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… After being spotted by the Coast Guard, the captain decided to make an escape through a storm. The Eloise ran aground, leaving Aubrey, Gabby, and several members of the crew injured.

Episode 11 – Death on the Eloise

After the first few frantic minutes, a cloud fell over the crew. Though the sounds of the ocean still roared, the absolute silence of those aboard the ship left Aubrey with a pit in her stomach. She didn’t know what to make of any of it. Suddenly, she wasn’t the only one who didn’t know where the ship was. All they knew was that there was no civilization in sight.

Breaking the haze of quiet, John instructed a steward to go and check on the status of the kitchen worker who was gravely injured. Miles lingered near Aubrey, inexplicably invested in her well-being. Gabby finally came to, but she seemed confused and flustered. It was odd, Aubrey thought, to see John’s sister so out of sorts when she was usually so in control. With her head in the captain’s lap, Gabby looked almost childlike.

“J-Johnny? What happened? Where are we,” Gabby asked in a small voice.

“I’m not sure, pet. I sent some men out to find out if we can get some help,” John’s tone was, for once, compassionate and solemn.

“No, I mean, why are we on the Eloise? The last thing I remember is being at home. How did we get here? Where’s mum?” Gabby’s question clearly stunned John, though Aubrey was unsure why.

“Mum? What do you mean, Mum? She’s—“ The captain looked away, with a half anger, half sadness. Before he could finish his sentence, the crew sent to gain insights to their location returned.

For a few moments, the men just stood there, shuffling their feet and holding their hats in their hands; one was squeezing so tight, his knuckles were pure white.

“Well? What have you found?” The query was met with uncomfortable silence.

“Come on! Out with it then!” John’s patience was wearing thin.

The man with the white knuckles finally coughed out, “We don’t…we don’t know where we are. We just know, it’s an island and we’re the only ones on it.”

Aubrey’s heart sunk, but this time, not for herself. Instead, she couldn’t help but feel utter helplessness on behalf of the injured. With no one to help, some of them were in great peril. She was about to ask what that would mean for the man from the kitchen, but glancing in the doorway she saw the look on the face of the steward sent to get his status and knew exactly what it meant. He was already gone. Miles cursed under his breath, got to his feet from his position beside Aubrey, and rushed from the room.

Furious with all that had come to light, John began barking orders for the men to see about making repairs. Gabby winced each time he raised his voice and cowered against the nearest wall. Something was not right with her, Aubrey knew, but the flurry of activity prevented further inquiry. Thinking over the girl’s first words upon returning to consciousness, it hit her. Gabby had lost her memory.

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