Ace cocked an eyebrow and stared questioningly at Ember. "Ah ha. Know anything specific about them?" he dared to ask. He sensed there was something more she knew about this ship, and he wouldn't stop until he found out exactly what.m Grabbing her wrist, he locked eyes with her. "I need you to tell me everything you know. This ship could be a threat to us, especially with us holding you hostage. Tell me everything, or else." he whispered angrily taking out his knife. He would never kill her, and she was smart enough to know that by now.
Ember stared wairly at the kinfe, her hand subconsiously grabbing at her thigh. He wouldn't kill her, no she was too vauluable for that, but some nasty cuts could ensuse from that blade. She looked back at the ship and a look of pure terror flashed across her face to see that the ship had gotton much closer. She tryed to step away from Ace, this kidnapper who had forced her back across the sea, in the range of these men, but his hand on her wrist held her in place. "I just know that they have been known to hurt young women, thats all."
Ace sighed, and took a step back. He returned his knife to its holster, and crossed his arms. The ship was close, too close for comfort. "Listen princess. I know you know more than you're telling me. Confess or you're going to get us all killed." he growled through clenched teeth. The ship was almost upon them. "C'mon boys! Can't ya go any faster?" he shouted over to the man who was steering the ship.
"Sorry sir, the wind ain't in our favor today!"
Ace just rolled his eyes. "Try harder you fool!" It was no use though, Featherstorm was so close he could practically smell their glory and picture their all too eager faces.
Ember backed herself up against the railing as she watched the ship. She had never wanted anything more than she want to jump into the sea right now. She could see the men's faces now, each of them she knew, not only their postition on the ship but what they did at noght and what their fears were. Ember trembled and watched as a white flag was raised into the air and snapped in the breeze. The ship pulled up next to them and dropped a board across the two ships, men coming across. Ember whipmered and hid behind Ace. One of the men jumped down and said, "Ohy! Mighty strong breeze coming our way anti there? Mind if we have a little chat?"
Ace felt his heart swell when Ember hid behind him. It felt good that she trusted him, well, for a moment at least. He saw the white flag and frowned questioningly. "What do you want from us? We have nothing to offer you." Ace grumbled.
The captain then stepped forward with his sword. "Get off my ship before I make you." he threatened, closing the gap between them.
The rest of the crew cat-called and cheered on their captain. They wanted these men off their ship as much as their captain. "Go home!" "We don't want you here!"
These were just a few of the calls shouted at the Featherstorm crew.
The man from the other ship didn't draw his sword, just tittered at the captain. "Tut, tut, tut. Now now y'all. We've come to save all your little butts. Don't you relise the danger your in? I'll let captain explain it." Other men had come across now, they were all dress raggly, and they seemed very comfortable on a boat, sitting on the railing and leaning against it. One of the men called out, "Hey, don't cha respect the whity? Put that pointer away!" He was smirking, and all the other men smirked too. Ember knew what he was saying, she had studdied these people. She stood on her toes and whispered in Ace's ear, "He means, "Don't you all respect the white flag? Put that sword away." They know you don't understand them, that's why they are smirking."
A man crossed the board and was obviously captain, he wore good clothes and had a certain effect on his men, many of them standing straighter and brushing dirt off their clothes. The captain spoke without the other men's accent, "We have come to speak with you about the dangers that you may carry on this ship." There was a small device in his hands that was vibrating and beeping.
When Ember saw the device in his hands, she whimpered and clutched at the back on Ace's shirt.
((Whoa, that was long!))
Ace listened to Ember intently. He nodded to show that he heard her, and now understood what these rapscallions were trying to say. Ace felt anger boiling up inside of him, and was oh so tempted to lunge forward with his knife and kill every last one of them.
The captain withdrew his sword and stepped backward. He crossed his arms and furrowed his brow. "What dangers are you implying exactly? We carry nothing of the sort on this ship, so you may leave now." he grumbled irritably. He watched as they pulled out some sort of machine, unlike anything he had ever laid eyes on before. "What exactly do you think you're doing with that..... thing! I ask you to remove it from MY ship before I send it overboard."
Ember held onto the back of his shirt with one hand, but the other one lay back on her thigh. She whispered, "They are good fighters, they train a lot,don't try to fight them, they think that..." She faded off, after all they would reveal themselfs soon enough.
The captain put his hands up in a peace making offer. Putting his hands down he showed the device, "Normaly this only beeps way under the sea, where they all hide. But we believe in their exsictence and that they are trying to destroy all humans. This device detects them. It's called a Watcher. When it began beeping, we knew that You had one aboard. We knew that you were in danger and imetaily came to help you." One of the men called out, "Just tell em they're Shillis."
Ember whispered in Ace's ear, "Unbelievers."
The captain glared behind him then turned his attetion back to the captain. "Please excuse him. We believe in the exsitence of merpeople."
Ace burst into laughter at the word merpeople. "Merpeople? MERpeople?! Are you guys crazy? We have no such thing upon our ship. If our ship has a merperson on it, then WHO is it exactly?" Ace hissed threateningly. He had enough of these so called sailors. He wanted them gone. "Captain, I think it's about time we get these fools off our ship." He took out his sword pointing it at the captain, despite Ember's prior warning. "I can take 'em." he whispered quietly to Ember.
The captain waved Ace aside. "No fighting Ace, not for now at least. Put that away." he ordered, turning his gaze back to the other captain aboard. "Go ahead and work with your silly device, but I strongly assure you we have no sort of merpeople on our ship sir. I grant you permission to work your silly experiment. Though once you are finished, I politely ask that you leave." he demanded taking a step forward. "Or we'll do it in a way that's not so polite."
Some of the men snorted and jeered at Ace, then at the way the captain had threatened them. The captain nodded and handed off his device to a man and some other men came on with other things. The captain turned back to the other ship's captain, "Thank you very much. Has anyone new come upon this ship recently?" The men pulled out the devices and walked very slowly around.
Ember whimpered hiding behind Ace. She had completly forgotten about trying to matain a cover. Both hands now clutched at her thigh. Ember whispered quickly in Ace's ear, "Please no, these men, they have hurt me before, don't let them do it again."
One of the men's devices started beeping faster, he was the closest the Ember and Ace.
Ace knew Ember was scared, but he had only thought it was because these men were intimidating. He felt that there was something more to her fear, but he didn't dare ask at a moment like this. As one of the men with the device neared them, it began beeping louder and faster. "Get that thing away from me!" Ace snapped. "I'm no merperson!" he snarled irritably, shifting so he hid more of Ember behind him.
The captain frowned. "No one in our crew is new. We have a fair maiden that just joined us recently, but I assure you she is no such merperson you speak of." he stated firmly. He raised an eyebrow as the device beeped faster when closer to Ace and Ember. As to not raise an alert to the new crew, he didn't speak of it.
The captain was nodding calmly to his words, but when he said that there was a fair maiden abord, the captain looked at him sharply. "Where is she? Do you relise that only mermaids can shift from mermaid to human?" The man with the rapidly beeping device called out, "Ohy! Captain'! We got a' somethin' over 'ear!" The captain came over and said to the Ace, "Who is behind you?"
Ember didn't move, the dang machinces, they were praticaly the only thing that these men had right, and they worked! Senseing that Ace wouldn't move out of the way, ember regained her composer and stepped out from behind Ace, her face stony. "Did I hear you right young sirs? Are you really accusing me?" This was a different voice than anything the men had heard come out of ember before.
The captain looked at her closely, A perfect face, perfect body, a perfect imatation of a roayl, hm... One of the men stepped foward, "Ya look familier, got anything to say to that?"
Ember held her head high, "Really now, don't breath in my face, your breath smells awful. Wouldn't I remeber running into someone quite as disquesting as you?" The man growled and looked as if he were about to smack her.
Ace chuckled quietly to himself as Ember told off one of the crew members. She certainly had a way with words; she was extremely persuasive. He didn't intervene in their conversation, she was certainly holding her own against this filthy excuse of a sailor. Eventually, he took a step forward toward the man. "She is royalty. Don't you forget it sir. You may leave now, there are no merpeople aboard this ship and that it should be clear to everyone standing on this ship. Now get out before I make you, you putrid man." he snarled, revealing his sword once more.
This time the captain didn't object to Ace showing his sword. Instead, he nodded in agreement with Ace. "Clearly your little device is inaccurate. How dare you accuse a woman of prime royalty of being a mermaid? Such blasphomy!" he snorted. He too took his sword out of its sheath, and pointed it towards their captain. "You've got all the information you needed. Now. LEAVE." he growled, pressing the tip of the sword ever so gingerly into the man's neck.
Ember gasped losing her composer for a second and she cried out, "Don't do it!" For as soon as the captain's sword touched the other captain's neck, ten men jumped foward dragging the captain back, even as their captain protested. The rest of the men jumped foward grabing random men before they could draw weapons. One grabbed Ember too.
The captain roared, "STOP!" The men didn't do any further than to hold the captain and men at swordpoint, but their face's held fury at the offense of threatening their captain. The captain sighed and went to the other captain being held by ten men, "Please do not threaten me again, I'm afraid I have silm control over my men when I am threatened." Then the captain went to Ember who jerked against her captor, not really stopping for the dagger at her neck. The captain said, "Well well well, so a pety ship isn't your goal. Who are you after? The prime minster?" Ember frowned at him, barely keeping herself in control, "Why would I target him? I love him. I'm not a mermaid. Surely you can come up with a better story if you want to kidnap me."
Ace was beyond furious now. His cheeks were boiling red, and his heart was pounding within his chest. As they took control of the captain, Ace practically lost it. "They can't just come on OUR ship and threaten OUR captain! That must go against boating regulations. Make. Them. Leave." he growled, watching Ember who was being held captive by one of the putrid crewmen. He walked over to her, making no threat what so ever to the man, leaving all his weapons put away. "Let her go." he ordered calmly. He could fight just as well as these men and he knew it.
In addition, the captain was just as furious as Ace. For a man who typically maintained his composure, these men must have done a lot to set him off. He jerked away from the men, putting his hands up to show he had no weapons. "Now you listen sir. This is my ship, not yours. You stepped aboard our ship without a single word of permission. We did not attack. I allowed to use your silly device to dectect if there were any so called merpeople on our ship. Clearly, as we previously stated, there are no such creaturess upon our ship, or in exsistence for that matter. I ask that your men get your hands off our maiden, and go back to your ship immediately." he demanded sternly, but not bitter or sarcastically.
The captain didn't seem to care about the man, nor hear him. He just watched Ember carefuly as if she would sundenly turn into a mermaid. She stood there, chin out, definant. The captain glared at Ace, then turned back to the other captain. "Really now? Fair? This girl is not fair by any means. Look at her! Perfect! And she is..." The capain's mouth fell open and he sundenly roared, "SILVER!" A big bury man climbed over onto the ship.
Ember started to strugle. This man she knew this man, and wanted to be as far away from him as possible. Against her will, her hand pressed protectivley against her thigh. These men were used to being fought by people who believed them crazy. The man approached her, curious, then rage slowly crept across his face. He lept foward, as if about to attack, but other men grabbed him and held him back. The man roared, "Thats her, I know that face! I want to kill her!" The men held him back as he tryed to get at Ember. One of the men seeing the look on Ace's face jumped foward grabbing Ace from behind.
Ace growled furiously. He thrashed his limbs all about, but to no quick avail. "Let. Me. GO!" he screeched angrily.
(( I have an idea for Ace. I'd put it here, but I'll just check in with you at some point this afternoon.))
The captain was about to object to the big burly man welcoming himself to their ship, but he knew it would be no use. Instead he just watched the events that were unfolding before him. Turning to the other captain with a firey (sp?) glare in his eyes, he watched him with pure hatred. "When are you going to leave?" he breathed out in a slow hiss.
(Sorry didn't give you much to work with! Like I said, I have an idea and I didn't want to do it before your agreement :) ))
The man held onto Ace firmly to keep him from attacking. The captain sighed, a long drawn out sigh. Turning to the other captain he said, "We will not attack you, nor force you to give up the mermaid you hide. We will leave in peace." The captain nodded to his men, and the hissed at the crew as they left, saying things like, "Shillis." "Coulda be more of a Shilli?" and "Stupid British." Finally, the big an was hauled across and the man let go of Ace following his crew mates. The captain turned back to the other captain. "That girl will be watched. Do not blame us if one day you wake up and your whole crew has been murdered by her." The the captain turned and walked over to Ember, hisiing in her ear, "You will be watched." Then he turned and walked over to Ace, "Goodbye Son." The captain turned and went back to his own ship. Alarmingly fast, the ship was moving and soon out of sight.
Ember turned to Ace, her eyes wide. These men frightened her, and he was - was the son of the captain!
The captain watched as the men exited his ship. He couldn't be more glad to see them leave. As the ship sailed away, the captain returned his quarters to rest. Before leaving, he turned to Ace. "I'll be keeping a very close eye on you. Your father is not a trustworthy man, nor is his crew. You've remained a loyal and hardworking man since I first met you, but after that display of events I will be watching you." he warned. With that, he turned and walked towards his room.
Ace's eyes widened in alarm as the man called him his son. Son? So that brute of a man was his father? "You're not my father." he growled as his "father" left quickly and sailed away. Once he was free he shook his limbs and rubbed his waist where the man had been holding him. "Captain, I didn't know that man was my father. Don't punish me for the way my father acted." he pleaded, but could see that he was in no way persuading the captain. As the captain walked away, Ace sighed loudly and went over to Ember. "I think we need to talk." he said sternly pointing to the hallway where his room was located.