Though by the ship’s clock, it was past midday when we arrived at the gateway to the East, the lights of the city were still lit against the cloying darkness.
The water was motionless and all sound muffled as we maneuvered up to our berth.
Workers appeared from nowhere to secure our lines and hurried back out of sight.
It was an odd welcome. Like they were fearful to approach.
This notion was indeed confirmed by the timid port official who finally dared to come aboard. Rumors were rife that we somehow were responsible for the unending night.
The two guards debarked with P as soon as they could. In one last audience we laid hands on him and prayed.