Five Sentence Fiction: Pirates by Jeff Tsuruoka

I am hosting Jeff Tsuruoka (@jtsuruoka on Twitter) again for Lillie McFerrin’s Five Sentence Fiction. This week’s theme is Pirates. There’s still time if you’d like to join in! Arrr!

 The Rules of Ascension
            We left the town in flames but the captain died of his wounds less than half an hour after we put out from the burning harbor.
            Shrike, an savage old hand with one eye and six teeth who drooled when he spoke, and his cadre of backers confronted me in the dim corridor outside the captain’s quarters to challenge my ascension to the captaincy.
            “Fenwick, you son-of-a-whore,” slurred Shrike as he pulled his cutlass out of his belt and followed me up to the main deck, “one of us’ll be dead and the other captain ‘fore this day’s through.”
            My first order as captain of the Pogue Mahone was to have Shrike’s most ardent backers throw his corpse and then themselves overboard.
            Sharks need to eat, same as us.


  1. Lisa Shambrook
    Jul 10, 2012

    Loved your description of Shrike, what an image and well worthy of becoming shark-fodder!

  2. andyswordsandpictures
    Jul 10, 2012

    Aye, me mate. T’were a fine tale indeed, don’t ya know. Arrrgh… Scurvy dogs and sons o’ whores aplenty. Avast!

  3. mjshorts
    Jul 10, 2012

    Great story.
    Poor old Shrike, just wasn’t his day.

  4. Stephen L. Wilson
    Jul 11, 2012


  5. Rowanwolf
    Jul 12, 2012

    Tough business being leader and getting there is even harder. Great job.

  6. JB Lacaden
    Jul 12, 2012

    Would love to know more!! Expand it into a short story please? Haha

  7. Bullish
    Jul 12, 2012

    I really enjoyed this! Description is so sharp I saw it play out in my mind’s eye. Fenwick is gonna wear the captain’s mantle well!

  8. Britton Minor
    Jul 12, 2012

    Deliciously victorious…especially for those fortunate sharks!

  9. Eva Rieder
    Jul 16, 2012

    Love this, Anna! Great image of Shrike. :) Strike for Shrike!

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