Going the Social Distance by Shaun Kilgore It was a small, distant thing at first. There was barely a whisper on my Facebook feed. A few people talking about a sickness—no, a virus—spreading through China. A place that might as well … Continue reading It was no longer a distant threat. This was creeping close
The Quandary by Shaun Kilgore 1 Bright open skies and fair winds drew the merchant sloop, the Fairweather, across the Caprian Sea, towards the the second of three stops among the Melari Islands. At the helm, Captain Mariah Hand luriated in … Continue reading “And he did save your life,” Venik added.
Tempest Tossed by Shaun Kilgore 5 Mariah awoke with a start. Her blurry vision took a moment to resolve itself. She realized where she was: her cabin aboard the Fairweather. She looked down at herself. All seemed sound and intact. No … Continue reading “You… you saved me,” said Mariah slowly.
Tempest Tossed by Shaun Kilgore 4 The winds grew stronger and both ships were pounded by the now turbulent sea. The wave battered them and shoved them against each other with a sickening crunch. Mariah fought to keep her footing. Roderick … Continue reading After a time—how long Mariah did not know
Tempest Tossed 3 by Shaun Kilgore Chamberlin reached out and grabbed Mariah’s arm. She frowned but then looked closer at the man. He was skaking and his eyes were wide with unmistakable fear. “Please, Captain Hand. You cannot let these pirates … Continue reading “You betrayed me then… and you betray me again.”
Tempest Tossed by Shaun Kilgore 2 The pirate vessel was surging at full sail, aiming to intercept the Fairweather before it could alter course or flee. Mariah cursed. “They must have sighted us farther out and waited to ambush.” “Do we … Continue reading Mariah dropped her head. “It’s too late for that. They’ve got us.”
Tempest Tossed by Shaun Kilgore 1 The winds buffeted the ship as it plied the narrow spaces between the chain of islets. The rigging was close-hauled, wildly forcing the crew to make last minute adjustments to the sails just so … Continue reading The woman, Elayna, jabbed eastward just as the ship came around