A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! BOOK Three (Part Fourteen: Blog Eighty-Nine—to be cont…)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
* 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)
Synthia is tired of steering the Freya around in circles. She peers towards the west. The night air is clear, and the two moons brighten the sky just enough for her to see the Nagua, sailing farther out to sea. “Have a hankering for different sights from these,” she sings quietly, when excited whispers travel to her ears. She looks east, towards Dread Island. Blue smoke raises from the island. “Finally,” she whispers to herself.
The ship is in quiet mode because sound can travel easily over open water. Every ship carries a warning flag to warn if a plague is aboard. The Freya’s former crews’ left behind a green dyed flag with red skull and crossbones. Now that the girls are returning from the island, the flag will be raised.
“I see them,” calls the girl in the crow’s-nest. “There’s only three buckets bobbing in the water and nothing else floating nearby.”
There should be another bucket or something else if they were bringing The Witch back with them. She knows “Ship Builder” will be devastated most of all, but so will Alejandra and Master Joanne.
Captain Olanis appears beside her. “The girls rowing to get them will have to cover themselves with sheets,” the Captain says with forced confidence. “We need to look diseased.”
“You’ll need to signal the Nagua,” Synthia says with a sigh. “Let’s hope “Ship Builder” doesn’t try to go ashore alone. He’ll be in an emotional storm when he finds out they don’t have her.”
“Once they’re aboard the tallest girls will wear the clothing of the dead sailors we kept,” Olanis tells her thoughtfully. “Their faces and hands will need to wrapped, so it’s impossible to tell they’re female. You and I as well my dear “Wheel Turner”.”
“You’ll need to have one of the Spanish girls with you,” Cynthia reminds Captain Olanis. “She’ll need to speak in a deep voice with crude words thrown in. Oh, and make sure she tells them that we were infected capturing the Nagua.”
- I will be focusing on writing articles on music, exercise, and other matters for now.
Taylor Norris, RMT, as First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis: email@example.com (Kitchener-Waterloo)
The Witch’s (cloak by Creaturre Clothing: https://www.instagram.com/creaturreclothing/?hl=en, dual blade knife by fireandsteel.ca)
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/
Creaturre Clothing: https://www.instagram.com/creaturreclothing/?hl=en
Alex Watt for background picturesTags: Female Pirates, Science Fiction, Story Telling, Weapons