CHAPTER SIX:COOKING THE COOK!
I found myself in a cauldron amidst a fierce looking buncha guys.
Only one was smiling,after a blink or three I made him out.
" Hey Carl! whazzup!
It was my bunky, Carl from Le Cordon Bleu!
"Hey Chow been a stretch,ya look good bud,gonna taste good to!"
Ah good ole Carl,always hadda sharp wit.Thought i'd bust a gut at that crack.
" So this is your crew eh?"
"So whats the menu?"
"The boys want plain ole boiled meat ,no imagination these guys"
"Yeah,I hear ya,waste of your talent bro."
"When i heard about them catching Chinese food,i'd hadn't figured on cooking you".
"I'm real sorry 'bout all this Chow,but you're going be great... chow HA!"
We both doubled over in laughter,i added extra seasoning to the broth.
"Well... Carl you know..i'm just talking,so no offense an' all,but i think you oughta put me on a shelf for a few days.Keep me on a water and veggie
diet.That way a liver pate would be best made.Maybe do a roast so to keep for a few meals and sandwhiches later.simmer the bones for stock,just a suggestion."
" Chow you were the best for economy,i ever tell ya that?"
The warmth of the water hid the fact that i was blushing.
"I thought you posted on the Pile of JunK with He Hun Lo,Hui Flun Deung,and Sum Yeung Gai"
"Yeah,but i got shanghaied in Shanghai"
"What you been doing besides slaving over a stove and pirating?"
"I haven't done much pirating the past few months,just cooking".
" Been into FSM a bit".
"Zat right,never heard of it,hows it smoke?"
I explained to him that FSM wasn't an herb or cut of meat.They were clearly facinated and with some difficulty pulled me out of the pot,it was just getting to a nice temperature i complained.
Carl insisted on my meatball recipe so off we headed to the longboat so as to pillage the ships stores.The boys are going be happy with some guests,tonight's bridge night.
Upon reaching the beach, we were shocked to discover the boat gone and the Raging Queen naught to be seen.My heart sank,best post i ever had and what about all my birthday presents?My Wok!!
"Fire!"A volley of fried potato pieces peppered us.Carl and my new friends scattered,they were a tough bunch ,of that i'm sure ,but the salt and vinegar stung something fierce.I was making good distance until i tripped up on some kelp and kissed a stump,all went black.
As my eyes fluttered open i beheld a young blue eyed blonde lad."Sir?,Are you alright sir?nasty bump on you head sir.May i fetch you anything sir?"
" Huh?,what?,oh no i,i seem to be okay,thanks mate."
" May i introduce myself sir?,i'm called Billy Budlight,late of Milwauke sir.
"Never hearda the place kid".
"Oh,that's alright sir,it hadn't been discovered yet sir".
Odd kid,polite though,fit in with the Raging Queen just fine."Where are we bouy?""On board the schooner,Luv of Mike,sir!Cap Mike 's at the helm,sir.
"What's the heading?
"Due North towards the Spice Islands sir".I hope the Queen makes it there ,they are low on everything.
The captain entered the berth."Good morn to you sir,fortunate for you we stopped for water when we did,those natives would have cooked you"
Oh," my thanks to you captain,most fortunate indeed".
" We had deduced from your fine clothe and shoes, you to be a gentleman of good standing, from your speech it is thus concluded."
Uh oh,better watch myself now."allow me to introduce myself my good captain (this outta hook him),i am called Chow, late of Le Cordon Bleu."
He betrayed his delight with his brow."Indeed sir,we are honoured!"
"When you are mended and refreshed would you care to tour our humble ship and galley?.
" The honour shall be mine ,my good captain".
"Very good indeed sir,we shall do our best to be patient sir"
"I shall endeavor to make a hasty recovery my good captain!"
" Untill then, my good sir,i beg your leave".
"I am honoured,my good captain,your grace speaks highly of you sir!"
He went topside,whew!,couldn't handle much more of all that sir stuff,not the pirate way.
"So Budlight, me bouyo,what's your story so far?"
"Not much to tell sir,me mum,FSM bless her,riased me singlehand she did, till last year.She tole me, she did,'Billy you are 15 yrs now and shold seek ye fortune eslewhere since Milwaulke does not exist yet.'"
"She said,'travel to New Amsterdam, soon to be New York ,find a good post and create a new type of beer'".
"All i could find, sir, was a naval posting,we will sail to Hong Kong after the Spice Islands sir.I am to be midshipman abord For Goodness sake,sir.
For Goodness Sake! Has a ring to it.
"We are to be hunting pirates,catching them alives so they can be executed sir".Makes sense i guess.Best i watch my manners.
And so i found myself on yet another ship headed to the spice islands.It was a boring trip and all i cooked were steak and kidney pies,fish and chips and plum pudding.We beheld the fabled spice islands in good time though ,for the Luv of Mike it was a fast vessel.
To my delight i would be kidnapped once again when in....
CHAPTER SEVEN:ARE THOSE KERCHEIFS AWAVING?!?