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One day, we got a couple of fishes from the sea. While we were eating them, the crewmember that knew a bit of medicine, said that those fishes were slightly contaminated, and thatdefinitely wasn’t good news for us, since we ate already half of them. We were planning to give theleftovers to the slaves, but since it was not good for them, and they were having many health issuesalready, unfortunately, the Capitan said that we had to throw them away. It was an awful momentbecause while we were throwing those half bitten fishes away, we heard all the slaves screamingand begging for some of it, which they probably were thinking that we threw them away for merecruelty. I felt very bad at that moment, that I even asked myself if the fishes were actually reallycontaminated. So I couldn’t resist to all those screams that I got discreetly close to a couple of themand gave them a bit of the fish. Nobody saw me, and I make hand signs to those slaves to hidesomewhere, but as soon as I moved away from them, some of my crew members found them, andunfortunately, they got flogged so badly, while I cowardly hid. I felt horrible on that day, it was all myfault, and I could see through the slaves’ eyes that they wanted to tell my partners that it was mewho gave them the fish, but hopefully, for me, my partners couldn’t understand anything they said. Islept horribly that night. On another day, I don’t know exactly why, but we all woke up a bit later, instants before wegot up, we heard the sound chains quickly hitting the deck, and when we noticed, two slaves wereProject 112ENGH 039
running and threw themselves into the sea. The whole crew got very worried, we ran to see if therewas any way to get them back because we couldn’t afford to lose more slaves, but those were gone.Just a couple of seconds after, another slave that was upon deck receiving some medicaltreatments, desperately got up and also threw himself into the sea. That was horrible, but we had togo after him, we got the small boats and were able to get the sick one since the other two had chainsand drowned instantly. I felt very bad about the sick one, the Capitan didn’t seem to care andordered the crew to flog him. We had to take action, to avoid losing more slaves, so we put everyhealthy slave lower under the deck. Some days after, we were already reaching our destination, the island of Barbados, and Icouldn’t already this awful journey get to an end. On that day, I was in charge of the positioning ofthe ship. As I was using the quadrant and writing on the map, I saw this slave very interested in whatI was doing, I couldn’t resist to that look, so I left him to look through the quadrant. As he waslooking, I saw his face so happy, like he was seeing the paradise. That moment definitely filled myheart with joy and gave my journey an ending I wasn’t expecting at all. He thanked me so much afterthat and went back to his spot with a huge smile. We’ve had finally boarded on Bridgetown, I couldn’twait to touch some ground already, that as soon as the ship stopped I went running off, and justkissed the earth.Project 113ENGH 039