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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Nineteenth Beginning 32: Worldshore
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a brief, postprandial walk along the darkened shore, to aid digestion and
heighten suspense.Then they packed, or
rather, moved the packs that Satbada had packed down to the beach.And Narnemvar cast the spell.
were only a few fillips at the beginning, then he turned and held out his arms,
as if begging permission.With a deep,
rolling voice Postlavanderon said, “As prince of Hommel Isle, viscount
protector of the royal prerogative and collector of wharf taxes on kegged,
jarred, and bottled beverages of mood altering composition I hereby give
Narnemvar, friend to the royal family through many brothers permission to call
the fleet.May it come swiftly in our
hour of need.”
could take their eyes from the prince once he began to declaim.So no one saw or heard Narnemvar casting the
rest of the spell.All they saw was the
prince.All they heard was the
prince.After he finishes speaking, all
they had in their minds was a wish that the fleet would arrive to assist this
worth man quickly.
take awhile,” whispered Narnemvar.“The
nearest boat could be aways off.”
there was a scraping as a sunken row boat slid out of the water an up onto the
“Back!Get back far enough and it will have to come
high up on the beach to get to you.It
will stop roughly two steps away.”
moved back.Water leaked out of the boat
through a hole punched near its waterline.The women mumbled and began to edge away from the shore.
stepped over.The boat was half full of
another boat slid out of the water, and another.All were breeched.All were weighted.One had a few bones in it, as an added
we’re seeing why there are no fish nets and no drying fish in this
Erminetrude was besieged by importunate suitors and the family was forced to
preserve her maidenly dignity?
looked back at the retreating women.“We
will give them the benefit of the doubt for now.But we will remember this cove.”
burdens of nobility.”
drowned boats littered the beach before the first floating boat arrived.Postlavanderon stepped down the beach so that
it would not come too far out of the water.As it beached, the occupants lifted clubs with the menace of truly
frightened men.Narnemvar and
Postlavanderon looked at each other.Narnemvar grinned and greeted the visitors while Postlavanderon drew
himself up in regal dignity.
sorry to have taken you out of your way, my good fellows.But the prince, here, requires a boat and
there are none to be had this night.We’ve been told that the men are out fishing.
are no men here, the two in the boat said there are only women and . . .
something else.Leave while you still
can, but don’t think of taking this boat.This will only take the two of us and our fish.Run fast and you may live.”
we will wait for a better boat.said
he gave me permission to call the fleet.your boat just happened to get tangled in the spell.as soon as the right boat comes, we’ll stop
the spell and you can go”
“I have a
question for you good men, the prince said.How deep is this cove.If a big
ship came, would it go aground?We don’t
want to damage any ships, we just need to return to my father’s island.”
seemed to reassure the men somewhat.
pretty deep.Even the foreign ships can
up in up to, oh, about three of this boat’s lengths out.”
you.” The prince nodded and looked out over the sea.
question.” the jovial voice was Narnemvar’s.“You’re out fishing rather late.Is that the custom around here?Are there special things to catch at night.”
location thing.” one of the men finally said.“Anywhere near here, it’s usually safer to fish at night.Folk who fish nearby in the daylight tend not
terror that comes under cover of light!” Narnemvar chortled.
funny when it’s your family hungry and you need a bigger boat to go out
suppose it’s not.Would you like some
water while we wait?”