“I guess I never expected to get this far,” he said with a crooked smile. “If you’ve got nothing to lose, it means you’ll push just that much harder, right?”

His eyes were clearly searching for affirmation, and in her mind’s eye she told him the truth: “No, I think it means you just got lucky and are rationalizing it.”

A moment of silence followed, as the battered craft bobbed on the mirror-still water amid the flotsam from the recent storm.

“Right,” she said, with a forced smile.

  • Like what you see? Purchase a print or ebook version!