“Finn! FINN! Finn, are you there????
Mind you, I had not heard another human voice in some time. I must say, it did take me a moment to process. Once I did, recognized the voice. It was one of my shipmates! He must have survived the sinking—perhaps they all did. And they’ve been looking for me!
But how could I get to them? Their boat would never make it past all the rocks. And it’s much too far to swim. My arms were tired just from waving my reply. Hmmm.
Just then, an albatross appeared. But not an average-sized one. This was an albatross worthy of a journal entry. Instead of looking for food, I would swear he was looking for me. He came directly to me and, I’m not sure why, I climbed onto his back. What was I thinking?
The next thing I knew, we were flying…
As Albatross and I drew closer I could hear the voice “Finn, dear fellow… what have you got yourself into now?”
As exhilarating as it was to see a ship on the horizon, and then to be flying nearer on the back of humongous bird, and then to hear a person; surprisingly it was even more exciting to see my shipmates waving at me.
All this time I thought the ship had sunk and everyone with it, save me. And here they all were, coming to my rescue. Never in my wildest dreams (and I’ve had quite a few since coming to the island) could I have imagined this. I was so happy, I was weeping. I could not imagine being any more delighted than this.
And then I heard the cannon…”
“Pirates. I shouldn’t have been surprised. Again, once you gain passage on a ship navigating the Atlantic Ocean, you are informed of the dangers. Weather. And pirates. Perhaps not in that order.
But how much more helpless could I be? Like a turtle on its back. My shipmates within view, my escape from the island at hand, but a pirate ship shooting at the small boats. The crew (minus me) could hardly fire back. Think, Finnegan.
Suddenly the cannon fire stopped. But why? The small boats carrying my shipmates contain provisions but no arms. Neither they nor I could fire back. But something had happened to the pirate ship. It appeared to be sinking…”