A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part five: Blog twenty-Three)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Zala follows her up the stairs to the fo’c’sle where the Captain is conversing with Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne.
“Afternoon my ‘First Mate’ Olanis, and Zala” the Captain says with a jovial tone to her voice.
“Captain, Navigator,” Oli says.
“Sir,” Zala says.
“How’s our supply of fresh water in the hold?” The Captain asks.
“I went with Aarini the other day to sound the barrels and they’re about eight of ten full.”
“It would be good to mark in another place for fresh water. Do you think that atoll has any inside her?” the Captain asks with a hopeful smile.
“We can look tomorrow,” Oli replies. “’Wheel Turner’ would like to come along. We could get the boat close enough to walk to shore I think.”
“Wear clogs and wrap your hands,” the Captain warns. “Might be things like sea urchins and there’s certainly coral. Bring some water skins just in case.”
“Will do Captain,” she replies.
“Than it’s you, ‘Wheel Turner’, Umi, Zala, Chesah, and this time take Aarini.” The Captain turns to Zala. “You can dive with Umi to learn how it’s done. When she’s in the water you’re in charge of the boat.”
“Aye, aye, Captain,” Zala says and Oli sees a gleam in her eyes.
“Zala?” the Captain asks, “how do we collect fresh water while at sea?”
“Dew off the old sail sheets we hang over the sides at night and buckets if it rains, sir,” Zala replies with so much confidence Oli is relieved. If everything goes as planned Zala will be a captain of her own ship soon.
“Should a captain and first mate ever leave the ship at the same time?” The Captain asks Zala. Oli can see the strain in her face.
“Not unless there’s a fire or the ship is being careened for repairs, sir.”
Oli believes Zala will be wearing her own tricorn hat soon.
“Very good.” The Captain glances at her and Zala. “Let Umi know and prepare for tomorrow.”
“Aye, aye Captain,” Oli says at the same time Zala does.
“Don’t get too giddy,” Oli says to Zala as they head towards the Poop Deck to give ‘Wheel Turn’ the news.
“Why would you say that?” Zala asks with suspicion in her voice.
“Because soon you’ll outrank me and I won’t be able to talk to you like that anymore,” Oli says patting the now beaming Zala on the shoulder.
“Oh, I don’t think it will be I captaining the next ship, sir,” Zala says turning and looking down at her with admiration. “But I wouldn’t mind being your First Mate.”
For the very first time First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis is dumbfounded.
Taylor Norris, RMT, as First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis: firstname.lastname@example.org
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;
Fire & Steel for the Medieval Rapier: http://fireandsteel.ca/
Alex Watt for background pictures
Daiana Duca for background pictures