The ones who are both

Castillo de San Felipe del Morro


Cofresi blinked as the soldiers ordered him from the dark cell.

“Guess your days as ‘terror of the seas’ are over, eh?” said the one with the sneering face. He yanked at the chain that tethered Cofresi’s legs.

The solders laughed as they led him up the walkway.

“Scared now?” the dull-eyed one taunted. He grinned, revealing a fresco of broken-tile teeth.

Cowards like him were only brave when the men they feared wore irons. “It is you who should fear when you set my spirit free,” Cofresi said.

“Well that’ll happen soon enough,” said the Capitán.

Cofresi shrugged and walked into the courtyard. He’d been a lord, a murderer, a lover, a thief. He had been a savior. Now it was time to do what all men must do; the men that are good, the men that are bad, and the ones who are both.

146 words

Kept this under 150 words this week, since I went over on last week’s. This has been an edition of What Pegman Saw. To read more stories inspired by the prompt or to submit your own, click here.

Holy crap, it was fun exploring this old fort!  It made me picture a pirate being walked to execution, and I didn’t have to dig far to find Roberto Cofresi.


  1. Excellent. I think the voice perfectly suits the subject. Cofresi sounds like an epic character..

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    1. He does! After reading a handful of pieces about him this morning, I was hungry for a swashbuckling series on the man. I was sort of hoping you could write it for me 😉

      Thanks for reading.


  2. Great story. That last paragraph is brilliant!

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    1. Thanks so much Penny, glad you liked it!


  3. He seems very accepting of his fate. He’s done it all and it sounds like he has no regrets. Nice one!

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  4. Well written tale, Karen – a very flawed man but a brave one. Wonderfully told

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  5. You brought forth the megasized life of the man perfectly. Loved the voice too, Karen.

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  6. Hey! I wrote about pirates too, well sort of.

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    1. Sounds like the same band of pirates. Now I’m wondering if your time travelers are behind all that Bermuda Triangle mischief.

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      1. Unfortunately reality isn’t nearly as interesting as fiction.

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  7. The ones who are both – such an interesting concept. I never thought of it like that 🙂

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  8. peterkirsch

    Artful, my dear. Another story well-told…succinctly.

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    1. You are the best. Thanks for being such a faithful blog follower. Really grateful to have you for a friend!


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