Hermann was sea sick. Like, properly sea sick. It wasn’t often there were giant storms in the Baltic sea. It simply wasn’t big enough. But today was one of the worst in a very long while and Hermann was feeling the worst of it.
He was holding onto the railing with one hand and gripping his cane with the other, vomiting the last of what had been in his stomach over the edge. His fingers were freezing cold, his hair stuck to his face in a gross way and he was completely drenched despite the too-big rain coat he was wearing. Right now he hated the sea.
Some shouting over the roar of the storm caught his attention. He turned to see who, trying to squint his eyes against the rain drops. He’d just about realized that it was his father shouting at him from one of the doors on the boat. Hermann had just shouted back a ‘what!?’ when the entire boat tipped something incredibly to one side, riding up the side of a huge wave, nearly making Hermann fall forwards onto the deck. As the boat crashed down on the other side Hermann was flung violently back against the railing. With his back to the railing and only one hand holding on he was thrown overboard as if he weighed nothing at all.
He had no time to draw in a breath before water crashed in on him from all sides and he felt like he was spinning around. He had no sense of what was up or down, letting go of his cane to flail uselessly in order to try and work against the water. Even if he had been able to swim he could have done nothing. His frail body was completely at the mercy of the water.
Summary: When her father, Lord Avon, gambles away Lady Belle’s virginity, she’s not amused. and Lord Gold, winner of this rather indignant prize, finds himself thrown out at a rapier’s point. But when it turns out that the
shipping company he’s set his eyes on only comes with Lady Belle’s hand
in marriage, he decides to overcome his hurt pride to obtain said
company. But his attempts of courting Lady Belle are not as successful
as he’d like them to be…