"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
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.