Saturday evening, May 15th, 1651
With clear skies and warm temperatures, with a moderate breeze and prevailing wind
Moon: first quarter
To catch up, then.
Bert wishes the party fairwell, offering Hichem a felt cap, a fez of course, which the small man explains he made while everyone else partied, and Hichem thereafter is never seen without it. Bert wanders off his merry way.
Over the seven days to Amisos, Ahmet overhears Hichem saying to Mist that Sevim should not worry about meeting the Captain of the ship, that although she is hard-willed and unforgiving, she is fair and Hichem thinks incapable of jealousy. I'd like to forstall any long conversation Ahmet may wish to have with Sevim regarding this, but if the subject does come up, Sevim will claim she never asked anything about it, no matter what evidence may be brought before her.
The Captain seems in less than a positive mood when met Friday night, when she gives assent to the Petrel being loaded in preparation for leaving Amisos the morning of 16th. She trusts that Andrej will have no trouble with departing on a Sunday. Madam meets Sevim and the two are somewhat cold, but polite, and the Captain gives orders to prepare the Mates' quarters to make them serviceable for the two women. The Captain will not discuss the need for this - the need simply exists, and it will be followed through with, whatever anyone might say about it, including Sevim.
To answer Andrej's questions, the Captain explains it will require five days to sail to Cherzeti, where there is considerable shipping and where it is possible to navigate through the strait there may take half a day, and from thence it will be four days to Azov, where she put Detweiller and his men off. Azov is in a swamp, and she does not know where precisely he meant to go, except that he has selected one of his met to remain in Azov and look for the return of the ship. This man would then, presumably, be in communication with Detweiller. The Captain does not discuss how she has been in the interim, but rather passes over the question. She is particularly unhappy with the Black Sea, as the wind that hit the ship on its way back from Cherzeti struck from a clear blue sky without warning, and threw the ship right over on its beam. She had never experienced anything like that before, and does not wish for it to happen again.
Are there any other considerations to be made before weighing anchor? The ship will be loaded throughout the Saturday, which is clear and beautiful all day, and warm. Take note of the temperature as it appears on the scale in the sidebar, and consider the weather that has been.