Chapter 53

 

I went to them with Friday. He kept close behind me. My sudden appearance scared them. I assured them that I was a friend. I told them that I was going to free them, if they only told me who they were and what brought them here.
After the shocking beginning, one of them answered my questions. He once was the captain of the ship, but the sailors started a rebellion. He, his assistant and a passenger were taken prisoners. The other sailors were going to leave them here to die.

The captain told me that there were only two dangerous sailors who controlled the others in the group. If the leaders were captured, the rest would return under the command of the captain. I asked his opinion on the best way of attacking them, and he informed me that they only had two guns.

We decided to return to the forest. We took the three prisoners with us. That way, the sailors wouldn’t see us and we could prepare for the attack. I was willing to help them if they fulfilled two conditions: to do as I said and not to go against me if I give them weapons. And if we succeed in capturing the ship, to take me and Friday to England for free. The captain and the other two prisoners agreed and gave me full command over the ship and over their lives.

I gave them weapons and gunpowder and we started planning the attack. I suggested that we all shoot at the same time so as to frighten them and take them by surprise.

In the middle of our discussion, we noticed, that the two sailors who stood guard were awake and standing. They shouted to three other men who were around. At that very moment, the two prisoners shot them down, while the captain was saving his bullets. The captain spoke to the three other men and made all of them swear that they would be loyal to him and help him get back to the ship. They agreed and we tied them and left them on the beach.