Ok, I am proud to say that I have finally completed chapter ten and have it up for you guys. Enjoy. 🙂
Helen tripped on a coil of rope. Emma bent down and with Diana’s help they hauled her to her feet. The deck lurched under them sending all three of them to the ground. The man cursed angrily. He grabbed them by the arm and jerked them up. He glared at the girls.
“Come on. I have no time for dilly dallying.”
Helen walked after him glaring at his back. Diana, who was beside her, muttered something about having not dilly dallied but tripped.
Finally they reached the life boats. The man unstrapped the boat and lowered it into the water. He tossed down a rope.
“You,” he said pointing at Helen. “Get down into the boat. You other girls follow her.”
The girls did as they were told. As Emma, the last of the girls, slowly lowered herself into the boat they heard sudden chaos.
The captain and some of the crew had given up trying to save the boat. They had come to get the life boats only to find a man there. A few shots were fired resulting in a dead captain, first mate and some of the crew. A body was thrown off the deck. It splashed into the water beside the girls before sinking down. But suddenly it emerged again. It was a young man – who was alive.
“Help.” He croaked gasping for breath before going under again.
Emma gasped. “We have to help him!”
I don’t know what we can do.” Diana said.
Helen slowly eased herself to the bottom of the ship. She glanced up at the man he was climbing down the rope. She glanced back at the water. The young man came back up gasping for breath. Helen held out her hand.
“Here, sir, grab my hand.” She cried.
The young man looked at her gratefully and grabbed her hand.
Helen started to pull him up on the boat but found that he was a whole lot heavier than she thought.
“Di, help me please.” Helen cried.
Diana jumped to help Helen, rocking the boat dangerously. Together they hauled the young man up into the boat just as the man stepped into the boat.
Emma seeing that her friends we occupied glanced at the man and then suddenly pushed off away from the ship, causing the man to loss his balance and fall into the water. She grinned grimly to herself. Helen helped the man sit down comfortable in the boat of the boat.
“You just sit there sir, and rest a bit. When you are rested then we can talk.” Helen said kindly.
The young man nodded weekly. Helen smiled at the young man and crawled back to her seat. She grabbed the oars and started to push the boat out father.
“Emma why don’t you take the first turn with me and then Diana can have a turn.” She said.
Emma smiled dipping her oar into the water. “Fine with me. Where are we heading to?”
Helen smiled back at her. “That little bit of shore over there.” She said pointing off to the horizon where a small sliver of land could be seen. “I am sure it isn’t as far as it looks.”
I hope, she thought quietly to herself. She dipped her oar down, determined to get as far as possible that night.
Diana sat down at the bottom of the boat at Helen’s feet. She watched the young man curiously. Something about him was familiar but she couldn’t figure out what. Finally she shrugged and turned her attention to the horizon. The land was still just a tiny sliver. She tried to shake off her disappointment. After all they were only three girls, well born girls not accustom to things like this, what would you expect? She started to settle down in the bottom of the boat and try to get some sleep but then roused herself again. She could wait; anyway Emma was bound to be getting tired and would need a break. She watched quietly as Emma and Helen pulled their oars in rhythm together.
Emma’s arms slowly started to get tired, she didn’t know how much longer she would be able to hold out. She argued with herself, mentally. It would do no one any good if she worked herself so hard that she, after she had rested, was still tired. But the longer she was at the oars the longer Diana did have to do anything and the young man could rest. The longer the man rested the better because they could then learn what his name was and who he was and also since he was a sailor he could help Diana at the oars, allowing Helen and herself to rest. Emma got tired of arguing with herself.
“Diana, my arms are getting tired. I don’t think I can row much longer.” She said, feeling terrible about having to stop.
“Alright, I was waiting for you to say you were tired so I could take over and let you rest a bit.” Diana said with a small smile.
She started to crawl slowly over to Emma’s side of the boat. She nearly screamed when she felt someone touched her arm pulling her back.
“Wait until she starts to come over her, that way you don’t over turn the boat.” A man’s voice said.
Diana turned to look at the speaker, the young man. She smiled.
“Oh, thanks. I was just about to overturn the boat dumping us all, wasn’t I?” She said cheerfully.
The young man grinned back at her.
Helen smiled as she heard the young man speak but then frowned thoughtfully. She was glad he was doing better, but was confused her was that he talked like he was an educated man. Most common sailors weren’t very educated. Helen shook off the thought. There was no need to worry herself about it. She felt some one’s eyes on her and she glanced down to find the young man watching her. In spite of herself she blushed.
“Oh, sorry,” The young man said coming to himself. “I was just thinking. Once I had a sister I imagine she would look something like you do now. She is probably about your age too.”
“Oh. What happened to her?” Helen asked curiously.
The young man glanced off out to sea, (which happened to be all around them). “I don’t know. I imagine that she is doing well, I hope she is.”
“So….what is your name?” Helen asked.
“Me? I am Fredrick, Fredrick Park.”
Helen looked as if she had seen a ghost.
“Are you alright, is something wrong? Was it something I am said?” Fredrick asked, clearly concerned.
Helen shook her head. “No, no. Nothing is wrong. It is just that….just that, I am Helen Park, Lord Arthur’s daughter.”
Fredrick looked at her not comprehending what she had said. “You mean, you are saying that I am your brother. You are Helen, my sister?”
Helen grinned nodding her head. “Yes! And this is our neighbor Emma and this is Di. Princess Diana.”
Fredrick grinned, he didn’t know what to do so he just sat there grinning at everyone.
Diana wasn’t paying much attention to Fredrick but looking out up at the sky instead.
“I hate to break this sentimental moment, but I think we have a problem.” Diana said, concern feeling her voice.
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