“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney. written by Boomer Jack Boardman
Previously—Episode 42—Underway Again!
Moments later, Kiwi knocked at the cabin door. Mac opened the door and thrust a mug of hot buttered rum into a very surprised Kiwi’s hand.
“Thank you,” She said, recovering from the surprise quickly, “You may have just prevented a case of justifiable homicide aboard the Sparrow!”
“The intended victim!”
“Is she really that difficult?” asked Mac.
“She is, as you say, ‘difficult,’ but not completely unmanageable,” Kiwi answered, after a long pull of the medicinal hot buttered rum, “I’ve known her for twenty years, and I actually like her.”
“Kiwidinok,” laughed Hiram, “Indian spirit of lost causes.”
“Hiram!” Kiwi laughed, “She’s not a lost cause.”
“Yes Ma’am,” Hiram feigning acquiesces, replied.
“Mmmm, this stuff is good,” Kiwi said as she placed her mug on the table, “White man ply Kiwidinok with fire water to make tongue loose.”
“A-hem,” rumbled Mac, “I gave you the stuff!”
“Sorry, Mac,” Kiwi smiled, “Millie has a strong personality, and is very ambitious. She is relatively uneducated, but not stupid. She married George Gamboge, a college graduate thinking this would be her ticket out of Podunk, but George soon proved to be anything but.”
“How so?” Bob asked.
“George never had any intention of leaving Danger Bay,” continued Kiwi, “George began teaching at the township school and despite her continued attempts to convince him that they should move out, made it clear he would not leave. So, she adapted, deciding that perhaps being a big fish in a small “Bay” was the best she could hope for.”
“It was probably the only argument she ever lost to George,” added Hiram, helpfully.
“OK,” Bob, a sly grin playing about his mouth, said, “Get to the good stuff.”
“Sure, Bob,” Kiwi replied, her grin matching his, “She works tirelessly with the children at the school, tutoring those that need help, and overseeing after school activities. Good enough for you?”
“But…” Bob sputtered.
“She’s strong-willed and manipulative, forceful and abrasive,” continued Kiwi, “and is the power behind our rather laid-back mayor & school teacher. More importantly, she was the one pushing to accept Big A’s attempt to force your operation out of Danger Bay in favor of his. Misdirected, perhaps, but I don’t think she’s given up—yet.”
“She needs to be watched?” Mac rumbled.
CONTINUED…Episode 45—Christmas aboard the Sparrow