“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney. written by Boomer Jack Boardman
“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.
Episode 45: Everyone who knows anything at all about the Great Lakes, and who figures out that our Danger Bay, if it existed in the real instead of cyber world, would be on Lake Superior, may now be saying: “Ya dumbass, ya waited too long ta get off th’ lakes and out the Seaway.” Remember—the story takes place in cyber-space, where we control when the locks freeze and lake travel ends.
True to his admonition, Mac kept a pretty close eye on Millie. Even though she continued to be abrasive and bossy, and aggravated just about everyone—the results of her effort showed. The boat was well and properly dressed up for Christmas, in a cheerful and tasteful manner. She suggested to Captain Molly Halloran that the mast guy-wires be strung with lights, which would form sort of a Christmas tree when lit. Molly wisely agreed (there would be time later for these two to tangle).
Soon it was Christmas Eve, and each observed it according to his or her tradition, but throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, all would stop by the main cabin to enjoy the camaraderie and celebration offered there.
Mac McIntyre, the Sparrow’s 2nd Officer and Head Chef had his barbeque & smoker going all day preparing the roast pig, smoked Lake Trout, and broiled wild turkey, all done to mouth-watering perfection. Maggie provided some fine Schnebly Redlands Florida Tropical Wine, and Boomer some of Summit Brewing’s finest beer, lager, and ale, and Jay made his signature Hot Buttered Rum. For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, there was plenty of hot apple cider, our organically and shade grown fair trade, Danger Bay roast coffee (including decaffeinated), and other fine & tasty beverages to enjoy.
There was truly “Peace on the Boat” and “Goodwill to All” during this time.
On Friday, our story will continue as the Sparrow enters the North Atlantic…From Daisy & I, Jay (somewhere in the Southwest), and Carl: Merry Christmas to all our Gentle Readers and we wish you a Happy & Prosperous New Year!