"Mister Mansel," came a voice from behind the helmsman, "I don't think that will be necessary just now. I'd like you to take Chapman's place, and finish out your watch; he'll keep an eye on Brandon, here. If that's really your name, which I doubt," continued the Captain, turning to the mutineer.crazycrypt wrote:"Oh trust me, torturing you will be fun for me and very painful for you, however, for your sake, you are safe till I talk to the captain." And with that Tommy will wait on the captain's return for orders as, even though torturing him sounds like fun, he knows his place and knows to wait.
Neither Brandon nor Mansel had a moment to reply, however, as Chief Engineer Green, notably out of breath, came rushing up. "Captain, I need to speak with you," he said. Seeing Brandon, Green said, "On the bridge, sir, if you don't mind."
"Of course," replied Captain Pelton, grasping Green's meaning instantly. "Mansel, you'll need to remain here a bit longer, but Chapman will be back to take over shortly." The two men moved off to the bridge, closing the door behind them.
Mansel heard voices, speaking in urgent tones, from the passageway, but he could not make out the words. Then finally Leftenant Chapman arrived. "The Captain is at the helm," he said, "so you'd best head over that way posthaste." Tommy noticed a Luger in Chapman's hand; Chapman caught the look, and said "It's Neville's, apparently; Captain Pelton said I might need it."