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The Big Boat (standard:drama, 277 words)
Author: BENTLINKAdded: Jan 16 2009Views/Reads: 2136/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Keep to your plan and everything will be just fine.


The steam whistle of the enormous ocean liner could be heard for miles
from the boarding area.  A ships crew member in coveralls pushed his 
way through the passengers on the crowded deck above and made his way 
towards the ship's gangplank. 

“Mamma is the boat about to leave without us.” 

“It's a ship silly girl,” Sally's Mom said with a smile.  “That is the
warning to start getting on board but we have plenty of time to say a 
proper good bye to your aunt Alice. You know I would not gamble on 
missing this ship.  In four days, we will be sitting on the porch at 
the New Jersey farm watching the fireflies in the moonlight and 
listening to the crickets talking to each other.” 

“How will Papa know we are coming?  How will he know where to meet us?” 

“He has been getting my letters so he knows we are coming.  He always
reads the sailing and arrival schedules and newspaper obituaries.  For 
insurance Alice will send a cable telling him the ships name and what 
day to look for us.  Do you have the cable ready Alice?” 

The deep bass steam whistle of the enormous ocean liner could again be
heard for miles from the boarding area signaling for all passengers to 
keep boarding followed in short order by a longer blast that was the 
final warning to everyone else “all ashore that are going ashore”. 

Alice kissed Sally on both cheeks.  “Yes, yes, no worries little sister
I already have a draft written.  Short and sweet it reads; maiden 
voyage new Titanic wife and child to arrive as planed.” 


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