It’s a few weeks, perhaps months later, and the Surprise is finally set to sail on the long mission to South America and beyond — ostensibly to harass French and American shipping and whaling, but in reality to deploy Maturin to help seed revolutions in Peru and Chile against Spain (who are currently allied with England). All the usual crew are here, Pullings, Bonden, etc, despite many of them quite rich or well off now after all the recent prize-taking. They’re just in it for the love of the game! There are a few new faces however, including the purses, who turns out to be an unliked and incompetent fool.
Meanwhile, big news in the Maturin household: Diana’s pregnant! And Stephen’s off the sauce, though he just replaced the laudanum (i.e. opium-laced alcohol) with coca leaves (i.e. mild doses of cocaine). Aubrey meanwhile still in line for reinstatement, probably, though political winds are constantly shifting (and he still has some enemies in court, and some people sympathetic with Wray, etc.)
They spot a potential prize in the Irish Sea, giving chase but losing it in a bit of bad weather. The mood on the ship takes a hit, but is then soon repaired by the daily routine of sailing
They reach Lisbon for a rest stop, and agree to a change of plans from Sir Joseph, who comes down in person. The Diane, pressed into service for the Royal Navy, is to join the mission under Aubrey’s command, with Pullings taking over the Surprise. The Diane is to sail to the South China Sea, to where Wray has apparently fled, while the Surprise continues on the original mission. Eventually, they two ships are to rendezvous somewhere off the coast of Chile or Peru.
After social media posts compared AlexandRA Popp's (@alexpopp11) strength and playing style to male players— Neil Barker (@Mockneyrebel) July 29, 2022
The #GER striker arrived at today's media conference as a moustachioed AlexandER Popp....#WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/YyUZe2dOqA
Marc Cucurella has just handed in a transfer request at Brighton. No agreement between Manchester City and Brighton on the price, negotiations are difficult but still ongoing. #MCFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 29, 2022
Final decision on clubs side expected soon as there's still a big gap in valuations. pic.twitter.com/0pxYdC6zJc
Joan Laporta on de Jong: “Frenkie is Barça player. We want him to stay, he wants to stay. We’ve received important bids for him but he’s our player”. #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 29, 2022
“You know salary budget situation; so we will do our best to keep Frenkie at Barça… and I hope he’ll do the same”. pic.twitter.com/2wWcBN9uTk
Guardiola says Laporte had surgery after the end of the season and so is still injured. "He's looking really well but we have ot be careful because it was a knee. He needs time. I think he will be out for August and then maybe he will start to be with us in September."— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) July 29, 2022