A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part fIVe: Blog twenty-four)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
“Cachaça is getting full and Eau-de-vie is getting closer,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says as she wraps leather around her clogs to keep them from getting damaged.
Oli gazes up into the clear sky at the milky white colour of Cachaça. She reaches up with both hands and opens them so it looks like she’s holding the moon. The moon is so large it takes up most of her sight. “Wonder if anything lives on her?” she asks. ‘Wheel Turner’ doesn’t reply so she turns her head to the east. “Makes me thirsty,” she says staring at the burgundy coloured Eau-de-vie.
“We’ll get you as close as possible, sirs,” Zala says. Oli smiles at the tall girl in her violet robe, taken from somewhere, maybe from a wreckage. It makes Zala look noble and in control. Aarini who wears a nearly see through silk blouse and Chesah in her own kimono could be princesses; pirate princesses.
Oli sees Umi checking over the fire box in the middle of the pinnace. Next the waterproof buckets and ropes. Lastly Oli sees Umi have each girl stand up and unfasten their robes to check that their knives are secured tightly.
Peering over the side of the boat into the water as they get closer to the shore Umi raises her hand. “Halt!” she commands. “There is a sandy stretch towards the atoll here.”
Oli climbs over the side followed by ‘Wheel Turner’ as the girls lean the opposite way to counterbalance. Once in the water Oli realizes it only reaches just above her knees. Zala passes her and ‘Wheel Turner’ each a water sack made from sheep stomach. Oli realizes that the sacks are older than she is since they came from Earth. She and ‘Wheel Turner’ tie the mouth strings of the sacks to their waists and swing the body of the sacks over their shoulders. Next Zala passes them each a chord of thin rope, and wrapped biscuits which Oli and ‘Wheel Turner’ tuck into their tops.
“When Eau-de-vie is in front of Cachaça,” she hears ‘Wheel Turner’ tells Zala.
“Aye, aye, Helmswoman,” Zala replies.
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