People were thrown into confusion as tension arose when the chilly low sound made an announcement; everyone looked as they passed by.
“Right now, we can only move ahead….-”
Su Su was not finished with her sentence when the crew discovered that the person speaking unexpectedly was the sluggish youth who has come to sea for the first time with them. They had no patience to listen to him talk, they responded with constant cussings.
“Move ahead? Do you want us to die!”
“This is not the time to escape and to prepare to face what is ahead will not do.”
“Hey, wimpy brat talking nonsense, if you do not know anything better, stop getting in the way.”
“Ignore him, quickly set sail.”
In the armed forces, the military order cannot be ignored. When two armies confront each other, even at prewar training and confrontations, the expectation to follow command was the same. Since childhood, she had been heavily influenced by her parents. Su Su, in particular, the moment she heard the crew having lively discussions among themselves and with everyone talking at once, the scene at present was very chaotic and which voice to listen to is not clear. Her heart surges with anger but the thought that all the individuals on this ship were only common people making a living by fishing, although she knew she is not the leader of the ship, in her heart, this was intolerable. This would not work. She patiently explained, “Just ahead of the waters, we will find a hidden group of reefs on the left. If we hid in the rock forest, they should not be able to pursue us. Even if they pursue, inside that many reefs, we have a smaller hull compared to theirs. We are more nimble and we have the reef as the shield, we may have a chance to escape and not get robbed. Running away like this, we will surely get intercepted by the pirates and when that time comes, I am afraid that everything will not look positive, this right now all points to disaster.”
The clear voice said it in an orderly and thorough manner for everyone to hear. Following the young man’s directions, some distance away there were a large reef and reef forest. It was not very far but in that direction was almost towards the pirate ship and that move will be very risky.
“Lao Yu, say something to Xiaoshu…” He never spoke with Qin Qian and analyzes what the young man just said and calmly looks at the bow, and finally said, “There is some truth in it.”
“He’s a child, doesn’t understand anything, Missy is here, it is too dangerous, you and young master quickly go to the cabin.” He has been accompanying Qin Qian all along, Yu Si’s face was full of worry, but he does not believe that a 14-year-old boy strategy will do much good.
Lao Yu was silent for a moment then shouts, “Sail, right rudder.”
“–Lao Yu?” Qin Qian isn’t really a stay home woman, not the inner chamber kind of daughter either. Naturally, at this time, she cannot hide behind the cabin. If the ship was plundered by the pirates, hiding was useless. But she doesn’t understand and was flabbergasted as to why he wanted the helm to go right?
Lao Yu has spent all his life at sea and has braved through dangerous weather conditions and storms. Regarding the pirates, the memories were about 20 years ago when they killed the villagers in the coastal areas. Just the thought of it, Lao Yu was sweating, speechless and shivered with fear; the truth was he was really scared! Now he was the backbone of the ship, he can only be strong and calmly replied, “We are a small fishing vessel, there is nothing to be robbed, soon there will be a storm, it is possible they are rushing back to their lair. As long as we avoid them, they may notnecessarily make things difficult for us. I heard only from Lao Wu the pirate ship’s appearance; the two perhaps … … are not necessarily pirate ships. Besides, Lao Wu can avoid last time, I probably can—”
“Theintentionistotakechances, try our luck and conduct, ten fights nine defeats! **” The sound of indefinite words like possibly, not necessarily, perhaps and probably, after hearing them, Su Su burned with anger now shouting. Now filled with annoyance, she scolds fiercely. This aggressive trend rattled the group of people frozen there gawking at her, and even Lao Yu was startled to say even a word.
** an idiom Miss Su uses~ it’s about a soldier during the Ming Dynasty that led the troop to war and won because of courage. Lao Yu’s strategy obviously puts their fate in the hands of the enemy but in the principle of battle engagement, risk and fate are relative. It is better to take a risk with one strategy than sit and wait for luck in the hands of your enemy. This Miss Su, I believe, learned from war books, that is why she is able to quote the idiom.
Su Su was really angry, in her understanding about battles, there is no word such thing as LUCK relative to enemy engagements. If you cannot attack, at least defend the place and they could have done the preparation and not just wait for the other side let you off. The opposite side’s imposing manner, early on the two ships disguised as fishing boats but now they were like hunters staring at a prey. She cannot mistakenly recognize these. The two ships were directed at them.
The people on the fishing boat were frightened and their moods waver. The black ships have an irresistible force that in a blink of an eye, the black hulls were within a few thousand feet away from their ship. The gust of wind blows the black sails, sending out a flapping sound spreading to people’s ears.
“The pirates are moving closer, right rudder, right helm, quick! In any case, try to escape!” No one knows who shouted because they were terrified by fear and more confused. Suddenly, the deck was a whole mess. Nobody care to listen to what Su Su wants to say anymore…
Su Su sighs to herself, she deeply felt that she was too weak. Even though some of her tricks can find some countermeasures, but there was no chance to plan countermeasures and strategize like in a tent. These people do not have the same military discipline and morale. If mother was here, it will certainly not be this way at all.
The place now looks like there were a bunch of headless chickens running around on the deck. Qin Yan, holding the mast, has also been knocked. He was scared to death but always have the look of an intuitive young boy.
In the midst of chaos, Qin Yan sees his face was a bit down but he was so calm as his pair of dark eyes was staring without the slightest sign of fear at the pirate ships that were drawing closer. Qin Yan could not help but go closer to Su Su, taps him on the shoulder with a trembling voice, and asks, “Hey, will the reef forest really work?”
Su Su watched the waves generated by the two menacing ink boats and shook her head, “Even if we turn the bow into the reef and forest, it will be too late. We have already missed the timing.”
The interception was just a matter of time. She does not know the strengths of the pirates. Although her martial art skills were not weak, she was just one person against a group of pirates. She thinks it would be best not to show her abilities.
When she had left home, she only brought the red copper scale fan Uncle Ao Tian had given her. Inside the red copper scale, fan frame are 108 hidden dark needles. By opening all the frames, the weapons could disperse completely. As of this moment, she thinks she will only use it in dangerous times. She could discharge from the fan the concealed needles, and add to that, her Shiba lian steps. If she runs into their top master, she can always escape. But here was the endless sea, even if her Shiba lian was very good, there is no place to escape to.
While she was pondering, her eyes glanced in the middle of the deck and she saw Qin Qian looking brave and pretty. Su Su’s brows tightly twisted up.
Grabbing Yu Si frantically, Su Su whispered to him who was directing crew sails, “Big brother, is there any secret hiding spot on the ship?”
The arm suddenly being pulled hard enough, Yu Si comes back to his senses, seeing the young man called Xiaoshu with less resistance, with urgency in his tone, “a secret hiding spot.”
“On a fishing vessel, where would there be such a thing!” Yu Si breaks away Su Su’s hands and then also saw that Qin Qian has been standing around and immediately understands the plain meaning of the words of Su Su. He pondered for a while and said, “She can hide in the cabin closet or under the bed.”
“Those places, you can’t hide.” Su Su rejects his proposal, as long as any search is conducted, she would be found in these places. Su Su carefully recalls the layout of the fishing boat from the last few days and her eyes brighten. “There is small cut-offs in the bottom of the cabin.”
“Yes, but … …that place cannot hide people behind.” That place was used for loading baits or broken fishing nets, cramped and it smelled very fishy.
“Until later.” Su Su quickly walks towards the cabin and into the door but didn’t hear the sound of someone behind, looked up and the three were still standing on the deck. Su Su frown, leading a trail, “Qin Jie, XiaoYan, quickly.” She said it regardless of whether they will follow and walks towards the bottom cabin.
She opened the bottom of the cabin and access the wooden clapboard. A fishy smell came immediately. Su Su took the lead and jumped down; the bottom of the cabin was not high, the height was only half her body. She helped Qin Yan and Qin Qian down, Su Su stops to think then goes to Si Yu and argues, “Brother Yu, you keep guard here don’t let people find Qin Jie and Xiao Yan hiding here.”
Yu Si, without a hint of hesitation, simply replies. “Yes.”
Su Su watched him, his mind was pure and also relieved that this man truly helped for the sake of the Qin siblings.
Further down to the bottom of the cabin, the stench was more intense and revolting. Qin Yan was seasick and squats. Stunned by the stench and the small space of fishing vessels minimum side, Su Su sees that space was narrower than she had first thought and there were piles of debris on the side. Just breathing gave out an unpleasant taste. Qin Qian did not vomit but her face was already faint white, “Really…we are hiding here?”
“In the entire cabin, this is the safest; you cannot fall into the hands of the pirates.” Otherwise, the consequences would be worse than a tragic death. Su Su’s last sentence makes Qin Qian apparently also thought of it, her face grows paler and she tightly purses her lips and nods.
Su Su squats in the small place to find the most suitable place to hide. Rummaging for a moment, hidden in the dark corners was a black box and it catches Su Su’s eyes. She pushes the debris from the box, opens the lid, space inside was very small, stuffed with a pair of worn-out fishing nets, but fortunately good enough for hiding. Su Su drags the nets out and waved at the two people, “Here, hide inside.”
Qin Jia siblings came near to Su Su, staring at the little black box; their hearts cannot help but complain, will it fit two people? Qin Yan blankly gathers his composure and says, “Jiejie, you go hide in it, I am not afraid.”
“No!” Qin Qian fiercely seizes Qin Yan’s wrist and anxiously says,” You are the only son in the Qin family. You, absolutely, cannot have an accident, if you die, sister should die in front of you.”
“Shut up, squeeze in.” Su Su takes the two cleanly and pushes them inside. Fortunately, both were very thin, though difficult they were able to barely squeeze into the cramped black box.
She watched Su Su close the lid of the black box, Qin Qian suddenly grabbed her sleeve and worriedly, “Shu, what would you do?” If she had not agreed at first for Xiaoshu to go out to sea, he would not have to meet this misfortune, Xiaoshu was still so young…
Su Su pats Qin Qian’s hand, pulls back her sleeve, smiles and says, “I’ll be fine, you hide, no matter what happens, don’t come out, even if you did not hear anything, don’t come out.”
Qin Qian stared at the young man’s confident smile on his face, a little shocked, in such a case, he laughed out, and that smile with a touch of cunningness and a hint of … … excitement?
Qin Yan huddles in the corner, twisting his body and bearing the ubiquitous stench made it reluctant to stay in the box for a minute, “When are we going to come out?”
Su Su thought for a moment and replied, “After the storm.” She ignored the siblings, quickly covers the lid and drags out the broken fishing net to cover the top of the small black box. Once she was satisfied, only then did she leave.
“They are hidden?” Su Su opens the partition and comes out. Yu Si extends his hand to support him up but his hands barely touched Su Su’s shoulder with one hand when the emaciated boy with one light jump was already out. Using his backhand, he (Su Su) also covers the clapboard quickly without making a sound.
“Well, let’s go out quickly.” Su Su notices Yu Si’s surprised reaction, there was a mystified look in his eyes, she quickly escaped toward the deck. They had been in the cabin for almost a quarter of an hour. With those black ships’ speed, they, sure enough, are already very close to the fishing boat.
Yu Si looks at the back cover of the partition, then looks at the young man walking away secretly biting his teeth, and eventually keeps up with his footsteps.
The two people return to the deck, looking at the scene, Su Su was normally very courageous in her heart; however, she couldn’t help but feel the thunder that happened in a flash.
End of the Chapter
Miss Su maybe lazy only ‘alive’ when the world is in chaos, but truly the influence of a general and military strategist mother was coming out.–☆☆☆ Mayo☆☆☆