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Lady in Red Pt. 02 Ch. 24

by Harddaysknight 05/02/16

Gwen had an uneasy feeling after finishing her conversation with Steve. She knew he wasn't the type to overreact, and he seemed genuinely concerned about the ship sailing near the coast of Somalia. With that in mind, she made her way to the bridge. The captain greeted the beautiful young doctor warmly.

"Captain, I was just speaking with my fiancé and he's concerned about pirates along the coast of Somalia. He suggested that we sail farther out, rather than hug the coast."

"Ms. Anderson, I have been assured by both the U.N. and the government of Somalia that we would be absolutely safe in these waters. We're on a humanitarian effort and even lowly pirates respect that," reasoned the Captain.

"There's another reason we will not be sailing to deeper waters. We've had a small fire in the engine room and repairs need to be made before we can continue. We should be back under power by daylight, or shortly thereafter. There's no need for alarm," assured the Captain.

Gwen headed back to the room she shared with Charlotte and Cheryl, feeling no better about the situation. She had learned to totally trust Steve's assessment of every situation. He always seemed to understand what had to be done and how to do it. Charlotte and Cheryl were already asleep when Gwen slid under her covers, still troubled by her conversation with Steve.

Gwen awakened to the sounds of gunfire. She sat up in bed to see that Charlotte and Cheryl were also awake and as concerned as she was.

"It must be pirates!" exclaimed Gwen. "Steve was worried about them. We should have never come this close to the coast."

"Let's get dressed, and keep the door locked. Maybe there aren't too many and the crew will fight them off," reasoned Charlotte as Gwen hit the speed dial on her phone while Cheryl picked up her camera.

"Steve doesn't answer!" cried Gwen. "I'll call Mom and see if she knows where he is."

As Paula watched the attack with her family in real time at Marsh's Landing, her phone rang. The ID showed it was Gwen calling!

"Mom! I can't reach Steve! Our ship is under attack, probably by pirates. Is he there?" blurted Gwen as soon as her mother answered the call.

"Steve's preparing to board your ship right now," responded Paula as calmly as she could. "He, your father, and the other men are on helicopters not far from your ship. We're watching it on TV. Just stay hidden and wait for the men to reach you."

"Steve's here? With Dad? Thank God!" replied Gwen. "We'll keep the door locked and wait. Oh, no! The pirates have opened our door. They're....."

Paula had put her phone on speaker so everyone could hear the conversation. When the call suddenly went silent, tears began trickling down numerous cheeks. They waited to see if Gwen would resume the conversation, but she never returned to the phone.

"Steve's getting ready to board that ship, and there are a lot of guys with guns waiting for him!" worried Kate. "They're going real fast and the damn pirates are shooting at him. How's he going to manage it without getting killed?"

The women were still in their pajamas, with Gwen speaking to her mother, when the locked door suddenly clicked and several men with guns strode into the room. They looked at Gwen and grinned knowingly. The largest of the men grabbed Gwen's arm and hauled her from the room as the other men did the same with Charlotte and Cheryl, but not before Cheryl had managed to turn on her video camera to record whatever she could.

The women were pushed onto the main deck where a huge man stood waiting. Gwen was used to being around large men. Jared was over six feet six and extremely powerful, but the man standing before Gwen was much larger!

Looking past the man, Gwen could see armed men going through the pockets of dead crew members strewn about the deck. Pirates were everywhere she looked, although many of them carried no modern weapons. Those without guns waved knives and machetes as they searched the vessel for more victims.

The huge man was bare-chested and his amazingly toned body glistened in the morning light. He saw Gwen's disgust at the actions of his men and he laughed.

"Even us poor, lowly pirates have internet," he chuckled. "We've been waiting for the Lady in Red to arrive in our waters. You are to be married shortly. My gift to you will be a strong son."

As he spoke he extended his hands and ripped Gwen's pajama top from her body. Then he squeezed Gwen's breasts as his men held her arms so she was unable to cover herself. Without conscious thought, Gwen spat into the man's face.

The giant instantly backhanded Gwen and then brought his hand back across her face so his palm spun her head with the force of his second blow. Blood began flowing from Gwen's split lip and from a nasty cut on her cheek.

Reeling from the blows, but still defiant, Gwen again spat blood on the man, this time hitting his chest. "Steve Hammer will kill you for that!"

"The famous Steve Hammer? I only wish he were here so he could watch me breed his woman, just before I killed him with my bare hands," stated the giant confidently. "You would see which one of us is the better man."

Suddenly a U.S. Navy jet roared overhead. It was so low that the deck vibrated as the aircraft began climbing rapidly. Once the decibel level dropped, the unmistakable sound of helicopters became clear. Men in a helicopter to Gwen's left began firing into the teaming mass of pirates on the main deck.

Gwen noticed quite a few pirates had gathered on the other side of the ship and were firing at something not yet in her line of vision. Suddenly another helicopter came into view as it swung in a tight arc toward the ship. Two men on that craft opened fire at the pirates that had congregated on that side of the vessel. As the helicopter completed its turn, Gwen saw a rope ladder was extended almost horizontally from the craft. At the end of that ladder was a man! He held to the bottom rung with one hand as he fired an assault rifle into the pirate hoard with the other!

The momentum of the helicopter turning had been imparted to the figure on the ladder. He travelled very rapidly as he was whipped toward the ship by the turn of the helicopter. Suddenly, he released his hold on the ladder and was propelled feet-first into a large group of pirates. Men were sent flying backward as the human cannonball crashed into them. In a matter of seconds the man's speed had been drastically reduced. He rolled over several times before he came to his feet. As he stood, he pulled two handguns and began a withering assault on the pirate ranks.

The stunned pirates finally regained their bearings and those with firearms began shooting back. That was when Gwen saw more boots hit the deck as men began dropping from the ladders lowered by the two helicopters as they hovered just above the ship. Gwen saw the last man to drop to the deck very awkwardly and smash into a life boat near the railing. She recognized that the man as her father! Meanwhile Steve, joined by his friends, was decimating the pirate ranks.

"It looks like you'll meet Steve pretty soon," yelled Gwen to the pirate leader over the din. "But I guarantee he won't be friendly!"

Steve and his friends had quickly developed their plan of attack as they approached the stalled hospital ship. The helicopter with Jason, Jared, Billy, and Pete was to make a pass over one side of the ship, shooting as they went. It was hoped that it would distract the pirates enough that Steve wouldn't be shot to ribbons as he attempted to board the ship.

Steve was to climb down to the end of the rope ladder. The helicopters had no winches and no ropes for rappelling, so the ladder would have to do. The pilot was to go in low and suddenly turn into the ship while Charlie and Chip fired at the pirates closest to the side. The quick turn would not only accelerate Steve, but cause him to suddenly gain altitude to clear the side of the ship. That would reduce the amount of time he would be in the sights of the pirates as he rapidly rose from just above the water to the height of the deck.

Steve had been surprised at the speed he gained as he arced around and headed toward the deck. He gritted his teeth as he forced himself to maintain his grip on the ladder with one hand while he fired into the pirates with the rifle in his right hand. He released the ladder when he was certain that his momentum would carry him over the side of the ship and into the pirates.

He bent his knees as he hurtled feet-first toward his surprised adversary. He kept firing his rifle until it was jarred from his hand when he began making contact with the bodies of the men in front of him. He heard, and even felt bone and cartilage breaking and separating as his boots hit man after man, some in the torso, and some in the head. Slowed by the humanity he had crashed into, Steve rolled over several times and came to his feet. As he stood, he pulled his handguns and began firing. He felt bullets strike his vest. It quickly became obvious that there were more pirates than his group had anticipated. Steve knew he could never kill them all before they would shoot him down. Suddenly, he heard Chip's voice behind him.

"You get the fuckers in front and I'll take these bastards!"

Then within a few seconds Jason, Charlie, Jared and Pete were on the deck, firing steadily into the rapidly decreasing number of pirates. Steve flinched when he saw Ted hit the deck hard and bang into a nearby lifeboat. Billy moved next to Ted to help him stand. Steve returned his concentration to the men he was fighting. Many of the pirates still standing were coming at him with knives and machetes. Steve found himself wondering if that was better, or worse than having firearms.

Steve felt the presence of a man behind him. He turned to see a man about to bring his machete down on his head when he heard a loud roar from a short distance away. The man with the machete flew off to the side, blood seeping from numerous wounds. Ted was standing a short distance away with a shotgun, the barrel still smoking, clutched in his left hand. Steve nodded as he quickly replaced the magazines in his guns.

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