A Fictional Series by J Quisumbing
Chapter 9 continued
“Gotcha!” he said to himself. He activated the radio, and said, “Neptune… Neptune, this is Pegasus. How do you read, over?”
“Neptune, here,” it was the voice of Admiral Reese. “Pegasus, do you have a sighting?”
“Roger that, Neptune. Long patch about 8 miles north-west from your position…”
“Jer, is that you? I was wondering what happened to ya. Well, what ya got?”
“I see a lot of goodies for Oceanus to munch on. I’m sending you GPS now.”
“Hold one,” said the Admiral. He worked his way back to the stern where Ito was on the till staring into his navigation monitor. It beeped twice and Ito looked up and gave a thumbs up.
“Pegasus, we got the GPS. What can we expect?”
“The patch is about 350-400 feet in lenght… maybe around 50 feet in width. Lot’s of large debris. And tell Ito that I also spotted 2 massive logs.”
Ito had a very big smile on his face. He quickly disappeared below and came back up with a black military tubular weapon and what looked like a mini harpoon. .
“What’s he going to do with that?” asked Alicia who followed the Admiral.
“Oh, the harpoon launcher?” Tess humorously pointed at. “That is a gift that the Admiral gave him two Christmases ago. Ito uses that to snag any large debris on the move.” Seeing the question mark on her face, Tess continued, “Ito is always looking for large items like giant floating tree trunks… He likes to build furniture and stuff like that for the staff and crew. He’s such a considerate guy… Anyway, when he’s out here on a job, he hates to just stop the boat to claim it especially when the wind is giving him 10 knots. So, he harpoons any floating timber with an attached cable and haul it in like a fish on a line.”
After Ito secured his launcher, he gets back on the till and start spinning the wheel to starboard. At the same time, he was rapidly barking orders in Visayan. The Bajau crew scambled through out the boat. With the wind coming in strong from the rear, some of them went forward to the bow.
Wanting to get some footage of the crew’s lively activities, Alicia followed with her cameraman in tow. They expertly and speedily pulled out a very colorful spinnaker from a bow-locker which billowed out into the wind.
Tess expertly cranked on the winch that tightened the jib sail which was loudly flapping. When it went taut, Tess stopped cranking. She then went back to the stern getting a thumbs up from the Admiral and a toothy smile from Ito Ito.
To be continued…
Note from the author:
Oceanus Adventure is a fun effort on my part to enter the wonderful world of creative writing. It’s a story of a group of people who launched themselves into the Pacific Ocean on an artificial island to solve the Great Pacific garbage patch. My hopes is that this will end up into a TV series.
Comments and idea suggestions will be most welcomed. I hope you enjoy.