Thursday, November 02, 2006
New Beginning 154
Only one man aboard the M/V Gesandt heard the speedboats approach. And he did nothing to warn the others.
Screams jolted Aksel Ravn from his dream in the top bunk. As he dropped to the floor, he shoved Olie awake with his foot. Something outside the cabin severed the light beneath the door; Aksel knelt to peer through. He recognized the goat tattoo on one of eight sandaled feet in the ship's corridor.
Olie sounded drugged. "What is it?"
Aksel raised a finger to his mouth. He knew his eyes adjusted to darkness by the alarm in Olie's face. Creeping toward the bed, he said, "Haitians. From the port."
Olie pulled a lead pipe from behind the lower mattress, and Aksel's stomach flipped when he realized why it was there.
"Pirates," Olie said.
"The Finn keeps an emergency radio down in the gauge room." Think. How do we get to it now? Think! Aksel latched onto the bunk's frame. "Help me block the door--"
"Too late," Olie said. "Open it, we'll take our medicine."
Aksel closed his eyes. Then he nodded at Olie and opened the door.
Outside were two men. Well-dressed . . . not pirates after all. The taller one said, "We'd like a word with you. Are you at all familiar with the Jehovah's Witnesses?"
Aksel chuckled. He looked over his shoulder at Olie. "False alarm," he said. "Hand me that lead pipe, would you?"
Opening: metal_maiden.....Continuation: Evil Editor