...read chapter 14 at: Literal Addiction www.literaladdiction.com
HANG FIRE - Chapter 15
Gunfire drummed a staccato against the glim-filled sky, peppering the air around the
Swift. Captain Hink shouldered the wheel against the strain as Mr. Ansel tucked the Swift’s
Captain Hink knew his airship better even than the skin on his bones. And he knew they
had one shot of disabling the big blower of a vessel in front of them.
Mr. Guffin’s canon shot had to hit true. Otherwise they’d best give up their glim stake to
Les Mullins and his claim-jumping pirate crew aboard the bigger, more powerful Iron Draught
and run like hell to the horizon.
Captain Hink’s breathing gear hung half off the bottom of his goggles. Breathing gear
wouldn’t do a man much good if all he was doing was holding his breath, waiting to see how
much longer he was going to stay living.
The nine-pound Napoleon kicked to life with a gunpowder cloud of fire, filling the Swift
with black smoke.
Mr. Guffin’s shot got off clean, clipped one of the Iron Draught’s port fans and must
have done some further damage from the racket of explosions that followed.
“What the devil was Mullin’s carrying on that old barge?” Captain Hink said.
Mr. Seldom, his second, had some kind of rule against stringing too many words together
all at once. But this occasion appeared to override his predilections. “Gunpowder,” he said, then
as another blast roared out. “Dynamite. A crate or two of nitroglycerin.”
A piece of metal the size of a small pony came hurdling toward them.
Fast. Too fast for even the Swift to dodge.
Captain Hink spun the wheel hard starboard and yelled, “Get down!”
...read chapter 16 at: My Life In Not so Many Words www.ziarias.blogspot.com
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