“Damn sail! It is a damn piece of shit!” Captain Garaad said. Zuangeng’s boat was nowere to be seen.
“What did you expect from fuckin’ tatters!” Muse said.
“I swear! When we make landfall, we’re replacing these fuckin’ sails and repair the damn boats,” Captain Garaad yelled.
They continued in spite of fighting the sails. They kept on the heading they were on pursuing Zuangeng. Muse said, “I fuckin hope we make it to damn land!”
It took one day longer than Zuangeng to reach the island. They came close enough for Captain Garaad to exclaim, “There’s fuckin’ Zuangeng’s damn boat! We need to find him and a ship!”
They beached their boats close by Zuangeng’s boat. They walked up the beach en mass. They came upon Donato’s house. Captain Garaad said, “Let me do the talking, everybody!”
He knocked on the door. Julyana opened the door. Captain Garaad said, “Hello, Julyana. We are looking for a friend of our’s. He’s a young Cingala, goes by Zuangeng. Have you seen him?”
Julyana said, unfriendly, “Captain Garaad! He’s with Donato in town. Now, be gone!”
Julyana slammed the door in Captain Garaad’s face.
Captain Garaad and entourage left. They walked to the edge of town. They halted. Captain Garaad said, “Break up into groups of two or three. Spread out. Search for that damn twerp. In an hour, report to me. I’ll be at the tavern. If you find him, bring him with you by any means, just, don’t hurt him!”
Bilal and Muse went together. Everybody entered the town. Captain Garaad walked to the town’s tavern. He sat at a vacant table. He ordered some food and rum. He got a plate of food, an empty glass and a full bottle of rum. He ate and drank. When he was done eating the waiter took the plate. He sat with his glass and bottle. He waited for the reports. He looked around. He remained silent.
Bilal and Muse entered the clothing store. They surveyed the store. They found the children’s clothing. They walked to it. They came to the fitting rooms. They were in time for Zuangeng to exit, wearing some clothes. He had a short sleeved white shirt and pair of grey pants. He was bare foot. He saw them and froze. Muse said, “There the fuck you are! Come with us! Captain Garaad is waiting for us!”
“He’s going nowhere with you!” Donato said.
“He’s coming with us no matter the fuck how! Who’s going to stop us?!” Bilal said.
“I am,” Donato said.
A fight ensued. Muse was the first to strike. He swung his right fist at Donato. Donato blocked the blow with his left arm. He struck Muse in the chest with the heel of his right palm. The blow sent Muse staggering back. He struck a pose with his hands out and up. He moved his right fingers, beckoning Bilal to strike. Bilal swung his left fist at Donato. Donato ducked. He swung his left hand up. It connected with Bilal’s jaw. Bilal’s mouth slammed shut. Blood started to come out of his mouth.
Muse came back. He swung his right fist at Donato. Donato blocked the blow. His fist connected with Muse’s left eye. The blow left a bruised eye. Bilal rushed Donato. Donato grabbed him and flipped him over himself. Bilal hit the floor on his back, the wind knocked out of him.
Muse rushed Donato as well. Bilal got up on his feet. Donato caught Muse and flipped him as well. Muse went over Donato and struck Bilal with his legs. Both ended on the floor with Muse on top of Bilal. They got on their feet. They rushed Donato, together. Donato evaded them. They past him. Donato jumped and kicked with both legs. His booted feet connected with their backs. He landed on his feet. Bilal and Muse staggered toward Zuangeng. Zuangeng dodged them.
Bilal and Muse turned to face a beckoning Donato Donato used both hands, beckoning them to attack again. They looked at each other. They decided that they had enough. They walked off without Zuangeng. They found their way to the tavern. They found Captain Garaad. Captain Garaad looked at them. He said, “What happened to you both?”
Muse said, “Donato! We found Zuangeng at the clothing store. Donato beat us off! Both are unhurt.”
Captain Garaad said, “So, Zuangeng is with Donato! Stay here! We’ll wait for the others to report.”
Later, everybody was with Captain Garaad. They reported not finding Zuangeng. Captain Garaad said, “Muse and Bilal found him at the clothing store. The fuckin’ boy is with damn Donato! They are not likely there now! We’ll wait till this evening. We’ll rush Donato’s house. We’ll get that damn twerp, then!”
Zuangeng got some socks and a pair of new shoes. He wore them. Donato paid for the outfit. They left the store, Zuangeng wearing the clothes.