One Lost Summer (Part 7, page 3 of 31)


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Part 7

Several times along the way, during rough weather, when Kirstie was bedridden with seasickness, each time something fundamental within her was eroded away like sandstone, while that which remained changed and adapted to accommodate life on the open sea. By the time they had reached Africa she had already learned to walk on a heaving deck without having to look to the shoreline for reference, had learned to navigate with or without instruments; had learned how to tack and to set the rigging; how to set a course and to adjust to accomodate the ever-changing conditions of current and winds; she had become a fairly good cook under the worst of conditions; and she had learned to cope with seasickness to the point where it became merely an occasional annoyance.

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