By L. A. Meyer
After leaving the Lawson Peabody institution for younger women in Boston—under dire situations, of course—Jacky Faber forums a whaling send sure for London, the place she hopes to discover her cherished Jaimy. yet issues don’t pass as deliberate, and shortly Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea.
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I spit out the last toenail clipping and turn to my hair. I dunk down face-first in the water to get it good and wet, then come up like a dolphin and start in to soaping it up. After it's good and soaped and rubbed all in with my fingers, it's back down under to rinse. My hair has gotten really long, in spite of the singeing it took on that last day when the Lawson Peabody burned to the ground along with the church that was next to it and the stables, and maybe other stuff, too. I don't know. I didn't stick around long enough to find out.
He's sitting in a box close to the rail, and I give the horse my heels and head straight for Jaimy, my eyes fixed on his face, my heart pounding in my chest and Oh, Jaimy, it's been so long, so long and I get to the rail and jump off the horse and spring up on the rail and look down into the box where Jaimy is sitting and... And then my heart sinks. And dies. Next to Jaimy is a girl, a beautiful girl, a finely dressed girl, all pink and frothy and fine, and she is holding Jaimy's hand and their fingers are entwined.
My seabag is thrown up top and I sling the Lady Lenore in her fiddle case over my shoulder. The Lady is a fine, fine fiddle that I got sort of legal-like, which is a little uncommon for me, I know, and I've been practicing on her like crazy the past five months and I'm almost getting good. I settle myself into the seat next to the driver and we are off, rattlin' through the port town, which quickly thins out into small shops and farmsteads. The driver and me starts sharin' a few tunes together, it bein' a beautiful day and him havin' a fair baritone and me pullin' out my fiddle and pennywhistle and holdin' forth in my usual loud and brazen fashion.