A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part Five: Blog Twenty-Seven)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
As she and ‘Wheel Turner’ make their way towards the top of the ridge Oli notices there are numerous birds and flowering insects. Many of the trees and other plants she recognizes but there are also many she doesn’t.
“You think if the Real Talls, Sames, and Cannibals,” she says gasping for breath, “came from another world, they also brought animals, insects, and plants with them as the Captain suggests?”
“Why not,” ‘Wheel Turner’ replies, wiping perspiration from her face. “We did.”
“But there’s the Deep Dwellers, fish-tails, dolphin-tails, horsepeople, and giants,” Oli says.
“And those are just the ones we know of,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says as they reach the crest.
“What happens when we defeat Barthadrow?” Oli asks and spits on the ground.
“It’s the other one I’m worried about,” ‘Wheel Turner replies. “Comparable to a first mate, that one–.”
Without thinking Oli has ‘Wheel Turner’ on her back. She blinks perspiration away and realizes the point of her dagger is imprinting the skin at the side of ‘Wheel Turner’s’ neck.
“Didn’t mean comparable, as in to you, but in how close that person is to Barthadrow.” ‘Wheel Turner’ instinctively spits sideways.
“Aye,” Oli says with a grin and a shake of her head. She gets up, re-sheathes her dagger and offers ‘Wheel Turner’ her hand.
‘Wheel Turner’ shows her strength and Oli grimaces as she’s thrown onto her chest and face. Before she can catch her wind ‘Wheel Turner’ is kneeling on her shoulder blades with the point of her own knife poking just behind the flap of Oli’s right ear.
“Ye’re like my sister,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says in a soft, deadly voice. “You didn’t run me through, not even nick me so I’ll do as like. But never, ever, think I would compare you to that monsters second-in-command. Agreed?”
Oli gulps, “Agreed.”
When Oli is on her feet again she places her hand on the hilt of her rapier. She sees ‘Wheel Turner’ do the same. And they both laugh.
“I could never kill you ‘One Eye’,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says giving her a bear hug.
“Nor I you,” Oli says laughing hugging her back.
“Now if either of us had been ‘Dizzying Blade’,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says.
“Either one of us would be dead now,” Oli finishes for her.
“I swear, I see that one whose eyes could be either light grey or green pending on the clothes she wears, always scoping everyone.” ‘Wheel Turner’ says with a wearisome shake of her head. “All the years we’ve known her and I’ve still never felt safe around her.”
As she chuckles Oli says, “And she’s our Master-at-Arms.”
“Crazy Bumbee’s bollocks I’m glad she’s on our side.
Oli hears something beyond the dense foliage in front of them. “Shhh,” she whispers.
She and ‘Wheel Turner’ carefully part the foliage until they come to the other side of the ridge. Glancing through the long, rib-like leaves of some kind of fern Oli sees a half league down a large circular pond. At the far edge of the pond is a row of palm mixed with banana and other trees. “I think past the pond is a precipice,” she says.
“Help me down and I’ll taste the water,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says. “If it’s fresh I’ll help you down.” ‘Wheel Turner’ stares up into the sky. “We’ll have to head back soon.”
Dan Watt is the author of BARD an epic fantasy story
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