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The Enemy Upon Us

“Take up arms! We’re under attack!” The blunderbuss hit my square in the chest as Jamie took off back up the grand staircase. “All men to their stations!” he bellowed, surcoat on back to front. “To arms! To arms!”
“What the hell?” I looked at Lisa standing at the top of the stairs, cutlass gripped in her left hand and Jamie sprinted past. She shrugged and waved me up.
“Carpet beetles,” she said quietly once I was standing next to her by the banister. Somewhere beneath us a door slammed and Jamie’s voice carried up.
“We shall smite them! We shall crush them! Victory shall be ours!”
“Rally speech,” Lisa said. “He’s been giving them all morning. I think this one is for the Sir Geoffrey.”
“The suit of armour in the dinning room?”
Lisa nodded.
“What do we do?” I asked.
“Nothing really,” she replied. “Just hope he does less damage then the carpet beetles.”

Written for the wonderful prompt at Inky Tavern. I may have changed one line, I decided I didn’

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


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