In the early spring of 2032, the two sailors cast lines and tacked into the wind, making for the Alabama coast some 550 miles distant.
The principal passenger, the writer Albert Bates, had been holed up in the Yum Balam Protected Area since March, 2020. There he had escaped the ravages of the pandemic unharmed, despite his age and susceptible health, managing to survive on the traditional indigenous diet of his new home after the collapse of the Mexican political state .
“Daniel Trigo, T_R_I_G_O, Trigo.”
“Are you the captain of the boat?”
“How many passengers aboard?”
“One Spanish, one American.”
“Do you have photos of the passport picture pages?”
“Send those now using your ROAM app.”