Ship in the Night

The ocean was as still and dark as a grave.



He looked out the window at the black abyss, feeling like he was looking out into space. There were no stars in this part of the ocean, just darkness. He could see the radar screen flashing, showing that there was something moving outside the submarine. His heart started beating faster as he realized how dark and alone they were in this part of the ocean.

He yawned and checked the equipment readings, trying not to fall asleep now that they were getting closer to their destination. The instruments showed that they were still deep underwater, but not as deep as before. He suddenly felt like they were a long way from home and vulnerable to anything that might come out of the darkness.



The ship was moving at its fastest speed, which wasn’t very fast because of the choppy waters. There was no wind here, so he didn’t have to worry about sails or anything else catching the wind and interfering with their radar readings. They were almost there now, though he could barely see any change on the radar screen or anything else to indicate that they had arrived somewhere new.





The ship slowed down and stopped completely for a few seconds before starting up again at full speed in another direction away from where they had just been -- north instead of south this time. The captain changed course several more times before stopping again in what appeared to be an empty part of the ocean where nothing ever seemed to happen unless something went terribly wrong. He let out his breath slowly when he saw some familiar landmarks appear on his radar screen -- they had arrived at their destination without getting caught by anybody or running into any problems along the way.

The captain was a good commander and had made a safe trip, but this part of the ocean wasn’t very exciting. There was nothing to see here except for the occasional fish swimming by or some whales blowing air out of their blowholes at each other in what he assumed were arguments over food or territory.

They would only stay here for a few hours before turning around to head back home before anybody noticed that they had left port. He couldn’t wait until it was time to go home and get some sleep after all of this work was done. Once they arrived at their destination, there wouldn’t be anything else for him to do except wait around until it was time to go back home again.


His mind wandered as he sat there doing his job, thinking about all the things that he could do when they got back home instead of working on the submarine all night long like he did now every night while onboard ship. He knew that everything would change once they got back home, but right now he didn’t care --he just wanted somebody else to take over so that he could finally go get some rest after finishing his shift tonight without having any nightmares about drowning or running into pirates or other dangers while sleeping soundly knowing that somebody else would wake him up if something went wrong on board ship while he slept.



He yawned again and checked his equipment readings one more time before getting ready for bed when it was almost time for him to wake up from his nap so that he could finish out the rest of his shift without falling asleep on watch --the captain gave orders for everybody onboard ship who wasn’t asleep already to take an hour-long nap so that nobody would be tired when bad weather hit them later in the night when nobody had slept much since leaving port earlier in the day because of how early people needed to show up ready for duty in order not miss anything important during four straight days of moving cargo from one place on land directly onto another boat offshore before returning with new cargo going directly from one boat offshore directly onto another place where cargo might need moving quickly across land instead depending on demand levels at different times throughout each week due to store sales cycles making certain products sell faster than others depending how fast each product sold during slow times versus fast times throughout each week versus month versus quarter versus year.


They were less than ten miles away from where they were supposed to meet their contact who handed off drugs or weapons being transported between two countries illegally by putting them inside crates marked as carrying legitimate cargo such as fruits and vegetables being sent overseas by an American company trying not make too much money too fast without attracting attention from government regulators who might look closer at their books if profits increased too quickly with little explanation behind why demand suddenly spiked due solely perhaps because some individual somewhere decided this particular type of fruit tasted better than any other fruit -- perhaps a new strawberry flavor or a new type of peach that tasted better than the old kind -- causing them to choose this company to make their purchase from instead of any other company that might sell the same product at a lower price. They were less than ten miles away now, and even though he wasn’t part of the crew who would receive their money after completing their mission tonight, he still felt like they had finally made it home safe after traveling for so long before arriving at this destination where they were supposed to meet with someone else on another boat already waiting for them in order complete their mission by handing off these crates full of fruit instead of drugs or weapons.



The captain ordered everyone onboard ship who wasn’t asleep already to take an hour-long nap so that nobody would be tired when bad weather hit them later in the night when nobody had slept much since leaving port earlier in the day because of how early people needed to show up ready for duty in order not miss anything important during four straight days of moving cargo from one place on land directly onto another boat offshore before returning with new cargo going directly from one boat offshore directly onto another place where cargo might need moving quickly across land instead depending on demand levels at different times throughout each week due to store sales cycles making certain products sell faster than others depending how fast each product sold during slow times versus fast times throughout each week versus month versus quarter versus year.



They could go home soon and sleep until noon if they wanted, but he preferred waking up early enough that he could workout and eat breakfast before heading into work -- maybe grab an extra cup of coffee while he was there just in case he got tired later. It took longer than normal because they couldn’t move very fast through this part of the ocean without attracting attention due to all the fishing boats going back and forth between these islands owned by various countries but located too far out into international waters for anybody except commercial fishermen or pirates ever choosing as a place where something important could happen without anybody knowing about it happening here until it was too late.



To avoid being spotted by anyone who might report back information about what was happening here tonight, they went slower than normal through this area with lots of fisherman passing through at all hours doing nothing more exciting than trying not catch as many fish as possible while running out over large areas looking for something alive swimming close enough to throw bait toward hoping not just catching something but also keeping it alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) to take home and cook dinner with several meals worth left over afterward -- no matter how much effort you put into trying your best not just catch fish but also keep them alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) somewhere else sometime later (today? tomorrow? next week?) bring you money selling fish you caught today? -- you’re just doing whatever it takes to make a living.



The fishing boats were more interesting than other things he could see out his window, so he watched them instead of sleeping like the captain and some other crew members expected him to do while they rested until it was time for them to take over again in four hours when everybody woke up from their naps.





There wasn’t anything else happening here tonight besides these boats moving back and forth between islands owned by different countries located too far out into international waters for anybody except commercial fishermen or pirates ever choosing as a place where something important could happen without anybody knowing about it happening here until it was too late, so he decided that he might as well spend some time watching them instead of sleeping like everyone else onboard ship thought that he would do instead of resting before taking over his shift again later when everybody woke up from their nap. The view was better than nothing, since there wasn’t anything else going on tonight besides watching these boats pass through one after another, doing nothing more exciting than trying not catch as many fish as possible while running out over large areas looking for something alive swimming close enough to throw bait toward hoping not just catching something but also keeping it alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) to take home and cook dinner with several meals worth left over afterward -- no matter how much effort you put into trying your best not just catch fish but also keep them alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) somewhere else sometime later (today? tomorrow? next week?) bring you money selling fish you caught today. Everybody on board ship except for him and two other crew members were asleep down in their bunkers below decks, so he was alone with nothing to do except watch the boats go back and forth from one island to another doing nothing more exciting than trying not catch as many fish as possible while running out over large areas looking for something alive swimming close enough to throw bait toward hoping not just catching something but also keeping it alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) to take home and cook dinner with several meals worth left over afterward -- no matter how much effort you put into trying your best not just catch fish but also keep them alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) somewhere else sometime later (today? tomorrow? next week?) bring you money selling fish you caught today.






He watched them move back and forth, doing nothing more exciting than trying not catch as many fish as possible while running out over large areas looking for something alive swimming close enough to throw bait toward hoping not just catching something but also keeping it alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) to take home and cook dinner with several meals worth left over afterward -- no matter how much effort you put into trying your best not just catch fish but also keep them alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) somewhere else sometime later (today? tomorrow? next week?) bring you money selling fish you caught today. He watched them pass through one after another, doing nothing more exciting than trying not catch as many fish as possible while running out over large areas looking for something alive swimming close enough to throw bait toward hoping not just catching something but also keeping it alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) to take home and cook dinner with several meals worth left over afterward -- no matter how much effort you put into trying your best not just catch fish but also keep them alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members) somewhere else sometime later.



And then he saw something that shouldn’t have been here, since there was nobody around except fishing boats making their normal rounds between islands owned by different countries located too far out in international waters from anybody’s landmass except commercial fishermen or pirates ever choosing as a place where something important could happen without anybody knowing about it happening here until it was too late. This thing moving back and forth between islands owned by different countries located too far out into international waters from anybody’s landmass except commercial fishermen or pirates ever choosing as a place where something important could happen without anybody knowing about it happening here until it was too late wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near this area of the ocean during this time of night because of all the fishing boats constantly moving back and forth between these places at all hours doing nothing more exciting than trying not catch as many fish as possible while running out over large areas looking for something alive swimming close enough to throw bait toward hoping not just catching something but also keeping it alive long enough for somebody else (either customers or family members).





The thing moving back and forth looked like a small boat with lights attached at each corner shining brightly so that everyone could see where everything was when they were moving slowly through an area crowded with other boats going in different directions doing nothing more exciting than trying do whatever made most sense given current conditions in order maximize profits, which meant maximizing efficiency by minimizing unnecessary movement in order limit fuel costs wherever possible given current market prices per barrel versus alternative fuels including wind power versus biofuels versus natural gas versus liquefied petroleum gas versus propane plus methane plus ethanol plus methanol plus other energy alternatives including hydrogen stored through electrolysis powered by renewable sources like solar panels placed on top of houses alongside existing roofs capable of storing energy collected during times when people weren’t using electricity so that they wouldn’t notice it being used at all when they were asleep.

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