Sep 16, 2019 4:14 AM
Fabulous Rebecca encounters the Napoleonic wars
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"I will."

She writes down a checklist of her current outfit's features and then gives his pen back.

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And then it'll  be time for Rebecca's afternoon watch. 

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She goes and sits up in the rigging. She sings.

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A couple of topmen give her appreciative whistles. 

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That's sweet of them.

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And soon it'll be time for supper. Rebecca and Emma eat belowdecks, with the men. 

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Cool. What's for dinner?

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Same as every night -  thick stew of salt beef, potatoes, and carrots, with ship's biscuit and a serving of grog with lime juice. 

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Good enough.

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After supper, there's usually singing. 

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Fun!

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Most sea shanties aren't hard to learn. 

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Yup, she picks them right up and sings them all an octave or two above the sailors.

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After an hour or two of this, it's time for bed. Rebecca has to be up for the 3:40 watch. 

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"Does somebody wake me up for that?" she asks Emma.

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"I will,  when I come back in. And may I just say, Peale has outdone himself." 

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"Thanks!" She twirls.

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"Pleasant dreams, now."

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"Good watch."

She catches a few hours' sleep in her hammock.

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And then Emma wakes her up for the dog watch. At this hour, the Clarence is just starting to drag herself to life, but it's still mostly quiet in the harbor. The only light is from lanterns hanging along the ships, and from the stars. 

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The stars are gorgeous. Rebecca sings soft sad songs and watches them.

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The next morning, they set sail. 

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Wheeeeee.

Rebecca likes overflying their companion ships to check on them; it's nice to stretch her wings. She'll fill barrels with hail if anybody wants it to drop down their shirts to cool off.

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The sailors will be grateful, especially as they get further south. Except for the rising temperature, every day is much the same as the last. The little magical girl on the Albemarle is delighted whenever Rebecca or Emma flies over; when she's big she wants to have her very own ship to protect. They don't encounter any sea monsters.

One day, Rebecca finds a small swarm aboard the Exeter. 

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She sounds the alarm. And looks for a bucket of water so she can splash them and freeze them.

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