Excerpt from “Chapter 3 – The Caribbean – April 1721”

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

Excerpt from “Chapter 3 – The Caribbean – April 1721”:

Bartholomew Roberts and Quartermaster Sympson looked briefly at
each other before leaping from their chairs, pushing away from the
great oak table, and taking flight. Across the captain’s quarters, through the
doorway, past the dank confines of the ship’s stern, then up several flights
of stairs they hurried. Upon reaching the weather deck and the light of day,
their senses were assaulted by a flurry of activity and a cacophony of hoots
and hollers uttered from the Royal Fortune’s crew. It took only a few seconds
to locate the focus of their collective attention. Far ahead and just off
to starboard, a small smudge—a ship—was sailing on the horizon.

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