By Randy Wayne White
Former govt agent-turned-marine biologist document Ford reveals himself not able to take care of his neutrality while a conflict among Florida's activity and advertisement fishermen escalates into arson and homicide. through the writer of Sanibel residences.
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Fine. He tried to parry my sudden coolness by being conversational. " "Yeah? I almost went there with my wife on vacation. Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia—one of those cruise ship deals? But all the stuff you read, the violence and stuff. I asked this guy I knew, if we went, should I maybe pack a side arm. He worked for one of the federal agencies. Least, I'm pretty sure he did. Know what he said? He said, 'You take a gun down there, make sure you file off the front sight before you leave. ' " I had gone to the screen door, was holding it open.
No, a human torch, clothes ablaze, arms clawing, sputtering, whooshing, making a guttural caw-w-w-w-ing sound. I was already on my feet and running toward the marina when the torch seemed to kneel, a gesture of submission, then tumbled, hissing, into the bay. It was a man. Not that I could tell at first. I went sprinting down the dock past the bait tank and gas pumps. . then tried to stop so quickly that my feet went out from under me and I bounced along on my butt. I had realized something: If the fire got to the gas pump, the fuel tank beneath the marina's deck would blow.
But the dock was blazing, looked like a couple of the boats had caught fire too. By then I was thinking: Gas fumes in the bilge, ignited by a spark. It was a reasonable explanation, even probable, but I didn't pursue it because out of the flames stumbled a human figure . . no, a human torch, clothes ablaze, arms clawing, sputtering, whooshing, making a guttural caw-w-w-w-ing sound. I was already on my feet and running toward the marina when the torch seemed to kneel, a gesture of submission, then tumbled, hissing, into the bay.
Captiva by Randy Wayne White