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Island Between Times

By John Stevenson

©2008 John Stevenson

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Through his telescope Captain William Sutton could clearly see the puff of whitish smoke erupt from the smaller of the two ships: almost simultaneously the Pelicans fore topsail tore across its width.

As the sail collapsed he heard an exclamation of joy beside him. "Well done Sir; well done."

Captain Sutton ignored the comment, he was still counting: waiting for the boom that was only just now rolling across the ocean and across the deck of the Lady Scarlet. Yes; he thought, mentally calculating the distance; they were gaining. "One should not be too presumptuous mister," he said condescendingly without taking his eye from the glass.

"No sir; one should not." The voice had lost most of its excitement.

"We are dealing with a cunning one mister; probably the wiliest of them all."

"Of course Sir and God willing you shall be the one to put an end to him."

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