Shades of Truth: Path of the Wielders 2 by Bourbon Cleave

Shades of Truth: Path of the Wielders 2 by Bourbon Cleave

Author:Bourbon, Cleave [Bourbon, Cleave]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Tags: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Splitting Headache Publishing
Published: 2017-04-10T16:00:00+00:00

Chapter 13

Captain Felladan stood at the helm of The Sea Goddess behind his helmsman and first mate, Edifor when Asterial and Gondrial arrived.

“Going somewhere, Captain?” Asterial asked.

The captain’s expression was that of irritation and puzzlement. “What in the thunder are you talking about, old man? The Sea Goddess remains docked.”

Asterial stood close to Captain Felladan’s face. “Oh, I don’t know,” he said. “When a ship clears its moorings but doesn’t retract its gangplank, I start to get suspicious.”

The captain tried to step back, but Asterial stayed with him. “I did conduct several tests with the rudder as I do frequently; it is no concern of yours how I run this ship, wielder. Besides, the helm reports that she has been sluggish in her response.”

“Did you have to remove the moorings to test the rudder?” Gondrial asked.

“I did,” he said, not offering anything in the way of an explanation. “Now if you do not mind, I have work to do if I want this ship to sail in the morrow. Be gone with the lot of you.” The captain gestured with his hand for them to leave and then turned back to the helm. The first mate smiled a toothless grin at Asterial, and the captain slapped the back of his head. “Face forward, Edifor.”

“Aye, Captain,” Edifor said, still smiling but looking straight ahead.

“Sorry to presume, captain,” Asterial apologized bowing. The captain just nodded.

After they had moved out of earshot, Gondrial spoke. “Do you believe him, Asterial?”

“Not a blasted word. He lies like Toborne himself.”

“What are we going to do about it?”

“Nothing at the moment. We are going to play this out and see where it leads us.”

“That can be a dangerous game, Asterial, especially out at sea,” Gondrial warned.

“We live in a dangerous time, and danger is always with us. What’s a little more?” he said. Asterial eyed Gondrial appraisingly. “Now, let us plan a little mutiny shall we?” Asterial did not wait for Gondrial to reply before he began a brisk walk to the stern of the ship.

Gondrial rubbed his hands together. “Sounds like fun.”


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