The evening is wearing down, the air humid and crew expended with the heat. There comes a knock on the door of the great cabin. No reply. Slowly, the pale visage of Captain James Roberts looks up to see the door opening, despite his ignoring it.
The young Spaniard enters, Estavan Acosta. “Come in…” says the captain with some irony.
“Whatever! The men are exhausted and the ship is canting.”
James gestures to himself. “And what am I expected to do about your problems?”
“MY problems?! It’s YOUR ship! Sometimes I find your lack of care appalling. What would you do if we suddenly struck an iceberg?”
The captain thought, long and hard, leaning back in his tall-backed chair and tapping his finger-tips together luxuriously. “Sink, eventually. But first I should spend a great deal of time wondering how an iceberg found its way into the Caribbean Sea.”
“Is that all?”
“Well then! back to work with you.”
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