The Rolphin plunged down into the trough of a wave. Spray flew everywhere, drenching Stefan, who stood at the tiller. For the past few days the crew had been out at sea. Then all of a sudden a squall broke out. Stefan called his crew into action as soon as it came upon them. They had almost no time to prepare.
"Lower the sail and raise the small one we use during storms!" he shouted.
Ulf and Harald immediately obeyed. Cnut meanwhile had the rest of the crew start rowing. For a time they made headway against the wind though in the end their efforts were futile. They were forced to hunker down under the sail which aslo acted as a waterproof canvas. Nonetheless the crew were still soaking wet from constantly bailing water out. They worked in three shifts. Every thirty minutes they would switch out. The storm raged without abating forever.
The squall at last passed on leaving the crew of the Rolphin soaked and tired though relatively unscathed. The ship too was no worse than before the storm aside from a minor leak which was quickly patched up by Bjorn and Ulf.
"Well, I see you are all right after that little bath I navigated you all through."
"If you call that a bath your definition of a bath must be really cold water constantly drenching you." Gündar replied dryly. Everyone chuckled softly.
"Well if you would have worked harder the water might have felt a little bit warmer." Stefan retorted. This time peals of laughter rippled through the ranks of the crew. Gündar's face reddened; he hated being laughed at. He noticed that Rolf and Rollin were laughing even harder than the rest. He slowly made his way toward them. They stopped laughing when they saw him on the move.
"Oh no." Rollin said. For once the two twins acted together as they grabbed two practice swords and faced Gündar. At a loss Gündar, picked up one of the poles poles used for shoving off and used like a spear. Rolf and Rollin grabbed a hold of it and pushed. Gündar tried to push back. But the twins let go. Gündar stumbled forward into the fore bulwark. Rolf and Rolling sprang toward him and brought him down to the floor of the deck. The boat rocked
"For once I side with Rolf and Rollin, Gunadar." Stefan said hiding a chuckle.
Gündar rose and and set the pole back in its place before returning to his rowing bench. Meanwhile Rolf and Rollin congratulated themselves on their success. This was the first and only time they bested Gündar. But of course after another minute an argument broke out between them about who did what.
"That was so funny when he just ran into the bulwark! Then I pounced on him in an instant. I bet he'll have a pretty sore back for the next day or two right?"
"No! He would have thrown you overboard if I hadn't been their to keep him pinned down. Besides, he will already have a sore back from bailing already."
"Well it will be even sorer because of ME, Rollin!" Rolf replied in annoyance.
"That ain't even a real word. It should be more sore stupid! Use grammar!"
"Well "ain't" isn't a word. Sounds a lot worse than sorer. Besides who cares."
"I suppose we had better stop arguing. If we don't we'll give Gündar a mighty fine pretext for throwing us overboard." Rollin said. Rolf assented to this.
"Well that is the first argument between those two that ended in peace." said Cnut. "I think we should have that be a tradition from now on don't you think."
"Well I wouldn't mind it." Stefan said. "But I don't think it will be quite as easy as that. However I believe we've made our first step in the that direction."
Soon most of the crew dispersed. Cnut however, remained by Stefan's side.
"Well sir, what is our plan right now?" Cnut asked. "I now we are trying to somehow avoid the New Hackolm Patrol but where are we headed. If a pirate ship did rob the Chaser it might have come from any of the Catanian islands."
"That's true. But I discovered one important thing as we sailed away. There was a mark on the hull of the Chaser. There must have been something that pulled up alongside it. As for where the ship is from who can tell. But I believe it came from Nitalia seeing that pirates and marauders practically own it!"
"But what do we have to go on to find out what ship we are looking for?"
"The ship was a blue one I think due to the fact that there was a blue mark on the Chaser. I also have another proof that it was small. You remember that object we saw on the first day of our expedition or quest. Well I believe that it was a ship not a whale. It must have gone in the trough of a wave. It was also difficult to see. That means it was probably small and blue. Finally the mark on the Chaser wasn't very big so that may indicate that the ship was small too."
"You're a genius Stefan." Cnut exclaimed. "A pure, full blooded genius! You should have been a sheriff or whatever those Caspian officials are called!"
"Well I have had a good amount of time to think all the facts over. But we will also need a plan. I suggest we procure some some pirate clothes and sail into their havens finding out information about small blue ships. Seeing that blue isn't a very common color we should be able to figure out where ship is pretty quickly. Soon we'll be on their trail. It's actually quit simple."
"I am glad that you are my captain Stefan! If you weren't we would have no hope of catching that pirate ship. But as it is are chances are only improving."