Turns out being at sea isn’t as fun as you’d think. I feel so homesick, I miss Aunt Grumbit and my cat. The only thing keeping me going is my friend, Barney. He’s been teaching me about foreign lands and the terrible dangers he’s faced over the years. I’ve been hearing whispers about pirate ships nearby, and the captain seems to be on edge. The days are very long on the ship, so I’ve been learning how to use the telescope. I’m a proper explorer now like Columbus. The water is very choppy today, I think a storm is coming.
I can hear the crew shouting, something about black flags and strange sails on the horizon. It doesn’t sound too good, but I’m not scared.
I’d better go and see if I can help…
Martin, age 14.
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