Daily Flash Fiction Challenge 106: Mutiny on the Diligent

This is the 106th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.

Mutiny on the Bounty, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 17th March 2013

Word count: 569

The story:

“Do your duty,” the captain said menacingly.

“Listen,” the navigator said, his gun pointed firmly at the captains head, “This man has betrayed Arsene, he has threatened us, he has led us to slaughter, and he has led us to murder. Profits are down massively, and the ship is in a bad way. If we don’t take back our ship, he’ll doom us all.”

“Don’t listen to him, shoot him. Arsene was a weak fool, as were his officers. I did what I did for the cause. Everyone gets a bigger share now, and today I’ll double it.”

The crew in the conference room remained seated no one daring to move.

“Arsene doesn’t care about you, he has a lofty position. Josef is only trying to chase is down to take the ship. He’ll kill everyone remaining behind as traitors. I can beat him,” Captain Andrew Chivenor said. “We’re all in this together, now arrest this traitor.”

Two men at the end of the table stood up, their hands on their guns. They were new officers, brought in by Chivenor, the navigator noted as he turned and fired, burning a hole clear through the shoulder of one.

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