A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part four: Blog twenty)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Umi sees ‘One Eye’ drops an anchor on the port side and another on the starboard. Once the boat is gently bobbing more-or-less in place Umi slips her awabi-okoshi through her fundoshi or as ‘One Eye’ calls it, a chastity belt in case a dolphin tail male seeks her out. The long handle of the awabi-okoshi was originally used by Ama to scrape abalone off surfaces. She keeps it to scrape off whatever grows on the outside of the hull. Next she slips a Nihonto Tanto knife through the fundoshi; a gift from her dying father after he fought off three of Barthadrow’s men. She grimaces at the memory of him thrusting it hilt first towards her as blood poured out of his numerous wounds. Memories of all the horrible things Barthadrow has done and caused makes her blood boil. She spits into the water.
Lastly she ties a thin but strong rope around her waist. Next she ties the other end onto the handle of a wooden basket caulked so it floats. At the bow of the pinnace ‘One Eye’ ties another rope through an eyehook a top the gunwale to the basket then places it onto the surface.
“One pull I’m coming up, two pull me up,” Umi reminds Zala and Chesah.
She rolls her shoulders back and lifts her heels alternately off the bottom of the boat while taking in controlled breaths. When it feels right she takes in a deep breath and dives into the water.
It’s cold but also refreshing as it covers her mostly naked body. She doesn’t wear clothing because it absorbs water and captures air. It also keeps the coldness in when she exits the water.
She’ll cut off long lengths of the dogweed first. The hope is that the weed will keep both its strength and flexibility for the bows and arrows the Captain wants made. The rope to the portside anchor is taught and near her. As she cuts near the bottom of a dogweed stem with her Nihonto Tanto she feels a gush of water against her back. She glances back but doesn’t see anything.
With thanks to Joanne Gosling (Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne): Joanne is an Interior Decorator who specializes in closets: Jgosling@calclosets.com Calclosetsjoanne or Joannegosling22@gmail.com;
Leah Weir (Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia): model and cover editor;
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