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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