Xine Segalas5 months ago

    Loved this - congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Bravo!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!💕❤️❤️

  • JBaz5 months ago

    Back to say congratulations. This one was so deserving

  • Mattie :)5 months ago

    So so good, Matthew! Well done. Congrats on top story, friend.

  • Gerald Holmes5 months ago

    This is just magical! Truly wonderful writing. Flows so well. Congrats on Top Story.

  • This is penned with passion. It is a fitting tribute to a profound chapter in American history. Well done!

  • Lamar Wiggins5 months ago

    You love history and it shows. This had a very transcendent quality to it. Your dive into of the mind of a past hero was very believable. Excellent work!!! And congrats!!!

  • Mackenzie Davis5 months ago

    Ohhh this is so compelling and immersive, Matthew! Just, so well done! This bit really got me: "Not even the Sunday preacher could match his authority. Tomorrow, I will go to enlist in the Continental Army and join in this great struggle." Damn. What a pay-off from the first paragraph. Congrats on TS too!

  • Kendall Defoe 5 months ago

    I could imagine such a letter written by Washington.

  • Dana Crandell5 months ago

    Ooutstanding job, Matthew. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • Donna Renee5 months ago

    Oooof the sweet letter and the dagger of a title 😩❤️ so good!!!!

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Great job on this and great take on the challenge.

  • Grz Colm5 months ago

    Creative twist on the challenge. Excellent Matthew! 😊👏

  • JBaz5 months ago

    The title says it all, you wrote the part that needed to be read. Great job

  • Poor George. Your title hit me hard. Loved your take on this challenge!

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