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CABIN WITH A BALCONY
Chapter 5, Cruise Day 3 Continued
“Our ship’s doctor will not sign because we will have told him he already had. Unfortunately, he won’t remember..and yes, we will have a forged document”, replied Robert.
Turning to the captain, Robert said “Your job,Captain, is to announce how sorry you are to give notice of an on-board death of one of the passengers and that a helicopter will be picking up the remains as requested by the family,” Robert continued, “Also, you will provide the contact information for ordering the helicopter to the radio crew, confirming, and I mean confirming, they will meet us at 9:00 a.m. when we have sailed and cleared the coastal waters of Cozumel.”
“Do I have to stay in the refrigerated area until 9:00?” asked Wilbur.
Slowly and painstakingly Robert responded, “Wilbur, you are an inquisitive guy, aren’t you? Your answer is yes and no, but you will be put in the wooden coffin, and it will be nailed shut. The coffin and any other items that need to be transferred will be in the helicopter landing area. We will have a few boxes there, just to look as if they might be your personal items. Look, Wilbur, don’t worry. We have done this many times before, it is no big deal; you won’t freeze. We still have a couple of days to plan, but Captain Rogers here has some kind of perfection phobia which drives many people crazy, including the guy before you. The good news, Wilbur, is that you get your cut. Why, Cap, did you not explain all this ahead of time to Wilbur?”
“I expect Wilbur to do as he is told. I want no more questions; just finish your plan so we can get on with this. I want more meetings before the shipment is picked up. This is Wednesday; we meet tomorrow, same time, and 8:00 a.m. Friday to go over and over this again and again; ON time, same place, or as many times as it takes for me to know you are absolutely sure of no holes in your plan.” Captain Rogers breathlessly ended.
Wilbur held up his hand. Captain Rogers looked incredulously at him. “This is not school, Wilbur. What do you want, now?”
“I just want to know when I get out of the box, sir.” Wilbur almost whispered.
Quietly speaking while leaning toward Wilbur, Captain Rogers explained, “When you get to shore, Wilbur, our team will open the box, let you out and remove the shipment from the base. Parties will be present to take over the shipment; monies will be received. After the parties leave you will receive your cut.” Captain Roger’s voice began raising, “Robert and I have to wait for our cut until we dock again. Does that tell you everything you need to know?” Captain Rogers ended in a near shout.
Quietly Wilbur replied, “Yes sir. Thank you, sir.”
Robert looked at his watch. ” I have to get to work at the lounge; see you tomorrow.”
“Wait, I need to speak with you Robert,” looking at Wilbur, Captain said “You may leave now Wilbur.”
“Thank you, sir,” replied Wilbur, not moving.
“GO NOW WILBUR!” Rogers shouted. Wilbur hustled out the door.
Captain Rogers turned to Robert and said, “Robert, this may be your last trip. I will not stand for your disrespect, even in front of a goon like Wilbur. Do you understand that I am the one who brought you into this opportunity? Don’t answer that…let’s just say that you know too much for this to be your last trip. Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes, very clear, and I agree your opportunity allows me to orchestrate all the movements and plan the cut. All the players work with me and have for some time. I have done all your dirty work, including the poor slob who preceded Wilbur, and let me tell you something you may not know. I have never once enjoyed my job. I have asked myself repeatedly why I do this, and I know it is for the money, but I have recently begun to realize that money isn’t everything. You didn’t believe me, but I meant it when I told you that I am resigning after this trip. Any with that, let me say that it may be you who doesn’t know enough, and just for the record, I believe my father would never have called you friend had he really known the kind of man you are.” With that, Robert exited, leaving Captain Rogers wondering what happened. Captain Rogers knew things were changing, and that he had better be ready.
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