#9,7 My life, chasing my seadream

We neared the docks of tortuga, while men and women were watching us sailing. “Lose the wind and drop the anchor” The captain yells as we get close enough to set out a boat. “We have arrived, get something to drink and fill you’re bellies. We will haul goods early in the morning”

As one of the boats get put into the water the quartermaster and me get in and row to the bay. “We have to go to the store and talk to the merchant about the goods onboard the ship. Then when we have the coins from the goods, we will look for more crew for our second ship” the quartermaster says. We walk around the town and we see the ‘store’ sign hanging on the side of a building.

We walk towards the store and open the door. Inside the building is a very large amount of random goods, from pearls to pistols. The quartermaster walks directly towards the merchant as i still look at all the stuff in wonder. “Oi” the quartermaster says while waving at me in a way to get my attention. As i walk towards the quartermaster i can see a whip hanging on the wall. It is a white scaled whip like the skin of a snake with a silver elegant tip on the end shaped like a hammer. The handle is a black leather, protected by a golden guard and golden strips around it. On the end i can see a skull with red ruby shaped eyes

“Who’s whip is that?” I ask the merchant. “The white one?” he asks. I nod, as he awnsers “that whip belonged to a very ruthless pirate. But it wasen’t just an ordinary pirate. This pirate was a woman. And she had many riches plundered. Rumors say she is still catching the waves on the water. If you ever see a flag with a white skull and red ruby shaped eyes, flee with all your might for she is mercyless” i walk over to the merchant and say “can i buy this whip, i will give you everything i own”

“This is a piece of a legendary set of gear” he says. “In total there are rumored to be seven legenday items with a skull with ruby eyes on them. All i know of is a whip, this one. A sword and a pirate hat. The rest is still unknown to me. So if you want that whip, you will have to do something for me. Would you do that?” He asks. I nod in agreement. He says “right, i have a barque sitting in the shipyard. But i can’t pay for the repairs it needs. If you can somehow get my ship fixed you can have the whip with a nice reward on top.” 

I look at the quartermaster as he looks at me,”go on, grab any oppertunity you can to make your dreams come true” he says while pulling the left side of his mouth up. “I’ll see what i can do straight away” i say. The merchant nods at me and goes into the back room with the quartermaster to dicuss the cargo.

I walk outside and see a bunch of people walking around. Seagulls screaming for no reason and the crackling of the stones and sand from under the sandals and shoes of the people walking by. I look around and ask a person walking by if they could point me to the shipyard. As they point me towards the shore and walk towards it. I soon see the sign that says ‘shipyard’ on in. I push against the door and walk in. 

I see a nicely dressed man with a berret on his head. “Welcome lad, what dingies need fixing?” He says politely. “The mechant in town wants his ship fixed, can we come to some kind of agreement?” I ask. “Well now, and then he sends an errandsboy to pay for him, how curious. You do know he is unable to pay for the repairs of his ship, do you not?” He asks. “Yes i do. Can i help you with anything that can make me pay for his repairs?” I ask the shipyardmaster. “Well there is one thing” he says with a grin “there is a fellow that will come here tomorrow morning to sign a contract. You don’t need to know the details. But when he signed the contract i want you to kill him. You can keep anything he wears or has with him, as long as his blood is not on my hands. He has been a annoyance to the shipyard for a while.” I clear my throat as i think “i have to kill another person… is that realy worth it… taking someone’s life for a whip? No… i have to do this. The skull on the whip was the same as on my ring. I’m sure of it.” As i look up at the shipyardmaster i say “i’ll do it”. He nods and smiles “ok then, i will see you tomorrow at sunrise, don’t be late” he says.

“Thank you” i say to him and walk out of the shipyard. “better go to the inn, get something to drink and eat. And then go to sleep, as tomorrow wil be an eventfull day” as i see the quartermaster come out of the inn i call him over. I tell him about the assignment and he frowns at me. “You will do that for just a whip? You must a mad” he says. I nod and smile “i’ll stay at the inn tonight” i say. The quartermaster agrees and goes back to the boat to go back to the ship. 

I open the doors of the in and greet the bartender. “Good day sir, do you have any spare rooms i can spent the night?” The bartender looks up at me and says “yes we do as a matter of fact we have only one room left. So it’s your lucky day. That will be 1 silver” he says. I look at the bartender with a serious look and he looks back at me and says “mate, you don’t have to rent a room, you can also sleep on the stools here in the bar” i reach into my pocket and put the only silver coin i have on the table. “There you are, now please, show me my room” i say. “Certainly sir” the bartender says. He gets out from behind the bar and walks in front of me.up the stairs to my room. 

“Here tis” he says as he hands me the key to the room. I thank the barkeper and unlock my door and enter the room. I take of my shoes and lay on the bed. “I wonder what things will happen tomorrow. I need to get that whip, no matter the cost” i tought. I turned my body on my side and closed my eyes. And soon fell asleep. 

#9,6 My life, chasing my seadream

Massive waves started to form and splashed into the hull of the ships. It was a good thing we secured everything because the ships are bouncing on the waves. Lightning strikes the water with a loud bang and lights up everything in sight. Rain pouring from the sky with drops as big a bullets. 

“I hope the storm passes soon” i think. My stomach is turning a little from all the bobbing. The quartermaster comes in the room and sees me sitting. “First time in a storm eh?” He says. “Just lie down in your hammock, it takes most of the sick feeling away” i nod at him and walk to my hammock. I lay myself in the hammock and indeed, the hammock is not a great fix but it works better then just standing around. 

I get up from my hammock and walk to the quartermaster, who is checking on all the other mates and seeing if they are okay. I ask “when can we talk about the maps?”.” As soon as the storm settles well meet in the captain’s cabin. Don’t forget to bring your map” he awnsered. “Alright” i say as i walk back to my hammock. I lay back down in my and try not to throw up.

I can hear and feel the wind of the storm rushing trough the ship. Water splashing hard against the ships hull. And loud thunder roaring in the distance. The storm doesn’t last long and gets less dangerous. The crew is going back on the deck, so i follow them. The waves were still high and splashing wildly against the ship. I was just about to get up when a massive wave hit us. The sudden movement made me loose my footing and bash my head into the hull of the ship, and everything became a blur and silence took over. Darkness filled my sight as i noticed i fell down. 

I woke up with the sun glaring intonmy eyes. The sea was peacefull again. And seagull sceams and shipmates filled the silence. I squint my eyes and see the quartermaster in a blur standing above me. “Your awake” he says. “Let’s go to the captain’s quarters”. I got up with my head pounding on ny left side. I put my hand on my head and slowly walk towards the quartermaster who is waiting in front of the door. As he opened the door we walked into the room. The room was all messy because of the storm. The quartermaster grabbed two chairs and sat them around the table. 

As he put his map on the table, he said to me “show me the map you bought”. I reach intomy pocket and luckely it’s still there. I take it out and unfold it on the table. “Hmm” the quartermaster says as he rubs his chin while looking at it. “There is no X on my map, your map is a different but drawn in the same style”. As i puck up the quartermasters map i can see light shinig trough it making the map a lightbrown color. I spotted a little circle but i could not see it when i was looking at the map with the naked eye. “Why can’t i see this when i put it on the table” i tought to myself. I take my map while the quartermaster is still looking at it “hey, i was looking at that” he says irritated. “Look” i say while holding the map in the sunlight. The quartermaster and i look at the map. We can see the x become a center point of four lines leading to circles on the map. But there is also another circle on the map wich sits alone, and it is right around the entrance wich looks like it leads to a cave.

I take the map of the quartermaster and the coins outside of the map seem to precicely line up with the items and land on my map. “Why, if that isen’t intersting” he says while looking at the maps with a close look. He points to the corner of the map. “There is writing” he says. “How did i miss this” i tought to myself. “You are right, what does it say” i ask. “Bar…bar..naga, island of many rare… with an… the…that’s all the words on there” he says.”It seems there is still a part of the map missing. 

As we try to look for more clue’s the rest of the day, we get tired and don’t find anything else on the maps. “It seems we have dound everything there is to find on the map” the quartermaster says. I nod yes. “let us go to the captain to tell him our progress on the maps”. “Maybe he knows about any of the clue’s, let’s show him” i say. 

We walk outside to the deck and the quartermaster orders to go to the Medusa with a boat. The crew puts the boat on the water and we get in. Two crew members get in aswell to row the boat to the ship. When we get to the ship we can see the captain already awaiting our arival. The shipmates throw a ladder down and we get on the ship with some help of the captain. 

“We have news” the quartermaster says. “And what might that be” the captain asks. The quartermaster and i walk up to some barrels close to the edge and take out our maps. “When we were docked at bay, we both bought a piece of a treasure map from some curious men” the quartermaster tells the captain. The captain turned his head and made a questionable face. “Show me this” he said. 

We open both maps and share with the captain what we had found. “As you know, a captain always is on the hunt for a new adventure” he says ” this will be our next objective, but we will have to find the other pieces to the map” the captain says. We both nod and cheer in agreement. 

The captain runs up the stair to the steeringwheel and puts his hands next to his mouth. “MEDUSA” he yells. All the crew members look at the captain and stop with what they are doing. “We have a special obective after we are done with the this one” he yells. The crew mates look at each other in a questioning way. “We are going on a treasurehunt!” He announces. The whole crew cheers with happyness and delight to the words of the captain. 

“Land ahoy!” The mate in the crows nest screams. Everyone starts to walk around and getting ready to their positions to fufill their jobs. “We have two days on tortuga! Be back on the shil by first sunlight” the captain says to his crew as his crew cheered another “Hoaa!”

#9,5 My life, chasing my seadream

Part 3: Tortuga!

When the sea battle was behind us I went to my hammock. Because the capatian had appointed me to the ship with the quartermaster. I felt kind of dissapointed, because I still wanted to ask the captain about the letter with my ring as a stamp, I found in the library. But these were the orders. And eitherway I don’t mind the captain putting me with the quartermaster because now we can speculate and talk about the maps we have found. I unlocked my chest and opened it, taking out the letter and putting it in my pocket. I don’t need anything else I suppose as I closed and locked my chest again.

I walked out of the room back to the stairs leading to the deck. When I got to the deck, the fresh air of the seawind blew me in my face, and small drips of salt water hitting my arm as a wave hit the hull. I walked over to a boarding plank and pulled myself on the edge of it. As I walked over I could feel the plank rocking up and down between the two ship. “as long as the boarding plank stays on the railings I’m fine” I tought. I walked across and jumped off of the other edge of the plank onto the boards of the new ship. “this is a very nice looking ship, it looks new” my toughts told me. I looked around and saw the door to the captain’s quarters, where the quartermaster was standing. He was busy, ordering fellow mates what to do.

I went to the opening near the captain’s quarters to go down to the crew’s sleeping quarters. As I walked down the stairs, the planks creeked from under my feet. When I was finally one stair down, I walked behind the stair, because there was a door to somewhere I didn’t check yet. While walking around the staircase I tought “I hope there won’t be anyone waiting for me there on the other side with a mace ready to bash my skull”. I opened the door with a slight creek “what a stenche” I said out loud while covering my nose with my arm, and to my surprise I saw a room, much like the library on my captain’s ship. but itstead of a library there was blood everywhere. Torture weapons and machines and straps on the walls. But the smell, the smell was awefull.

I closed the door to the room and walked back to the front of the stair. I glanced back to the door while I walked back up to the deck to find the quartermaster. When I got up to the deck, I wasn’t able to see the quartermaster in sight. So I decided to open the doors to the captain’s quarters and look inside. There I saw him standing, looking at some books in the shelves. “there is some interesting information on this ship” he said without even looking my way. “yes, and the room below this room looks like a torture chamber. There is so much blood everywhere” I told him.

He looked at me with his eyebrows frowned up, and said “show me instantly, what you saw” he said a little concerned. “why did he react so strange on this information” I tought. Aye, I said to the quartermaster. We walked out of the captain’s quarters onto the deck and down the stair. We then walked behind the stair and i said to the quartermaster, “here tis, sir. Cover up your nose” I said. But he din’t wait any longer and he din’t even cover up anything from the stench when he walked in. He looked around the room as if he were looking for something he lost. He then walked to the corner of the room to a small chest. He opened it and said “bollucs” he then ran back to the door and ran upstairs. I think I heard him call for the captain while running over to the boarding planks. “what’s his deal” I tought.

Wait a minute “what’s in the chest” I asked myself. I walked over to the closed chest. The strong oder of rotting flesh became stronger with every step I took towards the chest. When I stood in front of it I tought “this smell is almost making me throw up”. I open the chest with my foot and gag to the sight of a face that’s been rotting there for a couple of days. I din’t recognize it nor did I want to look at it any longer, so I closed the chest and walked out of the room, still covereing up my mouth and nose.

“how are we supposed to sail with all this stench on the ship” I tought. I walked to the boarding plank in between the ships and crossed it, landing on the captains deck. I look around and see the crew carrying some goods around. “where is the captain?” I ask a random mate. “I think he’s in hit cabin, that’s where I last saw him” he replied. So I walked my way to the captain’s quarters and pushed open the door. The captain and quartermaster looked at me, and the captain said “come in, you are just the one I want to talk to”. I make my way to the table the captain and quartermaster are standing around.

“have you seen what is in the chest” the captain asked me. “I saw a rotting head” I said. “shush! Not so loud” he replied, “no one can know about this”. I nodded and said “what’s going on?” the captain looked down at the table and said “that ship is a place where people are tortured and killed. It is a spy ship. we have to get rid of that room, and make every piece of evidence that leads to a spy ship dissapear, because even spy ships are not alowed in Tortuga” he said with a serious tone. “we need someone to clean this mess up, but we can’t tell anyone on deck that the other ship was a spy ship” the quartermaster says. “I don’t want to clean this mess up, it might take days. And the scent would be realy bad” I tought. “so you” the quartermaster said, “will clean up this mess”. I rolled my eyes and sighed “ill get right to it” I said. The quartermaster started gigling “ofcourse I will help you with this task, as it is one of the most discusting things I have seen. And it would be torture just to be there alone for days just cleaning everything up”. That was a little relief, knowing the quartermaster would help me clean the ship.

“right let’s begin cleaning immidiatly” the quartermaster said. I agreed and followed him to grab some cleaning stuff from the ship. we walked back to the room and put a bandana around our face to somewhat lower the chance of getting any illness from the rotting flesh and wood, if that was even possible. We started cleaning the flesh by collecting it in a crate, wich we eventually would throw overboard with the chackles that were hanging on the wall. We worked the rest of the day untill deep in the night. Most of the mess was gone, all we had to do now was to get the stench out of the wood. So we decided to paint the wall with a white paint. And rip out the floor to then let the carpenters make a new floor in the room.

The next day we started on the floorboards right when we had breakfirst. The ships were still together, but there were no boarding planks between them. It made it look from a distance like there were two ships visiting each other, or doing a trade. The crew knew now the floor was getting repaired and helped us out fixing it. So they threw all the old floorboards overboard and helped put in the new floor. In two days the ship was fixed and we were ready to set sail to tortuga. The good news reached our captain and unrolled the sails. We also unrolled the sails and followed the captain on the rushing waves.

Rocking back and forth we had almost arived on Tortuga, when we saw a big storm coming our way. We talked about what to do, and if we go to the side we should be able to avoid most of the storm. But the big storm was developing into an even bigger storm, and started to become a real threat. So we decided to secure everything and hoist the sails. This way the sails would not get damaged so much. The captain told us we should keep a good distance between the two ships, so there would be no collisions of sorts. We then prepared ourselves as the storm slowly took over the bright sky, and filled it with rain, thunder and massive waves.

#9,4 My life, chasing my seadream

I awoke early, most of the crew was still sleeping. I must have slept just a few hours. I sat up turned to the side of the hammock and put my feet on my shoes. I rub my eyes and let out a silent but big yawn. There is no light coming from the outside, it must still be dark, I tought. I put on my shoes and walked towards the stairs to the upper deck. There were still about seven crew mates walking on the deck, one came towards me and said. Aye, can you take my shift so I can get a few hours’o sleep? I nodded in agreement. I wasen’t doing anything so just keep an eye out for something to do, he said to me as he walked the stair down the deck. Will do, I replied. I see the lantern on the other ship we are soon going to attack, rocking back and forth on the oceans waves. Everything is still peacefull as the wind slowly blows us forward.

Suddenly I hear footsteps coming closer, and I feel a hand land on my shoulder. I look to my right and there stands the quartermaster. Ey there, did you get some sleep, he asked. The hammock is more comfortable then I tought, I said. He chuckled, yeah it’s not that bad. In a few hours we will drift next to them, he said to me. I looked at him and asked, what am I supposed to do? You will be on this ship, you have to make sure no one boards us as we board them. You, as someone who controles a whip, is very valuable on the defensive side. Ye’ll be provided with a leather chestplate and some leather wristbands, so everyone will know they have to grant you space. We have a rule on this ship, if you take out any enemy, you get to keep what they carry, he said to me smiling. I frowned my eyebrows. I have never hurt someone before in that way, I told him. What do you mean, he said. You are a slavemaster, you surely must have hit someone with that whip. I looked out to the ship and cleared my throat, not sure how to reply. Aah, he says, well it don’t matter what kind of slavemaster you are, as long as you can fend off the enemy. Because they don’t care if you are kind or not. They will slit your throat in a second. I gulped at the tought. I only ever got into a fist fight over a few copper coins, but I have never killed anyone. But if someone wishes me dead I will surely return the favor, I tought to myself.

C’mon then, I will show you the weapon storage, he said. I followed him down two stairs and trough one door right in front of the second stair, therewas one door to the left and the right, he opened the left door and pointed me to go inside, with his hand. I walked inside and saw many different kinds of weapons. There were three whips hanging above the top shelf to the right with two morning stars sitting on them. He pointed to the whips and said, you can take any of the whips you like. Also if you want to try out something else, just grab it. But don’t overload yourself. We also have guns in the chest over there. He walks to the corner of the room where he opens a massive chest filled to the brim with pistols and hand cannons. He takes out a singleshot handgun and looks at it from a closer angle, he then puts the gun back and shuts the chest. Well, that’s only if you know how to use one, he chuckles. As I look to my left I see some knives that are stuck in the wood of the table. Yes, you can take those too, the quartermaster says. I see a nice silver knife with a ruby looking stone in the blade and a dark wooden hilt with a nice silver lining on it. I take the knife out of the wood and get a better look at it. The sheath is over here, he says as he grabs a wooden sheath from the table. He hands me the sheath and I slide the blade in, as it fits perfectly. I think i’ll take this one, I say. Good choice, if anyone threatens to come close, you will always have a dagger as a backup plan, I like your thinking, he says. I clip the sheath with the dagger on my belt and also grab a long dark whip from the hook wich I hold in my left hand.

Come with me, the quartermaster says to me, As we leave the room we enter the room ajacent to the weapon room. This room I filled with body armor. The quartermaster reaches to a wooden chest sitting under a table and slides it from under it. He opens it and he takes out an almost black leather body armor with the left shoulder padded with strips of iron. This will be your armor, he says. He also grabs out two dark leather bracelets with an iron strip on the sides. As he hands me the bracelets he tells me to put it on. I take the chestpiece and push it against my torso, on the backside are two leather straps wich I tighten and the body piece fits like it was made for me. I put on the bracelets and tighten the belts on them. The quartermaster looks at me and says, this was the armor of our last whip user. But he died by a cannonball to the head, so the headpiece is gone. But it suits you, and it is yours to keep if you wish. I look down to the front of the chestpiece and see a ring in the middle. It opens and closes as I fiddle with it, I think this is where I put my whip, I think to myself. I put the whip in the ring and jump a few times in the air to see if the ring holds the whip, and it does.

Alright, you are all geared up now, if you find anything else in here you want to wear, you can just take it, as long as you leave some for your other ship mates. You are lucky we have plenty of armor and weapons. Many ships don’t have that luxury. When you are done, I want to meet you in the library. You know where to find it now right?  He asks. I nod, and look at the rest of the pieces in the room, as he walks out the door. There are many armorpieces here, big and small. There is even some chainmail. I see an iron helmet with an iron eye piece and some leather hanging from the iron top. I grab the hat and try if it fits, it is a little tight but when I loosen the strap a bit, it fits better. I take off the helmet and hold it in my hand.

The door of the rooms are still open, so I close both doors and walk up the stars, over the deck of the ship. As I look at the enemy ship I see it’s come a little closer now, and the sky has become a dark blue. Signs of the sun rising, are showing. The wind is still very silent and just breezes trough the rolled up sails. The light in the lantern of the other ship went off as I looked at it. But the sails were all rolled up still. I looked up and saw that we also had all our sails rolled up but one, the one sail unter the nest at the top was rolled out. This would be the only sail carrying us slowly to the enemy.

I walk to the library and open the door to see the quartermaster sitting in the chair, looking in a book. Come’ere he says to me. I walk over to him and see him looking at a blueprint of a ship, with some notes next to it. This is the ship we are attacking soon, he says. He points at a room in the ship and says, this is most likely where they hide the valuable stuff. The quartermaster looks at me and says, we were appointed a mission by a contact to take over the ship and get whatever is inside that room, back to him. We could keep the ship as a reward. There are roughly thirtyfive men on that ship, so taking it over should not be that hard. We will attack with seventy men and keep twenty men on our ship and ten men on five cannons just in case they try something funny. We should be able to take over the ship if they surrender. And if they won’t surrender we will have to take them on by force.

With a blow he shuts the book and takes out a paper of his pocket. He folds it out and lays it on the table. I look at it and it looked like an island with items around it, just somewhat like the one I had. But this one was a bit different. There were only coins drawn on the map. A pile of coins, a bag with coins, a few coins, a little purse, and two single coins. The quartermaster looks at me and says, what do you make of this. It’s an island surrounded by coins, I say after looking at the map. Now isn’t that curious, he said. I nod and say, I also picked up a map like this from the mechant in the towni live, but there were some other things on it. I bought this off a beggar for a few copper coins the quartermaster said grinning. I have no idea what it’s supposed to mean, but who knows, maybe it’s part of something bigger. I nod and say, it is very curious indeed. As he folds up the map he says, right, let’s go to the deck. I think we might be boarding soon. As we both walk to the deck the quartermaster walks down to the deck where the other crew  is still sleeping.

I look over the sea to the other ship, and see the horizon getting lighter. the sky was already an orangy red covered under a blanket of light blue sky. With a thump the door, the doors to the captain’s quarters opens and out comes the captain. Morning lads, he says with a slightly loud and tired voice. Slowly the other mates start filling the deck. Now lads, the captain says anouncing. We are going to pretend to just mind our own thing when we fare next to the enemy ship. No one will move a wrong muscle or you are sharkfood, understood? He yells.  Keep your weapons close and when I give the order we throw the grapplinghooks, and when we are close enough we will put the boarding planks down. In the meanwhile the mates in the mast swing over and get them from above. The mates staying on this side have been appointed other jobs, the rest will attack.

The boat slowly gets closer and closer. in my stomach I get a tingly feeling, this felt realy exiting as the blood rushed faster trough my veins every inch we got closer. I went to my spot on the ship and put my helmet and also the whip out of sight . This way it would not look suspicious. I sat myself down on a box and waited for the captain to give his sign. As we got closer to the other enemy ship, we could see the other people on the ship staring at us, wondering what we were doing here. But seeing we had the same flag they din’t think much of it I suppose, just a friendly visit. The captain of the other ship was also visible. He wore a big red hat and a long red coat. He was obviously the captain. I took a stick from the deck and started sharpening it with my dagger. The dagger went trough the wood like butter, it is a very sharp dagger, i tought.

The captain on the other ship looked suspicious, you could see it by the pase he was walking. He yelled to our captain, do what do I owe the pleasure of a random visit on this lovely morning. We came here to get the goods we ordered, Said our captain. Ah the goods, the other captain said. Lads, grab the goods. A small group of eight men went under the deck. A couple of seconds later the captain suddenly screamed, CHARGE!

I jumped of my crate and grabbed my whip and helmet. a lot of men from our ship swung over to the other ship. The mates on the deck at the edge grabbed grappling hooks from under the railing and threw them over the railing of the other ship, pulling the ship closer. The other captain was caught by surprise and stepped backwards because he did not carry a weapon. He retreated to his cabin and left his men to fight alone. The men that swung over to the other ship were now climbing down on the ropes of the other ship. Three big wooden board planks were spread on the opening between the two ships, making it easy’er for our crew to board the other ship. I walked to the ege of the board plank and looked over to the other side with my whip ready to lash. I also looked above me if no one passed the ropes to our ship.

Suddenly out of nowhere, a guy from the enemy ship jumped up the plank and ran screaming towards me. I rushed backwards, but I went to fast and fell on my back. The guy charged at me with a hatchet and was to close for me to use my whip on him. I rolled over to the side and took my dagger out of my sheath. He was grinning at me, as if he knew I never killed anybody. But I was very focused and walked around him. I knew he was out to kill me, i tought. He then charged at me, swinging his hatchet at my face, I could barely dodge him. As i went under his arm and used my dagger to cut him in his side. He collapsed to the ground with his left hand on his side, and dropping his hatchet. I ran towards him with adrenaline rushing so fast trough my blood I was nearly blinded. I held my dagger high up in the air, ready to stab him with all my might, when he suddenly sobbingly screamed, I yield, I yield. In an instant my sight returned to me. I saw him laying on the ground, he was in much pain. So how could he do anything to me anyway.

I lowered my dagger and walked towards him. I kicked his hatchet away and put the knife to his throat as he turned around. Please don’t kill me, he whispered with tears streaming on his cheeks. I looked in his eyes, and I saw fear, a lot of fear. I then lowered my dagger again and put it back in my sheath. Can you get up, I asked. He shaked his head no. I pulled him on his arms on the crate I was sitting on before. Thanks, he said in pain. I looked around, and saw the captain was fighting two other people. I left my victim behind and grabbed my whip. I ran towards the captain and from a distance whacked one of the fighters on his back. He fell on his knees and the cutlass of the captain penetrated his throat, gushing blood out on the floor. The other guy raised his sword above the captain and I lashed the guy in his right side. As he collapsed, the captain slid the edge of his cutlass through his neck, decapitating him. Heavily breathing he looked at me and smiled, while he regained his footing. The captain saw the guy I cut in his side witting behind my on the create, and started waking towards him. I looked at him as he stared back at me with fear in his eyes. Don’t, I screamed to the captain. The captain looked at me and with his head in an angle and raised his sword above the guy. He is my prisoner, I yelled. The captain started laughing and lowered his cutlass. Take care of him then, he yelled at me.

I ran towards the guy, swung his arm around my neck, and brought him to the medic of our ship downstairs. Patch him up and put him in the prison cargo hold I told him. After I told the medic what to do I rushed back onto the deck. Our captain was waiting for me outside and made a gesture with his cutlass so I would come to him. I jogged to the captain and he said slightly out of breath, now begins the fun part he says.

The captain asks the quartermaster how many people are wounded, only one captain, he says. Today is a good day, he shouts. three men came up from under the deck of the enemy ship, tied with their hands in a rope. We have three more prisoners, the ship mates shouts. With a smirk on the captains face he knocked a few times on the door of the other captains quarters, with the back of his cutlass. The fight is over captain! He yelled trough the door. Come out and you will live. If not, well who knows what is going to come trough that door. The lock from the inside unlocked and the door opened. Out came the captain with the long red jacket. Surrendering his weapon by throwing it out of is hands in front of him. Tie him up, the captain shouted, and bring him to an isolated cell on our ship. Two men grabbed the arms of the captain and dragged him on our ship.

Alright, the captain said. Let’s go search tho holds!. Leave everything in the hold, and only take the special things. Quartermaster, I want you to take someone and check out the chamber we need. Said the captain. The quartermaster pointed at me to my surprise. Let’s go check out whats in there, he said. As we walk down and navigate trough the cargo holds to the chamber of interest we come across much cargo, from realy rare goods to other expensive goods. If we sell this we could afford a whole fleet of battleships, the quartermaster said lauging. I grinned, and kept walking behind him.

There must be the room, he says. We walk closer to the door and he pushes down on the handle making a click sound. The quartermaster slowly pushes the door open. And we saw many chests neatly ordered. We walked to the chests and opened them. There we four chests filled with weapons, two chests filled with tabacco, six chests filled with alcohol and there was one chest with a lock on it. The quartermaster and I were curious as to what might be in the locked chest. We took an axe from the chest with weapons and smacked the lock off. When the quartermaster opened the chest he saw a strange iron metalic shiny cube, with some kind of strange symbols carved in it. And it was filled with cheap gemstones. Nevertheless, they looked pretty. The quartermaster shut the chest and bound the chest with a cloth.

Alright, we have seen enough. I think it’s all here, the quartermaster said to me. We went back up to the upper deck and told exactly what was in the room with the chests. The captain was impressed by the finds. But the cargo that sits in the ship will make for a grand profit, the captain laughed. We head for the pirate island to sell this cargo on the ship, and we should keep the ship and start our own fleet, as we then would have enough money to get a good second crew together. Also we can sell the prisoners on the pirate island.

Getting into the docks wont be easy captain, said the quartermaster. Aye, you are right, we need a plan. He said. The only thing I can come up with is to change the flag into a pirate flag. But we will have to fare a long distance with a pirate flag, as pirates are always scouting the area around that island for their enemies. Said the quartermaster. Good thinking, the captain said. Then it’s decided. We will first go to Tortuga and sell our goods, then we will return to your home island, as he looked at me. After that we will try to find a good crew to make a second combat ship out of this big bucket, the captain said. It’s almost bigger then my own mighty medusa, but I would never leave her.

I would have to appoint a new quartermaster and the current one will be the new captain of that ship. We will fare in a fleet to make other sea travelers think again about aporaching us. We can do very profitable and more transports, the captain explained to his crew, as they gathered around. We devide our crew we have and my quartermaster will take the wheel of our new ship. Let’s set sail to tortuga! The captain cheered. And everyone cheered with him.

#9,3 My life, chasing my seadream

Part 2, The letter from the library.

It was the quartermaster who yelled all hands on deck. As I walked up the deck I saw the crew running around getting everything ready to set sail. The anchor was pulled up and the sailes were dropped. Quickly the wind picked up and the sails were blown full of air. I could feel the brushes of the salty air rush on my cheeks. As the captain pushed the steering wheel over, slight waves hit the hull of the ship and the ship slowly rocking forward on the foamy edges of the water.

I look at the captain, he is very busy getting the right angle for the ship to fare.  then I look at the quartermaster. He is wearing a black captains hat with a cannon emblem on the side, wich is holding a white and a black feather. He turns and looks at me. His finger points at me and then points down, in front of his feet. He seemed to want to have me come to him, so I walked towards him. When I was standing in front of him he said, so you are our newest ship mate. I think I have a special job for you on the ship, follow me, he said.

We walked trough a door down to the back of the ship. While we were walking he said, I saw your recruitment test, with the whip it was. Very impressive. The quartermaster opened a door and pointed his hand into the room. When I walked inside I was greeted by a messy chamber filled with books, books laying open and closed on the table, ground and chairs. The quartermaster looked at me and said, this room needs to be neatly cleaned, as this is the library of the captain, as you might have noticed. This library is directly under the captains quarters, so don’t make irritating noises. The books have to go in order of the alphabed. There are books for orders that we keep track of, those have to go in the chest below the table, they are most important. Also maps you find have to go in the chest. Sorting all this out might take some time, but I am sure you wil be able to handle it. Good luck to ya lad, the quartermaster said as he closed the door behind him.

I don’t mind this job, there are many books for me to sort and they are all very different it seems. I walk towards the table with the chest placed under it. I pull it out from under the table and open it. There were eight thick books sitting in the chest. And filled less then half of the chest. I looked around the room to see if I could find matching books, and there were some. But I also saw maps rolled out, on the table and the ground. I took the matching books and placed them in order back into the chest. After that I picked up the maps and pieces of paper and put them on the table to sort them out. There appeared to be maps of islands I have never seen before, there were documents from merchants and other people. There were also all kinds of contracts. I put the contracts on one pile and bound them together and placed them neatly inside the chest. Then I took the documents in my hand and started reading some, as I had to do this for I had to sort them. They were not realy interesting, only one old looking piece of paper caught my eye. There was a red wax stamp on it formed as a skull. It was a letter, adressed to the captain of the ship. It read,

Captain, I have tought about your request and I accept your offer. However, if the requirements are not met, there wil be concequesnces. In five years you will have your child, and i will have my freedom. Signed by, yours truly.

I tought nothing of it, but then I looked at the wax stamp again, and it seemed so familiar. I turned my hand and I saw the shine of the ring I was wearing. I stared at it, and looked back at the wax stamp. They looked so identical. I looked puzzeled. As I pull my ring off my finger I placed the letter in my other hand. Then I hold the ring on the wax, and it is a perfect fit. This stamp was made by this ring. But how was that even possible, I got this ring from my father. I fold the letter back and put it in my pocket. I have to ask the captain about this, I tought.

I start to pick all the documents together and also put them neatly in the chest near the books. The rest of the day I picked up many books and sorted them in the right order. When I was a quarter of the way done and hours later, the door opened and in came the quartermaster. He looked around and said, I see you’ve done alright, you can return to the library tomorrow and keep working on your job. Now come get some food with the rest of the crew. I followed him to the area where everyone was sitting down and eating their food. He pointed me to table where all the other 100 crew members were sitting. I sat down and took some of the pork on the table and put it on my wooden plate. I also took a piece of bread and some cheese. ‘ere, have a nice cuppa ale me mate, said the mate next to me as he poured me some ale. I smiled at him and took the cup with ale. Gratitude, I said politely. The mate chuckled and bit a chunk of flesh of the bone he was holding. Tis some well done meat. Go on, eat up, he said. I put my hands on the meat and take a good bite out of it. It was indeed wel prepaired food. It smelled as dilicious as it tasted, as the meat saps flow richly into my mouth, a bite of the bread kept my mouth clean and it tasted realy good with some cheese.

The captain came into the room and punched the ground with his sword. Eat! He said, as everyone went silent and looked at him. We will need the strength to sail into the enemy in the morrow. We have eyes on an enemy ship but they are far, so it will take time to close in. But when we do I need you at full strength! He said with a loud voice. We will board them and take their ship. I will hoist the same flag to fool them and then we will get close. When we are beside them we will board them and take over the ship. We will all then fight with all our skill. It will not be easy. But we will be victorious!

With his last word he sat down next to the crew, as the whole crew went cheering. Everyone was cheering with their ale up in the air, spilling little bits of ale on the table. I did they same and raised my cup, then gulped down my ale.

After the great meal I went to my hammock, where some of the crew were already laying. I took the key from my belt and unlocked my chest, removing the lock. I opened it and put the letter I had from the library in the chest. After closing it and locking it again I go lie in the hammock. I tought I would not ask the captain what the letter was about untill after the battle with the other ship. He had to focus on the task ahead, I tought. I rolled over and listened to the sounds of the waves calmly bumping into the hull of the ship. The cracking of the ropes and squeeling of the pulleys, with some of the crew still running around on the deck. After a few minutes I fell peacefully asleep not thinking about my first battle I had to survive tomorrow.

#9.1 My life, chasing my seadream.

Part 1, My dream starts today.

It is 1655 and i am a guy at the age of twenty. i live with my father as my mother passed away five years ago. we live on a small farm with two horses, rust and spike. Rust is a big brown horse and spike is an even bigger black horse.

I have a dream to become a ships captain, but i have never been on a boat. One day i told my father i want to go to the townshore to look for a job on a ship. But he din’t want to lose me too, he said. I told him this is what i wanted to do. I wanted to follow this dream before i’m too old and no one would accept me anymore. and not to worry for i would return home everytime i was going to be on this shore. My father looked down, and said alright son, go look for a job then. He looked up and gave me a tight hug. But don’t let anyone fool you or make a fool of you. I looked my father in the eyes and told him, i will become captain, father. His father nodded. I’m sure you will son. I walked trough the door opening towards the shore town while waving my father goodbye.

After walking for a fair amount of time i could smell the seashore coming closer every step. It made me feel energetic and i got exited. The guards of the town halted me at the gate and said, why do you want to enter the town. I want to look for a job on a ship, i told them. The guards lookt at each other with a grin on their face and one guard said, a lackey like you? Well try your luck on the Medusa. she just came ashore today and i tought i heard them talking about new recruits. She’s a beauty, she is, he said. I most certaintly will try, i said The guards opened the big doors. As i walked trough i thanked the guards. They nodded at me and said, good luck boy.

My face shifted to the shore and there were a couple of boats and ships. In the far distance was a big ship like non of the ships in front of them. There were just some sloops in the neaby bay. I looked around to see if anyone looked like a captain, but there were only normal people walking by  and people who were carrying big bags and sacks. I went to the local pub and looked around  there were a lot of people there drinking to their hearts content. In one of the chairs i saw a guy with a nicely trimmed beard and with a big black hat. I stepped towards him while other people started staring at me. When i stood in front of him i said. Are you a captain mister? Aye! He said with a loud voice. I be the captain of the mighty medusa son. What do you desire, he asked. I heard you were looking for new recruits, i said. Aye that we are, he awnsered. We lost a couple of lazy rats to the sharks he said chuckling. I am not lazy, i am a hard worker. And i would like to join your crew, i said with a selfasured voice. You? He said. You look fit and all but can you even handle a sword or any other weapon for that matter. My hart sunk as the whole pub started laughing. I had never even touched a weapon, i tought. But wait, i have used a massive whip all my life because i always trained my horses. I use a whip, i said. A whip? So you are a slave master then?  All the people in the pub were now quite and were all staring at me with big eyes. Before i could say anything the captain stood up and said, you don’t realy look like a slavemaster to me but we will put you to the test outside on the ship. He sofly grabbed me by my neck and lead me outside.

We walked to the towns bay and got in the boat with two other crew mates. They rowed the boat to the ship as the captain asked me. It is rare to find someone who is good with a whip. Have you used any other weapons boy, he asked. I told the captain i had not even touched an other weapon in my life. The captain smiled and looked at his ship as we arrived. Well then, welcome aboard the mighty medusa, he said. As we climb the ladder up to the ship, a crewmate came running to the captain. What’s the matter captain, he asked. The captain looked atound on his ship as his crew was looking back at him. It seems… lads… we have found a slavemaster. Get a whip, he yelled. And you there on the mast, come down. We will test if he truly is what he says he is, he said with a loud voice. A lump started to form in my throat, it was all wrong… i am a horse trainen, i tought. But was it wise to tell them that now? A crewmate came from below deck and had a big whip with him. I think it would have been twice my size maybe even three times my own length. They gave me the whip and the guy from the mast a club. The captain told me, if you can make him lose his club, i will let you fare with us as deckhand on this ship. As i unrolled the whip the other crewmembers started to cheer and yell. I walked away from the guy with the club to get a good distance between him and me. I tested the whip on the deck with two hard lashes to see how long it realy was. The guy with the club was looking alert as he heard the lashes. He went into a half squatting position and charged at me. With a smooth flick i lashed the whip in front of his feet wich made him lose his footing and make him tumble over he rolled over his back and on his feet again. The crewmates started laughing. And you could see the irritation grow in his eyes. Again he charged at me but this time he went to the side. This was tricky, as i had to lash him on one of his feet. So i lashed to his feet but it missed and hit he boards of the ship leaving a dent in the wood. The guy now ran the other side again and charged towards me. I managed to run a couple of steps back and lashed my whip around his left foot. With the speed he had build up the guy fell face first into the wood making the club fly overboard. He got up and saw his club was gone. Red streams of blood running over his mouth he backed up and started clapping his hands together. After a few seconds everyone on deck was clapping. I looked at the captain as he was looking at me and also clapping his hands together. The captain walked towards me and said, welcome to the crew boy. You have earned your position on my ship.