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Champ of the Forecastle

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Language: English
Wordcount: 5,927 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,389
Added to site: 2008.06.30 21382
Genre: Short Story

"Well," said the overgrown heathen, "Aye tank Aye lick you and then Aye can lick Olaf, and Segrida she like me. But Aye lick Olaf, and Segrida she give me dass gate. Dass bane your fault, for teach me to lick Olaf. But Aye ain't blame you. Aye like you fine, Steve, but now Aye tank Aye be champ of dass Sea Girl. Aye ain't got no girl no more, so Aye got to be something. Aye lick Olaf so Aye can lick you. Aye lick you and be champ and we be good friends, ya?"

"But I don't want to fight you, you big mutton-head!" I snarled in wrathful perplexity.

"Then Aye fight you on the street or the fo'c's'le or wherever Aye meet you," he said cheerfully.

At that my small stock of temper was plumb exhausted. With a blood thirsty howl I ripped off my shirt. "Bring on the gloves, you square-headed ape!" I roared. "If I got to batter some sense into your solid ivory skull I might as well start now!"

A FEW MINUTES later I was clad in a dingy pair of trunks which Knut dragged

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***

Good short about a sailor who teaches one of his fellow ship mates how to hold his own in a fight, and the trouble it brings for him.



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