The New Land

by Ami (Gypsie) Offenbacher-Ferris

In Response to Friday Fictioneers prompt. Write a 100 word story in the historical fiction genre, using the prompt provided.

Photo Prompt Ted Strutz (copyrighted)

It was but a small bump, barely a shiver down in third class where so many of us traveled together, to the New Land.

In fact, I rather liked the feel of the big ship as she took the waves and faced the wind. As I’ve done in the past, I wondered at the incongruities of cultural expectations and strictures.

Mama near passed right out when I told her I wanted to be a captain like Captain Smith. She said it weren’t a proper position for a lady.

Cold water slid over my slippers. Did Captain Smith know about this?


  1. JeanMarie says:

    Well done! So much said in a few words.

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    1. Thank you so much JeanMarie! 😊

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  2. forestbathing – Thank you so much!! 😊


  3. GHLearner – New Land can mean many things, yes?


  4. GHLearner says:

    Oh no, the Titanic. I hope they got out in time. I love the voice, she knows what she wants.

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  5. James McEwan says:

    Echos of the Titanic in this, a voyage to a new life under threat.

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    1. James McEwan – Yes, definitely. Thank you! 😊

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  6. Dale says:

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, Ami!
    I love this story. Good on her of being the Captain of her own destiny!


      1. Dale says:

        My pleasure!

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      2. forestbathing hermit says:

        This story was so well constructed…

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  7. neilmacdon says:

    I guess this is the Titanic from the captain’s name. Nicely understated

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    1. Yes, well done. Thank you Neil. 😊


  8. Dear Ami,

    I like the voice in this piece. A Lady Captain? Scandalous. 😉



    PS I’ve added your link to the inLinkz. You’re number 45 Welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

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    1. Thank you so much – I’m honored! Gypsie (Ami)


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