A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part three Blog fourteen)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Master-at-arms ‘Dizzying Speed’ Sadie stands beside Zala on the foc’s’cle with her mouth wide open in awe. She’s completely engrossed in the fight between the tiny, busty Filipino girl Althea, and the tall wide hipped Egyptian girl Mesi. The two girls are screaming at each other in a mixture of English and their ancestral language. Suddenly Althea trips over a bucket. Mesi grabs Althea’s hair and yanks Althea back to her feet. Althea jumps to her feet smashing the crown of her head under Mesi’s chin. Althea starts crying while holding the top of her head while she points an accusatory finger at Althea. At the same moment Althea is rubbing her chin with one hand while pointing the finger of her free hand at Mesi.
“Sir?” Sadie hears Zala says but waves her off.
Mesi is staggering and shifting her lower jaw side-to-side while Althea is pointing at the top of her head and crying while she shouts at Mesi. Mesi punches Althea in the stomach with her thumb wrapped under her fingers. Both girls cry out. Althea is now holding her stomach and Mesi is rubbing her thumb.
“Shouldn’t you be breaking this up, sir?” Zala says, her voice a bit louder this time.
“But…,” Sadie says.
“They might hurt each other sir,” Zala warns her.
Mesi charges Althea with her head just as Althea slips on the wet deck. They both crash into a very angry looking ‘Unibrow’ Nippie whose wielding a ladle.
“I’ve never seen such a horribly bad fight,” Sadie says in awe. “Not even a pretend fight,” she continues as she climbs down to the deck.
“Great fight,” she hears ‘One Eye’ cackle across the ship from the Helm.
“Absolutely amazing,” Sadie agrees absent mindedly. Her very concise mind is still pondering how two people could fight with such imprecision. She knows some of the other girls are Egyptian and Filipino but none of them fight as horribly as these two.
“Mesi! Althea!” she shouts out at them then after a moment of thought continues, “And Nippie! Stand down!” She walks briskly towards them.
‘Unibrow’ is snarling at the girls as she taps the spoon of the ladle against her palm.
“We wish to duel sir,” Mesi says with her chin held high.
“To the death,” Althea adds.
“The problem with that,” Sadie says in a quiet, mocking tone, “Is that you would probably kill yourselves instead of each other. Mesi, you’re to go with ‘Cook’ Nippie and work with her and Janet in the Galley. Althea, you’ll find ‘Harlot’ Thelma and help her make strings. Now!”
She hears ‘One-Eye’ laughing from the helm. “We could send them to Barthodrow if he wasn’t such a bilge-sucking rapescillion,” ‘One-Eye’ shouts.
“That would make it too easy to defeat him,” Sadie shouts back. “Everyone’s got a talent. Well met sailing sister, got to go and carve bows so they shoot arrows that sing like banshees.”
“Keep sturdy on your feet,” ‘One-Eye’ says as she turns the wheel counter clock-wise.
With thanks to Joanne Gosling (Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne): Joanne is an Interior Decorator who specializes in closets: Jgosling@calclosets.com Calclosetsjoanne
And Leah Weir (Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia): model and cover editor
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