By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
“Captain Olanis, if you would,” she hears Admiral Alejandra call out. The first body is lowered to inside a hammock by three ropes. Two ropes at either end and one through a grommet on the edge in the centre.
Olanis swipes her hand down the strings of her mandolin and sings:
Femi of Egypt, fallen but not forgotten
The wind is blowing harder now forcing her to sing louder. As the first hammock touches the water the centre rope is pulled causing the hammock to flip.
Guilia of Italy, fallen but not forgotten
She continues as the next body is lowered. There’s wetness in the wind now and the sky is darkening with angry clouds.
Toma of the Cheyenne, fallen but not forgotten
Lightning flashes through the sky and the air goes still.
Panambi of Guarani, fallen but not forgotten
The last body is pounded by the strengthening rain as its lowered and tipped into the ocean.
Belinda of Spain, killed by her own countrymen, fallen but not forgotten
She stops strumming her mandolin and closes her eyes as she lifts her face to the rain to wash away the pain.
Dan Watt is the author of the epic dark fantasy fiction book BARD
Taylor Norris, RMT, as First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kitchener-Waterloo)
With thanks to Joanne Gosling (Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne): Joanne is an Interior Decorator who specializes in closets: Jgosling@calclosets.com Calclosetsjoanne or Joannegosling22@gmail.com
Leah Weir (Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia): model and cover editor;
Andraya Watt as Assistant-Master-at-Arms, Amelie
With Thanks To:
Fire & Steel for the Medieval Rapier: http://fireandsteel.ca/
Alex Watt for background pictures
Daiana Duca for background pictures
Krissy Karmaschek for background pictures