Chapter 54

 

I went to the boat to remove the oars which are used for moving a ship when there’s no wind. The ship was secured like this and the enemies could not leave. We left the three bound men there. The other men who heard the shouts of their men were coming back. Faced with the change of the situation, they also accepted the captain’s authority.

All this accomplished, I and the captain finally had time to talk to each other. I told him my story and he remained speechless. He was amazed by my survival on the island and was very grateful for my help.

He and his two friends were hungry, so we went to my house. I showed them everything I built during my stay on the island. They were amazed at how good everything looked.

However, we didn’t have much time to explore my home. We had to plan how to get back the ship. There were twenty-six people on board and we were only five. In addition, the sailors on the ship would be very difficult to fight with. They knew that they would be punished for their rebellion as soon as the ship reached England.

We had to surprise those who were still on the ship, and we had to act quickly. First, we decided to take everything out of the boat. I was particularly happy to discover some sugar and a bottle of brandy, two things I really missed. We also removed all sailing equipment – masts, sails and oars.

Then we damaged the boat so much that it became useless. We did that so that the sailors from the ship couldn’t use it in case they attacked us.

While we were busy doing all this, we heard the ship fire a gun as a signal for the boat to return. After a while, the ship fired a few times more and again there was no response. Then we noticed that the sailors took another boat and were heading to us. Through my telescope I could see ten men rowing and they were all armed.