NaNoWriMo: The Islands Beyond, Day 4

Day 4

Starting a piece is easy, but keeping up the pace is challenging. I managed to write longer than my body (especially my eyes, which were scratchy and dry) wanted to. I ended the day at 9215 words.

“Many thanks, and welcome,” said the man, bowing slightly. “My name is Henry Hudson, and this lad beside me is my son, John.”

“Henry Hudson, the explorer?” asked Ethan.

The man nodded. “The very same.”

“No way.” Ethan shook his head. “If that was true, you’d be like four hundred years old. I learned about Henry Hudson in Social Studies.”

John cocked his head a little to one side, as if he didn’t quite understand what Ethan was saying. “But it is true. In the spring of 1610, we left England in search of the Northwest Passage to Asia. Our ship, the Discovery, became entrapped in the sea ice, and when the ice broke up the following year, the faithless crew demanded a return to England.” A look of bitterness came into his eyes. “They mutinied, and cast us adrift with seven others in this boat.”

“What happened to the others?” asked Pete, already guessing at the answer.

“Death took them, one by one,” said Henry. “Four were already sick or ailing. Two drowned. And one met a more tragic end—devoured by the ice bear I have heard called Nanook.”


About jackfrey
Jack Frey lives somewhere in Northeast Asia with his wife and two young boys. He finds the letter K to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the consonants, in both its upper and lowercase forms. Like many of us, he is currently seeking publication of his first novel.

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