A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part Part Two Blog seven)
“The sun is down and the two moons visible,” Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne sings as she stands at the base of the bowsprit peering into the darkening horizon with a telescope. “Smell the salt in the air to know how close to shore you are.”
Compare the direction of the wind to the movement of the waves
And you’ll know where you’re heading even in thick fog
Learn the stars that are the same but just off from those you remember seeing on lost Earth
Then take another sip of rum and you’ll see dolphin-tails and fish-tails even when there are none.”
She hears the Captain talking to the Ship Builder behind her. The Captain will sleep through the night before taking over her role as navigator in the morning. ‘One Eye’ will take ‘Wheel Turner’s’ position during the day until they get through the deadly shallows of what is secretly called Hidden Cove Strait. She watches the rapid water flowing between the barren island No Life and the cliffs that contain the cove they just left, known as Only Death Lives Here.
She glances back just as Umi climbs up to the fo’c’sle with a dim lantern. Umi will be the caller for the night until they get through the shoals. She has quite the lungs for such a quiet girl. Normally Master Jo Anne only sees her dressed in a white loin cloth; white to ward off sharks or whatever swims below in this world. Right now Umi’s in a mix match of capris, fish boots, and a blanket. What she’s wearing under the blanket Master Jo Anne can’t tell. She sees the Ship Builder nod at the Captain and Umi as walks her way.
The Ship Builder stands beside her with a rolled cloth. “In case you need it,” he says in halting words.
“I’m good,” she replies tapping the coiled hand guard of her rapier. Her gaze stays on his missing finger. “I miss her too,” she says. She looks up and notices his face drawn in. “Look,” she continues as she lifts a small scrying ball attached to a thick silver necklace from her shirt. His expression turns to admonishment. “I didn’t steal it, she gave it to me,” she says hurriedly. “She was teaching me how to use it. When I’m out here alone it helps me to focus. I don’t think it tells me what is about to happen. More it clears my thoughts so I can predict what is up ahead based on what I already see in front of me.”
She notices his lips quiver before he takes in a deep breath and tells her, “I’ll leave you to it then.” She watches him climb down the ladder of the fo’c’sle.