Small boat on the horizon

The sight of a small high-speed boat on the horizon always springs fear in my heart, as I’m taken back to another time in “Pirate Alley”, off the coast of Yemen. It was here that dad spotted incoming boats and yelled “Leah! Put on a baggy dress, mess up your hair, grab your sister and hide under the table. If things get bad you stay there and don’t say a word — NOW”. An emotionally charged moment that has clearly made a lasting impression. These guys were just shark fishermen, curious about who we were and where we were headed.