The Captain and The Baroness: Whom We Trust



“Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.” Solon


Growing up, it has always been difficult from me to trust people. I have been hurt many times by people I thought I could trust. Yet I believe that there are more good people than bad out there. When I wrote this chapter I did not know whom to trust. I had been hurt by someone whom I trusted and cared for. I was confused and thoughts that I was the only person who felt the sting of a love lost. But the one thing I discovered was I have cultivated a wonderful circle of friends and family. They supported me in my time of despair and they rallied around me to quench the embers of doubt I was feeling from my break up.

This chapter is the result of cultivating friendships and surrounding myself with people whom I trust and in return trust me. Familiar habits, routes and relationships with people became the foundation for me to rebuild my trust in people and my life.

In this chapter the Captain embarks on his plans to free Pilsdreana from a tyrant. His training over and new friendships built, he looks to familiar surroundings to help in the next task that awaits him. There are some small tests of loyalty. Whom does he stand loyal with? Does he trust the Baroness and the Royal Guards or his own people? Does he sacrifice his people’s interest, for the chance to rekindle the spark with and old love? Or does he stay true to himself.

If you would like to read the previous chapters, below is a link to the chapter list for The Captain and the Baroness. 

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I hope you enjoy the latest chapter of The Captain and The Baroness: Whom We Trust.

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The Captain and The Baroness: Training




    For many of you out there, the story of The Captain and The Baroness is not familiar to you. To be honest, it has been a year since I posted a chapter from the story of The Captain and The Baroness. For obvious reasons it took a back seat as I focused on my studies at teachers college. So it has remained on the shelf since them. But once I finished I still had chapters written and a story to finish so I decided to return to it and continue the story.

For those of you who do not know, this story started as a gift to a special person on her birthday. When we first went out and I got to know her and she so inspired me that I came up with an image of a character she could portray in a story or comic.  I began sketching and soon came up with a character. The Baroness, a Victorian style Steampunk knight/teacher, with a Hammer of Justice.

She was my muse and I did not stop with the drawing.  I wrote a story around the Baroness meeting a Captain (I have always seen myself as a pirate at heart, with a conscience) and thus The Captain and The Baroness: True Peace came into being. She loved it and that was to be all of it. Unfortunately we broke up and I found that the best way to help me get over the breakup was to indulge my artistic talents. Therefore, I decided to continue writing the story using the original as the first chapter. I wrote and wrote that in the end I had so much material that I could not place it all into one document or post; therefore I divided it into chapters. You can see chapters 1 – 9 in the story section of my blog; The Captain and The Baroness.

Each chapter was a way of me reflecting on how I felt after the breakup or something in my life at the time. The characters became extensions of what I was feeling and what I was doing to cope with the situations in my life. In the end it became very therapeutic and I truly enjoyed writing and illustrating the story. Yet it takes time, from writing to reading then rewriting, not to mention the illustrations I created, so it has been a long process, but an enjoyable one.

The latest chapter has to deal with training. I often look to quotes from historical figures, such as Shakespeare, Aristotle, Sun Tzu or Churchill to help inspire my creative juices. The following quote did such that;


“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”   Aristotle


This quote reminded me of a conversation I had with an artist one day when I was just beginning to flex my artistic muscles. I asked how did he get to the level of just drawing what he saw? He answered by asking if I was good at anything. I told him that I was the lead trumpet in a couple of bands. He asked how did I get to become lead. I said I practiced about 1 – 2 hours a day. He said that is exactly how he got to the level of drawing what he saw.   Practice, Practice, Practice, and he was right.

At the time I was and still am working hard to keep healthy and stay in shape. At the time of the breakup I found that working out helped me to focus my mind on things other than the breakup. It also had the extra bonus of lowering my blood pressure and I had lost a lot of weight. This chapter is all about me retraining my mind and body and in the process I discovered what kind of person I am.

In this chapter the Captain embarks on training with the Royal Marines for their part of the liberation of Pilsdreana from the tyrant Baron MacVine. In the process he is reacquainted with the Baroness and reveals something to her that makes her realize what kind of person the Captain truly is.


I hope you enjoy the latest chapter of The Captain and The Baroness: Training.


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The Captain and The Baroness: A Plan

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 The Captain and The Baroness: A Plan

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”   Confucius


Wisdom comes from experience; courage from within the individual; yet compassion comes from the character of the person that wisdom and courage has shaped.

For me compassion for others has been ever-present, maybe because of my teaching background. But at a time I had temporarily stopped feeling compassion for others. It was after my break up that I had felt disillusioned with people/women and I did not have any compassion for anyone but myself. I made the mistake of being selfish and not caring for the needs of others. But the more I closed myself off from feeling compassion for others the more distant I felt. I was hurt and was more interested in my needs. I realized, after some soul-searching, that showing others kindness, caring and consideration they returned it in kind.

This chapter is a result of opening my heart to others and in my own way I began to understand why things happened, including in my relationship. I replaced mistrust and being cynical, with hope and understanding for others, women and as well as, for my ex.

This chapter is about replacing the mistrust with hope and understanding.   The Captain is finally talking to the Baroness and is being told the circumstances behind the Princess’ fate.   The Captain comes face to face with a monumental decision. A decision that will affect the lives of 10s of thousands and the very person responsible for his break up with the Baroness.


I hope you enjoy the latest chapter of The Captain and The Baroness: A Plan.

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The Captain and The Baroness: The Truth


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‘Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.’ George Washington

For only in the truth shall your soul be free of its burdens and then can you truly soar.  Sometimes it takes awhile but the truth will come out in the end. 

I have always been a firm believer that you should be honest and truthful with people even though it might be difficult for them.  Many times when I am truthful with people they say that was insensitive.  But I just say back, “If you can’t handle the truth then next time don’t ask the question.”  Its true, lawyers never ask a question unless they know what the answer will be. 

Through my many years of contract negotiations and dealing with children and people, I was taught to notice the little details of when they are lying or holding the truth from me.   When I wrote this chapter I thought back to my relationship and how it ended.  My experience told me that she was holding back the truth from me.  Yet I saw the little details and knew the truth.  I told her that I could handle the truth and I would work it out, but sadly she refused.

In many ways this chapter is a vindication for many who knew the truth and had to suffer because of it.  I too suffered, but writing down my thoughts helped me move on. 

In the eighth chapter, The Truth, the Captain faces the Baroness for the first time in months, since their break up.  What she has to say could be rewarding or devastating to Gauchia.  But the burning question continues to plague the Captain and many around him, why?  Why is this entire nightmare happening?  The truth finally comes out, but is it something the Captain can handle or does it lead to disaster.

I hope you enjoy the latest chapter of The Captain and The Baroness: The Truth.

For previous chapters you can click on the Stories tab and go to The Captain and The Baroness tab.  You will see the first seven chapters waiting for your enjoyment. 

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The Captain and The Baroness: Face To Face

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 ‘Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.’ Or ‘Pride goeth before a fall.’ Proverbs 16:18

 The seventh deadly sin, Hubris, Pride. Something we have been warned about since the time of the ancient Greeks.   We have all been accused of excessive pride or hubris; I am not innocent of this sin to say the least. 

I too have been prideful about myself and it has led to some awkward moments.  After my break up I was not exempted from hubris/pride.  My pride of feeling rejected and hurt made me feel isolated and withdrawn.  I thought no one could feel my pain.  So I acted the way I did in the past and bottled up those feelings.  A typical male thing to do, wouldn’t you say?

 Yet as the days pressed on, I felt worse, not better.  I wasn’t sure what to do until I came to the realization that my pride was holding me back.  My feeling of embarrassment and fear of reliving those feelings again would be too much to bear.  So I decided to open myself up to people, to bare my soul as it were to family, friends and colleagues and see what they would say and prepared myself for the on slot of accusations and taunts. 

What I got instead was sympathy, understanding and reassurance from people.  The support I received gave me strength and helped me to put things into perspective.  To help me move on and to make more pivotal decisions about myself and about how I felt about her. 

When I wrote this chapter I incorporated this epiphany into the story with the Captain’s acknowledgment of his need for help.  He knows he can handle the situation but for the good of all involved he needs to swallow his pride and basically suck-it-up.  Just as I learned to suck-up my pride and ask for help.  To allow myself to openly feel. 

In the seventh chapter, Face to Face, the Captain faces not the Baroness but her subordinate, a Field Marshal.  He is disappointed and decides to try something different.  Does his pride tell him that he has the upper hand or does he swallow his pride and recognize that he needs help?  Will he finally see the Baroness peacefully or does he meet her at the cost of thousands of lives?

 What would you do?



The Captain and The Baroness: Disappointment



“He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.”     Herodotus

Plans, we all have plans, I have plans.  But sometimes our plans aren’t worth the paper they are written on.  A good plan is flexible and there is enough give and take to see it through.  Herodotus knows this and basically you sometimes have to role with the punches. 

When I wrote this chapter I had some set backs in my plans.  It started when I finished writing More Questions, when I began trusting my instincts and myself again.  My plans were progressing well and I began feeling good about myself.  But I hit some bumps on the way and the plan of believing in myself started falling apart.  The plan and my feelings were coming undone.

Yet, when things happen that put you plans out of whack you roll with them and be flexible.  So I took bold action and revamped my plans.  The goals where the same but I would achieve them in a different way than I originally thought. 

In the sixth chapter, Disappointment, the Captain has trusted his judgment, been bold and moved on to make more plans to resolve the situation.  Everything is proceeding to plan when a small-unexpected hiccup occurs.  Action must be taken or else the plan will fall apart. 

I hope you enjoy the latest chapter of The Captain and The Baroness: Disappointment.

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The Captain and The Baroness: More Questions


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“Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.” Benjamin Spock

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.” Sophocles

 Trust, a simple word but a difficult thing to do.  These two quotes were very apparent to me when I wrote this chapter.  After my break up I began doubting my instincts, my purpose and myself.  Was I so wrong about her and if so am I wrong about people in general?  I began to mistrust my instincts and myself.

Yet, as in Rally the Forces, I looked inside myself and I rallied my forces within my own soul to defend against the invaders of doubt and grief.  Part of my forces was a call to arms to begin to trust myself again.  I have always trusted my instincts in the past and they have never let me down.  Why should I turn away from them now? 

When writing this chapter I began taking control of my life again too.  I began to trust my instincts and myself with situations and people again.  It was not easy, but once I got started it became like riding a bike, you never truly forget.

In the fifth chapter, More Questions, the Captain encounters the invasion fleet from Pilsdreana.  Lesser men might play it safe but “Fortune favours the Bold” Virgil.  The Captain must be bold and daring to win the day. He begins to trust his judgment and at a pivotal moment he relies on his instincts.  Have they been proven right? 

You will have to find out for yourself.






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