Hochi stood in the wheel house looking at the navigation screen, ?We should be able to see this Welfaal in the next hour or so.? He looked out at the horizon as the Calypso rose and fell with each large wave. He could smell the salty sea air as the gusting wind blew through the open Wheel house. He loved that smell, it was simply enticing better than any home cooked meal . Martin stood behind the large wooden wheel, checking the status of the engines, and making sure they were staying on the right course.
?Yeah we should, been bout a week since we we had to leave that paradise island with those girls, and those margaritas.? Martin sighed almost sadly as the memory of that beautiful island flooded his mind. ?Why are we even going out of our way to go here in the first place? Its not like we actually need the jobs, we have plenty of money between the two of us, and if we run out you can make us a few diamonds to sell.? He generally wouldn't say anything but something about Welfaal, just how pushy the people at that, gem of an island, were. They said that there was a lot of work to be had, every kind of job you could possibly think of. From smuggling, to fishing, to just transporting people from place to place. He usually never said anything because Hochi would always give him a much larger share of the pay. But something about gave him a bad feeling, and his bad feelings were usually right.
?What, why not, its a new place, new people, new everything I haven't been there before. Plus I like meeting new people and making connections,? having connections had helped him out of a jam in the past. One time he had gotten into some trouble with a local gang boss. Hochi chuckled as the memory of being smuggled to his ship in a whiskey barrel played in his mind. Took him about a month to get that whiskey smell out of his clothes, even longer out of his hair. ?Plus, doing jobs give you a purpose out here. Plus I like keeping busy. but just because you are busy doesn?t mean that it keeps you out of trouble.? Hochi turned from the nav screen and looked out at the ocean. As he looked out at the rolling waves he caught the glimpse of something. ?I think we have something.? He grabbed the binoculars and focused them at the large mass ahead.
The large mass of land of what was Welfaal came into focus, it was a massive shoreline indeed. It stretched further than they eye could see. The capitol of Welfaal, which was called something like Inglman city or something like that. He could see large mountains, most of the peaks were hidden above the clouds. As they drew closer to the shoreline he scanned along the shoreline with the binoculars looking for some sign of the capitol. Suddenly a slew of skyscrapers began to appear in the distance just on shore. Just off shore he could also see what looked like a blockade made up of a lot of very large warships. ?I see Welfaal, at least I believe it is port looks pretty damn busy, they have half of a fleet of warships just sitting round the port. Some pretty tight security? He lowered the binoculars, ?Lets just try to bring the ship in nice and easy. I want to see this city, I also don?t want to end up dead for doing something stupid.? He smiled at the mere thought of seeing some unknown land. Seeing new customs new cultures, just pretty much new everything. He had never seen buildings built as tall as these, these were thousands of feet tall.
Martin saw that look on Hochi's face, that pure excitement, pure joy. ?Aye sir, I already figured that? he spun the wheel as he brought the ship to head for the port and the blockade of warships.
Hochi moved to the weapons console and quickly shut off all weapon systems. The closer he got to that blockade the more nervous it made him. He wanted to make sure that he looked as friendly as possible. With the nervousness came the excitement that also grew as they drew nearer to the the city, the mountains grew larger by the minute. They dwarfed the city that they surrounded, he could see snow about half way up the mountains. He had the instant need to try to climb one of them; maybe in a few days he would have that adventure. He smiled as he thought about planting a green flag at the peak of one of those mountains. He shook his head he had other matters to handle, he picked up the com and broadcasted on all frequencies. ?This is the Calypso, we are just looking to dock for a few days. So it would be really nice if you guys just let us on through.? He put the mic down, it was a few minutes before a voice boomed through the speakers of the Calypso.
?You will shut off your engines, have all crew on deck, prepare to be boarded. If you resist we will open fire.?
?Uhhh, well hello to you too? Hochi chuckled slightly turned off at the unfriendly response, ?Well they aren?t very friendly, hmmm I guess turn off the engines. They would slaughter us if we tried anything different...? he trailed off his eyes going from ship to ship each one had every weapon pointed at them.
Martin frowned he didn?t like this at all, he knew Hochi felt the same way. That smile was replaced with a stern stoic expression. He knew that Hochi was trying to figure a way out of this situation. he shook his head killing the engines he could feel the rumbling slowly fade as the ship drifted to a stop. The ship gently rocked back and forth with each wave as they sat there in silence a smaller ship, still heavily armed, headed their way. It quickly made the gap and it came up along the Portside of the ship. The two ships sat there rocking back and forth until a loudspeaker bellowed ?All crew must be on the deck! You have thirty seconds to comply?
Hochi frowned as he looked at the ship, there were men on machine guns aiming right at the wheel house. ?Lets go before they kill us.? He stands up letting Martin exit the wheel house first. He headed onto deck hands up. ?Geez! Here we are, don?t shoot bloody hell. You sure know how to make a guy feel welcome dontcha.? Hochi shook his head as the stepped out onto the middle of this ship.
?This vessel and its crew is being conscripted into military service. Do not resist?
Hochi cocked his head to the side confused, ?Did he just say military service? They think they are going to take my ship!??
?Don?t do anything rash, I would rather live longer than a few more minutes. Just do as they say.?
?Well no s***, the longer we are alive the more chances we have to get out and escape.? Hochi snarled. The other ship lowered gangplanks and a dozen men crossed over. They immediately started to comb through the ship moving in all directions. Two went straight to the wheelhouse. ?Make sure you wipe your feet ?fore going on my bridge!? He turned back around and suddenly there was a man that was wearing a navy blue Naval uniform. The number of medals and the stripes let Hochi knew this man was upper echelon. The man stepped up to Hochi.
?Are you the Captain of this Vessel, and what are both of your full names??
?Yes sir I?m Hochi Bird, this is Martin Holmes. Can you tell me what is going on here. We don't want any part of this bloody conscription business. If you just let us on our way that would be great!?
The man chuckled as he wrote down their names, ?Oh no there is no getting out of this. You either comply, or we send your asses to jail for however long we deem necessary. Take them into custody, we will drop them and the others off at Fort Khuldan.? He motioned for two of his men. Before Hochi could turn around both of his hands were brought behind his back. He was being pushed forward across the gangplank, he struggled as he crossed over and was on this other ship. He was guided down below deck deeper and deeper into bowels of the ship. He and Martin were put into a large room with about another 60 men; the door slammed behind them.
Hochi looked around the dark room at all the faces that were looking back at him. They stood there for a bit, they could feel the ships engines kick on. Hochi looked around for a spot to sit down, he needed to think. Suddenly a very young man came up to Hochi he was so tall he had to duck slightly so he didn?t hit his head on the ceiling. The man towered looking nearly 7? tall, he looked younger than Hochi by a handful of years. He shook Hochi?s hand and smiled, ?ah, you got caught here too, how did they get you? Were you on your way to Welfaal, or did they get you out at sea? Ahh where are my manners, the name is Jonathan.? The tall man smiled brightly shaking Hochi?s hand.
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