Legend Of The Black Dove
(Part 7) "Civil Unrest"
As the ship's mast starts to fall Norrington with his amazing speed
leaps at the pirate captain knocking him to the ground and out of
harm's way of the falling mast as it hits the deck. By this time the
American sailors had secured the ship, and her captain takes the
pirates onto their ship, leaving a skeleton crew to run the 'Raven'.
Norrington and Jenkins acquire passage on the American ship
'Golden Eagle' continuing there journey to California. Two days
later, the ship reaches the Californian coastal town of Madre,
were Norrington, Jenkins and Captain Jose Lamont are ready to
leave for trouble torn Monterey, the rest of the crew stays in town
on a shore leave. Norrington, Jenkins and Lamont saddle their horses
and ride to Monterey. After travelling for half a day they reach the
outskirts of the town. Lamont escorts Norrington and Jenkins to his
hacienda (ranch), were they are greeted by other property owners and
farmers in the area. They are all ready for outright civil war.
Lamont is told by the leaders of the landowners that
Commandante Garcia will not listen to reason and agree to the landowners'
plea, and had threatened to attack them and burn down their
haciendas anytime within the next two days. Although nothing has
happened as yet It will be only a matter of time. In the distance
gunshots can be heard as the Mexican army comes closer to the
rebel landowners, as barricades had been erected while the men
arranged themselves in position for full scale war. The leader of the
army Commandante Garcia tells the landowners to surrender to his
terms or they will be taken by force by his large regiment of highly
trained soldiers. Lamont tells Garcia that his land taxes are unfair
and what they want is nothing short of robbery. He also says that
every man was willing to fight for what he stood for. Garcia and his
men bring in two large cannons, training them on the large
barricade. They open fire, heavily damaging the landowners'
defences. Reload and fire again. The impact is devastating, dead
bodies lie all about the place explosions occurred. Lamont
and his men seemed badly outnumbered as the soldiers burst through
the barricades, shooting and killing indiscriminately.....
Will anyone survive this massacre ?
Where is the Black Dove ?
All will be revealed in Part 8...."The Masked Avenger"
Written : 7th July 2013