A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates!  BOOK Three  (Part Fourteen: Blog Eighty)  The Witch

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A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates!  BOOK Three  (Part Fourteen: Blog Eighty)  The Witch

By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series

I’ll find you one day

Witch, that’s the only nice name they call her, and the only name they call her to her face, if they call her a name at all.  The one thing she agrees with Captain Barthadrow’s men, the self-proclaimed Nueva Conquistadors, on, is that ten years has passed since the comet brought them here. She places her hand over the tiny drawstring pouch that always hangs from her neck, and gently squeezes it.  It’s there, and it brings her strength and comfort to know that her lover’s finger still has a pulse.

She’s standing at the base of a hill with a peak that becomes a cliff that overlooks the port where the Nueva Conquistadors keep their galleons.  Over the years she has picked up enough Spanish to become semi-fluent.  Why they took the feminine form Nueva was sickeningly obvious.  Sodomists, rapist, pedophiles all.  They are not men, nor women but some deranged mix of both.  Luckily, to them she is both cursed and divinely protected.  She is also considered dried up and worse than undesirable.  The one who keeps a living finger hanging around her neck.  The scryer.  The tainted healer.

Whenever, one of the Nueva Conquistadors comes near her, she pulls the cowl of her blue cloak over her head to shadow her face.  She only speaks to them in an ominous tone that suggests their demise is always lurking nearby.

There’s a distant thud sound as a boulder lands, partially up the hill.  At the peak she sees a building made up of boulders with clinging vines growing all around.  A few fathoms from the building, is an unfinished wall of more boulders.  She had lied to Captain Barthadrow through his First Mate.  With false enthusiasm, she had told the vile First Mate, that she was building a sun house that would absorb the power of the sun to make Captain Barhtadrow’s fleet invincible in the war for the Pregnancy Ship.

Her long brunette hair whips around her face as two male and one female giant throw more boulders up the hill.  These friendly giants, with there round faces and flat back heads, don’t realize what the boulders are really for.  There thick, squat legs, rotund bellies, and bulging chests hinder their speed but increase their strength.  That strength along with their long arms will be perfect for her real intention.

“Witch,” she hears a familiar Nueva Conquistador call from a distance away. 

She pulls the cowl of her cloak over her head and turns to the speaker.

All of the Nueva Conquistadors are tall and powerfully built now.  The weaker all died of disease and battle, or are used as servants.

Beside the speaker is another Nueva Conquistador.  However, this one has the dunce expression of someone enraptured in love.  He is also missing half his right hand.

Taylor Norris, RMT, as First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis:  taynorris@gmail.com (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 (pictures by: professional family and baby photographer Kimberley Lee (kimberleyleephotography.co.uk); (El Cid Rapier by blades-uk.com)

Andraya Watt as Assistant-Master-at-Arms, Amelie

Maegan Curlyo as Master-at-Arms “Dizzying Blade” Sadie (pictures of Maegan by Ben Kraehling)

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

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