#39 – wariness between the two men

“No.” “You will, Mr. McGregor,” Banda promised. “You will.” And Banda changed the subject. Jamie began to feel a growing admiration for Banda. In the beginning there was a wariness between the two men. Jamie had to learn to trust a man who had almost killed him. And Banda had to learn to trust an…

#38 – Great Zambezi River

“He’s made a deal with the bartender, Smit. Smit sends likely-looking prospectors to Van der Merwe, and they sign partnership contracts and if they find diamonds, Van der Merwe takes everything for himself. If they become troublesome, he’s got a lot of men on his payroll who follow his orders.” “I know about that,” Jamie…

#37 – stakes are on the ground

The following morning Jamie went to see about work at the shipyard. The busy foreman said, “We need strong backs. The problem is you might be a bit old for this kind of work.” “I’m only nineteen—” Jamie started to say and stopped himself. He remembered that face in the mirror. ‘Try me,” he said.…

#36 – meet Travis

Jamie looked into the eyes of the man who had almost murdered him. He had to think. He did not trust this man—and yet he had saved his life. Banda wanted to get at Van der Merwe through him. That can work both ways, Jamie decided. More than anything in the world, Jamie wanted to…

#35 – Afraid of absence

Then Banda had walked into the tiny bedroom, and Jamie knew he had come to kill him. Van der Merwe had somehow learned Jamie was still alive and had sent his servant to finish him off. “Why didn’t your master come himself?” Jamie croaked. “I have no master.” “Van der Merwe. He didn’t send you?”…

#34 – helpless consciousness

Saturday was market day in Cape Town and the streets were crowded with shoppers looking for bargains, meeting friends and lovers. Boers and Frenchmen, soldiers in colorful uniforms and English ladies in flounced skirts and ruffled blouses mingled in front of the bazaars set up in the town squares at Braameon-stein and Park Town and…

#33 – On the burning sand

He could hear them circling above, waiting for him with an ancient, timeless patience. His mind started to wander. He was in the cool kirk at Aberdeen, neatly dressed in his Sunday suit, seated between his two brothers. His sister, Mary, and Annie Cord were wearing beautiful white summer dresses, and Annie Cord was looking…