A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part Seven: Blog Forty-One)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
(Part Seven) Amelie stands beside Arsema on the Fo’c’sle before the First Mate and the Navigator. Amelie glances at an oil lamp hanging from an eyehook on the foremast. The lamp cast shadows as it swings in the strengthening wind. The ‘Ship Builder’ and ‘Navigator’ readapted an oil lamp that would have used whale oil or kerosene with one that now uses a plant oil. They called the plant hairy olive balls because it tastes and looks like olives but is about the size of a teacup and has fibrous hairs growing out of the skin. According to the ‘Navigator’ the ‘Ship Builder’ says it burns longer then whale, kerosene, and olive oil from Earth would.
“Arsema,” the First Mate says with a mischievous grin, “you will now be assistant Ship Protector.”
Amelie sees Arsema’s eyes drop.
“You will be known as Master-at-arms of the sea, until our own ‘Dizzying Blade’ returns.” Arsema looks up and smiles.
“Amelie, you are assistant Master-at-arms. However, you will remain in your own hammock within the hold but moved closer to the hatch. All the weapons must be moved out of the Master-at-arms’ room while our guest stays there.”
“Who is our guest?” Amelie asks in her uppity but enchanting French accent.
“A Cannibal named Melinda,” the ‘One Eye’ replies with a sardonic grin.
“Can we feed Mesi and Althea to her?” Arsema asks in her sarcastic but lovely Eritrea accent. They all laugh.
“They’re still at each other?” ‘One Eye’ asks.
“Still, as always, sir,” Amelie says.
“Now that they’re bodies are more like a woman’s,” Arsema says as she looks around to make sure no one else is listening, “they compare their physiques. Mesi presses out her big boobs as she glares up at Althea, and Althea measures her own with her hands and while glaring down at Mesi, says hers are actually much bigger.”
“Thank the two moons that they’re not men comparing something else,” ‘One Eye’ says with a grin. “Arsema,” she continues in a more serious note. “You and ‘Ship Protector’ are to return with ‘Storm Caller’ and help the Captain and the ‘Ship Builder’ release the Surprise from its current perch upon a jagged boulder. That will mean diving underneath to check the damage.” She turns to Amelie. “Have Althea and Mesi practice sword fighting while the others pull in the nets to see what we’ve caught to eat.”
Amelie groans and nods her head. Taking in a deep breath she says in Arsema’s direction, “Oh to be a mermaid at this moment.”
Dan Watt is the author of the epic dark fantasy fiction book BARD
Taylor Norris, RMT, as First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kitchener-Waterloo)
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;
Andraya Watt as Assistant-Master-at-Arms, Amelie
With Thanks To:
Fire & Steel for the Medieval Rapier, Ninjato with Throwing Knives: http://fireandsteel.ca/
Street Colours for gemstone worn by Amelie: Streetcolours.com
Alex Watt for background pictures
Daiana Duca for background pictures
Krissy Karmaschek for background pictures