Pseudopod 211: About 77 Degrees, West of Nassau

By Don Norum

Read by Cayenne Chris Conroy, of Teknikal Diffikulties — winner of the 2010 Parsec award for Best Speculative Fiction Comedy Podcast

He made another lunging, splashing grab for the edge of the deck above him and fell short, fell back into the water with his fingers scrabbling on smooth fiberglass three feet short of salvation.

Richard le Pine floated onto his back, letting the salt water bump him into the slick hull with every gentle swell. The shadow of the mast stretched out past him onto the water.

He had trouble telling what time it was, or how long it had been. Two hours, maybe three, at least.

No, he thought as he looked up at the mast, longer than that.