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  • Short Story By Theodore Taylor
  • "A killer wave, know to mariners as a rogue wave was approaching a desolate area of Baja California below Ensenada.""Melissa "Scoot" Atkins went below into the Old Sea Dog's tiny galley moving down the three steps of the companionway, closing the two solid entry doors behind her always a good idea in offshore sailing."
  • "As he saw about to complete a northeast tack Sully's attention was drawn to a squadron of seagulls diving on small fish about a hundred yards off the port bow, and he did not see the giant wave that had crept up silently behind the Sea Dog. But  a split second before it lifted the boat like a carpenter's chip he sensed something behind him and glanced backward toward the towering wall of shining water. It was already to late to to shout a warning to Scoot so she could escape from the cabin; but it was to late to do anything except hang on to the wheel with both hands too late to even pray."
  • Scoot was hurled upward, legs and arms flying , her head striking the after galley bulkhead and then the companionway steps and the interior deck which was now the ceiling.She instantly blacked out. Sully's feet were caught under forestay sailcloth plastered around his face but then he managed to shove clear and swim upward breaking water.
  • Finally all the dogs were loose and she rose once again. This time after filling her lungs to bursting she went down and pushed on the starboard window. It cracked a little but the outside sea pressure resisted and she surfaced again. On her sixth dive Scoot found a way to brace her feet against the ceiling ribs. She pushed with all her strength and this time the window opened. Almost out of breath she quickly pushed her body through and the old sea dog released her.
  • HE looked her way saw the grin of triumph on the oil-stained imp face and dived in to help her aboard the derelict. Shivering holding each other for warmth all night they rode and rocked knowing that the boat was sinking lower each hour. After red roster a long range sport fishing boat saw the old sea dog upside down and saw Sully and Scoot and picked up there chattering survivors.
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