The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 26

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter Twenty-six 

They heard voices and footsteps coming up the path and hoped beyond hope that it was the Captain or one of Frankie’s brothers.  They both peered their noses over the window ledge to check who it was and to their horror saw the men from the beach walking up to the Captain’s house, with Jonas!  They both gasped in horror…

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The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 25

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter Twenty-five 

Anthony and Lucas headed out as soon after breakfast as they were allowed and hurried down to the village.  They were worried about their sister again – half of Anthony’s mind thought that she might have run off again.  Then he had to remind himself that she hadn’t run off in the first place.  She’d been abducted.  He hastened his steps.  “Hold on a second, Ant!”  gasped Lucas, as they almost broke into a run.  “Slow down, or we’ll miss her!”

“Sorry Luke.  I’m worried!  What happens if we’re too late?”

“Let’s think about this logically, Ant.  Where would our Frank be most likely to be?  She’s not likely to be in town.  More likely fishing on the river or roaming the countryside, I should think.”

“OK then, let’s try the beach first.”

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Frankie and Joe burst into the Captain’s kitchen, out of breath and hysterical.  But there was nobody there!  They weren’t aware that the Captain, his wife, and her two brothers were out searching for them.  In their haste and youth, though they didn’t think to stay put and wait for somebody to come home.  Fear drove them back out into the open.

“Where shall we go Frankie?” 

“I don’t know, Joe.  We have to find somewhere safe, where we can hide.  If they know about me, this is the first place they’ll look.  What about your Ma – is she home?”

“Probably not.  She’ll be down the market.”

“Well let’s go there then, so we can think for a moment.  At least your house is on the path, so we can see if anyone comes home.”

They ran down to Joe’s cottage and let themselves in.  They both sank back against the closed door and got their breath back. 

Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5
Chapter 6   Chapter 7   Chapter 8   Chapter 9   Chapter 10
Chapter 11   Chapter 12   Chapter 13   Chapter 14   Chapter 15
Chapter 16   Chapter 17   Chapter 18   Chapter 19   Chapter 20
Chapter 21   Chapter 22   Chapter 23   Chapter 24

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 21

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter Twenty-One 

There was a shocked pause around the room.  “You can’t be serious Luke?  Frances do not even think about agreeing to whatever hair-brained idea he’s having.  You’re not going to do it.  We’re going home.”

“What are you intending, son?”  The Captain said softly.

“I’m suggesting that we put out the story that somebody witnessed the murder – it’s not that far from the truth by the sounds of it, if our friend here can be believed.”

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The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 10

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter Ten

They were a close-knit community who lived an existence based on the water which surrounded them.  Every family in town had a fisherman, sailor or boat builder in their midst.  The sea fed them, gave them employment and was their means of transportation.  Everyone knew each other and lived in each other’s pockets.  There weren’t many secrets in town.   Strangers were rare and weren’t trusted.  Everyone knew everybody else.  Continue reading

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 6

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 6

The Captain’s breathing was laboured as they neared his front door, but that was mostly out of fear, he thought.  This load was nothing to what he could normally carry.  Joe’s breathing was laboured too but only because he was carrying so much stuff.  Perhaps Mrs Captain didn’t need to see all this after all.    Continue reading