Making a Stab at Historical Fiction

October 11, 2018 |  Tagged , , | Comments Off on Making a Stab at Historical Fiction

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 By John Bellantuomo

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 John’s projects this semester are all part of a larger historical fiction project.

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4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 PROMPT

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 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

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 TITLE – Losing Your Head

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 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

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 OTHER TIDBITS

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 PRELIMINARY CHARACTERS:

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 As the story develops, more characters will come into play and be added to the list of Characters

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 EXCERPT FROM THE PIECE:

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 “How did I get here?”, whispered the King as he gasped for air. Sweat dripping down his forehead as the soldiers carry him up the stairs, dragging his legs along the floor and place his head to the Guillotine. “It wasn’t me! It wasn’t me!”, he screams out with every ounce of strength he has left.

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 “STOP!!!!!!!” screams Troy, running through the crowd, which is eagerly awaiting the beheading of their King. “We are executing the wrong person! This man is innocent!” The crowd laughs, as Troy makes his way from the back to center stage. “I tell you, it wasn’t him and I have the evidence to prove it. This man was not given a fair trial and it’s all because of HER!” as Troy viciously points to soon-to-be widow, Queen Marie Antoinette.

18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 As his eyes open wide, Troy awakens from a deep sleep. Full of sweat, with his heart racing, Troy can’t help but feel that he had just lived his last dream. It was so incredibly surreal that he couldn’t help but think that he was a part of it. His mind began to wonder… “when did this take place? Could that have been me in a previous life? Did they really execute the wrong person?” He felt incredibly puzzled. Making his way from the bed to his dresser, Troy’s mind couldn’t help but continue its puzzling. “Should I look into this? No, it was only a dream – don’t be silly.”

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Troy then went about his day, at his cushy job as a newspaper journalist. While, he was a hard worker, he had a tendency to procrastinate and today wasn’t any different from the others. “BOULE!!!”, screamed Greg, Troy’s boss. “Where is that article?! It was due on my desk two hours ago!” “I’m sorry, I’m just finishing up the final touches on it right now.” Says Troy, hastily. “This is the last time accepting your assignment late Boule, next time…you’re fired. I swear it’s like half the time you spend here your dreaming or something.” Greg states as he exits Troy’s office.

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 As the day progressed, Troy would go on to finish his piece on how in his second bout, President Trump, vows to right the wrongs he committed in his first term. Once submitted, Troy grabs a bite to eat from his favorite Chinese restaurant on Lexington and 4th and starts his journey back to his apartment. However, similar to his mindset while he was finishing his article, Troy still couldn’t help but shake his dream from last night. It felt so real that his heart couldn’t stop racing all day. Nevertheless, after he got home, Troy showered up, put his favorite TV show on and laid in bed…

21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 Sssssssnk… “there goes another head, I wonder who it was this time.” “Must’ve been the soldiers who been guarding the King. Word on the street is he’s next.” Whispers a peasant as he walks his wife through a nearby alley in search for some spare bread. A man exits from the shadow after hearing the conversation. “WOAH. Is this really happening? Am I back in the 1700s!?” yells Troy to himself. He begins to wander, trying to take in the area and the sensation that he’s feeling. “There’s no way this is real…this has to be a dream. I have to find a way to wake up this is crazy.” Troy ventures off in hopes to determine what exactly is going on. Thinking he’s simply in a dream state Troy assumes that anything is possible. “If I’m dreaming…that means I should be able to fly!!” Troy climbs to the top of the nearest building and starts running. “I can do it! I can do it!” he jumps of the ledge and immediately falls before even reaching the next building 10 feet away. Troy reaches out trying to grab anything to stop the fall but dislocates his shoulder on his way down before he falls into a huge stack of hay.

22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 “Huhhhhhhhhh”, Troy immediately wakes up in a writhing pain. “Awwwww, my shoulder!! What happened!?!?” He jumps out of bed still screaming in pain and runs to the nearest emergency room. Once the x-rays came in, the doctor told Troy, “it appears you have dislocated your shoulder. We’ll need to pop it back in, now when you’re ready, this may sting a little.” “OWWWWWW!!!” screams troy as the doctor thrusts his shoulder back into place. “Looks as good as new! Just don’t do anything silly for a week or two and it’ll be back to normal. Just out of curiosity Troy, what exactly were you doing that caused this?”

23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 Unsure if he should tell the truth, Troy jumped out of his chair and said, “I had a nightmare and fell out of my bed” knowing for sure that he doesn’t move a muscle in his sleep. After his stint at the hospital Troy runs home and attempts to go back to sleep to see if his adventure would continue. He slams the door to his house, runs to his bedroom and leaps into his covers. Troy shuts his eyes and tries to enter his dream state. “Why can’t I fall asleep!?!” Annoyed, he turns on the TV and begins to watch as he slowly falls into a deep sleep…


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