They are down by the chemical baths.’
Show me said the fat man as the sweat began to roll down one cheek on his face and he wiped it away with a clean handkerchief.’
“You lot watch these; you come with me said the fat man;’
“It will take two of us to lift the chests said Foxy to Henderson.
“You said the fat man pointing at Byron Badoe come with him; but try anything and I will put a bullet in you too.’
“Turn off the engine quickly said Jim to Selene as they neared the barge.’
“There’s no one keeping watch; the boat was drifting until Jim picked up the oars and began to slowly make his way towards the barge where his spotted the wooden crates lined up on deck.
“You stay here.’
“No I’m coming with you James.’
“Alright but stay behind me.’
Jim climbed on board then Selene followed. Jim made a signal to Selene not to speak as he went down as quietly as he could. He looked around as Selene followed him until he went into the lab where he saw Foxy and Byron. “What’s going on asked Jim then the fat man stepped out.
“I was wondering when you were going to show up; oh and I see you brought your love interest with you.’ come in dear and take a seat. He pushed Jim against the wall keeping the gun trained on him.’
“You’re a bit big for cowboy guns aren’t you Henderson?’
“Yes, but this one has been specially adapted you see.’ It uses scatter shells and you know what damage they can cause.’ The shell will kill anyone within a six feet radius. You don’t even have to be a particularly good shot either; it will take you all out.
Selene sat at Monique’s desk. She had been working on a piece from the wreck and had just left it out on the desk along with her tools and cleaning fluids.’
Both Jim and Byron went down under the floor of the barge into the holding tank was and brought up one of the boxes containing the rubies, pearls, and sapphires. He opened the chest and his eyes widened. “Very beautiful I must say, just like your woman here.’
Walking towards her he placed the colt pistol over her left breast and worked it up and down until Selene tried to remove it.’
“Come now missy, don’t you like that?’
“Get off me you; “Cochon desagreable graisse.’
“What was that missy my French ain’t all that good.’
“I think she called you an obnoxious fat pig.’
Henderson’s face turned red and he lifted his arm to hit her across the face but she was faster and picked up a glass container and threw its contents in his face. Immediately smoke started coming from his jacket and he clawed at his skin as the fluorosulfuric acid burned the cornea and iris in his right eye and his face. He screamed in agony dropping the gun and ran out along the passage, up the short flight of stairs then jumped into the sea. He floated for several minutes but the acid had also gone into his mouth and burned all his tongue. He choked trying to get air as the acid fumes burned the back of his throat. He held his throat swallowing mouthfuls of salt water until his fat body sank slowly to the bottom.