Mudcat Café message #212481 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20395   Message #212481
Posted By: Amos
15-Apr-00 - 10:15 PM
Thread Name: TAVERN STEAMBOAT Albert Hansell - Part 4
Subject: RE: TAVERN STEAMBOAT Albert Hansell - Part 4
The Gambler awoke with a start, alone in his cabin on the Albert Hansell. He had had a terrible dream, involving being transported to a far future civiliazation, finding himself in some kind of hospice -- perhaps a Bedlam sort of place -- and being assigned to serve as drynurse to an old fat guy with a clay animal stuck in his mouth. He shuddered and reached for the small flask on the bedside stand. He reflected on the amazing speed the Hansell was making good, and in the back of his mind wondered if land-engines would ever do as well. Anything seemed possible after the strange conversations he had had in the last few days. He took a large swallow of Tenessee whiskey, and rolled back to sleep, his last sight being the rolling stars outside his porthole, and a brief glimmer of an arcing trail of vaporous flame across the night sky.