A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part two Blog eleven)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
As she and ‘Wheel Turner’ head towards the stern Master Jo Anne grabs a mop from a chest fixed under the main mast.
“I saw her take out three of Barthadrow’s men when we stole the pregnancy ship for the Queen of Pirates,” She hears ‘Wheel Turner’ warn.
“I’m pretty fast myself,” she says patting the pommel of her rapier.
“Aye, but I can see your movements. Take my word. Poke her gently and hop back.”
“You tackle her if she comes at me.” They’re almost to the stern of the boat and she can see the door to the cabin the Master-at-arms sleeps in. ‘Dizzying Blade’ is curled up in a ball with just a powder blue sheet over her egg white night gown.
“Most likely I’ll drag you back and shut the door closed,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says.
She glances back and sees no humour in ‘Wheel Turner’s’ face. She lifts the latch and opens the door. Inside there are no window, just all sorts of weapons latched or tied firmly to the wall. She looks back to make sure ‘Wheel Turner’ is holding the door open for her to escape through.
‘Wheel Turner’ nods at her.
“’Dizzying Blade’,” she calls softly. The Master-at-arms turns onto her back and mumbles. She spreads her feet with her knees slightly ready to dash and pokes the Master-at-arms.
She is almost through the door when a hand grabs the back of her shirt and pulls her to the floor. She hears a gasp of disbelief from ‘Wheel Turner’ as she feels the edge of a knife pressing against her throat.
“The Captain wants to see you,” she gasps as she turns her head and stares with bulging eyes up into the crazy glare in the Master-at-arms’ eyes.
“Oh, that’s okay than,” the Master-at-arms says helping her back onto her feet.
“I’m just going to my cabin now and sleep,” she says dusting herself off before hurrying out the door.
“What does the Captain want me for?” the Master-at-arms asks.
“Don’t know but the ‘Harlot’ is making strings for bows and cross-bows,” she says.
“Warned you,” ‘Wheel Turner’ whispers to her. “Mornin’ Master-at-arms Sadie,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says jovially to ‘Dizzying blade’.
“Mornin’ ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia,” the Master-at-arm replies.
She walks with ‘Wheel Turner’ to her cabin when she hears a sad song emit up from the hull:
If you didn’t like what was done to you
Why would you do it to another?
Shouldn’t you be protecting others from that fate?
All the people who try to escape what they hate
All the people who embrace what destroyed their childhood
You’re a foul thing Barhadrow
Using others’ hurt to get what you want…
“Janet’s up,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says in a dour tone.
“Aye, and if she keeps that up so will we be,” she says feeling her heart sink at the song’s words. “Good-night ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia, and thanks for almost saving me life.”
“It was well worth the try,” she hears ‘Wheel Turner’ say with a chuckle. And as ‘Wheel Turner’ walks away she suggests, “Maybe just throw a bucket at her next time so you make through the door.”
As she covers her head with her pillow to block out Janet’s song Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Jo Ann thinks, some of us evolve Barthadrow and we protect those you abuse. Eventually we’ll bring a storm to wash away your monstrous ways.
With thanks to:
Joanne Gosling (Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne): Joanne is an Interior Decorator who specializes in closets: Jgosling@calclosets.com Calclosetsjoanne
Leah Weir (Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia): model and cover editor
Fire & Steel (medieval rapier): https://fireandsteel.ca/