The Captain and The Baroness: The Truth


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The Captain and The Baroness: The Truth

 

‘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?

 Enjoy. 

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The Captain and The Baroness: Disappointment


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“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.

 

Enjoy.

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The Captain and The Baroness, Chapter 4: Rally the Forces


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“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt

These words rang true to me when I was feeling the most miserable I have ever felt in my life.  I stated before, someone special to me inspired this story.  Her presence inspired me to draw, write and create something unique.  Unfortunately, we broke up and I fell into a great pit of sadness.

For a time I did not want to do anything, to just shut down.  But I found the strength to preserver and the only way I got out of this melancholy was through my art.  I began writing, drawing, painting and playing music again.  I found the strength to look my fears in the face and do what I thought I could not do.  Press on with life.

I continued with the story of The Captain and The Baroness and it allowed me the outlet I needed.  In this chapter I looked back to my own military training and discipline for assistance.  I rallied my forces within my own soul to defend against the invaders of doubt and grief.  I was never afraid to stand up to difficulties and fight my way past them before, so why start now.  I decided to, “go to the mattresses” (Godfather), take up a war stance or prepare for war against these feelings.

In the fourth chapter, “Rally the Forces”, we see the Captain’s country invaded by the person he cared for and protected.  Betrayal and anger is all around, but one must never attack in anger for if one does, they have already lost.  For “The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.” Sun Tzu.  The Captain must rally his forces and put aside the feelings of betrayal and think of the well-being of his people not just his own feelings.

Is that not what a great leader does?

Hope you enjoy the story and the images.

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The Captain and The Baroness, Chapter 3: A New Beginning


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They say writing from experience is the easiest to do.  In some ways they are right.  When writing this part of the story I went back to my own experiences.  The feelings of pain, anguish and uncertainty are ever-present with this story.

As I have stated before, this story started with a gesture from the heart to a special someone.  But recently we broke up and the best type of therapy for me was through the creative arts.  I drew and wrote what was in my heart.  I had to get it out and the best way I knew was through art.

It wasn’t easy, to say the least.  I did not want to write or draw, however once I started with the story it became easier.  I wrote so much that I could not put it all into one post; I had to divide it into parts or chapters.  The third chapter was inspired by my struggle to come to terms with what was happening in my life.  To be honest it took me a while to really get it right, or to express what I was really was feeling.

Part or chapter 3 “A New Beginning” continues where chapter 2 “What Tears Us Apart” left off.  The Captain is in such a state that even his advisors are taken aback and are at a lose on what to do.  Not until an intervention from a familiar person does the Captain begin to recover from his ordeal.

The first steps of the recovery has the Captain undergo a change both mind and body.  The first steps are always the hardest but they must happen.  What change he undertakes is for you to discover.

I hope you enjoy the story and the images.

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The Captain and the Baroness, Part 2: What Tears Us Apart


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What Tears Us Apart

Creating anything is hard, at the best of times.  I recently went through some difficult times and nothing helped me recover better than indulging in the creative arts.  Yes, God bless my Family and Friends for they too helped me a great deal, but sitting down and creating something on paper or on my computer was the medicine or therapy I needed.

Writing is always best when you write about what you know, so continuing with the Captain and Baroness story seemed the most logical place to start.  It took me sometime to get the story going but I found what once I started writing I couldn’t stop.  I actually wrote so much that I couldn’t post it all at once.  Therefore, I decided to break up the story to different parts or chapters.

Part or Chapter 2, continues where True Peace left off.  The Captain and the Baroness began spending time with each other and their relationship flourished.  However, like in every story, forces conspire against the two leaders/lovers.  Well I will not ruin the story for you all, you will just have to read it for yourselves.

Oh yes, just as I stated earlier, the story is too long for one posting, so I will be posting a part/chapter 3 and maybe even 4.  I hope to post the next part/chapter within a month.

Take Care and Enjoy Reading.

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