As the sun rose over the vast ocean Alex slowly made his way up the peer towards the local pub. The door was wasn’t locked as many of the local fishermen were still inside drinking away their wages before they headed out again. The door creaked a little as it opened to reveal the dark, unlit room inside, filled with drunken sailors. Stepping inside he allowed the door to sweep close behind his as he took one finale breath and squaring his shoulders before going over to the counter demanding to know where he could find The Old seadog. The bartender only laughed in his face as he inquired whether he was even old enough to be out on his own. “This here is a rough neighbourhood, boy. Perhaps you should rather return home to your mommy.” Mocked him as he turned his back on Alex.
“I asked you a question and I hope you are going to answer it.” The bartender turned again with a sneer on his face that almost made him look dangerous. Another odd laugh filled the room. “Leave the kid alone Tony, can’t you see he’s got spunk? Let me by you a drink young man.” Taking the offered seat Alex waited for his host to join him at the counter. “So I heard you were asking about me.”
“If you heard that then I am sure you already know why I am here.” Alex refused to let his nervousness show.
“Perhaps. But I prefer to talk business to people a little older than you.”
“Don’t underestimate me just because I am young.”
“O I’m not underestimating you. I am merely stating the obvious. There exists no doubt in my mind that he will kill you.”
“Then that’s just a chance I am going to have to take.” The old man shot Alex a side long glance as he took another swig of his beer.
“Boy, I can tell you where to find him, but I can’t tell you what you will find with him. Your sister or her corpse.”
“Don’t say that! Don’t you dare say that! I am going to rescue her and she is going to come home with me!”
“I doubt not that you are spirited or that you will give everything to see her safe return but there is nothing you can do to safe her now.”
“I am not interested in your stories old man. Just tell me where she is.” The other men in the room, all staring at the two by now, could feel the tension building in the young man’s body as the old man got up and walked away. Mumbling to himself about the lack of respect that he got these days.
“Don’t walk away from me!” Seeing his only chance at finding his sister Alex felt his entire world collapse around him. “Please... I beg you not to let her die. I beg you, please tell me where to find him. I’ll give my life for her if I must. But please....” The tears shone in his eyes as he stared at the stranger’s back.
“Go up north. The old Delport family lake house. Ask around. It seems you are good at getting what you want.”