SOut of the surge and roar of
the mighty seas the sound of blaring cannon and naval gunfire and the
breathtaking exaltation of a fair wind comes Conrad Huntingdon, supreme
swordsman, and Britannia's most masterful privateer!
|From The Passionate
Huntingdon emerged out through the doorway and onto the main deck, into
the full fury of the storm, he paused a moment to view the sea and the
heavens, and then apostrophizing in poetic verse, addressed the
elements as though speaking to a sentient being. “Rage on, oh storm, in
your madness, and punish the innocent sea! As the storm in my heart
gives me sadness for a love that wasn’t to be. Let me then of my sorrow
be free: Give your calm of the morrow to me!” His voice gave no
evidence of fear.
The wind-lashed spray stung his cheek and the driving gale
shrieked about him as he turned with his hand on the railing of the
companionway to ascend to his stateroom. His movement was never
completed. The ship suddenly sank into a trough of the raging ocean and
a gigantic wave swept completely over the vessel, tearing away any
loose gear and shattering the windows from the pilot’s cabin.
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