Darkness was covering the bay by the time the Colonel Dickson’s scow bearing Timpoochee and his men reached the wharf at the settlement’s shore.
Meeting the boat were sour-looking, depressed wharf hands, no doubt losing much in wages and spirit in the weeks since began the Spanish siege of the town.
As the scow edged ever closer to the wharf a brilliant light filled the sky over Timpoochee’s shoulder. He turned to see flames leaping into the sky from the red cliffs fort on the island to the south.
“Those bastards!” cursed Colonel Dickson. “They didn’t even wait for a response from Galvez before they attacked the Spanish camps again!
“How do they expect the Spanish to arrange a cease fire when they attack?”
“It seems a curious part of Yonega war,” Timpoochee spoke up. “That you should be displeased when your warriors destroy your enemy’s post.”
“You speak more English than I presumed,” Dickson said, with a start.
“I speak enough of your language to understand some things,” Timpoochee said.
“What is displeasing is that my superiors would order such an attack while also trying to arrange relief and safety for the people of Pensacola ,” continued Dickson without hesitation.
“You are asking that one part of the settlement be spared from attack while another part carries on the battle?”
“I suppose that seems strange and silly to your mind.”
“It seems admirable to try to save the women and children of the settlement,” Timpoochee offered. “But I do not see how the fort and town can be separated. Those cannons must have strong power, indeed - the swiftness of an arrow but the destruction of a great storm.”
“You see, Sam Story - yes, I know you by that name,” Dickson said. “It is only the military, the warrior post, that should be the object of battle. The Spanish want desperately to rout my army from this region but retain the settlement intact for their own exploitation.”
“I will never understand the Yonega mind,” Timpoochee said. “You seem to think land and people can be owned, controlled, possessed.”
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