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    Chapter 4


    Sam was at the front door of the bank at nine sharp. The guard was unlocking the door just as Sam reached for the handle. The manager saw Sam and motioned for him to come into his office. “Sam, I am going to bend a few rules, and try to get all of your money out to you today. I am only doing this because your Dad and I were friends,” the bank manager explained to Sam. “I have almost all of the cash and I have to tell you it is quite a sum. I am going to give you two hundred fifty thousand in cash and the rest of the money I can give to you in cashier's checks, if that is acceptable to you. If you want to come back in a couple of days, I may be able to swap out cash for the checks.”

    “I appreciate the effort you are making, I will be in town for six more days and then I am going to gone for a year,” Sam explained his plans to the manager. “I am going to rent my house and I have arranged for him to make the payments to a rental agency. They in turn will bring the money to the bank and place it in my safe deposit box, less their fee. I hope the bank will be here when I return.”

    “Sam, I am going to be straight with you. The bank is on shaky ground. It's not just us, it is the whole industry. You really should put the money in an account, instead of a safe deposit box. The interest will be negligible, but, the account will be insured and should things go bad, you will at least have a chance at recovery,” said the banker.

    “That makes sense to me,” said Sam, “Leave the account open and I will give the number to the rental agency and change my instructions to them. I will see you in three days. Do you suppose the guard will walk me out to my jeep?”

    “We will both walk out with you,” answered the manager, “A quarter million in cash is a good sized package. Please be careful Sam and write if you need anything.”

    Sam's next stop was the dock. He took the packages of bill on board his boat and went down into the bilge area. Taking a screwdriver out of his toolbox, he removed some screws from a board and opened a hidden compartment. Carefully stacking the money into the insulated waterproof compartment he had built while refurbishing the boat, he was able to pack all of the money inside, except for what he would need today. He replaced the screws and took pains to make certain the heads of the screws looked like they had been there forever. A little vinegar will quickly add a little rust to the steel screw and a smudge of dirt here and there will camouflage them.

    Sam got back in the jeep and made for the coin shop. The owner acknowledged Sam as he walked in. As soon as the owner finished with the customer he was helping, he told Sam to come on back. They walked into a small office and Sam was shown the gold and silver. “I was able to get quite a bit,” said the owner, “I hope you are going to take it. If you don't I am going to have a lot of money tied up for a long time.”

    “I said I would,” said Sam, “How much is it and what is the total?”

    “There are two hundred fifty gold eagles and five monster boxes of silver eagles. The Gold is two hundred eighty thousand and the silver comes to forty three thousand five hundred fifty five dollars. Grand total with tax is three hundred thirty three thousand dollars and I always give a standard discount of five percent for cash, so you owe me three hundred sixteen thousand.”

    “The bank will have the rest of my money in three days, I am going to leave you three hundred dollars in cashiers checks to hold the metals. When the bank calls me, I will come by and we can go to the bank together and swap the checks for the metals, if you are agreeable,” said Sam.

    “That works for me,” agreed the owner.

    Sam left the coin shop and drove to the gun shop. He parked in back by a roll up door and pressed the delivery bell button. In a minute or so, an employee raised the door and let him in. The employee loaded all the guns and ammo into Sam's jeep while Sam settled his bill with some of the cash he brought. Leaving the gun shop,, Sam realized it was lunch time, so he headed for the cafe.

    Irene gave a wave and a smile as she saw Sam coming in the front door. Sam took his usual seat and noticed for the first time, just how empty the diner was. Irene came over with a glass of tea and the day's special for Sam. She sat down in the booth across from Sam, and said, “Congratulations, you are my very last customer. Tom has decided that he is closing after lunch to give the new owner a little extra time to get things ready. I am going to be off in about 20 minutes and I want to go and get some clothes for the trip.”

    “About that,” Sam started, “would you mind a lot if I went with you?”

    “Not at all, sweetie, but I never figured you for the shopping type,” she teased.

    “I'm not,” said Sam, “but, you have never spent a lot of time on a boat and I don't want you to spend a lot of money on cruise wear, because most of the time we will be working. You need some good work clothes, some gloves, and good serviceable deck shoes, of course, you will need a bikini as well.”

    “Am I being shanghaied,” she asked? “I thought this was a pleasure cruise.”

    “Oh, it is,” Sam added quickly, “but there is a lot of work to sailing when there is only a two person crew, and you never know what might happen. I would say two or three dress up outfits would be plenty. We will, after all, undoubtedly make a few ports of call.”

    Sam dug into the meat loaf and mashed potatoes with gusto. When he finished, he walked up to the counter and shook Tom's hand and thanked him for all the good meals and wished him well with his retirement.

    “Take good care of her,” said Tom pointing to Irene, “She is the closest thing to a daughter I have ever had.”

    “I will defend her with my life,” promised Sam.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Quote Originally Posted by ted View Post
    Thank you.
    Ditto....

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    Thank you.

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    fastback08, thank you for sharing your story with us, looking forward to more when you can.
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    Thank you for yet another wonderful addition to this story. Please keep them coming!
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    Chapter 4A



    Sam and Irene left the cafe and went to the County CO-OP. Sam explained to Irene that this was the best place to get clothing that would stand up to hard work and they could be had for a reasonable price. Sam told her to get extras of everything, and to be sure and try on the clothes. “You might want to buy at least two sets of everything at least one size smaller. Try on several sets of gloves and find a pair that is comfortable. Get two pair that are for cold weather. When you get through, look for a couple pair of rubber boots. You will need them, sooner or later. I am going to the hardware section, find me when you get through,” Sam said as the lady clerk and Irene got busy.

    Sam bought a five hundred foot roll of braided rope. He knew from experience that a
    braided rope worked much better in a pulley than the cheaper twisted rope. He bought a hatchet, a hand axe, sharpening tools and several canvas tarpaulins in different sizes. He found a folding military style shovel and he added that as well. Looking up, he noticed Irene had finished and was waiting patiently for him. “One more thing, and I will be ready,” Sam shouted across the mostly empty store. He bout a small propane torch outfit and several extra bottles of propane. He asked the salesman if they had a small enclosed trailer?

    The salesman said, “they are all in the fenced in area around back, if you will meet me at the gate, I will let you in.”

    Sam handed Irene his credit card and told her to settle the bill for everything they had bought and he went to look at the trailers. Picking a twelve foot cube type, enclosed trailer, Sam hooked it to the jeep and backed up to the loading dock.

    “If you will help me get everything loaded, I will buy your dinner,” Sam told the salesman.

    “Deal,” the salesman quickly agreed.

    Sam went to the front and handed the paperwork for the trailer to the lady at the check out and helped Irene take all her merchandise to the rear of the store and loaded it in the trailer.

    “One more stop before we go home,” Sam said, “I would like to get a tent and some camping gear.”

    “Why camping gear,” asked Irene, “Won't we be sleeping on the boat?”

    “Most nights we will, but trust me, there will be times you will want to stand on something that isn't rocking. There are a number of islands out there and we may need to get off the water at some point. Better to have it and not need it,” Sam began.

    “I know,” said Irene, “than to need it and not have it.”

    They both laughed. Sam handed the salesman a twenty for his “supper”, and they got in the jeep and drove off with a trailer loaded with essentials. Sam drove to the outdoor outfitters and he and Irene shopped for a three person tent, a small one burner stove, mess kit, portable toilet, and anything else they could think of or what the salesman insisted they couldn't do without. Sam reminded Irene of the space considerations and they finally settled on the purchase. They loaded it into the trailer and Sam pointed the jeep and trailer toward home.
    Last edited by fastback08; 12-30-2015 at 10:47 PM.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Sam and Irene sound like a beautiful prepping couple. Can't wait to see this evolve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastback08 View Post
    Chapter 4A

    Sam pointed the trailer toward home.
    Ooohhhh, a powered trailer or was it downhill all the way????

    Thanks FB for the chapter....

    Texican....

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    fastback08 Great story, looking forward to more thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texican View Post
    Ooohhhh, a powered trailer or was it downhill all the way????

    Thanks FB for the chapter....

    Texican....
    Anytime you tow a trailer, it tends to "point" the direction you are driving, if it doesn't, you may have hooked it up incorrectly.

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    Thanks for MOAR

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    Thank you.
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    Sorry for the delay, sometimes life gets in the way. My ex wife passed away and I have been spending some time with my daughter and my grands. I am working on something now and unless I win the lottery tonight, I will post a chapter tomorrow.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Condolences to the family. One of my good friends in Tex just lost her hubby of 45 yrs this week.

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    Chapter 5


    “I got you all I could,” the banker explained to Sam, “there is simply nothing else I could have done. We are talking about a large sum of money.”

    “Can you continue to withdraw money on my account and put it in my safe deposit box,” Sam asked the exasperated banker?

    “Not legally, but because I know you, I will. You understand this has to be kept between you and me,” The banker asked Sam.

    “I know, and I appreciate what you are doing. Here is the key to my safe deposit box. I will come by right before we leave and collect what you have been able to get. From time to time, if I am going to be in a port for more than a day, you can FedEx me a package.”

    Taking the money the banker had been able to get for hm, he headed to the coin shop. After finishing his business there he went straight to the dock and moved the coins onto the boat. Taking the torch set he bought and a ladle, he started melting the lead ballast in the bottom of the boat until he had hollowed out a large section. After allowing plenty of time for the lead to cool, he placed as much of the precious metal as he could in a metal box and set it into the hollowed out portion of the ballast. After carefully insulating over the box, Sam proceeded to melt some of the lead he removed and started filling in on top of the metal. When finished and burnished up a little, it was hard to tell the ballast lead had been worked.

    As he was going to the house he saw Irene's MG coming up the driveway so he waited outside to walk in with her. “I hope you are coming to help me pack,” Sam said, “We need to get everything out and into storage so my renter can get moved in. I am renting it furnished, so all we really need to move are personal items and clothes.”

    “I have finished with mine, I just have to get it to storage,” Irene told Sam,”after we get yours moved, would it be all right if I used the trailer?”

    “I will go you one better,” Sam exclaimed, “I have more than enough storage space rented to hold all of our stuff. We can put your things in with mine and there will still be enough room for the vehicles.”

    “That would be great,” said Irene, thanking Sam with a kiss on the cheek.

    “I need to go to my office for a few minutes, I am going to see if I can start my leave of absence early, when I get back, I will help you finish and we can start moving things into storage. All of the clothing that is not already in suitcases will go to storage, the suitcases will go on the boat.”

    “Sam,” said Sam's boss, Mr. Dodd, “I am afraid I cannot guarantee your job will be here when you get back. Our contracts are way down and some of our regular clients have closed their doors. How about I offer you a severance package, and we plan on you not coming back?”

    Sam was momentarily stunned as he realized the economy was worse than he thought.
    “Can you make it in cash?” Sam grinned as he stuck out his hand.

    “I thought you might say that,” Mr. Dodd, smiled, “I have all the paper work and the cash ready. We are going to miss you Sam. I wish I were going with you.”

    “This job has been great for me and I hope you do well. The economy can't stay bad forever,” Sam offered.

    Sam left the office and made his way home, stopping at a drive thru burger joint and picking up a snack for Irene and him. When He got home Irene had practically finished so after eating they started loading the trailer.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Thank you

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    This story has me addicted and waiting for the latest installments. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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    Well, FB, it appears that you didn't win the Lotto either....
    But we got another chapter....
    Thanks FB....
    Texican....

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    Fastback08, Thank you for sharing your great story. MOAR, please?

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    Great story Fastback08 always a good day when I find a new chapter from you. Thank you.
    Wayne

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    Thank you for the newest chapter dear sir.

    And sorry you did not win the big bucks in the Power Ball.

    But, hey, there is always Wednesday, right?

    Looking forward to more chapters when you are able and I am sorry for the loss of your ex. May your children and grandchildren find comfort in this heart wrenching time and may you remember the best of your time with her as much as possible.

    My dear husband has an ex as well.

    And she is a really nice lady. We actually spent the holidays with her and her brood of kin a year ago.

    It is very nice to see how far we have come over time, our maturity, our youthful woes and angst and still come out the other side, better people, with the lessons learned from the past.

    May you find abundant joy and rest and in the days ahead.

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    Thank you.
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    Thank you for the story. We're patiently waiting until you feel like writing again.

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    Chapter 5B

    Sam took the trailer to the Storage unit and parked the trailer and the Jeep inside. Irene guided him until everything was safely inside. Together they closed the door and Sam locked it securely and handed one of the two keys to Irene. Walking inside the small office, Sam told his friend Mack, that they would be back when they got back. The rent on the climate controlled unit was paid for one year. They climbed in Irene's car and headed back to the beach house.

    “You know,” Sam began, “Everything we needed to do is done, we could leave anytime you want.”

    “I've got nothing holding me,” Irene said, “Whenever you say, we will leave.”

    “Can you think of anything we may have forgotten,” Sam asked Irene?

    “Well, we were going to buy fresh groceries before we left, Why don't we do that now,” she suggested.

    “OK,” said Sam, “Let's go to the market, load the boat and leave tonight. I have planned this for so long, I am afraid something will come up at the last minute.”

    They walked through the supermarket and bought everything on the list, Sam reminded her that some of the things she had would have a pretty short shelf life on the boat, and that he had a lot of long term storage food that they would be eating. He insisted she get plenty of dried and canned fruit and a smaller amount of fresh fruit. When they got to the coffee aisle, Sam took over and started loading the cart down while Irene grabbed several containers of non-dairy creamer.

    Back at the boat, the couple stored all the groceries and went over the check list one last time.

    “Last chance to back out,” Sam kidded.

    “Not on your life, Sailor Boy,” came the reply.

    Sam started the little yanmar diesel and as Irene cast off the lines, the forty foot boat edged away from the dock and started into the Gulf of Mexico.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Thank you! So glad Sam is back!

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    Oh thank you so much. I am really excited for this adventure. Please keep writing.
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    Fastback thank you for the new chapter, great story looking forward to more soon.
    Wayne

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    Thank you Fastback. This story has lots of potential intrigue!
    Hope you and yours are doing well now.

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    Gonna get good! Thank you Fastback.
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    Chapter 6


    The purring of the engine coupled with the gentle rocking of the boat, soon had Irene crawling into the stateroom. Sleep came easily to Irene, while Sam maintained and almost due South path. Sam enjoyed the sounds of the night on the water. He raised the sails and shut down the motor and began tacking back and forth while maintaining a Southerly route. Just as the sun was brightening the Eastern sky, Irene came on deck with a steaming mug of coffee. Sam lowered the sails and enjoyed the coffee and the beauty of the almost slick water. Irene disappeared below to the galley to start breakfast.
    A rather large school of mullet was making it's way toward the boat so Sam quickly grabbed his casting net and ran to the bow to cast into the fish. Several throws later he had a dozen fine mullet. He quickly filleted the fish and carried them down to Irene with instructions on how to cook the delicious “Biloxi Bacon”, as it was known on the coast. Fresh cat head biscuits, scrambled eggs, and mullet made a fine breakfast for the hungry Sam.
    After quick instructions, Sam left Irene in charge of the boat and he hit the rack to catch a few hours sleep. Irene capably maintained the same course Sam had started and soon they were in Blue water and the swells grew to a size that Irene thought was impossible for the Gulf. She was thrilled when the dolphins came close to the boat, looking for a handout, the sleek animals easily keeping pace with the boat. She noticed there were fewer and fewer birds, the further from shore they got.

    “Sam,” she called, “It has been four hours, this is your wake up call.”

    Sam appeared in the hatchway with his hair mussed and looking sleepy.
    “I'll take the tiller, if you will roust us up some coffee,” Sam offered.

    Irene reappeared in a few minutes with a thermos of coffee and the briefest binkini Sam had ever seen.

    “That's is pretty racy,” said Sam.

    “Well we are pretty much alone out here, and I didn't think you would mind. If you like, I do have a more modest suit,” said Irene apologetically.

    “I'm not complaining,” Sam was quick to state, “I just wanted you to know how much I admire the view.”
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Chapter 7


    The couple spent the day trying their luck at fishing. The blue water was surrendering a few Red Snapper and a couple of Jack Cravelle. While the Jack put up the best fight they didn't have the best reputation as table fare so they were released. After Irene caught an especially nice Cobia, Sam decided they had about all the fresh fish the small propane refrigerator could hold. Sam cleaned the fish while Irene fixed a late lunch and they each had an ice cold Barq's. After finishing their meal, they spent some time discussing their plans.

    “You know,” Sam started, “If we just keep going at this heading, we will end up in Belize.”

    “I have never been out of the country before” said Irene, “it is a good thing you insisted on my getting a passport.”

    “Well, we can always change course if you aren't feeling adventurous, but, Belize is actually pretty safe and there will likely be as many Americans there as natives.”

    “Belize is fine with me,” Irene was quick to add, “We should be able to restock all of our fresh fruits and vegetables once we get there.”

    Sam set all sails and charted a course for the destination. He taught Irene how to read the charts and showed how the navigation equipment on the boat worked.
    “It will take a few more more lessons and some on the job training, but you will soon know everything I know,” Sam complimented Irene.

    Just as the sun was slipping into the water, there was an intense glow to the North. Sam called Irene from below so she could witness the sight.

    “What is that,” she asked?

    “I am not sure,” Sam answered, could have been an oil rig blowout. I will get on the radio and see if I can hear anything.”

    Sam tried all of the usual broadcast station frequencies but all he heard was static. Switching on the HAM rig, he was rewarded with more static. Meanwhile the glow disappeared, replaced by a low rumbling sound.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

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    Oh, its the Cliff hanger from hell here. Now I will be checking back more than I do now to see this unfold. Thank you!
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    Chapter 8


    “Sam,” asked Irene in a panicky voice, “What is that noise, and where did the glow go? Do you think we should head back?”

    “The noise could be gas escaping from the blown out rig, but I think if it had been a rig explosion it would still be glowing. I think we need to head away from the mainland as fast as we can. Be prepared for a strong hot breeze. If it gets too bad, jump in the water. Now let's get moving”, Sam said in a strong voice.

    “What's happening, Sam” Irene pleaded for an answer?

    “I think we have just been nuked, now please secure everything on deck while I raise all the sheets. Please, we need to move.”

    Sam couldn't have known, but the port in Gulfport and the Air force base, the shipyard in Pascagoula, and the Chevron refinery had all been targeted and hit with small suitcase type nukes. As bad as it was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it was much much worse in places like Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. All told the United States of America had been hit by seventy five of the small bombs in a well coordinated attack. Strangely, Washington D.C. was unscathed, as were the automobile factories in Michigan, in fact, Michigan was entirely unscathed, and the closest thing to Washington to be hit was the Norfolk Navy Yard.
    Speculation was that it had been an inside job or at least condoned by the powers that be. The President was on the air almost immediately with a prepared speech. He seemed to know the amount of damage before the dust had settled.

    “What about fallout,” asked Irene, “What will we do about protecting ourselves?”

    “The good news is, we are on the water and fallout particles are pretty heavy. Any fallout that hits the water will quickly sink,” Sam explained, “another good thing for us is, the prevailing weather pattern here is Southwest to Northeast, so it should drift away from us, and, I have some Potassium Iodide tablets in the first aid kit, so we can protect ourselves pretty well. Now we need too make sure the hatches are all secured and we can use bilge water to purge the decks. I think we will be safe as long as we keep heading away form the glow.”

    The favorable winds had the boat on an almost due south track and Sam and Irene were both below deck. Sam had limited control of the boat from below, but he could maintain the current heading. At the top of every hour, Sam tried the radio and only once did he hear what he thought was a voice. He couldn't be certain and didn't hear it again.

    “Irene, there is really no reason for both of us to be up all night. Why don't you get some sleep and I will wake you in four hours and I will get some,” Sam encouraged.

    If the blast wave made it to them, it went unnoticed while they were below deck. Sam opened another Barq's, and studied the charts and tried to pinpoint their location. He figured they would be within the sight of land in six days at their current speed. He could only hope that the same fate hadn't happened to their destination.


    Sam's head had started nodding back and forth as sleep was slowly but surely overtaking him. He jerked his head back to an upright position and stealing a glance at the clock found he had been sleeping for about an hour. He cursed himself under his breath and started a pot of coffee.

    “That smells pretty good,” came Irene's voice from the stateroom. “Why didn't you wake me?”

    “I fell asleep,” Sam said sheepishly, “I am going to go on deck and look around. Fix me a cup when it gets ready.”

    Sam took a small yellow box with a handle on it from a compartment and headed out the hatch to the deck.

    “All's clear out here, if you want to come out. There is very little radiation above the everyday background stuff. We will have to keep an eye on it though.”

    Sam saw a shrimp boat making for shore and he hailed them. The larger boat came to a stop and Sam pulled the sheets down and took the dingy over to the big boat.

    “Morning, Sir”, he addressed the boat captain. “I feel like I should warn you that something is going on back on shore.” He explained what he and Irene had seen and heard, and told him to be especially care in case of radioactivity.

    The captain said they had lost radio contact right at dark and hadn't been able to raise his family or the company they were contracted to.

    “If you have to go in, please be extremely careful and be prepared to get out of there if anything is not up to snuff”, Sam warned the captain.

    The captain offered some shrimp to Sam, but Sam politely declined, saying there was no room to store them. After saying their goodbyes, the captain waited until Sam's skiff was well away from the larger boat before he started back to shore. Irene helped Sam wrangle the skiff on board and secured it across the transom.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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    Now they are vagabonds, not much to go home for maybe and zero incentive to do so. Thank you.
    The word Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. George Carlin

  36. #76
    Thank you Fastback, great story hoping for more soon.
    Wayne

  37. #77
    Thank you

    maybe restock and head on south of the equator

    I'd hate to try the long route and wouldn't the canal, but the south sea pacific islands probably will go on as usual.

    Thanks again

    Dosadi
    Dosadi

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    My family & clan are my country.

  38. #78
    Quote Originally Posted by ted View Post
    Now they are vagabonds, not much to go home for maybe and zero incentive to do so. Thank you.
    The hidden gold, sliver, cash and fire arms will help.....

    75 suit case nukes....
    Just how would these go undetected????
    With monitoring by the feds....
    It is getting interesting....

    Thanks FB for the chapters....

    Texican....

  39. #79
    Ok, now you're not being realistic. NO one I know could turn down a meal or two of fresh caught shrimp .

    Thanks for another chapter, awaiting more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsman View Post
    Ok, now you're not being realistic. NO one I know could turn down a meal or two of fresh caught shrimp .

    Thanks for another chapter, awaiting more!
    I actually worked on a shrimp baot one summer. You may not beleive it, but you can get tired of shrimp. We ate flounder, shrimp, snapper, ad nausem. The only seafood I never gto tired of was oysters.
    "Southern Gentlemen are not always Gentlemen by nature. They are 'Exposed' to proper behavior and manners early in life, and are smart enough to remember, and to refine them, through a constant practice".

    My good friend, Shelby Foote

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