“I mentioned that I had made the acquaintance of a mermaid and an octopus, correct? And that we had become friendly? What do you suppose a mermaid and an octopus might do to a hostile ship? Try to protect me? Make a hole in the pirate ship’s bow that causes water to go in?
That’s exactly what they did. Good to have friends who can stay underwater for long periods of time!”
“Believe it or not, a giant bird actually flew me from the shore to reunite with my shipmates. Thank you, albatross! And thank you shipmates for finding me! Now, where did my shipmates want to go? Of course…to the island! NO! Not back there!
But, of course, they had not been on dry land for some time. They wanted to walk about, gather some coconuts and other food supplies. So they set down near a jetty, where we could walk back to shore. I volunteered to fish, having seen enough of the island. And I had no proper fishing gear since our ship sank.
I cast her far and waited as my mates explored “my” island. Just thenI felt a tug. My shoulders tightened. I have quite a bite on the other end! Could be a swordfish. Maybe a tuna. Maybe even an…
Octopus? Good heavens! I’d snagged my friend the octopus by accident. I freed him and he seemed largely unhurt. There were several men running from the beach down the jetty back to my rescue but I waved them off, explaining, ‘He’s a friend.’ In retrospect, they must have thought me mad. Their pal Finn, wrestling with a sea serpent, who he claims is a friend.”