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In the time of Boadicea and the Romans during the time of Nero, Boadicea and her army are rats, with slave workers mice and in approximately 1400 words tell of her 2 battles with the Roman invaders also rats.

The story is seen through the eyes of Jelwen, human, rat, mouse, rabbit, it is not disclosed. The story is called 'Jelwen looked on'.

They fight to be owners of all cheese. The main weapon of war is the rat’s tails which they use to hurl olive stones. The story is a little dark due to use of the Queens chariots and her death at the hands of the Roman invaders


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A short story by Peter - Jelwen Looked On

Part 1

Jelwen daughter of 'Godfrey the Wise' from Hastings could be seen sitting on the hill, it was a clear day in May somewhere near old 'Gloucester Town' in a time when there had been may wars for who had the right to make and own cheese.

'Jelwen looked on' as King Pasutagus breathed his last breath.

Old Kind Gus as he was known had been in agreement with the Roman invaders that cheese could be shared by Romans and Britons alike. Now that he was dead the rules of this agreement had changed and his wife Queen Boadicea was left with no alternative but to fight for justice and cheese.

With her 2 daughters by her side and a trusted army the Queen would make war on the foreign invaders of Briton lead by 'Claudius' the Emperors head legionnaire, and most feared and hated roman rat.

In this war for ownership of all cheeses it was quiet easy to tell the 2 sides apart, the Romans were black rats and Britons were brown rats. The only odd ones out were the white rats which pulled the royal families, Queen Boadicea and her daughters chariot's.

'Jelwin looked on' as a loud cheer rung out in the distance

'Old King Gus is dead, long live the Queen'

'Jelwen looked on' while Queen Boadicea's head solider at arms, 'Godwin G' was busy organising a small group of rats, Jelwen counted six, sharpening the sides of wooden pine sticks. Each stick was nearly as tall as a fully grown rat.

Jelwen could hear Godwin G give his orders in a very, very loud voice. Hurry up, hurry up we have to have the sides of each stick like a razor edge before the Queen comes, come on, get a move on, sharpen as fast as you can?

As each stick was made ready Godwin G checked it sharpness by using it like a razor to shave off some of his bushy face whiskers. Good result through Godwin G the Queen is going to be very happy with me.

'Jelwen looked on' through the dust at great speed, Queen Boadicea's chariot came down the hill to an abrupt halt in front of Godwin G. It was followed by her 2 daughters each in their own chariot. Each chariot was pulled by white rats, they were panting, so Godwin G excused himself and put down a pale of water for them to have a well deserved drink.

Godwin G had black curly hair, grey whiskers and a very long tail. He was a true warrior; he loved to fight, and had many scares to prove it.

He had been a loyal and good friend and head archer to the old King, now he would be the trusted right hand rat, the protector to Queen Boadicea.

Godwin G's was also very famous for a 3 spin tail hurling action of hardened olive stones. Olive stones were the main weapon of rat warfare and were like cannon balls coming out of a sling shot. Spinning his tail 3 times around his head Godwin G could hurl olive stones with great accuracy some 50 meters.

'Jelwin looked on' as the sharpened pine sticks were inserted into the centre of chariots wheels. Each wheel was made of toasted tomato stalks and for the tyres the rats used layers of apple skins bonded with twine. They were very strong.

More dust more activity, 2 by 2 then side by side into rows of 10 Boadicea's rats formed behind her. Jelwen stopped counting as the rows went off in the distance.

Jelwen looked on' got up, turned around then moved to the other side of the hill about 5 small leaps that's all. She sat down on a round large rock. Jelwin was now looking in the opposite direction towards old Gloucester Town

'Jelwen looked on' as 'Demis' a Greek worker mouse brought to Briton by his Italian master was busy cutting cheese. Oh yes I forgot to mention that roman rats came to Briton in long wooden ships from Italy. They were much shorter and fatter than the Briton's, yes you guessed it they loved cheese and tomato pizza.

Back to our story

Demis was with the help of other workers 'Franc' from France and 'Torrid' from Spain reinforcing the outer walls of Gloucester Town. They were cutting cheese about the size of a pumpkin but instead of being round they were square so that they could be laid neatly on top of each other to make a wall to keep the town safe. The mice worked very fast and soon the wall was above 'Demis's head so it was hard lifting the cheese squares into place. It really was hard and thirsty work for Demi's and his friend's Franc and Torrid.

Just before it was getting dark there was a deafening loud noise in the distance. It became very dusty which made it very scary? 'Demis' started to tremble. Without any words and before you could say catch the rat, the mice Demis, Franc and Torrid scattered in all directions and each disappeared down a different gutter hole at the base of the cheese wall. It was very wet and a tight squeeze but it was safe though Demis. I hope the others are okay?

'Jelwen looked on' as a large number of roman rats were running in retreat as fast as their armoured bodies would allow. The white rats were closing fast .With chariot wheels turning, razor sticks spinning, and so fast like beams of sunlight darting in the sky. Spinning and gleaming they cut through the legs and bodies of the retreating army, legs, and tails all to shreds.

It was horrible though Jelwen, rats lay lifeless dead and wounded cut down in their tracks by the Chariot wheels.

Demis looked up out of his hole. A number of roman's had made it to the town walls but the entrance gates were shut tight. There was no escape. The chariots continued to circle until all the roman's rats were dead.

Long live the Queen, her army roared, conqueror of the roman invaders.

Part 2

'Jelwen looked on' as a long stake was raised upright. Tied with twine, with her cloths misplaced yet wrapped around her Queen Boadicea was hanging, bloody, lifeless but not yet dead.

A day after her great victory at 'Gloucester Town' with her daughters by her side she was now about to take her last sorry breath.

Thump 'Godwin G' defender of the Queen his stake raised high hoisted up into position badly wounded, a dagger in inside, cut and bloodied, he looked up and smiled and spoke to his Queen, "Oh brave beautiful Queen oh my? He died.

'Jelwen looked on' as there were two more thumps Jesicea and Lilicea daughters of the Queen both dead, were hoisted into position. Thump, then thump again the road side looked like a row of trees but they were not trees they were wounded and beaten rats tied to stakes, brave Britons who had fought for their Queen, the remains of an army that had tried to take back the cheese.

Part 3

The battle was over? But what had happened on this eventful day?

Jelwen looked on'.

After feasting on cheese and steamed apples with warm honey Queen Boadicea's army sleep. The cheese wall had been torn down, Demis and his friends came out their gutters, ate and for the first time in many years felt free.

That afternoon the Queen rallied her army and they left with great speed for 'Walling Street' the entrance to the biggest prize of all the cheese stores of 'Old London Town. Jelwen came down from the top of her hill and followed the Queen and her victorious army.

'Jelwen looked on' as the Queens army entered Walling Street. Walling Street was very long and narrow, with rows of huts and other buildings on each side.

It was so narrow that the chariots razors were removed. Even then each chariot could only come down the street in single file. Godwin G and his fellow rats followed on 2 by 2 that's all that the street allowed.

Suddenly with nearly all of Boadicea's army paraded in the tight narrow street 'Claudius' set his trap in motion.

It sounded like whips cracking but it was archer's tails spinning just like the shot putt at the school athletics, olive stones dipped in oil and set alight were sent hurtling through the air onto Boadicea's unprotected followers.

Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, 500 roman tails let go of their flaming olive stones knocking hurting and killing as they struck the unsuspecting Briton's. Hundreds fell to the ground as the flaming olives hit their prey, hurling like hot cannon balls over the street huts from both sides. There was just nowhere to take shelter. It was a slaughter.

From both ends of Walling street boom, boom, boom in close marching order Claudius's rats beating their tails on their shields moved forward crushing all before them. The white rats tried to pull Boadicea chariot around but there was no room. Trapped the Queen with her daughters and Godwin G by her side fought and killed many. But alas the battle was nearly over. The Queen cut and bloody fell to the floor of her chariot. Godwin G' lay over his Queen, giving hope that she would survive.

Seeing Boadicea down Claudius jumped onto the chariot and pushed his dagger into Godwin's side. What a brave loyal rat. The battle was finally lost.

Part 4

After the dust had settled, Jelwin walked down the road and stopped briefly in front of the Queen whose head was down on her side.

'Jelwen looked on' as Queen Boadicea took her last breath and died.

End

A short story by Peter - Jelwen Looked On

Part 1

Jelwen daughter of 'Godfrey the Wise' from Hastings could be seen sitting on the hill, it was a clear day in May somewhere near old 'Gloucester Town' in a time when there had been may wars for who had the right to make and own cheese.

'Jelwen looked on' as King Pasutagus breathed his last breath.

Old Kind Gus as he was known had been in agreement with the Roman invaders that cheese could be shared by Romans and Britons alike. Now that he was dead the rules of this agreement had changed and his wife Queen Boadicea was left with no alternative but to fight for justice and cheese.

With her 2 daughters by her side and a trusted army the Queen would make war on the foreign invaders of Briton lead by 'Claudius' the Emperors head legionnaire, and most feared and hated roman rat.

In this war for ownership of all cheeses it was quiet easy to tell the 2 sides apart, the Romans were black rats and Britons were brown rats. The only odd ones out were the white rats which pulled the royal families, Queen Boadicea and her daughters chariot's.

'Jelwin looked on' as a loud cheer rung out in the distance

'Old King Gus is dead, long live the Queen'

'Jelwen looked on' while Queen Boadicea's head solider at arms, 'Godwin G' was busy organising a small group of rats, Jelwen counted six, sharpening the sides of wooden pine sticks. Each stick was nearly as tall as a fully grown rat.

Jelwen could hear Godwin G give his orders in a very, very loud voice. Hurry up, hurry up we have to have the sides of each stick like a razor edge before the Queen comes, come on, get a move on, sharpen as fast as you can?

As each stick was made ready Godwin G checked it sharpness by using it like a razor to shave off some of his bushy face whiskers. Good result through Godwin G the Queen is going to be very happy with me.

'Jelwen looked on' through the dust at great speed, Queen Boadicea's chariot came down the hill to an abrupt halt in front of Godwin G. It was followed by her 2 daughters each in their own chariot. Each chariot was pulled by white rats, they were panting, so Godwin G excused himself and put down a pale of water for them to have a well deserved drink.

Godwin G had black curly hair, grey whiskers and a very long tail. He was a true warrior; he loved to fight, and had many scares to prove it.

He had been a loyal and good friend and head archer to the old King, now he would be the trusted right hand rat, the protector to Queen Boadicea.

Godwin G's was also very famous for a 3 spin tail hurling action of hardened olive stones. Olive stones were the main weapon of rat warfare and were like cannon balls coming out of a sling shot. Spinning his tail 3 times around his head Godwin G could hurl olive stones with great accuracy some 50 meters.

'Jelwin looked on' as the sharpened pine sticks were inserted into the centre of chariots wheels. Each wheel was made of toasted tomato stalks and for the tyres the rats used layers of apple skins bonded with twine. They were very strong.

More dust more activity, 2 by 2 then side by side into rows of 10 Boadicea's rats formed behind her. Jelwen stopped counting as the rows went off in the distance.

Jelwen looked on' got up, turned around then moved to the other side of the hill about 5 small leaps that's all. She sat down on a round large rock. Jelwin was now looking in the opposite direction towards old Gloucester Town

'Jelwen looked on' as 'Demis' a Greek worker mouse brought to Briton by his Italian master was busy cutting cheese. Oh yes I forgot to mention that roman rats came to Briton in long wooden ships from Italy. They were much shorter and fatter than the Briton's, yes you guessed it they loved cheese and tomato pizza.

Back to our story

Demis was with the help of other workers 'Franc' from France and 'Torrid' from Spain reinforcing the outer walls of Gloucester Town. They were cutting cheese about the size of a pumpkin but instead of being round they were square so that they could be laid neatly on top of each other to make a wall to keep the town safe. The mice worked very fast and soon the wall was above 'Demis's head so it was hard lifting the cheese squares into place. It really was hard and thirsty work for Demi's and his friend's Franc and Torrid.

Just before it was getting dark there was a deafening loud noise in the distance. It became very dusty which made it very scary? 'Demis' started to tremble. Without any words and before you could say catch the rat, the mice Demis, Franc and Torrid scattered in all directions and each disappeared down a different gutter hole at the base of the cheese wall. It was very wet and a tight squeeze but it was safe though Demis. I hope the others are okay?

'Jelwen looked on' as a large number of roman rats were running in retreat as fast as their armoured bodies would allow. The white rats were closing fast .With chariot wheels turning, razor sticks spinning, and so fast like beams of sunlight darting in the sky. Spinning and gleaming they cut through the legs and bodies of the retreating army, legs, and tails all to shreds.

It was horrible though Jelwen, rats lay lifeless dead and wounded cut down in their tracks by the Chariot wheels.

Demis looked up out of his hole. A number of roman's had made it to the town walls but the entrance gates were shut tight. There was no escape. The chariots continued to circle until all the roman's rats were dead.

Long live the Queen, her army roared, conqueror of the roman invaders.

Part 2

'Jelwen looked on' as a long stake was raised upright. Tied with twine, with her cloths misplaced yet wrapped around her Queen Boadicea was hanging, bloody, lifeless but not yet dead.

A day after her great victory at 'Gloucester Town' with her daughters by her side she was now about to take her last sorry breath.

Thump 'Godwin G' defender of the Queen his stake raised high hoisted up into position badly wounded, a dagger in inside, cut and bloodied, he looked up and smiled and spoke to his Queen, "Oh brave beautiful Queen oh my? He died.

'Jelwen looked on' as there were two more thumps Jesicea and Lilicea daughters of the Queen both dead, were hoisted into position. Thump, then thump again the road side looked like a row of trees but they were not trees they were wounded and beaten rats tied to stakes, brave Britons who had fought for their Queen, the remains of an army that had tried to take back the cheese.

Part 3

The battle was over? But what had happened on this eventful day?

Jelwen looked on'.

After feasting on cheese and steamed apples with warm honey Queen Boadicea's army sleep. The cheese wall had been torn down, Demis and his friends came out their gutters, ate and for the first time in many years felt free.

That afternoon the Queen rallied her army and they left with great speed for 'Walling Street' the entrance to the biggest prize of all the cheese stores of 'Old London Town. Jelwen came down from the top of her hill and followed the Queen and her victorious army.

'Jelwen looked on' as the Queens army entered Walling Street. Walling Street was very long and narrow, with rows of huts and other buildings on each side.

It was so narrow that the chariots razors were removed. Even then each chariot could only come down the street in single file. Godwin G and his fellow rats followed on 2 by 2 that's all that the street allowed.

Suddenly with nearly all of Boadicea's army paraded in the tight narrow street 'Claudius' set his trap in motion.

It sounded like whips cracking but it was archer's tails spinning just like the shot putt at the school athletics, olive stones dipped in oil and set alight were sent hurtling through the air onto Boadicea's unprotected followers.

Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, 500 roman tails let go of their flaming olive stones knocking hurting and killing as they struck the unsuspecting Briton's. Hundreds fell to the ground as the flaming olives hit their prey, hurling like hot cannon balls over the street huts from both sides. There was just nowhere to take shelter. It was a slaughter.

From both ends of Walling street boom, boom, boom in close marching order Claudius's rats beating their tails on their shields moved forward crushing all before them. The white rats tried to pull Boadicea chariot around but there was no room. Trapped the Queen with her daughters and Godwin G by her side fought and killed many. But alas the battle was nearly over. The Queen cut and bloody fell to the floor of her chariot. Godwin G' lay over his Queen, giving hope that she would survive.

Seeing Boadicea down Claudius jumped onto the chariot and pushed his dagger into Godwin's side. What a brave loyal rat. The battle was finally lost.

Part 4

After the dust had settled, Jelwin walked down the road and stopped briefly in front of the Queen whose head was down on her side.

'Jelwen looked on' as Queen Boadicea took her last breath and died.

End





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