“Captain Arnold, may I speak with you, Sir?”
“I’m a little busy right now.” Jeffrey Arnold didn’t even look up from the logbook he was examining. “Besides, I have nothing to say to you.”
“Well, I have some things I’d like to say to you. Mind if I sit down?” Jacob didn’t wait for the captain to answer his rhetorical question but pulled up the closest chair.
The cockpit on the yacht was luxurious and high tech. Navigational computers were mounted where traditional dials and gages would have been a few years back. The captain’s chairs were finished in fine leather and there were so many windows the pilots had a nearly 360° view. Jacob almost wished he were returning to the boat for the next leg of the adventure just so he could continue to learn and maybe even have the chance to pilot the boat.
“I intend to marry your daughter.” There, just state the fact, no mincing words, no building up to the moment Captain Arnold knew was coming. “I’d like your blessing.”
“No.” He still hadn’t looked up.
“I think Maryam would be honored to have you perform the ceremony.”
“I said, no.”
“I’m disappointed to hear that. I hope you’ll at least attend our wedding.”
Captain Arnold finally glanced up and disdain clouded his features. “I’m not giving you permission to marry my daughter.”
“I’m not asking for your permission.”
“Then why are you still sitting in my cockpit?”
“I would have liked your acceptance of our decision, but seeing as how I’m not confident you’ll provide it, I guess we’ll go announce our engagement to my parents, and while on land we’ll see about choosing an officiator.”
“I told you, you’re not marrying my daughter.” Captain Arnold stood and towered over Jacob, balling his fists.
“And I told you I am marrying your daughter.” Jacob stood to his full height but was still a few inches shorter. He didn’t allow himself to be intimidated by the brawny man.
“I want you off my boat!” Captain Arnold pointed in the direction of the marina, vitriol in his eyes.
“I own this boat.” Jacob remained calm but insistent. “And I will come aboard at my leisure.”
The captain growled and barred his teeth reminding Jacob of a menacing wolf.
“That being said, I am planning to go ashore now so we can share the good news with my parents and family. I hope you’ll reconsider performing the ceremony.”
Jacob turned away from the captain and strode from the cockpit to go find his bride.