Episode written by Carl McIntyre—Graphics by Boomer Jack Boardman
“Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow” series inspired by Bob Carney.
Previously…Episode 76—On Course for Miami Beach:
“He never came back aboard,” they heard Crewman Taylor say through the open window of the pilot house, “I heard him say that he wouldn’t come back, but I thought it was just talk.”
“I guess he had a heck of a fight with the captain,” Crewman Herzog added.
“Alright you guys,” Crewman Armstrong said just as Pettigrew & Mac entered the pilot house, squelching the conversation, “enough gossip. It’s not our business.”
“Good morning Mac, Cob,” Herzog greeted, “how may we help you?”
“Maybe by not spreading scuttlebutt,” Lyle answered in his deep hoarse voice, “it serves no useful purpose.”
“Gentlemen,” Mac rumbled, just a little ominously, “I’ve known the captain a good deal longer you, and I know she will not appreciate idle discussion of her business.”
“Great coffee this morning, Mac,” Armstrong said, “great coffee, indeed!”
And Now Episode 77:
“And they say women gossip!” Cob muttered in his always hoarse voice, as they made their way to the main cabin, “Men are worse, Mac, and they won’t admit it.”
“We just call it something else,” Mac laughed, “we ‘BS,’ women ‘gossip.’ It is not a gender-specific phenomenon.”
“Ahh,” Cob laughed, “you’ve given this some pondering, I see.”
“Still Lyle,” Mac rumbled as the entered the main cabin, the social center of the Sparrow, “I am concerned for Molly, she’s not been her usual feisty self since we left Daytona.”
As the old friends made their way to the coffee carafes for a refill of the custom and very fresh organically & shade-grown, Fair Trade, Danger Bay-Roast coffee, they heard snippets of conversation—all about the Captain.
As they passed the Anderson sisters:
“Well, really, she doesn’t know her place, she’s doing a man’s job!”
“He never would have been happy with that woman!”
As they passed Boomer & Jay:
“She came from your imagination, Jay, talk to her.”
“I tried, I even threatened her with the ‘Delete’ key!”
“She told me to ‘go ahead’!”
What Mac & Cob didn’t hear, the conversation off in the corner:
“This can’t go on,” Ines said.
“She needs to get her priorities straight!” Sarah agreed.
“But she won’t talk to anyone,” Lysa joined in.
“She WILL talk to me!” Maggie declared, “Let’s go!”
Moments later, the friends passed through the pilothouse to the captain’s cabin at the rear of the bridge, and knocked on the usually open door.
“Captain, it’s Maggie, I have some business to discuss with you. It’s important.”
“Come,” they heard from behind the door.
“This is an intervention!” Lysa declared as the four stormed into the cabin.
“And that business Maggie mentioned is YOU!” Ines added.
“We’re here to help you,” Sarah said, setting the tone, “You’re MOLLY, DAMMIT!”
“Girl, I’ve known you and been your friend since before Codger’s Corner, and I’m not leaving until you’ve told us the whole story!” Maggie, at once a force of nature, said, “NOW DISH!”
Molly was overwhelmed by the four and sensed their concern for her, broke down and told the story of her breakup with Joe Kewl. (You may have noticed the smiles on all in the cabin—that wasn’t coffee in those mugs!)
To Be CONTINUED…MV Sparrow Arrives at Miami Beach.