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Ancient Mariners

By Dburt All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Thriller

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Ancient Mariners is a dark coming-of-age novel for adults and mature young adults. Beth, 14, and her crewmate, Silas, 45, have lost their families to violence. They sail the S Pacific, seeking solace for their grief. But Death has a task for them. When Beth's best friend joins her in Australia, followed by her abusive father, Beth and Silas discover where Death's journey is leading them. “I thought we were spared for the events fourteen days after my sixteenth birthday. When I killed my first man." - Beth, 16. Beth and Silas enjoy a beautiful tropical night aboard some new friends' yacht. Until it goes bad and Beth has no choice but to make her first kill.

PRESENT DAY

San Diego, CA

On a beautiful clear day under a stiff breeze Montegar, a forty foot sailboat, rigged and equipped for bluewater sailing, slips into San Diego Bay past the Harbor Police office on the tip of Shelter Island.

Silas Tufts, forty-six, handsome, weathered and hardened, sits behind the helm. His movements sure, he looks only ahead.

Beside him, Beth Portman, recently eighteen, stands easy, hand on his shoulder. Exuding confidence, she, too, only looks ahead. They had no need to talk. They’d lived and sailed together for four years, they each knew what to do. And after the events of that morning, what was there to say?

No use looking back. There’s no family or friends to wave goodbye to. This is not our home anymore, and it’s likely we’ll never be back. The last four years Death prepared Silas and I for this day, for this morning. It’s said that bad memories prepare you for life. If so, we’re ready. If I hadn’t met Silas, I wouldn’t have any memories any different than an ordinary eighteen-year-old girl. Even so, if I hadn’t met Silas, there’s a good chance I’d be dead. Funny how things work out.”

Beth Portman

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