San Felipe Harbor, Castille
La Tranquillità swayed slowly with the tide, awaiting the arrival of her crew and passengers. Her hold was stocked for a long northern journey. One man stood upon her deck, his gaze running over the carrack, gauging her preparedness.
Timeo’s friend and trusted companion since Rioja, Benito de Alamilla, had recently departed the ship to gather a new crew. Timeo did not want to attract any undue attention toward his voyage, so he had released most of the sailors that had come here with him from service. And Timeo also awaited the arrival of others.
He turned the letters over in his hands, responses from his urgent request to be met in San Felipe.