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<span> Furello and Kelton dashed out of the garden and through the milling crowd. </span> <span>They trotted across the footbridge, onto the ivory road and streaked down the road toward the pier. </span> <span> The two friends raced past the dock offices and clattered to the end of the landing. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The sky was strewn with diamonds, and a soft haze from the moon lit the lake while little waves rippled upon the shore. </span> <span> The lovely scene enraptured them until they realized the harbor was empty. </span> <span> Kelton stared in disbelief. </span> <span> The ships were nowhere to be seen! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  My ships! he cried. </span> <span> What has happened to my ships? </span> <span> His body shook with distress. </span> <span> Oh, where have they gone? </span> <span> What will I do without my ships? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> A raucous laugh coming from the direction of the lake interrupted his cries. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Ha, ha. </span> <span> Hey, Skip I--I think we ve got one. </span> <span> Oh, shucks, not! </span> <span>There it goes! </span> <span>There it goes! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello looked off the edge of the pier. </span> <span>Sitting in an old rubber inner tube were a tall, skinny boy and a girl, who was obviously his sister. </span> <span> Both of them had red hair that glistened in the moonlight. </span> <span> They appeared to be fishing with an old net that was punctuated with gaping holes. </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_10" src="image_s_10.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_10.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_10.jpg';" alt="Flip and Skip are fishing with an old net." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I m telling you, Flip, we ve got to be more careful. </span> <span>More careful, I tell you. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello looked askance at the strange pair. </span> <span>  Who s there? he asked cautiously. </span> <span>Skip and Flip looked up in surprise, their angular faces streaked yellow in the moonlight. </span> <span> Rolling catfish! exclaimed Skip. </span> <span> You scared me. </span> <span>I thought we were alone. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello felt slightly abashed for having so abruptly interrupted them. </span> <span> I m sorry if I bothered you, he apologized. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Quite all right, Skip said grandly. </span> <span> We haven t had much luck. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  He s right, added Flip. </span> <span> We haven t. </span> <span>We never do. </span> <span>And she burst into a fit of giggles. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  What are you fishing for? asked Furello. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Rubies and diamonds and emeralds, replied Skip. </span> <span> And, we almost had one, Flip gushed, bobbing her head up and down enthusiastically. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Rubies and diamonds and emeralds? </span> <span>Kelton sounded perplexed. </span> <span> Are there gems down there, in the water? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Who knows? </span> <span>Skip shrugged. </span> <span> But if there are, they re sure worth trying to catch! </span> <span>Their laughter cracked the stillness of the night. </span> <span>Kelton ignored them. </span> <span>He was concerned only for his ships. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Shira, Gemini, Aquarius Rising! </span> <span>He called. </span> <span> Where are you? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  What s he talking about? Skip asked, and twisted his face into a question mark. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello explained,  My friend is the captain of three ships. </span> <span>We left them here days ago and now we can t find them. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Skip, looking thoughtful, exclaimed,  Oh, so those were his vessels, were they? </span> <span>Well...hummmm! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Do you know where they are? Furello asked eagerly. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh, indeed I do. </span> <span>Indeed, I do, Skip replied. </span> <span> Where? </span> <span>Where? queried Kelton and Furello in unison. </span> <span> Let s see now, hummmm, Skip drawled.  I think it was three ... no, four, or was it two days ago? </span> <span>Well, whatever, we were sitting right here, when... </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  That s right, Flip interrupted. </span> <span> We were sitting here, as sure as I m sitting here! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Skip glanced at his sister, then continued,  Anyway, we were sitting here when this huge ship sailed down from the sky, and before I could say,  roggle-lumpkin, a big net swooped down out of the ship and scooped up the three smaller sloops. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Yes, sir! </span> <span> Swooped and scooped! chirped Flip. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  But, but... Kelton s voice broke with agitation,  Who...why...and how could this happen? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Aye, I ll tell you, Skip announced. </span> <span> He leaned forward and said in a hushed voice,  It was done not by one, but by three. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I don t understand, Kelton said, exasperated. </span> <span> It was Mr. Fobknot, G.B. Bear and Bittlebass, Skip stated solemnly. </span> <span> He snapped his mouth shut and nodded his head. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton was so upset he could barely speak. </span> <span>He shook his antlered head and mumbled,  How could they take my ships? </span> <span> Why? </span> <span> Why? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Because they are the royal scavengers, piped up Flip. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Yes, Skip added,  when anyone leaves a vessel on the lake... </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  You mean they just steal it? Kelton interrupted hastily. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh, no! They do not steal it, Skip said emphatically.  They have a royal order to keep the lake clean. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  But, but...I must have my ships back, Kelton wailed.  What will I do? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Don t look at me. I don t have your ships, Skip said dramatically, putting his head to his chest for emphasis. </span> <span> Flip reached over and tugged Skip s sleeve, and the brother and sister put their heads together for a brief discussion. </span> <span> Skip s features softened as he turned back to Furello and Kelton. </span> <span>  Tell you what, he announced,  we ll take you to the scavengers and maybe they ll give your ships back to you. </span> <span> With that, his mouth broke into a smile as wide as a canyon. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Thank you so much, Kelton sighed in relief. </span> <span>  When may we go? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Right now, Skip said cheerily. </span> <span> Just as soon as Flip and I fold our net into our backpack. </span></p> <br> <br> <br> <a href="chapter_9.html">Click here to go to Chapter 9.</a> <br><br><br> <!-- #EndEditable --></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#000000"> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.host-central.net"><img src="../images/template_design_r6_c1.jpg" width="773" height="22" border="0"></a></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </body> <!-- InstanceEnd --></html>