“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney.
by Boomer Jack Boardman
Previously: Episode 36—Captain Molly’s Surprise
There was much discussion about how to handle this little glitch in Molly’s big news, stop at Blackfish Bay and find a JP or Minister, Molly resign (temporarily) as captain and have Trigg perform the ceremony, and on and on…
“I have an idea,” Boomer said quietly to Jay, “I know how to do this, let’s talk in our cabin.”
And so, leaving the others, they
ran (Ran? More like hurried… walked…) ambled down the corridor to their cabin, where Boomer explained his very-complicated plan to Jay:
“You ‘retired’ as captain of the Sparrow, right?”
“But, you kept your Cyber Captain’s Certificate, right?”
“OK, so you simply assume command of the Sparrow long enough for the wedding, and return command the next morning.”
“That would work,” Jay smiled, “But why wait…until…morn…! Oh!”
“Boomer,” Jay said, perplexed, “you could have explained this without us leaving the main cabin, why are we here?”
“So I could show our Gentle Readers this great cabin the Real World me drew! Nice, huh?”
“Yeah, nice—one room & a head,” Jay replied, “normal crew quarters—big deal.”
“Let’s head back,” Jay said, thus ending our visit to that spectacular cabin (heh – heh).
Upon their return to the main cabin, Jay told Molly of their solution the wedding glitch, and while quite happy with the problem being resolved, Molly was curious:
“Why did you guys have to leave for that?”
“Don’t go there.”
“Don’t go there!”
With that resolved, all the passengers & and available crew were summoned to the main cabin. The big wedding announcement made (to the cheers of all present), and as the crew returned to their duties, the others lingered to visit & offer personal congratulations to Molly & Joe.
Molly’s radio chirped, interrupting her visit with Mayor Gamboge. She acknowledged the call:
“Captain here,” and then listened to the reply.
“Herzog, Captain, I need you in the pilothouse right now!”
“On my way,” she replied, “what’s up?”
And Herzog told her. She quickly whispered to her officers, and with 2nd Officer Mac McIntyre quickly left for the pilothouse.
TO BE CONTINUED…MONDAY