I initially wrote this around July 4-5, 2005, and have subsequently edited it every now and then. If the material seems dated that is because it does indeed take place in July of 2005 on the fictitious but sovereign Archangel Island located somewhere in the Tropical Pacific. This island state has been fighting off pirates and insurgents since its inception in the mid to late 1990s. Now the war monger president George Walker Bush has declared war on the young nation of Archangel Island because it harbors defectors and political dissidents seeking asylum there. Grant West and Adrianna Parker are two of those defectors and have begun a new life for themselves with Grant helping provide security for cargo freighters and Adrianna working in a government nursery. Their life will now be severely disrupted because of this illegal and unjust war.
In order to better understand this story, please: Read the Prequel…
Without further ado, here is the story:
T’was a hot summer evening on Archangel Island. A red sunset was shining over the ocean. Grant West and Adrianna Parker were lying on the warm sands together when a middle-aged man approached them.
He spoke, “Get some good rest tonight, West. Tomorrow; we are going out to sea,” He paused then continued ¨You see that sun, `Red sky at night sailor’s delight, red sky in the morning sailor’s warning.'”
Grant answered “Yes sir I’ll be ready. I just need to spend some time with my special girl. AS for that rhyme, where I come from we say `When egrets take flight, foul weather in sight’.”
The man answered, “Ah I understand. I remember when I was YOUNG like you two. I’ll go now.” He paused, then continued “But; I want you to be at the docks 0600 hours sharp tomorrow morning. Bring your weapons and gear and be sure to set your watch.” He then left.
Adrianna leaned against Grant and said, “How many DAYS will you be gone?”
“I don’t know, it depends on how much arms we will be loading and how many ports we dock at. I will be thinking of you and missing you. You can go up to the LIGHThouse and look for us. I will carry my radio on me, and I will buy you a radio so we can keep in touch.”
“That radio wouldn’t replace you, Grant, no one or thing in THE WORLD could do that.”
Grant looked at her with exceeding PASSIONS and said, “Well Adrianna you are so sweet and hot and loving and BEAUTIFUL and the list goes on and on. When I will hear your voice while I’m out on the water, I will close my eyes and imagine you are there. The crew might have to adjust the controls of that boat until it TURNS around because I’ve gone crazy. Crazy for you, that is.”
Adrianna said with concern, “Oh, Grant, don’t do that, you would get fired.”
“Maybe, but when I get back our bed will be rocking more than that boat ever has, even in the worst of storms.”
“Well just don’t do it in front of ALL those CHILDREN I’ll be looking after.”
Grant looked up at the sky put his arm around Adrianna and said, “We have made ONE good LIFE for ourselves here. To think I was a wanted criminal. Now I protect men and cargo from pirates and insurgents while you work at a nursery.”
The mosquitoes were starting so they decided to head into their dwelling. After locking the door, Grant and Adrianna went into their bed and cuddled. All the lights were turned off and the only way they could see the full moon reflected upon the ocean and into their window. Grant ran his fingers through Adrianna’s hair. She smiled at him and kissed him, then petted him on his face. A cool breeze was blowing in from off the ocean and into their screened window. They were both shivering and held each other close together. Grant unbuttoned Adrianna’s shirt, and then pulled it off. He started rubbing her smooth, pale, creamy skin gently. From the feeling of Grant’s masculine hands on her skin and the cool breeze blowing in, her nipples became erect. Grant kissed Adrianna on her chest and neck. Adrianna giggled teasingly at Grant as she unbuttoned his pants and shirt. Grant put his hands up her skirt and untied it. Her skirt fell to the floor. He rubbed her bottom gently AS he started pulling down her panties. Adrianna threw them on top of Grant’s head as she laughed. She then pulled down Grant’s boxers. They admired each others’ bodies for just a moment, then climbed and covered between the sheets. They rolled around in the sheets hugging and kissing each other passionately, as they made love. Both were moaning and sighing with pleasure as they were overcome by each other. After climaxing several times, they slept between the cool sheets. Grant lay intimately close up against Adrianna with her arms and legs around him. Morning came quickly. The pink light was barely making it through the dense fog. Grant stood up from the bed. He walked to the bathroom and started to dress as Adrianna quietly lay in bed asleep. He finished dressing and walked out of the dwelling. On his way out he gently kissed Adrianna on her forehead. He headed to the supply store and walked in.
The owner of the store greeted him and asked, “How can I help you?” The man had several scars on his face and missing teeth.
Grant answered him pulling out his radio “I work on a boat and I am going out to sea today. I want to keep in contact with my girl. Would you carry any radio that is compatible with this one?”
The man examined Grant’s radio and said, “Certainly do. You see these devices talk through our satellite. As long as you both are in the range of it you can talk to each other. Several businesses on the island got together and launched it so they could have a practical way of keeping in touch. We also use the satellite for defense operations.” The owner went to the back of the store and came back with a package. Grant went to pay for the radio when the shop owner pointed down at a combat knife under the glass counter. He said, “If you are going out to sea you will also want to buy one of these.”
He handed the knife to Grant, who looked at it then said “It is a nice knife, I think it will do well with the rest of my gear.¨
The owner replied ¨I’ve heard about you, taking out four thugs with almost just your wits. You remind me of me when I was much younger. I think you will make a decent asset to guarding our logistics. I used to do the very thing, but now I work with arms dealers, and I supply the island with tactical gear.¨ Grant simply nodded then paid for both items and walked out of the store.
The middle-aged man from the previous evening followed Grant out of the shop and approached him “Hello my name is Blaze. I could not help but overhear your conversation.”
Grant shook his hand once again.
“The captain has told me about you. Stick with me and you will be fine.”
“Well let me go tell my girlfriend goodbye and then I will be reporting for work. I’ll meet you at the port.”
Grant walked back to his dwelling. He unlocked and opened the door and met Adrianna. She was still in her nightclothes.
He hugged her and kissed her immediately, then said, “Here you go Adrianna this is the radio I told you about. We can keep in touch now. Grant handed it to her and she set it down on the nightstand.
“It is a somewhat reassurance, but not a replacement of you Grant. I don’t know if I could stand being alone without you.”
“I know it will be lonely, but at least we can hear each other’s voice no matter where we are. I know I would go insane if I couldn’t hear you talk to me.”
Grant packed several pairs of tee shirts, pants, socks, boots, razors with lather and aftershave, his long tactical flashlight with its belt holster, his new combat knife in its scabbard, and his communications radio.
“Grant you sure are BOLD you know that. You’re risking your life going out on that dangerous water. Since you got me that radio, I want you to talk to me every chance you get. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll grow RESTLESS.”
Grant looked at Adrianna soberly and gently said “I must go now, I don’t know when I’ll be back.”
Adrianna threw her arms around Grant. Grant kissed her passionately and held her for just a moment longer. They both opened their eyes and then backed from each other.
Adrianna said, “Be safe Grant. I love you so much!”
He kissed her once more and replied, “I love you too,” then left their dwelling.
He walked out to the dock where all the others were starting to arrive. He attached his radio, flashlight, and knife to his belt.
Blaze saw Grant and said, “Come here man, it’s time to report to work.”
The captain was standing amid all of them. He spoke, “Good morning everyone. I am a man of few words. We shall be leaving shortly and will be stationed on a patrol boat to escort a cargo freighter on the high seas. We will anchor on the high seas as the freighter goes into foreign ports to pick up the goods we are purchasing. We will continue to escort the cargo freighter once it returns to our position on the high seas. Make sure each of you has a knife, and be sure you know how to use it. I hope that we will have no casualties on this trip, but I can’t promise anything. Your duties are to protect your fellow crew members and all the cargo we are carrying at all costs. Remember, all of you are permitted to use lethal force, if necessary. That is all. God bless.”
Grant secured his belongings and boarded the boat along with the other men. The engine was started and not long after a course was plotted and they headed out to sea. The ride was mostly smooth AS the boat was cruising all of them were sitting out on the deck, keeping a watch for attackers. Grant kept to himself. He was listening to his radio, in case Adrianna would call. After not hearing her for a while, he realized that she was at work taking care of children.
Blaze sat near Grant and offered him a cigarette.
Grant shook his head, then replied, “Smoking causes erectile dysfunction and I want to be a lover to Adrianna as long as possible.”
“I fully understand. Best you don’t get addicted anyway.”
“I do have a question, though.”
“Tell me, Blaze. Why do all these foreigners attack us?”
“They are jealous of us. Our sovereignty is undeniable proof of their incompetence and failures and that makes us detestable in their sight. These foreigners do not have access to much money so their boats are not heavily armed. They sure know how to fight hand to hand though. You see that radio, never tell your location on there. Those foreigners monitor our satellite communications. They come out of nowhere on small boats and try to steal our cargo. They come onto our boats and attack. Thankfully we know how to fight back. Remember Grant it is legal to do anything to those attackers once they climb aboard. I execute them and use the fleshly remains of their bodies for crab bait.”
Grant then showed his long tactical flashlight to Blaze and said, “I once smashed a bully’s windpipe with this. It could effectively stop someone with a knife or better yet hand to hand, due to the blunt force it provides.”
“I heard about that when you defected from The States and applied for asylum here on Archangel Island. Very impressive.”
“Thank you, sir!”
“I was able to read the news reports about you from The States as well.”
“How’d you do that?”
“Our Defense Intelligence Service shared it with me when I was commanded to mentor you.”
“How did they portray me?”
“Most of them were thirsting for your blood but a very select few were singing your praises.”
“Somehow I am not surprised.”
“Try not to let it get to you. As long as we maintain our sovereignty, you will be safe.”
“Now, another hour and our shifts are over,” Blaze told Grant.
Grant kept a sharp eye on the lookout for attackers and the sun was beginning to set.
Blaze looked at his watch and said, “That’s it-the shift has ended. Get some food and rest.”
Blaze and Grant walked into the galley and were fed a meal of deep-fried cod fillets, thick fried potatoes, coleslaw, and a premium crafted cola to drink.”
After Grant had eaten and drank his fill he went to the top of the boat, pulled out his radio, and called Adrianna.
She was just getting into the big empty bed when she heard his voice, “Hello Adrianna, are you there?”
Adrianna replied “Yes I am here. Where are you right now?”
“I’m afraid I can’t say, we have enemies listening in on us as we speak.”
“You are okay though-right?”
“Yes, I am fine. I just got off of my shift. It was a good first day. How was yours.”
“Well, I think I am pretty good with THE CHILDREN. I had fun today and the pay is decent. I never thought I could make this much money doing this kind of work.”
“Yes, my love I think we will like it here.”
The letters AI1COMM in Morse code followed Grant’s transmission. A synthesized computer voice came in and said, “Please keep the satellite communication brief.”
Grant then said, “We cannot talk too long, our Rescue and Defense services use this satellite for their communications also.”
Adrianna replied, “Okay I don’t want us to get in trouble. We can talk later, baby.”
“I guess we could talk for a little while later, but I love you as much as ever.”
“I love you too, Grant.”
The call was then disconnected.
Grant walked down to the sleeping quarters of the boat and placed his radio in his pocket and went to sleep. He dreamed of Adrianna. Meanwhile, she put her radio in the charger and crawled in between the cool sheets of the empty bed, and went to sleep to dream of Grant.
The next morning Adrianna woke up to the crash of thunder and the splashing of rain. She got out of bed and went into the bathroom to get ready for work. She walked out all dressed up as the rain was still coming down hard. Adriana put her raincoat on, grabbed her radio, and walked out of the dwelling to her work. Hours passed. The rain had stopped and the sun started to shine. Adrianna took the children outside then tuned her radio to the satellite up-link frequency. She keyed it up and called for Grant.
Grant heard the call signal coming through as he was preparing to begin his shift for the day.
He answered, “Hello Adrianna, my baby.”
Adrianna replied “I miss you so much. I am constantly thinking about you.”
“Well, I would like to take you into my arms right now and make the purest, sweetest, most passionate love to you.”
“Grant watch your mouth. Those kids might be able to hear my radio.”
“They will understand when they are our age.”
A little girl was approaching Adrianna, so she told Grant, “I have to go right now Grant, there is a little girl that needs my help right now.”
“Okay, I will talk to you at the end of this shift. I love you, Adrianna.”
“I love you too, Grant.”
The call was disconnected.
Grant soon began his shift, keeping a watch for pirates.
Adrianna looked at the little girl and said, “Allie, what’s the matter?”
Allie replied, “Some mean boys are picking on Romey. They want to beat him up I think.”
“Thank you for telling me, now just stay right here,” Adrianna thought of how Grant was jumped when they were in the States. She had an idea that would prove to be successful.
She walked up to Romey and said, “Romey come with me.”
The other boys started to make noise as if they thought Romey was in trouble.
She then told him, “Now I have heard that those boys wanted to hurt you. Is that true?”
Romey looked down at the ground and said, “Yes it’s true. I just want them to leave me alone.”
Adrianna replied, “Well come play over here with Allie and me.”
Romey smiled and nodded. They walked back to where Allie was standing.
Adrianna said, “Could I talk to Allie in private for just a few seconds?”
Romey, replied, “Sure I guess.”
Adrianna told Romey, “Just stay where I can see you.”
Romey went a few feet away and closed his ears.
Adrianna told Allie, “I need you to be Romey’s friend AS he doesn’t have any. I would appreciate it if you would just go play with him. It would be good for him to have someone like you to play with and talk to.”
Allie smiled and said, “Sure, I would be happy to do that. Romey is a nice boy and he is so cute but those others are mean to him.”
Adrianna then called Romey over. He came up to her and she said, “Romey, you and Allie go play together. Don’t go too far from me.”
Allie said, “Come on Romey we can go swing together.”
They swung together for a few minutes, then Allie said, “Let’s go play with Miss Adrianna.”
Romey nodded in agreement. They walked up to her.
Allie asked, “Will you play with us?”
“Sure, Allie, what do you want to play?”
“Let’s play with your radio,” Allie said with excitement.
Adrianna replied, “That’s not a toy.”
Allie made a face of disappointment.
Romey then asked, “What do you use it for?”
Adrianna replied, “I use it to talk to my boyfriend, while he is out at sea.”
Romey replied, “That’s so cool. Allie we could play those phones in the toy box.”
Allie replied, “Yeah Romey, we can pretend that I am Miss Adrianna, and you are her boyfriend out at sea.” Adrianna giggled and said, “OK you two, just stay where I can see you.”
The Defense Intelligence Services alerted the officials, who forwarded the critical information to the population that Archangel Island might soon be under attack.
The sirens started blaring and Adrianna ran up to Romey and Allie, then grabbed both of their hands. She ran with them down to the bunker. Adrianna and the other workers escorted the rest of the children down. When all were in Adrianna found Romey and Allie.
Allie asked, “What is going on?”
Adrianna replied “President Bush is preparing the American forces to attack our island and our fleets. I need both of you to cooperate and do what we tell you. Both of you stick together in case something should happen to me.”
Romey blurted out, “That durn Bush!”
Allie oblivious to the situation giggled a little.
So did Adrianna but she then said soberly, “I’m an American defector and so is my boyfriend and we don’t like him either, Romey.”
Allie replied as she started crying, “I don’t want them to take you away.”
Romey said, “I’ll fight them if they try to take you or your boyfriend away.”
Adrianna hugged them both and said, “They might have to take me away. Romey, promise me that you will not try to attack the Americans, because they will beat you and lock you up.”
All three had tears in their eyes.
Grant came through over the radio, “Adrianna, is everything all right over there?”
Adrianna replied, “I am all right as are the children, we are just shaken up.”
Grant replied, “We are coming home, so the Americans don’t attack any of our ships. I’m told that several arms dealers will arm us and drop the supplies via air. Some mercenary pilots have decided to guard our airspace, but I will soon be reassigned.”
Adrianna said, “Grant please be safe. I love you so much.”
Grant answered, “I love you too Adrianna.”
A transmission from the communications headquarters came through. It was the voice of a woman, which said, “Keep the satellite communications clear except for necessary traffic.”
Time passed by slowly. There was total silence in the bunker, but the air was filled with anxiety. Thirty-six hours later the fleet of boats docked. Grant got off and ran to the daycare center. He knocked on the door and was greeted by a guard from the Archangel Island Government.
He asked Grant, “What is your purpose here?” Grant replied, “My girlfriend, Adrianna Parker, works here and I need to see her.”
The guard replied, “Follow me.”
Grant entered the bunker. He looked around the room until his eyes landed on Adrianna. He ran up to her and they kissed.
The guard said “You two can both go home, for right now. Grant be prepared to fight soon. Adrianna, don’t go too far. We might need you to help the children.”
Grant and Adrianna walked to their dwelling. They settled in when the telephone rang. It was Blaze, he said “Report back to the government headquarters building in the morning. Bring your knife and radio. Also; you must buy a pistol and an assault rifle. We will be organized into security platoons to guard the island. I have been named the leader of our platoon. The good news is, you get to go home every day. The bad news is, we will probably be invaded. Get everything in order now.”
Grant broke the news he just heard to Adrianna.
Adrianna started sobbing as she threw her arms around him. There was a silence as they both climbed into bed. They held each other somberly and then started to make love with great emotion. After experiencing passionate intimacy once again, they snuggled together and were soon asleep.
Morning came all too quickly and bitterly.
Adrianna told Grant, “I can’t lose you.”
“I will do my best AS I have no other choice.”
Both were crying at this point.
Grant looked at Adrianna deeply, knowing he might never see her again if an invasion indeed occurred and he was killed in action.
He kissed her passionately and hugged her with a tight grip. They held each other closely.
There was then a knock at the door.
They both answered it and were greeted by Blaze
“Grant it’s time to go,” He said.
Grant nodded with a somber look.
“I love you so much, Adrianna!”
“I love you too, Grant!” They hugged and kissed one final time.
Then Grant walked out of the door. Adrianna watched them walk until they disappeared into the fog…