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Between Land & Sea
May 5, 2021|Short Story

Between Land & Sea

Between Land & Sea

Living the good life, lying in a handmade hammock, enjoying the sound of the ocean waves, Ivan Three Eyes was carried away by the common sensation of liquor. He slept peacefully, protecting his face with a hat.

A few meters away was the only thing that he managed to rescue from the shipwreck; a barrel of rum that would serve him until he figured out where he was. For now, he was just waiting for the sun to settle before he started his day.

Just before dawn, his ship—the Land Lover—had been the envy of the seven seas. However, now he was a mere man from the mainland. Ivan had managed to rescue the bag he always carried around, and by sundown he was ready to investigate the island.

The undergrowth by the seashore was too thick, a bad sign when it comes to seeking help. The first thing he had to do was figure out how big the island was, so he got out of his hammock, losing his balance due to the liquor he had been drinking to calm his nerves.

The attack came without warning and it was possible that there were no survivors of the shipwreck. Ivan clearly remembered how close he had come to being hit by a cannonball. It was impossible, how could a ship get within range of the cannons without a warning?

Disappointed by his lack of leadership, Ivan went for a walk in search of survivors.

The island is bigger than I imagined, Ivan thought. After walking for an hour, without a trace of life, he decided to return…until he saw the smoke from a campfire rise in the distance.

This was a sign, although Ivan didn’t know the type of people he would find. That’s why he decided to approach quietly through the undergrowth. After a few minutes he heard voices, instantly knowing he was dealing with natives of the island.

Either way, he was cautious while approaching. The voices became louder with every step, they were the songs of a celebration. Ivan caught a glimpse of the campfire, it was larger than he expected, and he finally saw a member of his crew tied to a log.

He immediately ducked down. Damn it, he thought. They probably have the rest of my crew.

Ivan watched carefully, while the savages performed a ceremony—the possibility of cannibals increased. He decided to walk around the campfire and reach his crew.

There were more natives than he expected to find, men and women dancing with the fire. Ivan noticed more of his men tied up. I’ll have to save them before it’s too late.

He quickly lowered his bag to pull out a couple of guns. Ivan loaded the powder and ammunition, and as there were only four shots he had to exercise caution. He also took out a knife and placed it on his belt next to the weapons.

The captain approached his crew silently and began to cut the bindings of one of his men. “Not a word,” he whispered.
One of the natives saw the shipwreck’s captain helping his crew and gave a cry of alarm. Two other natives ran towards them, Ivan stood, firing twice with the same gun, leaving the bare-chested men on the ground.

“Here,” Ivan said, passing his pistol and bag of powder and ammunition to one of his crew. “Reload.”

Ivan continued to cut the bonds of another man, and left the knife in his hand. “Take care of the rest.” Then, he got up to face the tribe, pointing his gun.

The natives were ecstatic from the surprise of the shot. They weren’t used to that kind of explosion. Ivan raised his gun and fired again.

“Ready, my captain,” said Green Foot, passing the loaded gun.

Ivan took the pistol and saw that one of the natives was running towards them. Without consideration he fired again, knocking the man down.

“Reload,” Ivan said, passing the emptied pistol. Then, he turned to face the natives. “We don’t want trouble,” he said, pointing his gun from side to side.

The rest of the castaways finished untying their bonds. “Easy guys…” Ivan said, taking a step backwards. “We’re going to get out of here alive.”

The crew of the Land Lover led by Captain Ivan Three Eyes moved cautiously until they reached the seashore.

“Keep going…I’ll tell you when we get there,” Ivan said, staying behind the group to make sure they weren’t being followed.

The pirates ran until they reached the barrel of rum, and immediately began to drink and prepare the camp for the night. Before long they had a fire and one by one fell asleep.
The sound of the jungle helped even the most fearful close his eyes. Before long, the silent footsteps of the natives began to stalk the small encampment of castaways. The sleeping pirates were unable to realize the danger that lay ahead.

A shot woke them up. The men instantly opened their eyes to find the captain standing next to his hammock, with a pistol on each hand. “Rest guys, tomorrow will be a long day.”

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Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • May 5, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    This is very much a cliff hanger I loved it thanks so much

    • May 8, 2021 at 7:42 am

      Amazing story!

    • May 11, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Tomorrow we’ll have a brand new story if you would like to visit.

    • May 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you…I would love to see the captain again

  • May 5, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Oh, I think the pirates are in deep doodoo. Fun read!

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      I agree, thanks. Hopefully the captain can join us again with his tales of the seven sea.

  • May 5, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Wow!

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      We’re just getting started. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  • May 6, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Good job

  • May 6, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Poveri indigeni o poveri pirati? Stavolta non so per chi patteggiare 😊

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      It might be just a misunderstanding and they’ll become best friends forever, or not. Thanks.

  • Mia
    May 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Amazing! You’re a wonderful writer. Thanks for sharing.

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      You’re too kind, thanks. I hope tomorrow’s story is of your liking.

  • May 6, 2021 at 10:45 am

    I love your captain!
    Not only well prepared for what ever might be happening but also a fast learner.
    Very useful ‘habits’ whenever in a survival situation.

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      I know…I’m sorry, this was a bad example for young kids. Drinking is bad! (Unless you’re a pirate on an unknown island) Thanks for stopping by. See you back soon.

  • May 6, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Very nice article. Thank you very much for a like on my blog! 🤓📖📚

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      It was my pleasure…I’m always looking for inspiration. See you soon.

    • May 12, 2021 at 4:43 am

      🤓💗📖

  • May 6, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Sebastian, you are a very creative writer. Such an amazing imagination!

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks, I’m just the prism reflecting the light that comes to me. Tomorrow I’ll have a new story.

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      I’m looking forward to it 🙂

  • May 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, fantabulous man, what a imagination u have really unbelievable and everyday I learn new vocabularies from ur post ..❤️❤️❤️❤️👍

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks, makes me happy to know you’re enjoying my stories. See you soon!

  • May 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Great contents👍

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, my fiction blog is filled with short stories to get you out of the daily routine. Come back anytime you want.

  • May 6, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    A gripping story!

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll try to come up with more like it.

  • May 7, 2021 at 4:57 am

    Hello, sir,
    Glad to be connected to an established writer like you.
    I’ve tried messaging you but I’m new to WordPress and don’t seem to find how I can do so.
    I’d be glad to get in touch with you and thanks for checking out my blog.

    Your fellow writer,
    Daniel.

    • May 11, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Daniel, thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying my stories. Please use my contact form.

  • May 7, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Amazing

  • May 7, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    I will say Wow too! You’re some kind of a story teller, I enjoyed reading it till the end!

    • May 11, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, that makes me happy and I hope to see you back soon for a new story of the captain and his crew.

  • May 8, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Definitely a cliffhanger! Didn’t realize this was a fiction blog, but very happy I happened upon it! 🙂

    • May 11, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I’m happy to have you here at my fiction blog. I hope to see you back soon.

  • Daddy Thinks
    May 8, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Wow! Your use of words and language is… soothing and vivid. I am so honoured you happened to like my tiny nugget of a blog post. Thank you!

    • May 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks, you’re too kind. It was a pleasure finding you on my endless search for inspiration. I hope I see you again soon.

  • May 8, 2021 at 5:58 am

    This is amazing pal👏

    • May 11, 2021 at 4:21 pm

      I’m happy to know you liked it, and I hope you enjoy my future stories.

  • May 8, 2021 at 6:06 am

    Aye. Aye! Captain! that was awesome bro!. love it!. You relived my imagination about adventure .Thank you bro.

    • May 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      That’s amazing…we need to keep our imaginations healthy. I hope we can see more from the captain.

    • May 11, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Definitely.

  • May 8, 2021 at 6:10 am

    I already shared it in Facebook.

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