WEDNESDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2020
This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.
Which can be found by following the link below..
Today’s prompt ~ JONATHAN MICHAEL WAS HIS NAME
JONATHAN MICHAEL WAS HIS NAME
by John Yeo
Henry Stanley had been sent to Africa to find Dr Livingstone, a famous missionary, explorer by the New York Herald newspaper in 1869.
It’s not recorded in the conventional history books but Mr Stanley had made his now famous introductory remark to the wrong person at first.
A notorious slave trader was in the area in the depths of the jungle, Jonathan Michael was his name. He had become separated from his crew and was alone searching for his companions.
When this character was approached by Henry Stanley with the now famous words “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”
Mr Michael removed his pith helmet to reveal a shock of red hair and it was instantly obvious he wasn’t Dr. Livingstone.
The reply that never made the history books was far to impolite to record here.
Mr Stanley found Livingstone in the town of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 10 November 1871, greeting him with the now famous words “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”
© Written by John Yeo