A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part Seven: Blog Forty-Five)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
That night, with the two moons shining overhead, Amelie leans against the main mast. The Captain sent a fire signal that the rest of the crew would be returning on the ‘morn. The girls, who will be up throughout the night, are sitting or lying on the deck, wrapped in blankets around “One Eye”. The First Mate is sitting on a chest full of adapted brooms and mops, singing while playing her mandolin.
“We are heading back to sea, back to sea,” she hears “One Eye” sing.
“May a strong wind fill the sails
To carry us to our destination
But not a gale, not a gale….”
As “One Eye” continues to sing Amelie sees “Dizzying Blade’s” door open. Wrapped in a blanket, her hair disheveled, steps out Melinda. The Cannibal’s canine teeth glint in the dual moonlight. There is a sensuous movement to the Cannibal’s steps that reminds her of a large cat. She sees Melinda sit with the other girls. Amelie thought the girls would be terrified by the Cannibal but they seem drawn to her.
Amelie, along with the others gasp as Janet jumps to her feet and lets her blanket fall to the deck. She’s only wearing a loose night gown; nearly see through in the light of the two moons. Shaking she points a finger at the Cannibal and shouts in a shaky voice, “Eat me and no one else!”
“That’s not for me dear,” Melinda replies with a look of shock on her face. “There are some others I think here who would be most happy to oblige, and some on my ship.”
Amelie notices “One Eye” has stopped playing and now has a mischievous grin. “I think she means, literally,” “One Eye” says to the Cannibal.
“Oh no,” Melinda says with a shake of her head towards Janet. “I detest that, and only do it when one moon covers the other. That will be a long time from now dear.”
“Well,” Janet replies raising her chin and squinting at the Cannibal, “I will stay with you until you return to your own ship.” As Janet is talking Amelie notices Janet is wearing a thin string around her waist with a hardly noticeable sheath hanging from it. She glances closer and believes Janet has a fish skinning knife in the sheath.
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