My excerpt is from On A Lee Shore, again, and picks up directly from last week’s.
Denny, one of nature’s innocents, has been cozened by Bosun Wigram into giving Kit a bit of a surprise. Kit, woken from sleep, thumped Denny, realised what had happened and thumped Wigram, waking the entire watch in the process. It’s a short fight, Kit is hauled off Wigram by Lewis and Protheroe, who seems inclined to flirt.
Some laughed at that, but others shouted angrily. One man claimed he’d seen this and another that and people who couldn’t have possibly seen anything expressed an opinion.
“Stow it!” O’Neill was there, lantern in hand and glaring angrily around. “What are you at? Jesus, Mary and Joseph, this is a fo’csle not a bear pit.”
“Penrose attacked Denny and hit me when I intervened,” Wigram snapped. “I knew it was a mistake to bring him aboard.”
More next week.