The Third Stone Island Sea Story (Published July 28, 2021)
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A final broadside roared from the port battery, sending twelve-pound shot and massive clouds of musket balls and jagged pieces of scrap metal―langrene―into the Darnahsian Pirate vessels. Splinters buzzed through the air. Lines snapped, their freed ends slicing like whips. Mooring bitts, fife rails, handrails, and other deck furniture disintegrated. Bits and pieces of what had been human beings splattered the bulwarks and deck. “Get those lines across!” Grappling hooks soared from the schooner’s port side and lodged in the pirate’s hull and rigging. The lines were drawn tight, and the two vessels lashed together. In the bows, the Kalish warriors continued their ungodly howl as they unleashed volley after volley of arrows into the amassed pirates. At Sergeant Lincoln’s order, blue-coated marines stepped to the rail, avoiding the seaman securing their guns. When he gave the word, they raised their muskets as one, and at the command, “Fire!” let loose a volley into the exposed enemy on deck. Then they fixed bayonets and prepared to board.
“Boarders away!” yelled Pierce, springing for the rail.
Having returned to England and reuniting with Evangeline, Edward Pierce once again sails beyond the ocean’s edge, accompanied by his beloved and two additional vessels. At Stone Island, they despair to find her father absent. Pierce now embarks across dangerous waters, leading a combined naval expedition charged with rescuing several Vespican governors held for ransom by the Darnahsian Pirates. Among them is Harold Smythe, Evangeline’s beloved Papa.
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