Tuesday, August 15, 2006
New Beginning 75
"Fire the cannons!" shouted Captain Zachary Knight. The British frigate was gaining on The Fair Maiden.
"On an English frigate, Cap’n?" Zach’s First Mate, Briggs, held onto the rudder wheel with a death grip, angst drawing the fleshy parts of his face together. "Let ‘em aboard, Cap’n," he pleaded. "When they sees we ain’t got the duke’s sister they’ll be on their way, maybe even give us a trifle for our trouble."
Zach rubbed the stubble of his beard and considered his options. "Briggs, the only reason they haven’t sunk us with their cannons is because they think we have the duke’s sister. When they find her onboard, they’ll take her and hang us."
"But we don’t have ‘er, Cap’n." The First Mate shook his head, denying the possibility.
"Ah, but we do. I coaxed the lady onboard with some laudanum whilst in Dublin."
“Uh oh. That was the duke's sister? The boys threw her overboard two hours ago, Cap'n. Recreational activity and all.”
“Crap,” said Zach. He pulled the lobe of his ear and again considered his options. “Time to break out the dress, wig and ladies’ shoes, Briggs. You have some acting to do.”
Briggs’s face tightened further, so tight it looked like he had only one eye. “We’ll not find such things aboard ship, Cap’n!”
Zach blushed. “Check the captain's chest in my quarters. And not a word about this to the men, Briggs."
Opening: Cathy Leming.....Continuation: Allison Morin