The sun rose bright and beautiful. It was almost
a complete duplicate
of the day before. Toshi and the other divers prepared for the day's
They seemed to be doing breathing exercises. Jules strolled over to have
casual conversation with Toshi. Whatever was said brought a smile and a
of giggles from Toshi and the other girls.
"Verne, let the girls get on with
their exercises." Phileas was
irritated to say the least. The sooner they got the gold up from the
of the ocean, the better.
The girls began talking amongst themselves about the
best way to
proceed. They decided on a sort of relay approach. Toshi would go first
the rest would follow suit.
Toshi took a breath and then dove into the warm, clear
stood on deck and watched the water anxiously. Farris watched everyone
they watched the water. This would be a perfect opportunity for him to
away - with the gold. He kept his eyes open for a weapon.
In the meantime, Toshi surfaced and was saying
something to the next
girl, who proceeded to dive to the wreck.
This procedure was repeated several times until it was
turn to dive. While everyone's attention was on the divers, Farris
behind Captain Hanson and grabbed his weapon.
"All right, everyone, let's
relax." He held the gun to the Captain's
head as he ordered all other weapons to be given to him.
"Now, Mr. Fogg, if you would be so
kind as to let my fellow prisoner's
go. " When he saw the horrified looks from the crew and
"There's no way I can watch all of
you." Farris tossed the keys that he
had plucked from Hanson to Fogg. Fogg's first reaction was to toss
overboard, but he was eyeing the gun at Hanson's head. Phileas
went below and unlocked the brig.
The prisoners, who didn't realize yet who their
benefactor was, began
to storm up to the deck and grab weapons that had recently been taken from
When Fogg returned above deck, he realized that
both Jules and
Passepartout had been taken.
"Come, join us Mr. Fogg." Phileas
felt his face biled as he saw
Farris' hands on Mrs. Wallingsworth whom he now held captive.
"You will kindly release Mrs. Wallingsworth
this instant, sir." Farris
looked at Phileas to make sure he was serious. Then he threw back his
and laughed. It was a rich, hardy laugh.
"I don't believe you have any say in the matter,
sir." Farris squeezed
Susan close to himself and it took every ounce of control for Phileas not
They were momentarily distracted as Toshi climbed
aboard holding a box
in her hand. She was grabbed immediately upon re-embarking the
time it was Jules who threatened to break free and throttle someone.
"If you gentlemen would kindly stop trying to play
hero, no one will get
What Farris didn't count on was the wild, erratic
behavior of the
prisoners. He thought that they would be grateful to him for releasing
and then follow him as their new leader. This was not to be. Farris
willing to take his chances. After all, there was strength in
Farris ordered the prisoners to bind the hands of the
guests and place
them in the brig that was formerly housing the prisoners. Farris took
box that Toshi had found among the wreckage.
Farris greedily took the small chest into the Captain's
he opened the chest.
"Toshi, did you get a chance to see what was
in that chest?" Jules
"No, I did not." The frightened
Next, Phileas asked Susan about the chest.
"Yes, from what I could see, the chest did belong
Passepartout dared to speak what they were all
"Do you think that they would be killing us?"
Before anyone could answer, Farris came storming
down to the brig.
"Would you come with me please, Mrs.
Wallingsworth?" Phileas jumped
up intending to attack Farris.
"I am beyond patience, sir. If you attempt
to attack me again, I will
kill all of you, make no mistake." He was gone with Mrs.
Together, they returned to the Captain's
"Mrs. Wallingsworth, do you understand what
this means?" He handed her
a folded piece of paper. He watched her anxiously as her eyes scanned the
Mrs. Wallingsworth let out a throaty laugh that seemed to irritate Farris.
"I do not see the humor in this situation,
madam." Farris was
"Am I to understand that this note means that
there is no treasure?" he
Mrs. Wallingsworth read the note:
"My dearest Susan, if you are reading this
note, it means that I did
not survive the voyage home. You will indeed wonder what has
become of the cargo that I was carrying. It, too, has been spirited
Things are not what they seem. As the priest at the church on Krakatoa
often told me."
"I think that if you told those prisoners out
there that there is no
gold, they are going to rip you apart." Mrs.
Farris began to panic. He knew that she was
"I am ready to go back to my cell,
sir." She was enjoying this far too
The prisoners had already gotten into the liquor supply
and were well on
their way to getting drunk.
Farris brought Susan back to the others where
she promptly reported what
had taken place. She did, however, leave out one tidbit of information
what the note her husband left meant.
"We've got to get out of here before they run the
ship aground." Susan
"Wait a minute. I have an idea."
Jules said excitedly.
He quickly took off his shirt which brought peals of
giggles from Toshi
and her sisters. He began dipping his shirt in the water bucket. He
wrung it out, and began twisting it around two of the bars of the cell.
"You see, the explanation is quite
simple. All you have to do is . .
. " Phileas was growing impatient.
"Never mind the explanation, Verne, just do
In just minutes, the two bars pulled together
leaving a space big
enough for a person to fit through.
"This way to the armory, if they haven't
gotten all of the weapons
yet." Captain Hanson shouted.
They were in luck. When they reached the
armory, there were several
As soon as everyone was well-armed, they moved
out to take over the
Their surprise attack was foiled when the ship's bell
rang out the
escape of the prisoners.
Farris ran around frantically trying to rally the
with little success.
"Come on you drunks. I should have known
better than to let you out."
It took little time at all to round up these men.
helplessly until they all ended up in the drink. All, that is, except
Farris. He now faced Captain Hanson, his old friend turned foe.
"Ah, so now it comes down to
this." Farris said sadly.
Captain Hanson felt sad for this man whom always seemed to
"Hanson, may I make a request?" Phileas
I think that you are far beyond making any requests,
Hanson held up his hand for Phileas to stop.
"Let's just hear what he has to say, Mr. Fogg."
Everyone's eyes were on
Farris at this moment.
"Don't throw me into the drink like the
others. I would like to remain
on board and be delivered to the prison as arranged." Phileas again
"So, are we to believe that you won't try to
escape again?" Phileas
was beginning to annoy Farris.
"You have my word."
Captain Hanson stared at him for a couple of minutes
and then held the
key to the brig out to Phileas.
"Mr. Fogg, you may do the
honors." Phileas smiled broadly.
"It would be my pleasure."
He led Farris down to the brig.
When he returned to the deck, Phileas sought out Mrs.
saw her staring out at the water as he had seen her do before.
"And now, Mrs. Wallingsworth. If you
would be so kind as to tell me
what was in the box."
She turned and stared at the man before her. His
eyes were clear and
bright green. How could she resist him? Could she deny him anything?
"There was no treasure - only a note from
Peter." She presented the
note to Phileas and waited while he read it.
"And you think that this means, what,
exactly?" Phileas asked.
"I think that Peter left the gold with the priest
on Krakatoa." Phileas
looked at her wondering if he could trust her. She had no reason to lie.
"All right, then we set sail for Krakatoa."
He readily informed the Captain of their plans and they
soon set sail in
In the meantime, Jules took this
opportunity to talk to Toshi. She
was, as usual, sitting with her sisters on deck.
"Toshi, may I speak with you,
please?" He asked formally. The sisters
giggled at his formal speech, but Toshi followed Jules over to an
unoccupied portion of the ship.
Toshi was curious about the handsome young man that
wanted to speak to
her. Jules didn't know quite what to say to her. He knew that she
understand very much English. He ended up by simply kissing her.
returned the kiss with much passion which seemed to please Jules quite a lot.
That evening, the temperature began to rise
passengers began to unclothe themselves as far as modesty served.
Toshi and her sisters were used to the heat, but
They also began hearing strange noises which sounded
like missiles. In
fact, when the strange noises were first heard, they took cover and
to do battle. There were no other ships on the horizon.
There was also a strange orange glow on the
horizon. The sun had gone
down several hours before.
As the Batavia Queen arrived at Krakatoa,
they saw the huge volcano for
the first time. The ash that was being spewed from it's opening made
island look as if it was in the arctic instead of the warm south Pacific.
When they landed, Fogg and Mrs.
Wallingsworth made their way quickly
to the church and sought out the priest there.
As they were walking, Mrs. Wallingsworth
said to Phileas, "You know
that I cannot be sure that the gold is actually here. I mean, that is how
interpreted Peter's letter, but I could be wrong."
As they approached the church the volcano began to
belch again and the
bright orange lava began to flow.
"We've got to hurry." They turned to go
just as Jules called after them.
"Fogg, here, you might need
this. Mrs. Wallingsworth, you'd better
come back with me." She looked at Phileas who nodded for her to go
Phileas continued ahead to the church. He watched
as several villagers
ran past him heading for their boats.
When Phileas entered the church, he saw the priest
collecting objects - maybe relics or idols.
"Excuse me, are you in charge here?" Phileas
asked. The man stopped and
looked at Phileas as if he were crazy.
"I'm here on behalf of Peter Wallingsworth."
At hearing the name
Wallingsworth, the priest stopped in his tracks.
"Did you say Wallingsworth?" He then
went over to a secret compartment
in the altar and pulled out a cloth bag.
"This belongs to Mrs. Wallingsworth . . .
All of a sudden, there was a rumbling sound and the
whole side of the
church gave way. Lava began pouring into the church.
"Let's go." Phileas cried.
They made a run for it as the church began to crash in
The old priest could not keep up and was trapped under
a heavy beam.
Phileas came back to help.
"No, no you go. You'll only be trapped along
Phileas looked around. Under normal
circumstances, he would stay and
help , but he could see that the priest was right. There was no
both of them dying.
When Phileas stepped outside the door, he could
see that the lava was
all around the church. He was trapped.
Then, he remembered the package that Jules had
given him. It contained
the suit that Jules and Passepartout had been working on. He put it on
prayed that Jules had worked the kinks out of it.
He stepped out into the heat. It was fascinating
being sealed in a
cocoon and being able to see the world around him.
He didn't see any people and he hoped that everyone
made it to the boats
safely. When he reached the shore, he could see that the lava was
into the sea. There was a loud hissing sound as the hot liquid hit the
"Monsieur Fogg, you being all right!"
Passepartout and Jules came
running to meet him.
"We need to get out of here as quickly as
possible." Phileas said as he
peeled out of the suit and handed it to Jules. They headed for the
When they reached it, they saw that some of the villagers were on board.
"They had no way off the island." Susan
said as a way of explanation.
Most of them were women and children.
"All right, everyone down below,
Phileas began herding everyone below decks. He
stopped Susan just as
she was about to go below.
"By the way, I believe that this belongs to
you." He dropped the cloth
bag into her hands as he went below. there was a wider smile on her face
They put out to sea and tried to get as far from the
island as possible.
When they had gotten out into open sea, there was a huge econoclastic
and it seemed as if the island were splitting apart. The next sound
heard was a sound like the whole ocean was an old man getting up from a chair.
"Batten the hatches!" The captain
called as the crew scrambled over the
deck bringing down the sails.
"Verne, Passepartout, go up and get the
Aurora out of danger." Phileas
was shouting above the sound of the wind and the waves.
As Passepartout and Jules scrambled from below,
Toshi rushed out behind
Waves started breaking over the deck and flaming chunks
of hardened lava
landed on the deck.
"Toshi, go back below! Jules gestured and
yelled. Toshi couldn't quite
hear him and misunderstood his gestures to mean that he wanted her to come
Toshi made her way across the deck to reach Jules when
a huge flaming
rock landed on her.
"No-o-o-!" Jules cried as Passepartout
half-dragged him up the ladder.
The crew hurried to put out the fire before it consumed
Passepartout had managed to haul the still grieving
Jules into the
"I am sorry having grabbed you, Monsieur
Jules." Passepartout went to
detach the Aurora from the Batavia Queen. The wind was whipping
In a few moments, they would be able to fly far above the wind and the
"It is too bad not all can ride in the
Aurora." Passepartout was making
idle conversation, but realized too late his mistake.
Krakatoa Pt. 3