Chapter 56

 

The seven men in the forest sat down under a tree. It seemed that they were thinking what to do. After a long conversation under the tree, they got up and walked towards the beach. They probably gave up looking for their friends. This made us act quickly. We didn’t want them to reach their boat.

I ordered Friday and the captain’s assistant to hide themselves and shout to the seven men. Then by shouting back, they would lead them to the opposite side of the island. This strategy worked just as I planned, and the seven men were just by the boat when they heard the shouts and ran up the beach. One of the three men also left with them, so now there were only two left in the boat.

This was very good for us. We attacked the two men. They had no choice but to join us. Meanwhile, Friday and the captain’s assistant returned. They led the others so far away that they wouldn’t return before dark.
We were hiding and waiting for them. They were very tired when they returned. Still, I didn’t want to attack them just yet. I didn’t want anybody to get killed for nothing. I was waiting for them to break into smaller groups which would be easier to defeat.

When the sailors came to the boat, they were amazed to find it empty. They stopped and started calling their friends, but nobody answered. The leader and two other men left the rest after a while, and walked towards the forest where we were hiding.

The captain and Friday attacked them as soon as they were close to us. The leader was killed instantly, a second man was fatally injured, and the third one ran back.

Then we all emerged from the forest and moved closer to them in the dark. I made one of our prisoners call the sailors by their names and ask them to give up. The captain also joined the conversation. The sailors dropped their weapons quickly.