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Jim Campbell
The Box - ”Curiosity or Nosiness?"


MAKIN WIR WYE INTAE OBAN WI’ THE WITHER JIST PERFECT, NAE A CLOUD IN THE SKY, (THAT WIS A MIRACLE ITSEL’ FOR THE WEST COAST). SUDDENLY ANE O’ THE CREW SHOUTED OOT, “FITS THAT FLOATIN’ IN THE WATER OWER THERE“. LOOKIN’ OOT THE WHEELHOOSE WINDAE THE SKIPPER SPOTTED FIT HE WIS PINTIN AT. TURNIN’ THE BOAT TAE GO AND INVESTIGATE FIT IT WIS. ANCE WE GOT ALONGSIDE WE SEEN DISCOVERED IT WIS A BOX LINED INSIDE AND THE LID WIS STILL ATTACHED . THAT ‘ILL MAK A GRAND BOX FOR HADIN’ THE BEEF IN INSTEAD O’ IT LYIN’ ON TOP O’ THE ICE REMARKED ANE O’ THE CREW. ABODY AGREED WI’ THIS IDEA AND THE BOX WIS STOWED AWA OOT O’ THE ROAD. EFTER WE WIS DEEN O’ LANDIN’ THE BOAT WIS SCRUBBED DOON AND TIED UP FOR THE WEEKEND, AT THAT TIME NAEBODY WORKIT AT THE WEEKENDS IT GAVE THE GROUNDS AND THE CREWS A WEEL EARNED REST. ON THE SUNDAY MORNIN’ A THE GOOD LIVIN’ MANNIES WERE MAKIN’ THEIR WYE ASHORE TAE THE KIRK. AS WE WERE TIED UP NEXT TAE THE PIER THEY HAD TAE CROSS OOR DECK TAE GIT ASHORE AND IN DOING SO THEY HAD TAE PASS THE BOX NOO PLACED ON THE HATCH GOIN’ INTAE THE HOLD. WE WIS A GETHERED IN THE WHEELHOOSE LOOKIN’ OOT THE WINDAES TAE SEE FA QUIDNA HELP THEMSELVES AND LOOK INTAE THE BOX. I DINNA KEN IF YE CRY IT CURIOSITY OR JIST SHEER NOSINESS BUT THEIR WIS PLENTY O’ MEN FA SUCCUMBED TAE IT THAT DAY. THE FIRST ANE THAT GAVE IN TAE HIS CURIOSITY SIDLED UP TAE THE BOX AND BEFORE HE LIFTED THE LID GAVE A FURTIVE LOOK ROON ABOOT TAE SEE THAT NAEBODY WIS WATCHIN’, SYNE HE QUICKLY LIFTED THE LID AND LOOKIT IN. QUICKER THAN HE HAD LIFTED IT HE SLAMMED THE LID BACK DOON AND WI’ A FACE THE COLOUR O’ BEETROOT HE TAEN TAE HIS HEELS. THIS GIED ON A FEW TIMES AND WE WERE A IN FITS O’ LAUCHIN. WINNERIN’ FIT A THE NOISE WIS ABOOT THE SKIPPER DECIDED TAE INVESTIGATE, SO HE CAM’ UP INTAE THE WHEELHOOSE AND ASKED FIT WIS GOIN’ ON. JIST STAN THERE A MEENIT AND YOU WILL SEEN FIN’ OOT SAID ANE O’ THE CREW, AND SURE ENOUGH THE NEXT VICTIM CAM WANNERIN OWER TAE THE BOX. LIFTIN’ THE LID SYNE LOOKIN’ IN THE RESULT WIS JIST THE SAME AS A THE REST AFORE HIM AND AS HE SNEAKED AWA THE SKIPPER HIS AIN CUROISITY NOO AROUSED ASKED FIT HAVE YOU LOT BEEN UP TAE. G’WA OOT AND SEE. AYE ‘ILL JIST DEE THAT AND GAUN OOT ON THE DECK HE WALKED FORRIT AND LIFTIT THE LID. INSIDE SOMEBODY HAD LEFT A NOTE IN GREAT BIG WRITING SAYIN’ “NOSEY B*#*!R”. I MICHT HAVE KENT HE THOCHT TAE HIMSEL, THAT THEY WID HAVE GOTTEN UP TAE NAE GOOD SUSPECTIN’ FA THE CULPRIT WIS, BIT NAE BEEIN’ ABLE TAE PROVE IT.


 


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