Between Havana and The Deep Blue Sea
Copyright ©2010 by Darrel Bird
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The Deep Blue Sea
Jim Grady walked hurriedly back and forth, hauling supplies from his old pickup to the dock on the Intracoastal Waterway, which snakes around St. Petersburg, Florida. He methodically loaded the supplies onto the deck of his 36-foot Morgan sailboat, Dancer. Most of it was water in gallon and liter jugs. When he made the last trip, he climbed on board the fiberglass boat and started stowing the supplies away. He had purchased enough supplies for a month. He had not had time to plan all that well, and he knew what he was preparing to do was about as insane as one can get; yet he knew he had to try.
After stowing the supplies, he made himself some hot tea and sat at the dinette, which served as a chart table. There was a fold-down chart table by the radio equipment, but it was not big enough to be comfortable. Jim sat sipping his tea and thought about the events that led up to this.