RUN OF THE WHITE WITCH excerpt
My friends used to say I had one of the best cooking jobs in the world. And I suppose
I did. What could beat working as a chef to the rich and famous on the big game fishing boat, the sleek and beautiful White
Witch? She had ten luxury cabins and two large staterooms for paying guests. Painted white, she looked a shining jewel on
a turquoise sea when I first saw her.
will always remember the trip chartered by Nelson Blackman, the well-known millionaire. You really get to know people in the
small confines of a boat, not that the White Witch was classed as a small boat.
Nelson Blackman turned out to be one of the biggest blackguards I had met.
I had begun a friendship with Bart, a young university student who was one of the deck hands. Nelson Blackman in a fit of
pure nastiness, blamed poor Bart for losing a fish off the line that Nelson Blackman had managed to hook and gave it to Bart
to bring it in. Blackman flew into a rage, mouthing obscenities at poor Bart and insisting the skipper sack him when we arrived
back in port. The skipper had no option, but to agree. For Bart it was a disaster. He was trying to earn enough money during
the holidays to help him through the next university semester.
“It’s my bet he hadn’t caught a fish,” Bart said
while we stood together under the brilliant black sky and the Southern Cross constellation. There wasn’t a fish on the
line when I took over. It was very slack. I'd push the bastard overboard if I could get away with it.” The lights of
the well-lit boat reflected against the surface of the water while the sea surged along beside us.
I offered to lend him some money, but he refused, saying, “You’ll
need all your savings while you write your cookbook.” I had told him about my ambition to put the recipes I had perfected
while on the White Witch into a book. “I’m halfway through towards being a civil engineer so I should be able
to get another job.” Bart’s chin nudged the top of my head
The person I really felt sorry for was Ann Maree, the musical star and singer.
I had come across her weeping her eyes out and asked her if there was anything I could do.
She shook her head, then she told me how Nelson Blackman was blackmailing
her into staying on the White Witch after her new husband, Martin Letterman, was returning home to make preparations to play
in the Australian Open.
“Why don't you go with him?” I didn’t know why she put
up with Nelson. She was a big star and had played in England and on Broadway in New York.
“I daren't. Nelson can be very vindictive. Martin would be terribly
upset if he knew Nelson and I had once had a relationship.”
To say I was stunned at this information was putting it mildly. She had made
the mistake of having an affair with Nelson Blackman when she was nineteen. “Now he says he’ll tell Martin if
I don’t help him out with entertaining his guests.” Ann Maree sniffed and wiped her eyes with the tissue I handed
her. “I suppose I owe Nelson something. He got me my break by putting money into a musical and persuading the director
to give me a small part. I thought he was wonderful. He was like a father figure to me and I lapped it up, then I met Martin
and the stars exploded. I told Nelson I wanted to break off our relationship. It was then I discovered his nasty side.”
I suspected Nelson Blackman planned to inveigle her into sleeping with him
again. She was such a gentle natured girl with a huge talent. Just as well she was married to Martin who looked like he would
make sure no one took advantage or her. That is, if he knew what Nelson Blackman was up to. I toyed with the idea of telling
Martin, but pushed away the thought for now. Martin mightn’t believe she and Nelson Blackman hadn't continued their
relationship. It had been Ann Marie who had accepted Nelson Blackman’s invitation for them both. I could see how she
detested him. I suppose Ann Marie had dug a hole to bury herself. I wanted to advise the poor girl to let Blackman do his
worst and go back with Martin. If Nelson told Martin about his and Ann Maree’s affair, I hoped Martin would give him
a bloody nose and throw him overboard.“I’d like to kill him and throw him overboard... Read the rest in mysteries,
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