These are a couple Hornblower drabbles I wrote, both based on the episode The Even Chance (The Duel). The first one is to indulge my Shakespeare fetish, and the second one could imply slash or not, depends how you look at it. I think it does, but that's just me. Both of them are exactly 100 words! I have a bunch more drabbles, I'll post them if you like these and you ask nicely.

Falling Sickness

Midshipman Kennedy came slowly out of his fit to hear the curious, sympathetic voice of Midshipman Hornblower.

"What ails him?"

A pause, then Clayton's voice, tired and resigned.

"What ails us all?"

A distant memory of happier days stirred unexpectedly in Archie's mind, a voice from the past.

"No, Caesar hath it not; but you and I and honest Casca, we have the falling sickness."

Archie remembered how Simpson had compared himself to Caesar earlier in the evening. Had he forgotten Caesar's eventual fate, if indeed he had ever been educated enough to know? The thought gave Archie some comfort.

A Good Captain

A good captain sees everything that goes on in his ship, and Captain Pellew was no exception. When the new men arrived from Justinian, he was quick to study them. It was obvious at once that the promising Mr. Hornblower and the enigmatic Mr. Kennedy were inseparable. He did not realise the depths of their feelings, however, until the two were separated. After Mr. Hornblower sailed off with his prize ship, Mr. Kennedy was quiet and moody. When Hornblower returned, the midshipmen practically embraced on deck, and their smiles were testimony to the joy they felt at being together again.