Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

Alaskan Gold: Part 1

Sharing a passage from a novel I’m working on that’s set in the Aleutians and Bering Sea.  Hope you all enjoy!

The deck of the Bering Raider rose and fell as it was tossed by thirty foot swells.  On the bridge of the midsized fishing vessel, Jared Ross peered through the sleet-spattered Plexiglas window, then back at the computer monitor to determine their position.  There had been no clear-cut way to avoid this storm that now rivaled a hurricane in wind speed.  Captain Brian Hanson, his uncle, had placed Jared on watch and hit the rack.

Now the captain appeared in the doorway, his bleary eyes served as evidence that sleep had not come.  His grizzled face formed a scowl as he too looked at the heaving deck before them.  The two watched quietly as minutes ticked by.  With each rise and fall of the waves their stomachs fluttered but stemmed off the nausea.

The Raider groaned as though in pain from the beating she was receiving at the storm’s hand.  Ross felt fortunate he had no predisposition to seasickness but that didn’t mean his insides didn’t turn as the waves lifted the Raider and brought her back down with a slap.  It was as though they were waiting for the vessel to give a final creak and surrender to the turbulent and thrashing sea.

“Haven’t seen one this bad for a while,” Hanson broke the long silence, referring to the storm.  His gruff voice continued, “You might as well try to catch some zees.  I’ll watch for you, can’t sleep anyway.”

Jared would have taken the skipper up on his offer with alacrity normally, but tonight there would be no rest.  “No thanks.  Don’t imagine I could sleep either.”

The two sat in companionable silence for most of the night, though the uncomfortable feeling the storm brought to the pit of their stomachs remained as well.

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22 comments on “Alaskan Gold: Part 1

  1. LA Edwards
    April 26, 2012

    Beautiful.

    • Audrey
      April 26, 2012

      Thank you! It’s a truly beautiful place and has captured me.

  2. Chicken Nuggets and Elmo
    April 26, 2012

    more please!

    • Audrey
      April 26, 2012

      More will be on the way! 🙂

      • Chicken Nuggets and Elmo
        April 27, 2012

        I would love to hear the back story on the characters… if you’ve done anything like that yet… =)

      • Audrey
        April 27, 2012

        I don’t have a formal back story written up, I’ve been trying to incorporate it into the telling of the tale. Love the feedback! I was nervous to post anything like this for a while, it really is like baring a piece of your soul. So far it’s been liberating to share. 🙂 Thank you!

      • Chicken Nuggets and Elmo
        April 29, 2012

        np. you write well!

  3. storiesbywilliams
    April 26, 2012

    Say… I seem to recall us saying we’d do a quid pro quo review. Is this what you’re working on right now and/or want reviewed?

    • Audrey
      April 26, 2012

      Hey, I like the sound of that! Have really been enjoying your writing, by the way. Would love your thoughts and I’ll be sure to do the same!

      • storiesbywilliams
        April 26, 2012

        Would that by YOU who’s been reading Crashland?

      • Audrey
        April 26, 2012

        I’ve gotten all caught up in Dataminers but have yet to read Crashland so I’ll get on that.

      • storiesbywilliams
        April 26, 2012

        Oh, okay. Gee, I didn’t mean to add to your reading list. But its short, and real cyberpunky, so enjoy 🙂

      • Audrey
        April 26, 2012

        I’m looking forward to it!

      • storiesbywilliams
        April 26, 2012

        And don’t forget to vote 😉

  4. ethelthedean
    April 26, 2012

    I’m on the same team as Chicken Nuggets and Elmo! Mas, por favor!

    • Audrey
      April 26, 2012

      Haha, well thank you! There will be more coming soon!

  5. whatimeant2say
    April 26, 2012

    This is quite a teaser – definitely want more!

    • Audrey
      April 26, 2012

      There’s plenty more where it came from, another few chapters written up and the work continues. Thanks for the feedback!

  6. captainariel
    April 26, 2012

    Home Sweet Home ❤ I'll definitely be purchasing a SIGNED copy of this novel some day :]

    • Audrey
      April 27, 2012

      You’ll be among the first to get one!

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