Katrin Sweeny-First Mate

I laugh it off, playing along with the joke. But It's not a joke. At least to me. I try to hide my emotions. I'm ready to leave now, but that would cause problems. The cast off party is the biggest party we have on board, besides the landing party. It's a kind of tradition. So I stat, swallowing my feelings. But something is stirring inside me, something I've tried to keep hidden and out of my mind for years.

By now it's almost three o'clock in the morning. Everyone is getting ready to leave. Relieved, I get up and walk to the door. But the Captian stops me.

"Katrin." He says in a drunk stupor after the 15 or so bottles of rum he's had. Plastering on a fake smile, I turn to him.

"Yes, sir?" I ask.

He smiles at me, and my heart melts like butter. He has such a sweet smile...

"You've always been there for me, ever since the day I found you." he says.

I smile back at him, brightly. "You've been there for me, too, Captian." I reply.

He nods and gets up. Walking over to me, he places a rough hand on my shoulder. Oh gosh, I hope he can't feel my limbs shaking like jello...

I can smell the liquor on his breath, but that somehow makes him even more attractive. Gosh, what's wrong with me...

 Looking right into my eyes, he says. "I really appreciate it." Then plants a kiss on my forehead. Just a sweet, freindly kiss, but to me it's more. Oh gosh, it's more. Then he leaves. Just walks out the door. I sigh, and skip lightly to my room, humming the happiest songs I know. Laying in my bed, I play back our kisses, both of them, then go to sleep dreaming of him.

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