Saturday, April 4, 2020
Welcome back, my chuckaboos. I’m here with the steampunk riverboat, The Delta Pearl! This chapter is short, but it’s completely new — it was not part of the original version.
Even though it’s brief, I managed to use one “random reader thing.” Deborah Zajac gave us Renoir. It just happens to show a lady with a pair of long gloves, that G. P. Cox mentioned, but I’ll save those as a “thing” for later. (Winks)
The Delta Pearl
Chapter 29 — Search
Porters and maids secretly searched every cabin on the Delta Pearl. Deck hands riffled through each article of stowed baggage or cargo. The crates included a valuable Renoir painting, which Randal Needleman was transporting.
Yet the Pharaoh Diamond was not found.
I had been worried about the reaction Randle Needleman might have when we weren’t able to find the diamond. I expected the big bug to be furious. However, rather than threatening to give someone an anointing, he had a gleam in his eyes.
The Captain Cecil pointed out that the diamond could have been switched with the fake stone before the Needlemans came onboard. The wealthy couple reluctantly agreed that was possible.
“I’m a reasonable man, Captain,” Needleman began. “I’ll call it even if you give me this riverboat, even though I’d be taking a huge loss.”
My mouth dropped open in shock. Eliza had suggested that her husband wanted to buy the Delta Pearl, but I couldn’t believe he would actually try. Especially not in a way that seemed underhanded.
“The Captain made Needleman sign a waiver,” the Chief Porter whispered in my ear. “Cecil Perlog always thinks ahead.”
The existence of a legal document was not reassuring to me. Though he was a huge, platinum haired bear of a man, I knew Cecil Perlog had a soft heart. Randal Needleman was polite and refined, but I had never trusted the man. I was worried he might be able to use guilt to take the riverboat.
“I’m sure there was a great sentimental attachment to the gem,” the Captain started in a soft tone that made me afraid I was right. “But at least your insurance policy with Lloyds of London covers twice the value of the diamond.”
The Captain followed the statement with a loud snort.
Needleman shrugged and spread his hands. Then he grinned.
“You can’t blame a man for trying,” he said.
Despite his glib words, Randal Needleman looked positively crestfallen. He had lost any leverage he might have had to manipulate the Captain into giving up the Delta Pearl.
End Chapter 29
Feel free to leave a random Steam Era thing to fuel this riverboat. I’m running low and it helps to have several on hand. Or just leave a comment to say hello, before you leave. Be well, be happy, my chuckaboos.
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