⛵ ⛵ ⛵ ⛵...(Toor ay ???)...
"Yes...I see all that now. But Radwan, I must do something! Something to help Chaima...or I will die here in shame!" He said with a burning passion in his heart.
"Perhaps there is yet one thing we can do..." Radwan said with raised eyebrows.
"What?! What my friend?! Anything?!"
"Bring me a messenger pigeon! And a quill with ink!"
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[On the Silverton…two days later…]
The Captain stood on th bridge, taking his morning readings with the sextant while Commander Galligan and Warrant Officers Ickied and Ombstone were inspecting the crew. Sand fleas had infested the ship from their shore leave in Yemen and the entire crew stood naked in line in front of a large tub of water, whisky and boiled fat soap. Ship’s surgeon Hack oversaw the procedure as each man stepped into the concoction, lathered himself and then jumped off the starboard rail into the sea!
“Jimmy-Ho, Jimmy-John, Jimmy-law, Jimmies’ gain!” Hack’s scraggy voice called out, putting the whole process into a rhythm.
The Captain smiled a wily smile as he watched the spectacle. One of the few benefits of never going ashore was never getting infested with land critters or scragg of the human kind.
“Up! Up! Comes 'en up!" Officer Ombstone yelled as he worked the front side of the ladder net, pulling the sailors back over the rail while Officer Ickied worked the rear.
“A climatic endin’, er...is 'att spyug doo oan mah shoolder?” Said Errislravenhill as she watched from a comfortable distance up on the forecastle.
“No tellin'...but ye hav tae admit it was braw ay th' Keptin tae lit us quine folk dae uir bathin' earlier in th' morn." Ilversaver888 said as she took a swig of hot coffee.
Just then the deep voice of Seaman Tuna rang out from above…
“Yo-Ho! Spyug comin’ in froms th’ east!”
“Wussatt?! Spyug?!” The Captain yelled back.
“Aye Sairrr! An’ he’s flyin’ weak!”
“Tipper boy! Run an’ git th’ landin’ perch an' be quick aboot it!"
“Aye Sairrr!” Tipper replied as he ran down the galley stairs and in a moment came back with the landing perch.
The bird was barely keeping itself aloft by the time it circle twice and landed hard on the stick held high by Tipper. Wobbly as a pin ball and with eyes shut tight after landing, it was obvious that this bird had given his all to get to their ship before being barracuda bait in the Indian Ocean.
“He’s got a message Sairrr!” Tipper yelled out as he petted the bird and untied the message.
“Reads it Laddie!” The Captain ordered as he lit his pipe and took a draw.
‘Tae anyain who might git thes, we ur in desperate need ay help! Ahh am King Radwan ay Seychelles an' Ahh hav lost mah Kingdom tae a brine rogue named Husam! We ur aw prisoners noo oan th' islain Kingdom ay Praslin under th' generoos hospitality ay Prince Francois. But Ahh am sorry tae say 'att aw ay th' islain kingdoms may hav fa'en by th' time ye git thes. Is thaur anyain oot thaur who can come an' help us?! A rich reward will be hud by whomever attempts tae help us in uir plight!’
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"It's th' crew's duty an' honur, tae choose uir next toor destination an' such! Sae whit needs tae be dain is tae gezz me some replies wi' suggestions. When we git fower ur fife guid ones, we'll hav us a vote. Th' one wi' th' most crew votes will be uir next Toor an' sae forth! It's an excitin' process an' Ahh'm alwas' impressed wi' th' ideas yoo fowk throws intae th' ring!
Toor suggestions sae far:
- Doha of Qatar
An' remembers mates, there's nae place in th' whole wide warld 'att we cannae gang! Ahh've sailed th' seven seas an' beyond, an' Ahh'm nae plannin' oan changin' onie time suin!" 😃- Keptin
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🗝 Sassenach Vocabulary fur 'lain lovers':
afair (before), Ahh (I), aiblins (perhaps), anyain (anyone), arse (butt), 'att (that), aw (all), ay (of),
bark (news), barnie (fight), baur (bare), bevvy (drink), boss (empty), brine (ocean),
caller (fresh), cannie (careful), ceilidh (party), cheil (man), clootie (cloth), crease (ass), cutie (short, quick, small)
dae (do), donner (walk), dunnae (do not), dug (dog),
een (eyes), enaw (enough),
gang (go), gart (made), gezz (give), gin (gun), glaikit (stupid), gob (mouth), greit (cry), guttin (hungry)
haur (here), heem (him), hen (girl)
kent (knew), kinn (know)
mah (my), mair (more), min' (mind), mingin (filthy), mirk (dark), moggie (cat),
onie (any), oot (out), ootwith (outside)
poke (bag), pure (really),
radge (mad, dangerous),
Sassenach (Highland English), scran (food), shair (shore), spick (speak), strang (strong), stoaner (hard, tough), swatch (look)
thes (this), toon (town), tossel (private part)
ur (are, or),
wa' (why), wabbit (tired), waesucks (horror, pity, or sorrow), wee jimmy (young boy), whieest (quiet), wooldnae (wouldn't),
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"Confused? Ascared? Seasick? Need a private chat with the Captain?" - [email protected]
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