Once they board the Alida, Abraham approaches
McDonald and says quietly, "Pass the word along to be
extra watchful. The 'scallywags' are probably not making
their way here tonight, but they may be joining us before
On the deck, Cygni debated changing into more practical
clothes...the dress would make it hard to act if she had to, and she
really wasn't comfortable in it. But if 'Mary' was needed, she had
to put on the appearance. Sighing, she opted to stay in the dress
as she leaned on the railing, gazing out at the fires in the city,
wondering what was happening to her old crew mates.
George is forward, near the bowsprit. He appears to be carving a length of stick into a flute; pausing periodically from the knife work to blow into the flute and test a note. He is sitting cross legged looking out to sea. He seems to be oblivious to the events ashore.
McDonald calls a few of the crew together and has a brief, whispered conversation. The group breaks up and goes about their business in a relaxed manner. a few minutes later they begin to slowly and surreptitiously load the guns. The starboard guns, which face the docks, are loaded with assorted shot and pistol balls. The port guns, facing the sea, are loaded with regular shot. The entire process is done quietly with the movements of the men seemingly random and casual to any observer.