I've always wanted to go on a Treasure Hunt - Part 17

Here’s the thing...

Every time I close my eyes, I see something different.

I’d like to think the cinema of my dreams is playing a double feature but it’s a bit like a comedy cartoon night on Fox.

But these dreams are nothing to laugh about.

Once again there's a new instalment of an old feature, and we’re back on the treasure hunt.

I could hardly say no, but it was not going to be a place either of us would want to be if he came back, and especially if he had company.
But, Boggs didn’t seem to care, and strolled up to the dock, and then walked down to the boat.  IT wasn’t gated like some of the others were, but they had very expensive yachts that no doubt belongs to the local millionaires, people like the Benderby’s and their country club friends.
I remember my father talking about them once, and he had little respect for any of them.,  They, he said, had no time or money to worry about the welfare of their employees, but never lacked for anything themselves.
Looking at those yachts now, I could believe him.
I couldn’t say the same for Rico’s boat.  It was old, made of wood, and looked like boats I’d seen in old movies.  It was about 40 or 50 foot long, with a tall mast and a sail tied up ready to unfurl when out to see.
It had a large diesel engine, and it was this Rico used to get out of the bay until he was past the sandbank at the entrance.
On the transom, it had the words ‘Freedom Runner’ starting to peel and fade, and you could just make out the old name of the boat, ‘Elsie’, perhaps the wife or lover of the previous owner.  That must have been a long time ago, because I’d known Rico as long as I’d known Boggs, and that was nearly 18 years.
I had to ask, “You think Rico is running a collection service?”
“Someone is, according to the police chief.”
“How do you know that?  I thought the police were our sworn enemy.”
Considering the trouble we’d got into over the years, and the number of times the police chief had locked us up in the cells as punishment, we just spent our days avoiding him..  Perhaps the punishment had worked.
“He was around out place the other night.”
I wasn’t aware that Boggs was up to anything that would interest the law, but, then, he never told me everything he did.
“Come to see my mother.”
“What’s she been doing?”
“Nothing.  He was asking her out on a date.  Probably trying to cosy up to her so he can snoop on what Rico’s doing.  There’s no other reason why he would be interested in her.”
Actually, he was wrong.  Boggs mother was, for her age, quite attractive, or so my mother said.  She said a few other uncomplimentary things about her, but I was not going to repeat them to Boggs.
Nor did I agree with my mother’s assessment.  At times I saw more of Boggs mother than my own.
“Or maybe not.  But if she was to go out with him, that would make Rico think twice about doing anything, including giving you a hard time, or trying to steal the map.”
“You don’t know Rico.  He is just plain stupid.”
“He hasn’t been caught.”
Then Boggs decided to walk over to the side of the boat and step onto the deck.
”What are you doing?” I hissed.
People on the other boats tied up to the pier were looking or pretending not to look, but I had no doubt they would report our actions to Rico
“Going on board.  I don’t think Rico would mind.”
It was said with a fair degree of bravado, but the halting tone told me otherwise.
“Are you coming?”
Damn him.  It was not as if he was going me a choice.

I shrugged.  God help us if Rico came back.

© Charles Heath 2019


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