Once again, the sea became calm. and nothing looked amiss. Captain Roberts, later informed me that a small ship was heading towards The Marquite, which had been trapped in ice by the arctic sea. I should be ready to board, noting that I didn’t bring any possessions. Within hours, we were upon the small ship. I said goodbye to the Captain. As before, I wasn’t well received by the solemn faces.
The next few hours, we sailed in silence. I don’t recall much of the voyage, or the crew that I traveled with. I assumed, I was eager, and nervous to encounter The Marquite. The Antarctic was much colder than I had expected. The Captain of this small vessel, lend me his fur coat, since I carried none of my own. The ship creaked and croaked as we sailed slowly around the ice forming on the sea.
It took a few days to find The Marquite and when we did, the Captain called out for permission to board it. There wasn’t a reply. I couldn’t help, but sensed something was wrong. Was it too late?
We boarded the ship and began searching for survivors. We found no one on board, until someone shouted that they have discovered the Captain, in the deck below. Was it Captain Williams, I wondered?
When I reached him, I noticed instantly he wasn’t in good shape. He laid bloodied on his sofa, gasping for a breath each time. It appeared he had been mauled by an animal. What animal could have done this in the middle of nowhere? The crew quickly carried him back to their ship and we silently drift away from the empty Marquite.
Captain Lewis was hurt badly. A crew member had bandaged him the best he could and left him with a prayer. I sat next to the Captain and held his hand.
“Was there anybody else that survived?” Captain Lewis coughed a few times.
“There was no one on board, except you,” I slowly shoke my head.
“What happened?” The Captain asked the dying man.
“We, we were heading to Antarctica when we became trapped by the ice,” Captain Lewis weakly said. “We were sailing through the ice when a man… At least that’s what we thought at first. He stood like a man, but his hands were different, and his feet were shaped like hooves. Without saying a word, he boarded the ship and assailed us all. I was able to call out for help before he attacked me… Then you came.”
“He’s delusional,” a crew member behind me whispered. “He’s been out to sea for far too long. I’ve never heard of such a tale before. A monster that shape shifts into half a human and half animal. He’s gone mad.”
“It’s true,” Captain Lewis said. “You believe me don’t you?”
His eyes seem to beg for me to agree.
“I believe you,” I didn’t have to be convinced.
He closed his eyes.