A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part One Blog eight)
She laments how a single moment can damage someone so badly. Until they’re ready to fight Barthadrow the Ship Builder will have no closure. She on the other hand keeps memories close, to give her strength.
Her father was coerced into sailing to Australia on a ship of criminals. For her it was an adventure. She had lost her mother to Scarlet Fever when she was four. So her father brought her up in his blacksmith shop. As they sailed her father told her that a lot of the ‘criminals’ were people who were caught stealing food in order to survive.
Somewhere on the Indian Ocean their galleon, the New World, was attacked by a pirate galleon. Sailing nearby by though, was Captain Barthadrow’s dreaded Corrupta; a hundred canon galleon. There were also five more, smaller galleons in his fleet. So the Ship Builder told her when she was older.
It was a desperate fight for the pirates, whose ship was rotting. They used grapples to attack the ship. As they fought the Spanish soldiers and British mercenaries aboard, the chained criminals cheered and cried out to them. She remembers her young eyes widening with wonder when a woman with flowing brunette hair and icy blue eyes dressed in a shimmering robin egg robe climbed aboard the ship. The fascinating woman stole a ring of keys from the main jailor as he was fighting the Ship Builder and started unlocking the criminals. Meanwhile, her father was stabbed in the chest. He managed to defeat the soldier he was fighting and unbuckle the belt that held the sheath of his rapier. He tossed the belt and his rapier to her and in a fading voice yelled, “Hide!”
That’s when a shooting star flew overhead, alighting the sky in a cobalt blue glow. At the same time a funnel as wide as the eye could see appeared over the sea. She watched, mesmerized, as it pushed into the water until there was only a massive whirlpool. That’s all she remembers until the Ship Builder and the Witch saved her and Alejandra at the other end of the Milky Way.
They told her they had found an abandoned bilander and swam to it. Three other men, all former prisoners on the New World joined them: Jandamarra, who was captured from Western Australia; Drissa from the Ivory Coast; and Esadowa from somewhere between the Northeast of the Thirteen Colonies and Southeast of Canada.
She remembers gazing over the gunwale at the wreckage of ships. Later the Witch would tell her they may have come from different time periods; perhaps different worlds. She wondered if the shooting star kept the earlier ships and people swirling in the whirlwinds before letting them all go at once into the sea of this world.
Jandamarra, Drissa, and Esadowa now live among the horsepeople. All three men warned the horsepeople about Barthadrow and the European idea that if they disembark on your land they can claim it. It made finding a land base difficult but it also stopped Barthadrow from taking over anything on the mainland. So far Barthadrow only controlls a single island, she and the other pirates call Dread Island. The Ship Builder told her that peaceful giants with long arms and big bellies let Barthadrow and his crew land on their shores to trade. But Barthadrow struck a Spanish flag and a smaller British flag for the mercenaries into the land and claimed it for Spain. The giants were butchered until they submitted and became slaves.
The only good outcome of the battle was that Barthadrow used up most of his cannon shot and so far no alternative to gunpowder has been discovered on this world. Oh well, there’s always trouble on whatever planet your on she supposes.