Sometimes Joe missed Sid. Generally on those days he wouldn’t speak to anyone, and just went through the motions in sword practice, before going up into the crows nest, looking up at the stars when night fell.
Marvelous would be the first to come and stand with him. Nothing was ever said, but that was enough. When it got too dark, the Captain would take the ex-solider’s hand and take him back down into the ship.
No one would say anything, but Ahim would give him tea, and Don would have saved a hot dinner, and Luka would be waiting with a deck of cards.
He missed Sid, but he loved his family all the same.
… Just don’t tell them that.