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The pirates didn't come back, but the house looked terrible. There was blood and dead bodies everywhere. Suddenly I got another of my mad ideas. I wanted to get away. I knew it was wrong to leave my friends but I thought if I could find Ben Gunn's boat, it might come in useful later. So, I took some bread and two pistols and, when no one was looking, I silently left and ran to the beach.

It was easy to find the white rock that Ben told me about. I also found his boat. It was the smallest boat I had ever seen. It was getting dark when I got into it and tried to go in the direction of the Hispaniola. I wanted to to cut the ship off its anchor. It felt like a good idea. The pirates would lose their ship, and I knew that Mr. Blandly, the squire's friend from Bristol, would send another ship to help us if we didn't come back home on time. So off I went!

Steering Ben Gunn's boat was very difficult but I was lucky because the sea was taking me in the right direction even if I didn’t do anything. Still, it took me hours to get to the right place and it was in the middle of the night when I finally cut the Hispaniola loose. I was very proud of myself and wanted to go back and tell my friends all about it. But to my horror, I found out I couldn't go back! Whatever I did, the sea was moving the boat in the opposite direction. I was fighting the current for hours but then I gave up. I was very tired and fell asleep.

When I woke up, it was already hot. I looked around and saw the Hispaniola on the horizon. She looked very strange, as if no one was controlling her. She moved around without any direction. I thought that maybe no one was on her. If so, maybe I could get on board and sail her to another beach where the pirates wouldn't be able to find her! Then we would have the ship! That sounded like another good idea!

I used all my strength to paddle in the ship's direction. Once again, the sea was helping me a lot. After a couple of hours I got very close to the Hispaniola. I was watching her carefully and at the right moment I got hold of the anchor rope hanging down the side of the ship and climbed up. Just then, the Hispaniola changed direction and I heard her hitting Gunn’s boat and sinking it. Now there was no way back for me. I had to get control of the ship.

When I climbed on deck, I saw many empty rum bottles rolling from one side of the ship to the other. There were also two people lying on the deck, both covered in blood. One of them was the second most dangerous pirate after Silver, Israel Hands. I was sure that they had been drinking all night and had then killed each other. But then Israel Hands moved, opened his eyes and whispered:
    'Rum,’ his face was a picture of pain. 'I can't move.'
    'Mr Hands, I've come to take control of this ship. And so from this moment I am your captain,' I said.
    'I see, Captain Hawkins,' said he with an ugly smile. 'I guess, you would like to get to some beach to land, right? And you might need old Israel Hands, right?'
    'Let's talk then,' said I.
    'This man, O'Brien,' he pointed to the other man, 'is dead now. But last night he cut my leg and I can't move now. So, if you bring me food and drink, and put some bandage onto my poor leg, I'll tell you how to sail this ship. That's fair, isn't it, Captain?'
    'It is', I said and went to the kitchen. But I didn't believe all that he said. So I hid behind the door and watched him. As soon as he thought I was in the kitchen, he moved towards the dead man and took a large knife out of his hand and hid it in under his own coat. Then he went back to where he had been lying before. I could see he was in pain but he could move and he wanted to kill me.




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