Keane shifted closer and Willa pointed at him. Don’t you even think about touching that wall.
Poppy, he said, his voice urgent, I—They both froze at the sound of heavy footsteps on the stairs. Their captors were coming back, earlier than they’d expected.
Andrew dropped her hand and took a step back. His demeanor changed, as if his every muscle had been put on alert. His eyes darted to the door, and then to Poppy, then did a quick sweep of the room before landing on her little half boots, on their sides by the table where she’d kicked them off hours before. He scooped them up and handed them to her. Put them on.The footsteps drew close, followed by the sound of a key being inserted into the look.Poppy turned to Andrew. She was terrified. More than she’d been throughout the entire ordeal.
I will get out of here, he vowed, even as the doorknob made an ominous turn. And I will find you.And then all Poppy could do was pray.
In the end, it was simple. Terrifying, but simple. Minutes after the bandits came back, Poppy was blindfolded and returned to the Infinity . The journey took no more than a quarter of an hour; it seemed Andrew had been right about their circuitous route the day before.
It was still dark when she reached the ship, but the deck was already teeming with sailors, more than Poppy would have expected so early in the morning. But this was no ordinary morning. Their captain had been taken prisoner, and they had to be ready for anything.You’re telling me that I am somehow doing a service to the crown by telling a man I’ve never met that I long for blue skies?
He looked her straight in the eye. Yes.I . . . She looked down. She was wringing her hands. She hadn’t realized it.
She let out a long breath. I will do as you ask. But I must warn you. I don’t think I will be able to lead him back. I’m sure I will be blindfolded again when they take me back to the ship.You won’t need to. When you are released you’ll be given some sort of message from the men holding us. Give it to Mr. Walpole. He will know what to do from there.