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  • Writer's picture@ Cynthia Adina Kirkwood

Adrian's Guilt (Chapter 12 of "Pirating Slavery")

"The captain sulked. He did not seek out anyone for conversation. He avoided meeting the stares of his friends. He kept his head tilted downward most of the time. Sometimes, he lost track of days. He ate meals without tasting the food. He felt trapped alone in a cramped chamber too tiny to hold the depth of his emotions. He roamed the deck like a sick man stumbling after his health. Adrian was sick, sick with guilt."


Pirating Slavery, my novel about buccaneers liberating slave ships, will be published in 16 installments twice a week for four months. The 12th chapter appears here:

Books, published as installments, make the story more manageable while heightening the experience of reading. The book becomes a companion and a commentary on your day-to-day life as you read it over the course of a few months. Between chapters, readers have the time to share, talk and speculate about the book. Try it! Book serials first appeared in 1836, when a French newspaper published Honore de Balzac. At the same time, in England, Charles Dickens published The Pickwick Papers and ignited a trend. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1851 in 40 installments. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was published in Russia from 1873 to 1877.

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