A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! BOOK TWO (Part Eleven: Blog Fifty-Eight)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
Master Jo Anne moves beside the Captain.
From somewhere hidden on the enemy’s ship she hears a voice boom in Spanish. “Te capturaremos cosas dulces,” the Deep voice shouts out in a sarcastic tone. “A las guapas las mantendremos descalzas y embarazadas. A las feas les cortamos las pechugas para que no puedan aparearse. Y a los muy jóvenes les pondremos el túmulo de Barthadrow.”
“What’s he saying?” she hears Alejandra ask the girl beside her.
“He’s saying,” the girl replies with a Spanish accent, “that they’ll keep the beautiful in bare feet and pregnant. The ugly ones they’ll cut the breasts off so they can’t feed their babies.” The girl hesitates in her translation.
“Go on and say it loud so everyone can hear,” she hears Alejandra say patting the girl on the shoulder while keeping an eye on the enemy ship.
As the girl continues talking, more enemy arrows fly.
“The youngest,” the girl says with trembling lips, “they’ll put in Barthadrow’s barrel.”
“Repeat this back, and loud,” Alejandra says with a hiss in her voice. “Spanish is the most romantic language but your voice makes it ugly. We’re all ugly and beautiful, we’re female pirates!”
Master Jo Anne keeps an arrow knocked as the Nagua sails almost close enough to use the grappling hooks. To the Nagua’s advantage the enemy ship is lower. She sees Alejandra signal to “Ship Builder”. “Ship Builder” relinquishes his long bow to her. She sees Alejandra draw the string back and listen.
“Te inclinaremos sobre la borda y sonreiremos mientras te hacemos gritar,” the voice booms again. “Te cojearemos los pies para que no puedas escapar….” The voice starts to say when she sees Alejandra let loose an arrow.
Panicked shouting erupts out of the enemy ship. Arrows start to fly erratically towards the Captain and others. One of the girls near the gunwale cries out as enemy sailors appear along the gunwale of the other ship.
From behind her she hears, “What is going on?” from Melinda the Cannibal with a groggy voice.
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: http://fireandsteel.ca/
Alex Watt for background pictures
Daiana Duca for background pictures
Krissy Karmaschek for background pictures