Friday, October 25, 2013

Run Rachel Run---Chapter 7

Captain Blue stood at the helm thinking about dinner the night before with the lovely vision dressed in pink. Rachel’s popularity soared out of sight when all the crew feasted their eyes on her. They meant no disrespect with their staring as they would kill any man who hurt her.

Rachel has taken each crew member beginning with Bones, cut their hair, shaved their beards, trimmed eyebrows and gave them lessons in hygiene. She suggested they pick out one person to do their laundry and they would all share the person’s duties on the ship.

Now Captain Blue’s crew looked more like deacons of the church than a ship’s crew, but he it pleased him very much for his men to smell good and look clean. It seemed they took more pride in the cleaning of the ship, as it shined from daily scrubbing and polishing.

They were near the Cape of Good Hope and luck was with them as the winds force decreased for the last few nautical miles, just before Captain Blue guided the large vessel into a private dock in an underwater cave.

The crew completed their duties, and then Bones gave the orders to lower the gangplank for all the crew to leave the ship, but not the biggest and strongest as they became Rachel’s body guards. Rachel told the four men who were protecting her: “I appreciate you doing this, but I feel badly that you are not enjoying Africa like the others.”

They replied that tonight would be their turn to go as Captain Blue told them he would be aboard the ship with some of the crew. Their orders came from the Captain---not to let her out of their sight.

Rachel took time to dress for her adventure and just before Captain Blue departed from the ship he gave Rachel a bag of gold coins to buy anything she wanted in the African fishing village.

A little later Rachel departed with her four body guards into a world where she found beauty in the colorful clothes the Africans wore. She saw beautiful children all who seem well taken care of and loved. She went through their market place and found beautiful shells and pearl jewelry, straw hats and baskets. Some women were selling baked goods and spices. Fruits, vegetables sold fresh and canned fruits, jams, jellies and preserves.

Rachel enjoyed her visit until returning to the ship she saw men and women in shackles going up the gangplank of another ship. Suddenly, she stopped dead in her tracks---the four body guards immediately stood in front of her so she could no longer see the gruesome site of purchased slaves.

When she looked up at each man tears were glistening and threatening to fall from her beautiful eyes. Later each man swore they would never forget the day she cried when she saw slaves for the first time. They took her up their gangplank with all her purchases.

Rachel went silently to her cabin and thanked the men as they put her packages down. When they left she fell across her bed and cried as if brokenhearted. She could not believe humans could treat other humans with such cruelty and disrespect. She cried until she fell asleep.

When Captain Blue returned to the ship the four body guards told him what happened and he flew to Rachel’s cabin and entered without knocking. He found her asleep still dressed with her face still wet from tears. It broke his heart that she was a witness to such heartlessness of the present times, such greed of some worthless men.

Captain Blue stealthfully left the cabin and called Bones and the four body guards to his galley. He had a plan and it would be carried out within the next few days. Rachel would not be sad any longer when he showed her his surprise.
Continued on Chapter 8

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Run Rachel Run---Chapter 6

Rachel woke to stormy weather with rain slamming fiercely against the swaying ship; it rocked so much she could barely get out of bed. And, when she did, she could not stand without holding to the bedpost. Just when she thought she would never be able to move again. 

Bones knocked and entered inundating the cabin as he pushes through the strong door, to place the tray of coffee and buns on the table. He sees the frozen Rachel who looked petrified holding on to the bedpost. Bones walked over to her and offered his arm to take her to the table that was safely bolted to the floor. She thanks Bones as he poured her coffee and then he leaves her to finish her breakfast and get dressed.

Rachel knew they were sailing to Africa, but she was not aware of the perils of getting there, but she began to ponder if the ship would be in one piece when and if they landed. Bones came back to her cabin and told her Captain Blue was at the helm so no need to fear, as they travel this stormy route many times before. 

Bones place a trunk on the table and told Rachel these were some of the dresses the Captain brought to trade with Africa’s tradesmen; and he wanted her to see if there were any to her liking. Then, Bones bowed and left her alone with her little treasures.

Rachel opened the trunk to see some of the most beautiful dresses, made of silk trimmed in lace of every kind one could image and with pearls and pearl buttons adorned on some of them. And, undergarments, shoes, hair-combs, hats to match the dresses, including little string purses to match the shoes. Everything was so lovely she did not know where to begin her private fashion show.

Finally, Rachel selected the soft-silky pink one with hair-combs, shoes and purse to match. And, at the very bottom of the trunk was a box of jewelry fit for a Queen. She chose the white and pink pearls for her ears, no necklace would she wear; to take away from the beauty of the dress.

She had just applied the finishing touches when the door blew open and in walked Captain Blue. Wet from his head to his toes, but stopped in his tracks when he saw a vision of loveliness standing before him. He could not speak or think for several minutes, then a big smile appeared on his face and his blue eyes sparkled and softened at the sight before him.

He said: “I will go into my closet room and change, when we will dine together if that to your liking?”
Rachel began to thank him for the lovely dress she chose and Captain Blue said they were all hers---everything in the trunk was hers---and she would get more after his trading with Africa. Then he left her to dress for dinner.

Rachel daydreamed about Africa while the Captain dressed, would it be a wonderland of beauty, filled with friendly people and wild animals? She could only hope this adventure would be as great as the one she now lived.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Run Rachel Run---Chapter 5

                                    Captain Blue's Ship and Rachel's First Night

Rachel had never slept so long in her life and to be awakened by the smell of robust coffee and sweet buns covered with grounded nuts, which was her favorite. She truly felt like this was Heaven. 

The coffee was so good she changed into the only other outfit she owned and decided to carry a cup on deck to see what everyone did on a ship this large.

She was met by Captain Blue and his blue eyes shined as they looked at Rachel in her white dress. Without meaning to cause a commotion she did as soon as the crew saw her they all bowed. Bones had spread the word the Captain had an Angel on board, and he wanted to keep her to protect them.

Captain Blue offered his arm to show her around the boat, and then he gave her cup to Bones for a refill when they returned. The ship was beautiful and Rachel could not believe it was a pirate’s ship.

Captain Blue asked, “Does your family know where you are Rachel?"

Rachel had tears in her beautiful blue eyes when she looked at the Captain to answer softly, “My mother is dead and my father left me to be a crew-member on a ship, so I have no one anymore.”

This struck the very heart and soul of Captain Blue and he got a knot in his throat, which made it difficult for him to speak. So, he just looked into Rachel eyes and patted her lovely hand which was still holding on to his arm.

Then he put his arm around her and they both stood watching the waves as the sunset streamed across the water displaying tiny fish jumping from the light into the darkness of the evening waters.

Rachel had never been treated so sweetly before and she made a promise she would thank Captain Blue before anything bad happened to either one of them. She would thank Bones too for being so nice to her.

When they returned from the tour of the huge vessel Bones had dinner ready for them in the Captain’s dining area just below where Rachel was staying. It was so beautiful with candles burning sending beams of light to dance across the Captain’s handsome face for Rachel to enjoy stolen glances as she drank her wine.

Captain Blue was enjoying his beautiful dinner guest sitting across from him so much so he decided to make a toast to her. Captain Blue stood up with his glass and said: “Rachel we are all happy to have you with us in our journey to Africa to purchase supplies, and so this toast is to you for making this trip more enjoyable with your presents aboard.”

It was one of the happiest moments she could remember and she drank to his toast and thanked him for being so kind to her. This was such a beautiful night she hated for it to end.

The Captain walked her back to the cabin, and then he kissed her hand and left her standing in the doorway. Rachel stood for the longest time looking at the stars in the sky, she had never seen so many at one time. It made her feel so small in her new world. 

She finally closed the door, without knowing that Bones and the Captain were watching to make sure she remained safe in his world.

Continued Next in Chapter 6
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Run Rachel Run---Chapter 4

Chapter 4

                                                                      Rachel Finds a Friend

Rachel was right back where she started as she barely escaped the cutthroat pirates who silently boarded Captain Z’s ship and killed everyone even the kind and handsome Captain Z. Lady luck had vacated her space and now she was worse off than she began---because she now had the memories of the attack. She had stealthfully climbed down the anchor chain and swam back to shore. She was now behind the same old vessel on the beach, drying her clothes and waiting for another opportunity to leave this place and start a new life.

A giant of a man stood smoking on the deck of his ship; while high above his head one could hear a flapping sound as the ocean breeze gathered strength. The noise came from a black and white flag “Live or Die” was written on it--- it continued to snap in the force of the wind. The name of the ship---Live or Die---did not mean what everyone thought. The crew knew it meant if you do not live this one life in joy and peace then your spirit dies. But others not knowing the true meaning stayed clear of the vessel of fear and it’s Captain.

The owner was a man who was feared by all---all but the crew who worked for him---they respected him alright but they knew him to have a tender heart and they worshiped him for his kindness. Others trembled in his presents because of the stories spread across the oceans of the world in 1700’s. His name was Blue Gabriel because his eyes were so blue they appear to shock the ones who dared to look into them--- into complete silence. He was one of few Welsh pirates that sail the seas with his cargo to deliver around the world to countries others were afraid to visit. And no one had the pleasure of knowing his real name, nor was there anyone brave enough to ask.

The women who met him---all wanted this handsome pirate with his blue eyes and black wavy hair. Every woman who saw him wanted to taste his full lips and to test his love making to find out if he was fierce or gentle. His body was toned and muscled with biceps bigger than a gentle ladies waist. Many had witnessed in battle---their Captain Blue killing a man with one hand---while fighting with his sword with the other.

So this big gentle specimen of a man was not to be dishonored by lies when his real actions were witnessed by many of friends and foes. Before Captain Blue’s ship left any harbor the word spread where he was bound for---and the smart ones gave him a clear and unchallenged journey.

But tonight Captain Blue was about to be surprised by a beautiful young girl who was to become a stow away on his ship; however--- he would not be aware of it until they sailed for two days on their destination to Eagle Nest Island. Captain Blue owned this Island and had a small army of pirates protecting it. The Island was a small town with shops, eateries, doctor offices with a small hospital, three churches and a large school.
                                                                  Eagle Nest Island
Captain Blue started this Island town with his own money and kept it going until the businesses were secure on their own. Now all the Island people had their own money to build fine homes and live a great life and they did---thanks to his support initially.

Rachel had dressed in her blue dress which matched her eyes and brushed her long blonde hair out and was plaiting it into a long braid. At the same time one of the crew members was sent below where the cargo was kept--- (where she was hiding) --- to get a keg of wine for Captain Blue. Now the crew member sent  was one of the kind-heartiest old men on board. His name was Bones and everyone guessed it was given to him because he was so skinny, but he very strong for his size and age.

When Bones looked over the cargo and reached for a special keg of wine---he saw Rachel and was shocked senseless because he thought she was an Angel. Because her appearance to him was Angelic as well as beautiful and the light from the small window shined like a halo over her blonde hair. He could not talk but put the keg down and ran up the stairs right into Captain Blue. And when he could speak he said two words---Angel-Angel and pointed below into the cargo hole.

Captain Blue followed Bones down into the cargo hole and over to where he was pointing and there was Rachel still plaiting her long hair. Well Captain Blue could not speak either---because it truly was an Angel and she was on his ship.

While both men stood staring Rachel finally--- felt she was being watched and looked the Captain in the eyes and for what seem like an eternity they both stared without speaking.
                                                        Old Wine Keg
Captain Blue spoke first, “Young lady you have stowed away on my ship and May I ask why?”

Rachel replied, “You do not speak like a pirate, but I still will warn you I can throw a knife.”

For some reason Bones and the Captain thought her reply was funny because they both smiled. Well---that was the wrong thing to do---because quicker than a flash of lightning a pearl handle knife went flying by the Captain’s head and what was even more amazing he caught it without looking away from Rachel’s baby blue eyes.

Now Rachel was scared and like once before she fainted, but was caught in powerful arms that barely felt the weight of her young body. The Captain walked up the stairs carrying Rachel and walked past all his crew who was gaping and enjoying the beauty of an Angel which Bones whispered to them as they past.

When Rachel woke up she was alone in a beautiful suite surrounded with cherry wood furniture---so rich and polished with pieces of jade, bone knives, swords of all shapes and sizes hung on the walls. Mementos from around the world decorated the rooms and an opened trunk was full of books ready to be read. The bed she was in was the biggest bed she had ever seen---she knew a whole family could sleep here.

When a soft knock sounded and then a voice asked if he could enter---Rachel replied “Yes.”
Bones came in with a tray of food that smelled so heavenly---Rachel could not help herself she hopped out of the bed and sat at the big table in one of the huge chairs and was happy to be served. But first she thanked Bones for his kindness and his face turned red and he just nodded his head because he still could not speak to an Angel.

To be continued.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Run Rachel Run---Chapter One

Chapter 1

Rachel hid behind an old ship wreck--- dry docked on the beach. Since the new year of 1710 it seemed her luck proved to be bad. First her mama died from the flu pandemic and then her father shipped off as a shipmate on the Purple Cross---he did not tell her when he would be back.


Her father left a half-breed Indian who was a great friend of theirs to watch his Rachel. Rachel trusted Long Legs but she did not want to be a bother to anyone and he had a large family to take care of and feed. She could take care of herself---and now she would.


At 16 Rachel was full grown---but unlike her many schoolmates she did not want to married and raise a bunch of children. Anyone could do that---she wanted her life to mean something. She wanted to travel the world and then decide where she wanted to live.


Then she would begin her dream of making beautiful dresses from her drawings. Rachel was very artistic. And as crude and uneducated the town she lived in was---the towns people still appreciated Rachel’s talent.


Rachel would begin her adventure tonight by becoming a stow-away on the Black Hawk. She had done her investigating about the captain and found out he was fierce but kind to ladies.


So Rachel went home to pack all her belongings including her new acquired make-up of rice powder, rouge, and lip color. She was proud of the new dresses she made from her drawings---they made her look older than her 16 years.


Long Legs had taught her how to throw a knife and her father taught her how to dance around a fighter who was throwing punches. She was strong and savvy and was ready for her new adventure---but first she had to write her father and Long Legs a letter of good-bye and let them know what ship she was on.


Now after all is said and done---and Rachel was packed and ready for her plan to take place---her hands trembled a little as she held her satchel. She waited in her hiding place behind an old wrecked ship from the last storm.

Run Rachel Run---Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Rachel looked around at her home town Rotterdam---and she smiled as it was one of the biggest seaports in the Netherlands and maybe the World. She hated to leave but with promising herself she would return to visit---especially since her dear mother was buried in the church cemetery. She already said her byes to her mother when she left her a bouquet of lavender roses on her grave. The roses came from her mother favorite rose bush and bloomed most of the year---with roses that felt like velvet--- with their fragrance floating on the sea breeze. This is a memory she will always take with her---and some cutting from the rose bush.


Rachel waited until all the mates and the Captain were aboard the ship and asleep or in a drunken stew. The stealfully she boarded the ship between the lights from the old buildings on the dock and the shadows of the night.


She chose to stow-away in the Captain’s dinghy which was in a secluded concave by his quarters. She manage to get all her belonging in and herself and covered the dinghy back with the tarp.


Soon Rachel was fast asleep in her hide-away and did not notice that someone was watching her play out her little stow away plan with a smile on his handsome face.


Rachel woke up with the ship rocking and in a strange bed. And just when she was trying to understand where she was a loud banging on the big wooden door caused her to scream out.


Pushing past the man outside with a breakfast tray was the captain tall dark and handsome was just the tip of his aura. He rushed to Rachel’s side and took her hand and looked deeply into her light blue eyes that shined like a beacon to his heart.


Run Rachel Run---Chapter 3

Chapter 3

He said softly.” My name is Zachary Bonanski---I am known as Captain Z---as I am sure you have heard of me.” His dark green eyes questioned and survey her beauty.


Rachel’s long blonde hair tumbled down her back past her waist as she stood. Both Captain Z and his man servant stood frozen until she let out a sob from pure fear. She had never been in the presents of such furious looking man servant and such a handsome man before and then she fainted.


All the ship mates were very aware something was going on with Captain Z and they hoped they could help in some way---as the he always had his men’s back and they had his.


When Rachel opened her eyes it was dark out and a storm was brewing---she could tell because the ship was rocking harder now. But for some reason not known to her---she did not get sea sick like most people do. She awoke hungry and thirsty so she began to look around for something to eat and drink.


Just then a knock on the door and in walked Captain Z with a tray of food and drink. Rachel smiled and thanked him for being so kind to her---and no sooner had the words left her mouth the ship lunched and she landed in his arms. When she looked up he was looking down with the most amazing look of surprise on his face.


Rachel pushed back a little but his arms stayed around her body and then with his hand to the small of her back he led her to a chair. After seating Rachel he put her plate in front of her and a cup of the blackest coffee she had ever seen.


The he said, “If you need anything else---Godfrey my best mate is standing guard outside your door---just let him know and I will check on you later.”

Continued for more of “Run Rachel Run.”

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Rope Belt


He walked the long dirt road zigzagging around the pines and Oak trees

he walked everyday---alone,

He was a young dad working in the saw mills---getting little in pay to bring home.


His shirt collar wet with sweat showed a wide ring of embedded dirt,

He dragged his left foot that always hurt.


From a previous accident---saw milling in the Everglades,

His foot was caught between two saw blades.


It took months to heal,

But he was still paid---which was unreal.


The Saw Boss was mean but fair,

With most others---he showed no care.


His body seemed older than his 30 years,

It hurt so badly at times---it almost brought tears.


But a Dad he was---a single parent to boot,

His dead wife’s people never gave a hoot.


So he took care of his little boy unaided,

With the help of his mother whose hair was now faded.


Every Sunday to church they walked,

While little Tomas just talked and talked.


Tomas was now three years old---and very bright,

He asked his Dad---Why Dad—do you always work until night?


His father said--- Son---I pray you never will,

Get your schooling and live high on the hill.


Tomas watched his dad leave early before light,

With his pants held up by an old rope pulled tight.


The picture of his dad walking through the morning darkness in the dew,

Stayed in his heart forever---he knew a dad like his---was very few.


As time passed Tomas left for a higher education,

But the war was coming---he might fight for this great nation.


His Dad waved bye at the train station---with his eyes full,

His son was now a man---a tear ran free---and Tomas took no bull.


He was tired and weary as he walked back home,

For truly now he was all alone.


But his presents on earth will always be felt,

Years later Tomas by his Dad’s graves knelt.


Around the flowers on the coffin was place with great love,

An old dirty rope---attached with a note--- For You Dad in the Above.


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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Great-Great Grandmother's Grave

I visit it as often as I can in the spring time when the sweet wild flowers blooms and the Hummingbirds buzzed from one sweet bloom to another.

Stories told from family members through the years tell about how brave she was as a tall thin woman who--- more than one time used a whip on men that mistreated their families. She would not tolerate any woman, children or older folks being mistreated.

And if her whip was not enough she had eight (8) big boys who cherished their Mama and would take care of anyone she felt was being cruel to their family.

So the community around the little village where she dwelled with her family became a wonderful place to bring up children who were cherished, loved and well taken care of by both parents.

I found a letter once from a member of her church---the letter was so old and faded and I could barely read it. The best I could make out it said---I want to thank you for making my life into what I always hoped it would be with a loving husband who was kind and loved his family.

My husband said he did not know how to be what I wanted from him until your boys showed him and talked to him after they got his attention with their fist.

My family thanks you and that includes my husband. Bless you for caring about the women of this village.

I folded the letter and put it back into the old family trunk in the attic. I always thought of this attic as a door to another time since all I found in it came from another time.
wild flowers, spring time,
I wished we had a time machine so I could go back in time and visit her and let her know that she meant so much to so many and her family members and descendants are so proud of her.

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