The H.L. Hunley

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Captain Payne cackled, “It’s all or nothing, boys! Can you turn the crank, or will the sub sink?”

Ensign Nose Bender – a brawler – drew in a useless lungful of air. “I can’t breathe!”

“Don’t scare the Heartbreak Kid,” Ensign Bodacious huffed. “He’s got a girl back home.”

I squeaked. Losing the Captain’s game would widow her.

The Captian’s mad laughter curdled our blood. “Sink the Housatonic, steal that Union powder! Take home the prize, men, and win it all!”

The torpedo hit the mark, but we’d already run out of time and air. The Hunley sank with her prey.

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This was written during the Carrot Ranch Rodeo for the Pro-Bull Mashup, wherein we had three bull names – Nose Bender, Heartbreak Kid, and Bodacious – that had to be used along with pirates and a game show.

So what did I choose to do? I wrote about the first submarine in history to successfully sink an enemy war vessel. The H.L. Hunley was a Confederate submarine/deathtrap, and while it was mildly successful, everyone died during the attack. I’m personally scared to death of submarines, so I have a morbid curiosity about them. Also I had a hard time coming up with something to fit this prompt.

12 thoughts on “The H.L. Hunley

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I’m about as Southern as they come, and I follow Antebellum and Civil War era history fairly well. They’ve recently uncovered the Hunley and are trying to rescue what’s left of it – I can’t wait to go see it when they get it in a museum!

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Going with a topic that fascinates or scares you create engagement, H.R.R. Your story is original and fascinating and this is my favorite part: “Don’t scare the Heartbreak Kid,” Ensign Bodacious huffed. “He’s got a girl back home.” Sad that they did not make it.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      It is sad – still, the Yankee ship that they sank had even more men on it. I try to remember that tragedy too, but man it’s hard when you have such new tech coming into this battle.

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