Help, we're sinking!
the Deliverance managed to find a deadly reef in the middle of the
Mediterranean. Libero bends over the side. The sea still simmers, but
the storm is subsiding. He climbs the mast to scan the horizon, then
climbs below. The Deliverance is taking water fast, like an old lady
crying herself to sleep. The sick look at Libero, move in around him on
stumps and elbows and bellies, like kittens rub their faces against his
We have to set her afloat!
Repent, my children, confess, before is too late – Christina tugs
Clove behind her by his hair, like a donkey.
takes pity on Rasap and removes the handle from the axe in his head. The
blade stays embedded in his mind, his eyes lost, his language not making
Too much fluid around us…
- Quick, the infirmary is flooding! – Mora calls. Some patients escape on their own, faces smeared with fear like with marmalade. Even and Odd help them to the deck spinning in confused circles:
Captain, what should we do?
I don’t know, we’re too heavy, everything’s heavy, life is heavy
– Libero is overwhelmed by the chaos. Why don’t people… why
doesn’t God love him?
But fools scatter all over the ship like fleas on a dog searching for anything that can be moved, hoisted, lifted, thrown overboard.
who can move run – barrels of water can’t run, over the rail with
them! Sacks of bread, over the rail! A beggar with no legs, over the
rail! Mora fights for each
Didn’t you hear the captain! – Maddick and the mongoloids grab
another patient to drag him out.
and one, two, three, overboard! Hey, this is funny. Look, he cannot
swim, look he’s drowning!
The barrels! – the next moment all the food is served in the sea,
seagulls screech in pleasure.
Another man, and another end up in water. Some jump in by themselves. They want to unburden the ship, set it afloat. They know they are deadweight, the mere fact that they have someone to sacrifice for makes them smile.