Excerpt from “Chapter 1 – The Caribbean – April 1721”

Jolie Rouge: A Swashbuckling Tale of Adventure and Intrigue by Rick Ley

Excerpt from “Chapter 1 – The Caribbean – April 1721”:

Dawn at sea. As the last slivers of morning’s twilight silver gave way to
the soft orange glow of the coming sun, Bartholomew Roberts stood
in silence from the bowsprit at the fore end of the Royal Fortune, scanning the
horizon, deep in thought. Beneath him the bow of the 42-cannon brig rose and
fell in a rhythmic cadence created by rolling, 2-foot swells. Feeling the soft,
salt-air breeze pick up slightly, the ship’s captain looked skyward, first to his
lookouts high in the rigging and then to the sails themselves. There the men
stood in silhouette on silent watch from precarious perches while the sail cloth
rippled gainfully, suggesting that the wind above was sufficiently robust to keep
the great ship and her escorts on their current heading.

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