Sailing to Answers

The name painted on the stern of the ship was Lightning Caller. Arial stood on the deck looking at the sunset on the horizon. “Where is Captain Thomas sailing for tonight?”

The man standing at her side spoke with a heavy voice. “I believe he is headed toward Port Royal for the night. He was talking about a meeting there yesterday.”

She turned to look at him standing nearly a foot taller than she did. “And why am I here?”

It was a different voice that answered. “You’re here because it is the safest place for you.” The newcomer stepped up and between her and the man standing there.

She moved back away from both of them. “I know that. My father is the reason I’m here. That man is dangerous and at the moment wants my head on a platter,” she said.

The newcomer extended his hand in welcome. “Hello, Arial. I can promise you that man will never hurt you again.” 

Arial shook his hand. “Am I to assume you are Captain Thomas?”

Pulling his hand back he continues, “Yes, and you are the daughter of the lord who controls Port Newbark. I was hoping you would be willing to speak with me in private.” He had kept his voice in a calm even tone.

She nodded and followed him as he walked away. The man who she had been standing next to was completely forgotten.

Captain Thomas lead her to his cabin, closed the door behind them after they enter. He motions for her to sit. Fear filling her heart she complies. “Relax. I’m not going to hurt you. That’s why I’ve brought you onto my ship. So you would be safe.”


He watched her for a moment before answering her. “Because I know who and more importantly what your father is. In short he is a monster. One that I don’t want to have the ability to hurt anyone else. Bringing you out of his house takes away his ability to hurt anyone.” He folded his hands on his desk. “I am sorry that your opinion wasn’t requested in all of this, but there wasn’t time. If we had waited I wouldn’t have been able to save to you.”

Arial nodded not knowing what she should say in response. “Okay. So, why did you want to save me. You don’t know me or anything about me.”

The Captain stood, pacing back and forth across the room. “You’re right, I don’t know anything about you. But as I said I know your father. He hurt someone I cared very much about. I will get justice for what he did.”

Arial sucked in a breath. “Who was it?”

“Your mother.” The words were cold and full of anger.

Arial stood. “Not possible. She never left my father’s house until the day she died. Before that she lived with my grandfather. He was the man who set up her marriage with my father.” 

The Captain faced her. “I knew your grandfather too. He was a hard man, but not as cruel as your father.” 

She sat back down in the chair she had vacated only moments before. “Please, start at the beginning.” She nodded toward his desk.

He sat. “The beginning. That was years ago. I would say five or six years before you were born. Your mother and I were friends. We went to school together. I don’t know if she ever had feeling more than friendship for me, but I loved her from the moment I met her. I never told her. There were too many other things that had my focus at the time.” He paused, blowing out a breath through this lips. “Your grandfather didn’t want us to be friends and paid my father to move us away. He also paid me. He paid me to leave and never speak to her again. The man didn’t know how much I knew about him and the things he had done.”

A knock on the door broke through the speech. “Captain?” A voice, muffled, came through the door.

Captain Thomas once again stood. A glance at Arial he walked to the door. He opened the door. “What?”

“You’re needed on deck. Storm’s coming.” He glanced at Arial, “she can wait. If we die in this storm you won’t be able to help her anyway.”

Captain Thomas nodded, turned to Arial. “Stay here. I’ll be back as soon as I can and explain everything.” He walked away without another word. 

Arial sat there looking around the room wondering what in the hell was going on.

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