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And aft, his face like stone, Pears watched it all, giving his orders, now not even flinching as splinters whipped previous him to convey down extra of the crouching gun crews. Midshipman Huss seemed on deck, his eyes white with worry. He observed Bolitho and shouted frantically, ‘Mr Dalyell’s fallen, sir! I – I can’t locate . . . ’ He spun around, his face gaping with astonishment and freezing there as he pitched ahead at Bolitho’s ft. Bolitho shouted, ‘Get lower than, James! Take command of the decrease gundeck! ’ yet Quinn was once staring transfixed on the midshipman. Blood was once pouring from an excellent gap in his again, yet one hand nonetheless moved, as though it and not anything else used to be protecting directly to lifestyles. A seaman became the boy over and rasped, ‘Done for, sir. ’ ‘Did you listen? ’ Bolitho gripped Quinn’s arm, Huss and all else forgotten. ‘Get under! ’ Quinn part became, his eyes widening as extra cries and screams got here up from the opposite gundeck. He stammered, ‘Can’t. Can’t . . . do . . . it. ’ His head fell ahead, and Bolitho observed tears working down his face, slicing light furrows throughout the dust of gunsmoke. An unusual voice snapped, ‘I’ll cross. ’ It was once Ackerman, the stainless flag lieutenant. ‘I can deal with. ’ He stared at Quinn as though he couldn't think what he observed. ‘The admiral despatched me. ’ Bolitho peered aft, stunned by way of Quinn’s cave in, shocked via the horror and bloody shambles throughout him. throughout the drifting smoke and dangling creeper of severed rigging their eyes met. Then Coutts gave a mild wave and what might have been a shrug. The deck shivered, and Bolitho knew that the damaged mast have been hacked unfastened. Trojan was once turning to windward, laying her enemy within the points of interest back, doubtless unreachable and past harm. ‘Fire! ’ the lads sprang again, groping for his or her rammers and spikes, cursing and cheering like mad issues from bedlam. Quinn stood as ahead of, oblivious to the hiss of iron overhead, to the crawling wounded, to the chance of his place because the enemy’s mizzen after which mainmast towered excessive above the nettings. Fifty yards, definitely not more, Bolitho notion wildly. either ships have been firing blindly throughout the churning smoke which used to be trapped among them as though to cushion the hammer blows. A seaman ran from his gun, crazed through the din and slaughter, attempting to succeed in a hatchway. to head deeper and deeper till he came across the keel, like a terrified animal going to floor. A marine sentry raised his musket as though to membership him down, yet allow it fall, as though he too used to be previous cause and desire. Couzens was once tugging Bolitho’s sleeve, his around face screwed up as though to close out the grim attractions. ‘Yes? ’ Bolitho had no inspiration how lengthy he have been there. ‘What is it? ’ The midshipman tore his eyes from Huss’s corpse. ‘The captain says that the enemy intends to board us! ’ He stared at Quinn. ‘You are to take cost forrard. ’ He confirmed his previous stubbornness. ‘I will support. ’ Bolitho gripped his shoulder. in the course of the skinny blue coat the boy’s physique used to be scorching, as though burning with fever. ‘Go and get a few males from lower than. ’ because the boy made to run he known as, ‘Walk, Mr Couzens.