Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Run Rachel Run---Chapter 8---Captain Blue’s Act of Freedom
Captain Blue met with his crew after meeting with some other ship captains who considered him a great friend. He told them about the plan he and the other captains had decided to execute. The plan was to rescue all the slaves taken aboard the ‘Slave Ship’ and then they would take them to one of the Captain’s Islands that he made into a town for people just like them.
On his Island he had a regular town with many stores, homes, parks, schools, two hospitals and churches. Everyone who lived there now owned their own businesses and enjoyed life without paying taxes. Captain Blue only allowed his friends and their ships to dock on his Islands. And of course they purchased from the locals who owned the stores.
Daily the Farmer’s Market opened to everyone with the freshest vegetable, fruits, meats, baked good and handmade jewelry and clothes. The Island had a sewing factory which made clothes for the Islanders and to sell. The best trained men the captain could find protected this paradise. And, the best part these men lived on the Island with their families therefore, their loyalty to the Island and Captain Blue went unchallenged.
Captain Blue asked Bones to watch out for Rachel and keep her safe in her cabin while he and his friends with four other ships stopped the slave ship and took the men, women and children aboard safely. And, when Captain Blue made any plan the men carried it out to the last detail.
Early before the fog lifted from the sea and the sunlight stayed hidden behind the mist---five ships surround the Slave ship, and took the people off and put them on their ships. Then the slave ship’s captain listened closely while told to never enter their waters again or his ship would be blown to bits. The man stood before all the Captains and each one made him look them in the face and say that he understood. The slave ship captain could not get away fast enough from the vicious looking captains.
The shackles quickly removed from the men, women and children and thrown in a barrel for future use in constructing additional parks and homes they would be making on the Island for other people. The people were from different races, Africans, Germans, Spaniards, Caucasians, French and Greek. Everyone cheered and praised the captains.
Each family would be given money to start their own businesses, homes, food, and the children would receive an education. Today started out with these people feeling helpless with no hope for the future, and now to see the happiness on their faces of the 265 people they saved today---made it all worth the risk---- for the captains.
Bones looked into Rachel cabin after knocking and told her Captain Blue had a surprise for her on the Island and he would take her to him. Rachel appeared dressed in a beautiful blue and white dress that faded next to her beauty. Captain Blue waited on the dock at bottom of the ramp and gave Rachel his hand to help her on the dock. However, Rachel did not let his hand go as she held his huge hand in her silky delicate one.
Captain Blue never felt before the rush of such happiness and love he now experienced just holding her hand.
Rachel looked up into his beautiful eyes and asked,
“Is the surprise something wonderful that happened today?”
“Yes, it is my Dear Rachel and we are almost there.”
Captain Blue and Rachel went inside the large white church with its full congregation and he led her up front. Then he told the audience that it was Rachel who cried when she saw them being led on the slave ship and came back to their ship so distraught that the men immediately told him about it.
So, he said, “I would not ever have known about your danger in becoming a slave if not for Rachel. I wanted everyone to know that one woman can make a difference in our world, so if you can help someone in your future---please pass the love on to someone else.”
Everyone stood and clapped and some of the women walked forward with their children to thank Rachel, and they all had tears in their eyes as they talked together, others stood back softly crying tear of happiness.
Bones had set up table for all to eat outside in the cool sea breeze. After everyone had dined each family went to their new homes to start their wonderful life on the Island.
Rachel hugged and kissed Captain Blue on his cheek and he hugged her back---thinking it was too soon for him to kiss her as they walked to his two-storied home on the Island in the twilight---but there was always tomorrow.
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