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The Captain's Farewell

Short Story (2298 words)

Captain Radwol is planning to defect from the Soviet Union. He has smuggled his young and beautiful wife Lisa on board his freighter hidden in a large trunk. As he prepares to take her off the ship Horta, the first mate and political commissar, knocks on his cabin door. Into the trunk goes his wife one last time. But Horta seems to know that the Captain has hidden somebody in the trunk. How does he know, and how many people will be escaping in the rowing boat?

Published in Everybody's, 31 October, 1953.

Included in the collection The Exotics, ed. John Higgins.