The Captain’s Captive by Lyndsie Askea

The Captain’s Captive by Lyndsie Askea

Trying to find herself, she never felt so lost. Waking up in a strange place is a nightmare, especially when you’re being held against your will. Now Aubrey Elliott must find her way home, wherever that is. Previously… Before Aubrey could respond to John’s proposal, they discovered that the Coast Guard was on their tail. Heading into the storm, the fate of the Eloise was uncertain.

Episode 10 – Aground

Whatever fear Aubrey saw in Gabby’s eyes, wasn’t shared by the captain. John seemed suddenly energized by the looming danger, laughing maniacally at each giant wave that surged over them. It occurred to her that the man was not harmlessly delusional or a petty criminal. He was truly insane. Aubrey became more certain with every minute that she was going to die.

At the helm, Miles bore a look of stoic determination. Aubrey didn’t know whether to be comforted or concerned by his lack of angst. On one hand, his calm could be a by-product of his confidence that they would remain safe. On the other, it could be seen as a sign of dispassion in regard to his own fate. She wished she knew more about each of these strangers so she could get a read on the situation. Ultimately, it wouldn’t matter. The end result was the same.

Aubrey’s frantic thoughts came to a grinding halt as the ship suddenly lurched to a stop, throwing each of them like rag dolls about the bridge. She thought she heard Gabby scream, but realized with horror that the screaming was her own. John’s sister lay unconscious on the floor, having hit her now bloodied head on a fire extinguisher on her way down. For a few moments, Aubrey could feel nothing. As she tried to decide if she was all right, she heard the sound of muffled male voices drowned out by the ringing in her ears. The men must have fared better than she, as they had already righted themselves and sprung to action. Suddenly, a searing pain in her right arm replaced her shocked numbness. Slowly and tenuously looking down at the offending appendage, Aubrey saw what she feared: her forearm was clearly broken. Then, everything went dark.

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When she came to, Aubrey glanced up to see Miles kneeling beside her, his lips a thin line and concern etching wrinkles across his forehead. Across the room, John was tending to his sister, who still appeared to be out cold. Another crewmember Aubrey had not yet seen was aiding him in trying to bring her around while holding gauze to the wound on her head.

“Wha-what happened? Is she going to be ok? Why is my—OWWW!” Aubrey’s line of questioning stalled as the deep, stabbing pain returned to her arm.

“Shhh, shhh, shhh, shhh. Lie still. You’ve got yourself a nasty break.” Miles’ voice was warm, but his eyes reflected a grave knowledge he had not yet divulged.

“What’s wrong? Where are we? What aren’t you telling me?” More questions as Aubrey’s mind raced to make sense of this course of events.

“We’ve run aground. Not sure precisely where we are just yet. The storm threw us off course. We have medical staff on board, but we are going to need more than a nurse to help some of you. It looks like a member of the kitchen staff isn’t going to pull through. The nurse is with him now.”


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