Tradewinds 19 CH 03After breakfast, Shades set out, starting by dropping off the Excelsior’s docking fee, now that they’d been paid, and beginning his search in earnest, asking around the harbor offices first.
After they looted Mercer and Strikers’ crew the other day, they had divided the derelict gear up amongst themselves. Now he took his share to the seaport markets, looking to turn a tiny profit on their most recent misadventure while continuing his search among the markets and taverns. Figuring Max and Justin would set out to do likewise when their break rolled around.
Like so many places before, he turned up not the slightest hint of his friends’ whereabouts, reminding himself that he could not afford to let himself give in to discouragement.
To take his mind off the matter, he took a stroll around the harbor, taking in the sights and soaking up the local talk. Hoping perhaps something might jump out at him, or maybe his feet might tug him in a useful dire
Tradewinds 19 CH 02The following morning, they all woke up feeling refreshed, already letting the weight of the past ten days slip from their shoulders.
After breakfast, Justin and Shades strolled out onto the deck to find Maximilian gazing out at the horizon.
“I get it now…” the Young Master said, apparently talking to himself. “Why Freedan was so resentful. Why he didn’t want to treat me as a worthy enemy. I suppose I wouldn’t, either… All those years, just assuming I’d be running the company. But I had no idea how… Father, would you have shown me, if you had the chance?…”
He trailed off, finally noticing that he had company, and started with a gasp as if more mindful of his survival instincts than he was before this voyage.
“Sorry,” Shades mumbled, “didn’t mean to spook you.”
“It’s okay,” Maximilian replied. “In fact, it’s just the sort of thing I’ve been th
Tradewinds 19 CH 01“DEAD RECKONING”
Not since their harrowing voyage to the Isle of Castaways had the erstwhile crew of the Maximum felt so overjoyed to see dry land as they were that day, struggling to keep their minds focused on this final stretch of their treacherous trip as the Excelsior concluded her maiden voyage.
Of course, if the bounty hunter Roxy had any horror stories of her own, she wasn’t in the mood to share them as she and Rufus came to double-check Mercer and Striker’s captive crews before they made landfall on what Justin told them was the seaport of Anchor Point, on the island of Yarbo. Sebastian and Maximilian continued to lend Justin a hand guiding the ship while she backed up Max and Shades at the brig. She could only hope the sudden announcement caught their prisoners off-guard before either of them could get their act together enough to try any last-minute escape attempts.
Anchor Point turned out to be a sprawling
The QuestOn the path seldom taken, I'm making my way
and so I never know where I'll be from day to day
Went out & explored because I'm always bored
Too long in the same place, couldn't take it anymore
A mystical journey down the road beyond my door
Even though I don’t know what I'm looking for
I'll know when I find it
I shrugged my load & hit the road
I'm on a quest & everyone's invited
to tag along on their own search
Just let your mind's eye guide it
I'm looking behind every closed door
Can't explain, just be open-minded
Don't know what I'm looking for
but I'll know when I find it
Talked to the guru & he told me what to do
to get out of my life & try something new
Thought it thru, now I've made my decision
I have a new vision, I'm a man on a mission
to go out & do something different today
Thoughts linking, try thinking in a whole new way
to see the world as I never have before
and pay attention to things I used to ignore
Tired of strife, from life I want somethi