The Puerto Rico National Guard C-130 was approaching Luis Muñoz Marín Airport carrying evacuees from St. Maarten in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
“Guys with swords just popped up in the hotel lobby, like Pirates of the Caribbean only more raw.”
Gus Phillips had been vacationing in St. Maarten feeling lucky he was alive to talk to the young man beside him.
“Anyone get hurt, Gus?”
“No. They seemed confused like everyone else. Their swords looked real, though. Then it was like they vanished or something.”
“Maybe that’s a good thing.”
“Oh, we’re landing. Gotta phone my nephew…tell him I’m okay. What about you?”
“I’ll be home soon, Gus.”
Time Traveler Martin Fields was satisfied after he’d sent those ancient pirates back to 1665, that no one realized who they were. Hurricane Irma spawned a very real time storm which dumped those buccaneers into 2017 during the worst hurricane in recorded history.
I wrote this for the What Pegman Saw photo fiction challenge. The idea is to take a Google street image of a specific location and use it as the inspiration for creating a piece of flash fiction no more than 150 words long. My word count is 150.
Today, the Pegman takes us to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Given recent events, it was impossible for me to not write about the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. I learned that the Puetro Rico Air National Guard was helping evacuate people from nearby islands, and that on St. Maarten, there were numerous reports of lawlessness, including men with swords in a hotel lobby.
It’s been over six months since I wrote a time travel story featuring Martin Fields, but this seemed like the sort of situation that would be right up his alley. The “time storm” concept I took from my current set of tales I’m writing as a homage to the works of Andre Norton (Alice Mary Norton).
To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.
The next Martin Fields and NaCumbea adventure is I’m Leaving You For 1966, Dear.