A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part two Blog ten)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
As the horizon grows redder Master Jo Anne is shocked to see Captain Peg leg’s Surprise less than ten fathoms away.
“Mornin’ Kyaputen, Zala,” she hears Umi say.
“Morning Umi,” the Captain replies groggily.
She hears the Captain walk up to her.
“Bastards are trying to take our wind now that we’re in the open,” the Captain says. “You are officially relieved to sleep Master Jo Anne.”
“I thanks you Captain Alejandra,” she replies passing the Captain the telescope. “Zala will call for you?”
“Aye,” the Captain replies rubbing sleep from her eyes. “Could you send our ‘Master-at-arms’ to me?”
“Aye Captain Alejandra, that I will.” She and the Captain consider each other sisters. In front of the crew she will only say ‘Captain’ but alone they refer to each other by title and true name. A reminder that they are no different than any of the other girls.
As she walks towards the stairs she says, “Morning Zala.”
“Mornin’ ‘Navigator’,” Zala replies wavering on her feet.
On the deck she sees ‘One Eye’ talking to ‘Wheel Turner’ and the ‘Harlot’. ‘One Eye’ has her mandolin strapped around her shoulders.
“Looks like Humphrey peeing over the gunwale,” She hears ‘One Eye’ say mischievously.
“That’s who I want,” the ‘Harlot’ says followed by a cooing sound. The ‘Harlot’ steps up to the deck’s starboard gunwale, and making a funnel with her hands shouts out. “Looks more like a mushroom than a carrot.”
“I’ll carrot you, you flat chested harpy.” She can just hear Humphrey shout back at the ‘Harlot’.
The ‘Harlot’ undoes her blouse and shakes her chest in reply.
“What are you doing?” ‘One Eye’ asks as she bends over laughing.
“He’s seen it a few years ago,” the ‘Harlot’ replies with a shrug.
“Did you try to get pregnant than?” ‘One Eye’ asks.
“Nay, was too young, made him pull out. Kinda regret that now. But I’d want to keep him with me and that’s not allowed. Well my mischievous sisterlies, I’m off to make strings for bows and crossbows.” The ‘Harlot’ nonchalantly sways her hips as she walks away.
“Why would she be making strings for bows and crossbows?” ‘Wheel Turner’ asks. “And a bit of regret in that last statement. Wonder if we ever get a permanent place on the mainland if she’ll surrender her sea feet to have a land bound family.”
“Wouldn’t surprise me,” ‘One Eye’ says.
“Her last statement reminds me. I’ve got to wake the ‘Master-at-arms’ before I can sleep,” Master Jo Anne says as she wonders what the Captain has in store for the crew.
“I’ll go with you,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says.
“Both of you be careful,” ‘One Eye’ warns them. “She sleeps with a knife.”
“I’ll poke her with a mop handle,” Master Jo Anne tells ‘One Eye’ with a grin.