Day Three Hundred Fifty Two #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

I misread the reason behind the presence of the soldiers. They were there as escort to the last item mentioned by the Captain. Everyone was kept away from the area while it was winched up and stowed aboard. We were held in a makeshift guardhouse.

Then we were vetted before being allowed back aboard.

The soldiers will keep their station until we depart.

And we don’t yet know when that will be.

The Captain, in conversation with the commander of the soldiers, picked up a few pointers on pursuing his claim to the grain ship.

He has gone ashore today to follow them up. He asked if we wanted to accompany him. But we declined, preferring a day of rest.

Day Two Hundred Sixty Four #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Elijah was holding out for my inspection an item that he brought with him from his hideout when the leader of the guards interrupted us.

The poor man was beside himself as half of his command was laid up with fevers. As they were the ones that had accompanied us yesterday he wanted to know how we were faring. After we assured him that we were hale and hearty, he begged us to help the sick.

We went immediately.

When we reached them, those attending them were down ill also. Elijah sent me to fetch water while he tended to their needs.

Upon my return all were back on their feet and thirsty. And none any longer bore the mark.