Page 18 from the series Before the Pirates Came*

The next morning Miranda woke to the sound of a construction crew working outside her boat.  She was feeling depressed and groggy after her dream last night.  Ron had already emphasized the importance of getting the structures done so the boats could be shrinkwrapped right away.  A vaguely familiar voice just inches away from her head shouted, “Wake up, Miranda!  You’re already behind schedule!  Now, c’mon up here and show us what you’ve got.”

So this is what it’s like to have three guys for roommates.  A toothbrush, washcloth, and a ball cap would be the most primping time would allow.  She grabbed her drawing and climbed up onto the dock.  The men were already hard at work sawing and hammering.  It was almost 10:30.

The man making all the noise was Luke, the guy on the boat next door.  Good looking but crude, Luke was a private pilot-for-hire who flew charters back and forth to Amman, Duibai, and Iraq… all over the Middle East.  He’s the one who couldn’t wait to introduce Miranda to the infamous Captain Brad, the sign man.  Ron had already warned Miranda that Luke was a ladies man… said he had a beautiful but jealous girlfriend who kept him on a very short leash.  His boat was called Sierra-Tango-Uniform-Delta.  Miranda decided it suited him.

Miranda reached into the pocket of her snow suit and pulled out a wrinkled piece of paper.  Luke grabbed it, raised his eyebrows, and looked at her sideways.  “You’ve done this before?”  As if practically everyone had designed a superstructure for their aft deck.  ”I did it last night.  I was tired.  It’s not finished yet.”  Ron was looking over his shoulder.  “Make a parts list… you’ll need PVC pipes and joints, a hacksaw, some blades, and a good pair of work gloves.”  

Ron had a pick-up truck and was heading out to get replacement webbing and D-rings for some repair he was making.  Miranda hurried down the steps into the galley where she kept her money, (not in the coffee can).  That cash needed to last awhile, unless she wanted to invite Charlie on board.  She gave Ron the money up front.  There would not be any trade-outs on the dock this winter.   

Her third neighbor, Greg, had the dock closest to shore.  He kept to himself more than the other two, and was certainly more refined.  Legend had it that Greg made his money as a day trader on the stock market.  His sailboat, lines, cables, and canvas were in perfect order, a sign of a good neighbor.  He affectionately called his Beneteau 40.7, “Bull Market. ”

He was listening to Mozart’s Don Giovanni (one of Harry’s favorites) and there was a wonderful smell coming from the galley below.  “I love to cook.  Sometime you’ll have to come over for dinner.  I’ve adapted some very good recipes for the smaller galley, and I collect spices from all over the world.  Do you like classical music?  Anyway, just knock if you need anything.”  He was gorgeous with a perfect smile, beautifully dressed, and probably not a pirate.  Miranda thanked him for the offer.  When the storms hit, she would need all the advice she could get.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.”  Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)



*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.



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18 Responses to Sierra-Tango-Uniform-Delta

  1. I’m still hooked.

    Just thinking about sometimes in the past when my many advisors helped me fail. Wrong advisors sink boats!

    • Linda says:

      Miranda is still a little hesitant to trust them, too… but the pages yet to come should back up God’s Word when it comes to those advisors. What fun… glad your “hooked,” Haha…

  2. Theresa says:

    What an adventure! I love that you added the part about Greg. If it had been me I would have jumped at the invitation. :)


    • Linda says:

      She does, but later. They even go out for pizza together, but he wasn’t “the one!” Hope all is well with you. Keep studying and hang in there! ; )

  3. Debbie says:

    I love the verses you put with this, Linda. Did you see any of this coming, doing this series, all the pages / installments? I feel like I’m there with Miranda and wondering who to trust. God bless you as you keep this flowing! Wonderful writing! love and prayers!

    • Linda says:

      I didn’t expect finding the Bible verses to be such a joy. I’m revisiting places that I remember from the first time through. Most of them don’t end up in the story but they are good remnders and a blessing for Miranda today. I’m about ten pages ahead of the blog, so now the scripitures are moving out of Proverbs and into hope and the promises. I have months and years of evidence that they are true and that God never leaves us. So even the pages leading up to her salvation inspire me because seeing it from today’s perspective is so exciting to me.

      At my AA group I have taken a leap and shared some of the MIranda issues with young ladies whose lives are in wreckage. It’s essential for them to see that they are not unique and that if they pray to the God of the Bible He will walk with them through their troubles. (And they can turn out to be okay, like me!) : )

      I’m sharing my Proverbs verses at meetings because even for those who don’t believe, they are true wisdom for everyone. It’s been such a good thing! No, I never expected it to keep going, but so far I’m liking it and asking God that someone would be blessed along the way. Hugs… : )

  4. Ann says:

    Hi Linda

    I have been reading from a distance. The Lord just impressed upon me the urge to pop by and visit with you and seconds after that I saw Deb’s note from you. I love the way He connects us so we can support and encourage each other.

    Please know that I am praying. I have shared a prayer on the other side but I wanted to leave this song here for you.

    Blessings much,

    • Linda says:

      Hi Ann… Thank you for praying. I have no doubt that the reason my husband is doing so well just one week post surgery is because caring people prayed. As soon as we got him into the ambulance I was on the phone calling people. God is so good.

      When He puts it on our hearts to check on a friend, there’s always a reason. So I’m not even surprised… just grateful for your friendship and concern.

      My husband came home Thursday, so now I’m a nurse, a physical therapist, a maintenance man, and a cook. I’m so blessed to be fit and in good health so I can take care of him. Inconvenient, but in a strange and loving way… all good! Hugs : )

  5. nelsonRN says:

    Dropping by!

    Gee, I have a lot of catching up with your interesting posts!

    • Linda says:

      Hi Nelson… it never occured to me that writing a post that is 20 pages long might make it hard to jump in. And I actually have 20-30 pages to go… maybe more. I might try to make it into an ebook… still checking that out.

      Fwiw… I just loved the way you wrote about your adventure as a nurse at the races. The behind the scenes images were described so well. Hope you get to go again next year! : )

  6. Jan says:

    The older women are called upon to teach the younger, and share their wisdom. It sounds like you are doing a good job at that. I am beginning to think that is the reason God kept me here–to share my mistakes and triumphs, and give Him all the glory. He is so good, all the time.

    • Linda says:

      So true, Jan. I depend on Christian friends who are older than me to share their wisdom and guidance. (And to wack me upside the head when I’m about to make a mistake! : )) It’s awesome even if you can help one person! I look forward to reading more about your “mistakes and triumphs”! Hugs… : )

  7. Ferd says:

    Gradually catching up on the time line!
    Miranda’s in for a rough winter, but again the Universe has provided! A small band of misfit boaters, pulling together for the common good!
    I see more glimmers of hope!!! :-)

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