Nov 12, 2019 8:10 AM
Fabulous Rebecca encounters the Napoleonic wars
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Sailors come running. A few are carrying pistols, one has a bucket that's usually used for pitch.

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She starts making new ice around the bugs, but she has to do it one at a time to get it all the way around a bug in motion, a bucket would be suuuuper handy - "Is there water I can throw on them - EMMA -"

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The sailor with the bucket runs off. Emma is in the hold, two decks below. She'll have sensed the swarm, but it'll take her a couple minutes to get there.

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Well, she can keep icing them one at a time and backing away as they advance.

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Now there is a bucket line! 

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Good. She can throw the bucket onto the swarm and freeze it while they're drenched; that inconveniences a lot of them at once.

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Two minutes later, Emma bursts through the door. The rest of the swarm is immediately surrounded in a floating bubble of water. 

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And it's frozen.

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And Emma is hugging her. 

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Hug!

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"Oh, my dear, you were so brave - that was some very quick thinking back there, and you all by yourself - I never wanted you to find your first swarm like that, I'll be with you next time -"

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What a good hug. "I'm okay, they didn't get me."

(The bugs in the ball of ice aren't dead but they can be stabbed at leisure.)

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The Captain of the Exeter gives her his eternal gratitude, and a week's pay. 

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Woo! She will buy SHEET MUSIC.

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This will be difficult in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but she can definitely go for it when they reach San Domingo!

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That's the plan! In the meantime she'll just sock it away.

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Two days later, she and Emma are invited to dine with the captain of the Exeter and his officers. 

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Sure, okay! Maybe it won't be stew?

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Probably not! Captains usually have their own food stores. 

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She shows up with Emma come dinnertime.

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It's a regular dinner party. There's the Exeter's Lieutenant and Surgeon, and the Captains of the Ceylon and Albemarle, along with the latter's daughter. Emma and Rebecca are the only guests from the Clarence. 

The Captain of the Exeter is clearly well-off, judging by the quality of his flatware. Rebecca is seated at his left, Emma a bit farther down between his Lieutenant and the captain of the Ceylon. The first course is a clear soup. 

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Variety is nice even if it's just clear soup. Slurp. "Thank you for the invitation!" she tells the captain.

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"The pleasure is entirely mine." He inclines his head towards Rebecca and Emma in turn. "The least I could in recognition of your bravery." 

"Why, Captain Harville, no one in our position could have done less." Emma is smiling, but she's more subdued than usual. 

 

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"Couldn't just leave it there!" agrees Rebecca.

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"Vile little creatures," says the Surgeon with feeling. "Take chunks out of a man's arm the size of apples. Impossible to stitch. Good clean job you made of 'em." 

The little girl seated across from him looks fascinated. 

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