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5/16/2009

O.K.S. - Part 4 begins

One Knight's Story
Chap 2 - Part 4 begins


The morning dawned still and bright. Gwalchmei woke his companions, who, apparently, had had no problem sleeping, in spite of the events of the night before.

"Why did you not wake me to stand watch, M'Lord? Have you been awake the whole night?"

"I could not sleep, Squire. I have this feeling of foreboding I still cannot be rid of and I needed to puzzle it out."

"And?"

"Let us prepare a breakfast while Habeeb says his morning prayers and then we shall talk."

Squire got the pots and water from a pack horse while Gwalchmei selected some dried fruits from a pack on another of the animals to be eaten at the morning meal. Soon the three of them sat around a small fire, sipping kahve and eating their meager repast.

"I think, perhaps, we should head for the sea. I consulted the "I Ching" during the night and the Oracle says the road to Tripoli is fraught with danger for us. So, rather than go north, we will go west. We should come to the coast a bit south of Acre, I reckon. Perhaps we can find a fisherman willing to take us up the coast to Antioch."

"I don't know, Gwalchmei. A horse I can ride. A camel, I can handle. But a boat? A BOAT?"

"I'm sorry, Habeeb, but it is the only safe path I can see to Antioch. Once we are there, we will join a group of pilgrims headed back to Europe and we will leave the sea, and boats, behind us. At least, until we get to the coast of France. What about you, Squire? Are you also filled with dread at the prospect of sailing up the coast in a boat?"

"Not if it will get me out of these rags, M'Lord. There seems no way to satisfy the hunger of these fleas."

"Habeeb?"

"Let us at least, then, try to find the largest possible boat."

"Right. To the sea."

There will be more of Part 4 tomorrow - and periodically during the next few days. I believe Part 4 will also be the end of Chapter 2.

Ndinombethe.

6 comments:

Jientje said...

I wonder what they'll be facing next?

NicoleB said...

I one day want to read the whole story in one swoosh, I have missed a part or two in between again. Sigh.

Tara R. said...

There is so much promise of adventure in this turn in the story. Looking forward to the continuation.

Jac said...

I just love your writing style. I had to search back and read the first bits of this story, and I'm hooked! I can't wait to read more.

I do have to admit I laughed out loud "A BOAT?" *lol* (But I love it!!)

Mad Mick said...

Hey thanks man for the comment, you picked me up a bit with that, I guess us alcoholics feel like that when someone asks them to pass the sugar wrong.
Cant wait for the next bit

Joyce-Anne said...

A boat? Sounds like some fun is ahead of them.