Chapter 10: Queen's Triumph
"Is something wrong with hydraulics, Admiral?" The Queen inquisitively leaned in to look at the gage. "I saw you tinkering with it, just before I made the tea." Vodyanoy turned his head to the Queen, "Well, to be honest, Your Majesty, I am not quite sure. It seems to turn itself on and off. All other systems are working just fine." The Queen pursed her lips. "How deep are we?" "5,000 feet, Your Majesty. Still ways to go." The tea has gotten cold by now. Alexandrina looked at her cup, wondering if she wanted to warm it up. "We should probably let Amelatu know the hydraulics aren't working properly." Vodyanoy reached for the radio and then paused, "No doubt he is going to tell us to come back up. Is that what you want? I can go to the back to check on other sources of power. Hydraulics are just one way to transmit power through the submarine, and something tells me this fancy new boat has other sources, otherwise we wouldn't be talking." Alexandrina's cheeks turned red. She glared at the Admiral, before slowly shifting her eyes to the window. She looked at the beautiful whales before speaking. "Admiral, you have been too long at sea, must've forgotten your manners. Tell Amelatu about hydraulics." Her tone was icy cold. Vodyanoy's hand involuntarily flinched, he grabbed the radio, "Elvira, this is Vodyanoy, come in." Radio static returned no answer. "This is Vodyanoy, come in Elvira." Admiral gently tapped on the microphone with his crooked thin finger. Radio static jumped up and Amelatu's relieved voice filled the cabin. "This is EIvira, Vodyanoy. What is your current depth?" "We are at 5 000 feet currently, Elvira. Our hydraulics gage is giving off different readings, Elvira, but the boat is working fine." Vodyanoy looked sheepishly at the Queen, who seemed to focus all her attention on the whales outside. "Stay put, Vodyanoy, we are scanning hydraulics systems now, it will take one minute." Admiral sat back in his chair.