Historical Fiction Part 5

December 12, 2018 |  Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Historical Fiction Part 5

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 As discussed as an option during the first class of the semester, this will be a piece of a semester-long project in which a historical fiction piece will be written. The excerpt continues on from where the previous left off.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 PROMPT

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 WRITE A HISTORICAL FICTION THAT SOMEHOW:

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  • directly considers questions of what history is
  • how it affects ordinary people
  • how it is created by historians and passed on through others

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 TITLE – Losing Your Head

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 PREMISE OF THE HISTORICAL FICTION:

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  • Takes place during the French Revolution
  • King Louis XVI is on trial for treason by the Jacobins and the National Convention
  • Main character of the story, is out to prove that the accusations that King Louis XVI is being accused of are really those of Queen Marie Antoinette

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 EXCERPT 5 FROM PIECE:

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 “Tis I young Troy, are you surprised?” Troy shocked at his reveal responds softly, “h-h-how?” “Great Question. Why don’t we think this out, hmm?” Troy puzzled beyond belief continues… “I just don’t understand…this has all just been a dream, there’s no way that you should be here right now…unless? Am I still dreaming?” “Not quite my boy, not quite. Keep thinking, you’ll get it, you are wise after all.” Troy completely bewildered starts to mumble to himself in an attempt to uncover this mystery. “Maybe…maybe…WAIT – have you been following me this whole time? That night on the roof? Were you the sensation that took over and forced me to jump over the buildings?!” “there it is my boy! T’was I.” Troy immediately questions him “but how!? You’re dead…these have all just been dreams!” “Well Troy my sweet sweet naïve boy, they weren’t merely just dreams – you my friend…are of my royal bloodline.” Flabbergasted, Troy exclaims, “impossible! Even so, that doesn’t explain how you’re here in front of me right now!”

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 “Well my boy, that is where you’re wrong. You see, this all started the other night when you had the first lucid dream about your family heritage…that’s all it took for my manifestation to occur. Your memory and adrenaline sparked your connection to the Robespierre family secret. We transcend through time in the form of our ancestry. We’ve been waiting for years for you to uncover yours. Now is time to take your rightful place in our bloodline – you must kill King Louis XVI.” “Wait a minute…you want me to KILL him?! I thought it was the queen who wants him dead, not you!” “That’s what I wanted you to think – history is never wrong. I’ve wanted him dead all along…that waste of a man is not worthy of the throne and it is our time to take over what is rightfully ours.” Dumbfounded, Troy takes a second to think before he responds to Robespierre.

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 “Just out of curiosity, do you know what happens to you if King Louis XVI is executed?” “of course I do…I take over as the rightful leader of France and show my country how it should be led” “No Robespierre, you’re executed eventually too for the horrible actions you take after your rise to power. You abuse your power and the people do not take welcome to this.” “well the people are not my concern. They will learn over time that my rule is absolute and the only way France will rise again.” “Well, it seems that you have your mind made up already and that’s fine, I don’t plan on changing history, but what part do I have to play in all of this? Why come to me now?” “well here’s the thing Troy my boy, I already know what befalls me and what history has written in its books. You however, have the opportunity to change ALL of that. The last person on the Robespierre line is YOU. You share our gift to travel in time and change it. I used mine to have King Louis XVI executed…because you’re right in your assumption – the queen is at fault for the whole thing and she was destined for the guillotine before I stepped in. Blaming the King was my greatest accomplishment – now how will you use your power? Will you comply with the Robespierre legacy or will you continue to try and rewrite history?”

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 “I just don’t know…this is a lot to take in and I still don’t understand how you’re in front of me right now…” “well I can answer that for you – my body might be dead my good boy but my soul isn’t, it is merely manifested inside of you. Ready to take over or escape whenever I see fit.” Shocked by this whole ordeal, Troy sits down and begins to ponder. “So wait…who stabbed me? “well that was me of course. I couldn’t have you ruining my rise to power. My soul took over one of the peasants sitting outside and before you had a chance to speak your mind I had to make a drastic decision to keep you from making a fool of our family name. Which leads us to where we are now.” Troy, appalled “but what if I died?! What then?!?”  “well the family name would tarnish and our reincarnations would cease to exist but you would be wise not to do that.”

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Troy is extremely concerned about the newfound information from his recent trip to the French revolution and is unsure of what actions he must take going forward. On one hand, he doesn’t want to rewrite history as he’s sure there are extenuating consequences. However, at the same time, does he just let an innocent man take the fall for a crime that he did not rightfully commit? Even if Troy were to defend this man, how would he do it now knowing that Robespierre has been following his every move and could either take control of his body or another’s and alter history to the way he seems fit. In a predicament that he has not one clue of how to handle Troy begins to scheme…


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