Rum and Tears (2)
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merely flicking the paintbrush back into the yellow pot and continued painting.


'It's a big boat', she observed. 'Any bookings yet?'


I nodded. There had been two bookings in total, but I didn't tell her.


'That's good. I'm glad'. She looked at me and smiled. 'Nice beard. I was expecting something more Iron Man, but you got a good Aragorn look going there'.


She was trying to be friendly, but the pleasantries annoyed me. I kept painting. “E”.


'So what made you come out to the island of spice and try and be a captain?'


'I was fed up of home', I responded, stumbling a little over the words. I hadn't realised how long i...

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