Title: What Makes An Able Seaman?
Kanyi - October 26, 2011 08:06 PM (GMT)
DATE: The 5-th of July, 1719
Place: Aboard the "Caribbean Siren", in open seas, on the way to Tortuga
The pirate sat in silence as he carefully braided a strong rope, sitting in the crow's nest as he worked. He liked sitting up there. The weather seemed cooler and it provided a chance to be alone. True, there wasn't much room. And all that he needed to braid the rope was taking up much of the space left. But still, it was a peace he needed. Never one to complain and always quick to follow orders, Kanyi made a good pirate. He would never again be the stuff of a leader though. Not as he once had among his tribe. The difficulty in finding that warrior again within him proved disheartening. He felt as though he should go right back to the way he was, before he ever laid eyes on white people or their iron manacles or their floggings.
It was for this reason (partially) that he remained living among them. A broken warrior could not return to his tribe. The people who still remembered him there, and might even welcome him with joy, would not know how to react to the grown man. He didn't know how to react to himself at times. He still felt the need to please, even though he had no Master now. He still jumped to carry out an order, even though there was no whip to punish him. He jerked the pieces tight as he braided, ensuring it was strong. The work he did was the very best possible for fear of some now-imaginary threat should his work be even mediocre.
Fear. That was his problem. He stank of fear when he should be fearless. Battle was a godsend compared to these lazy moments. At least in battle, he remembered who he had been born to become: Oluwankanyinsola - the warrior, son of his noble father. Here, he was Kanyi, able seaman and reliable underling. Caught between the middle of the two, he remained unsure of himself. What was his role now? Where did he fit in? Not slave nor confident tribesman. He grimaced at his own thought process leaning far too close to self-pity and muttered a Yoruban curse under his breath, braiding the rope more quickly. The sooner he finished this job, the faster he could go onto the next, more difficult task.
((Someone distract him before he wallows too much. lol!))
Akai Zareb - December 1, 2011 10:48 AM (GMT)
A little more than hot with his ragged flimsy shirt sticking to his chest as with concentration and a well practiced ease Akai finishes rounding off a barrels end with his hand adze.
He stood and stretched his back straight, had the master of his craft not said to make sure to stand straight between stages of completion? so a man would not, "End up bent as a horse shoe?"
Well, however the saying had went Akai gladly heeded the advice now standing the new barrel up and placing his adze with the few other tools he had been allowed to keep to continue his work, only now he worked upon the Carribean Siren. Of which he decided he might as well have a look about now as he stretches out kinks of the kind that set in with concentrating on work as a way to avoid getting to know his mix of familiar and new crew faces.
Maybe he should change that today, afterall one could not avoid everyone on a boat for very long. Maybe Pavoun would be about? or that mulatto? or maybe takes his finger with it's horrendous splinter to that doctor lady? or find that other ex slaver now pirate?
Akai had to pause mid step for a moment to think over the mans name, Kasey? Kana? Kady?
Oh Kanyi! yeah that seemed more like it! Mused the cooper as he walked about.
(will he come down out of the crows nest? :P)
Benjamin Colt - December 1, 2011 07:43 PM (GMT)
Like most days, it was warm and breezy. A perfect day really to sit around and soak up the sun, laying about in the warmth much like an overfed cat. But Benjamin Colt had never been much for sitting still, unless he was actually stuffed with enough food to last him a whole week.
Only then would someone find him completely calm and relaxed.
But today was not one of those days that Benjamin had managed to get his hands on enough food to even partly satisfy his ever growling stomach.
So, much like always, he was a nervous wreck. A high-strung bundle of nervous energy that ran about on deck and climbed the railings, annoying his crew mates to the point that they were nearly considering throwing him overboard.
Of course, Benjamin didn’t care that nearly all of them found him annoying. He was happy and warm, and someone had handed him an old, ripped shirt that was of no use anymore to anyone other than weird little people like Benjamin. No, Benjamin didn’t wear it, of course not. He added it to his cot.
His cot wasn’t really a cot. Just a bunch of fabrics bunched up in a corner. It wasn’t much. But it was warm and soft and not a bloody hammock. Anything was better than a hammock. He had tried getting up into one once, with the results of nearly breaking his neck. And he had figured that if he bloody well couldn’t even get up into a hammock, how in the world was he supposed to sleep in one? It didn’t make any sense. So he was satisfied with his little corner. Annoyed when someone stepped on him, yes. But satisfied, none the less.
His other favorite place on the ship was the yards. The railings were alright, but the yards? He could hang from them by his knees, upside down, while regarding the rest of the crew as they worked. Especially Akai. Akai had the marvelous job of handling the barrels. He was the cooper, and Benjamin who had never seen a cooper at work before he met Akai, was always intrigued by the mans work.
Of course, the moment Akai stopped working and stood up to stretch, Benjamin lost interest and searched the deck for anyone else with a particularly interesting job.
Perhaps he would watch Kanyi for a bit?
Kanyi always had some skill that would capture Benjamin’s attention for longer than five seconds.
But Kanyi…Kanyi wasn’t around at the deck today, it seemed.
Benjamin frowned, and scratched at his head, as he hung upside from the yards, swaying slightly back and forth.
Where in the bloody hell was Kanyi?
Muttering from the crow’s nest answered his question, and Benjamin swung upright, climbing the railings until he found himself right under the crow’s nest. And then, grasping the platform that served as a floor, peeked over the edge at Kanyi, intent to see what the larger man was up to.
"What did you just say? Was it something bad? What does it mean? Can you teach me?"
Kanyi - December 3, 2011 11:02 PM (GMT)
The sudden appearance of Benji brought a smile to Kanyi's face and he chuckled. Life was never dull with the young Mr. Colt on board the ship. And worrying about what scrapes Benji would find himself in kept Kanyi much too busy to think on himself. Just one of the reasons why he liked the company of the lad.
"Ek'abo, runt. I tire of sitting up here. Accompany back to the deck, and I will teach you how to say 'Curse your father's testicles' in my mother tongue."
He thought it harmless to teach such things to the lad. After all, the use of such taunts in battles and duels were a normal practice among his people. They did not fight silently. Something they had in common with the people he met on this side of the world. War cries and insults accompanied battle. Or even friendship. When he was Benji's age, he and his friends would often think of the worse possible phrases and throw them at each other along with the knives.
Coiling the mostly braided rope into a loop, he slipped it over one shoulder and then climbed down from his high perch. The isolation provided by the crow's nest was a good change for a few hours, but right now it was time to rejoin the rest of the crew. He jumped the last few feet and landed with a thud on the deck. Taking a seat near Akai's workplace, he nodded a greeting and began to braid once more. To Benji, he slowly repeated the phrase for the insult.
"Now, try repeating."
To Akai, he added, "I am to teach young pup the unkind words in my language. I feel I will regret this."
Akai Zareb - December 5, 2011 12:51 PM (GMT)
Akai gave no outward reaction to the rather sudden surprise of the two mens appearance, or rather one a man the other this ex slave was sure was part pup!
He could almost imagine the boy with a wagging tail.
Blinking he responds to Kanyi with an almost inaudiable snort of amusement. "Only if those in battle or here can understand your mother tongue, or this rouge feel it necessary to use this against you personally." he sits, finally having stretched and popped all the mucls in his shoulders and neck and now was relaxing his hands and fingers.
And as he sat he was reminded of that damned splinter in his left hands middle finger and began trying to pick the blasted thing out waiting as Kanyi was no doubt for the youth to repeat the given sentence.
Benjamin Colt - December 5, 2011 01:50 PM (GMT)
Benjamin couldn't help but to smile brightly, as Kanyi glanced up from his work and chuckled at the sight of him.
Though he couldn't understand what the man found so funny, he was glad that he could bring a smile to the mans face, that had previously been shadowed by a troubled expression.
"Really?! And you won't hurt my ears for saying it?!" He asked, obviously excited at the opportunity to learn something new. However, he wouldn't find the opportunity of learning to say something in a exotic language quite so exciting anymore, if Kanyi would just cuff him over the ears, as he usually did whenever Benjamin said something rude or improper.
Benjamin couldn't for the life of him understand why Kanyi found it so important to use a proper language and all that. But then again, Benjamin couldn't understand a lot of things.Like how it was important to wash every once in a while. How to properly use a knife when eating or how to sit properly at a table. Quite a few things that the every day man found came natural was a struggle for Benjamin, who had spent most of his life out on the street or on ships were men were not much better off than him.
But he wasted no more time wondering about weather his ears would suffer or not, as Kanyi was climbing his way down the railing already.
And Benjamin didn't want him to lose interest of teaching him something.
So hurriedly he scurried after the taller male, only to stop a moment or two as the man jumped from the railings onto the deck, when there was still several feet left to climb.
Benjamin frowned for a few moments.
He was just as brave as Kanyi, wasn't he? Why shouldn't he dare to jump from the same height?
So he did.
He landed with not even half the grace the other man had portrayed, instead crashing into the deck with a painful thud.
However, he was quickly up on his feet, jumping around Kanyi in circles as Kanyi repeated the insult on the ever so exotic language.
He found ti difficult to wrap his tongue around the word, but after a few tries, he thought he had it right.
Only then did he say it loudly, pointing at a nearby crew member who was walking past, testing out his new skills in language.
"Was that alright?" He asked, turning back to look up at Kanyi, when he figured the innocent crew member had been glared at enough.
However, Akai's words caught his attention, and he frowned.
"Why in the world would I use it against Kanyi? I don't want to be deaf by the time I turn twenty, thank you very much...!" then, after a moment or two of thought, he pointed at Akai, and repeated the sentence that Kanyi had just moments earlier taught him.
Akai Zareb - December 7, 2011 09:40 AM (GMT)
"That," Akai responds patiently not at all perturbed the youths indignant anger, the young man was just to energised to listen to what was being said properly. "Is why I said it as a suggestion as to why Kanyi may regret it, not that he would."
And whilst he spoke Akai dug at the annoying sliver of wood in his finger. Gah how could something so damned small making his finger throb so? It was ridiculous!
Still patience usually won out so he kept at it.
Benjamin Colt - December 19, 2011 11:48 PM (GMT)
Rolling his eyes at Akai, Benjamin turned to Kanyi, about to ask his friend to teach him more curses, when Akai's movements made him fall silent and watch the other man with a frown upon his boyish face.
What on earth was that man doing?
And, as curiosity had always been one of Benjamin's weaker points, he hurriedly scurried over to the man, grabbed his hand and looked closely at it, trying to find whatever it was that could keep Akai's attention for so long and make him look so damn annoyed.
"What in the bloody hell are you doing?" He asked, wile hindering Akai from doing...well..Whatever it was that he was doing.
The mans hand was large enough to force Benjamin to hold it still with both of his small, bony hands, dirty fingers still making a startling contrast against Akai's dark skin.
"Is that what's annoying you?" He finally asked, after another couple of seconds, when a red-tinted finger caught his attention. And, curious as he was, he poked the flushed area, eyebrows furrowed slightly in thought. "Does it hurt?"
Kanyi - December 20, 2011 07:36 AM (GMT)
He chuckled and continued on with his task, mostly amused at the boy's vulgar repetitions. Perhaps boys were the same everywhere. He remembered acting in much the same way when he was young. He and his friends did their best to imitate the men of the tribe, copying their walk and saying things one should not say when they were alone. He didn't realize until he was a man himself how silly it was. Never used those phrases nearly was much as he had in his boyhood.
"Well, your accent is... eh... terrible. None of my tribe will fear you. But if you say it with your mean face and growl, all your enemies will piss in their pants."
He doubted that would happen. Benji wasn't the fearsome warrior he wanted to be. Perhaps someday. He titled his head slightly to one side (a habit picked up from his friend) and tried to imagine it. A scary, older Benji? He smiled and shook his head. No. All he saw was the awkward young man who had yet to fully grow into his own body, covered in dirt and wiping his nose on his shirt sleeves. At his age, such a practice was a little endearing. As an adult, the attitude would still be annoying, but revolting as well. He hoped the boy learned a little discretion in the future. Carrying around a cloth seemed a little silly as well. He had seen many white men with squares of cloth for the disgusting content of their noses. Not many of the pirates, but some of the men in town or in the Navy. Most the soldiers in the Navy were more like Benji as far as personal hygiene went. Now Kanyi didn't begrudge a man a little dirt, but sometimes it went a too far.
"So far I don't mind, Akai, but ask me again tomorrow. Then I will complain."
He glanced out of the corner of his eye as the curious youth tried to play doctor, and snorted when he pressed down on tiny wound. That would hurt.
"Akai, how did you learn this trade?"
He waved a hand at the barrels. He wondered if the other man's history was similar to his own.
Akai Zareb - December 20, 2011 11:34 AM (GMT)
"No, not really." Akai answers.
And that was true compared to the few punishments he'd had throughout his life and the early days of apprenticeship when his untrained then smaller hands had clumsily handled the tools for the first times, learning their names, shapes, what their functions where.
Though it was annoying him sure it was not overtly painful, "It is like a stinging, a lot more ire than ouch." as ever his tone was patient, he did not find the irritating little slither of wood as fascinating as Benji presumably was finding it, especially not the way the skin around it was red from incessant digging.He eyes Benji's fingernails. "Reckon you could snag the end of that damned thing and pull it out for me?" he asks, his own uselessy short nails were proving in effective for the delicate procedure.
Kanyi's question was not to be unexpected he had been asked similar questions upon joinin gthe original Ravenna crew. "I will ask you then tomoorow." he offers a grin and a careful shrug leaving his big hand in the grips of Benji's. "I was sold to a Cooper to apprentice with him and his son. Master had me hired onto the Ravenna."
Benjamin Colt - December 20, 2011 09:11 PM (GMT)
Benjamin turned and looked up at Kanyi, as the man stated that no men out of his tribe would fear him due to his accent.
He was a bit peeved by that, but found that with all his traveling, his accent was bound to be a strange one.
To his own ears, he still thought he sounded British, but honestly, he hadn't set his foot on English soil since he was seven.
And now, his accent was bound to be...once of a kind.
But he was certain that he could look intimidating!
"You'll find no meaner-looking pirate than me! I'll make them run away like little girls!" He said, happily, before making his meanest face.
Which consisted of him baring his teeth in an animalistic way, wrinkling his nose and growling in the back of his throat.
Yes...That ought to do it.
The 'mean face' slipped though at Akai's question,and he turned to the cooper, looking down at the splinter buried in the other mans finger.
"You honestly can't pull it out yourself? What kind of pirate are yeh? Defeated by a little piece of wood...!" He shook his head slightly, though didn't taunt Akai further.
Instead he pulled Akai's hand closer and inspected the splinter.
He was a bloody woman, he was. Bothered by a little splinter.
Benjamin's own hands had several splinters buried in them, although none of them as big as the one Akai had.
he could deal with them, and while it was annoying at times, he'd rather deal with them than Sara.
She would probably find some ridiculous reason to stick a needle in him or something.
With a roll of his eyes, Benjamin pulled the larger, darker hand closer and within a matter of moment, he had pulled the splinter out of the skin with his dirty fingernails.
"Ha! Got it!" He cheered, though looked up at Akai with curiosity as the man mentioned something about a 'master'.
"Master? Why would you call some bloke 'master'? You're a bloody pirate now, aren't yeh?" He furrowed his dark eyebrows in confusion.
Akai Zareb - December 22, 2011 12:57 AM (GMT)
"Well normally I'd just leave the damed thing there, but it's in a particularly ire inspiring spot and my fingernails are proving too short to get the stupid thing out." Akai defends in a mock indignant sort of way. Afterall yes he had plenty of splinters and most came out of their own accord, but this one had been in a finger joint! thoroughly annoying.
But now gone he rubs the red spot once. "Thank you -" the boys words caught him off guard for a moment and the tall ex slave thought about it and then shrugged. "An old habit, sides I mean Master as in my teacher." It was the respectful thing no?
Kanyi - December 28, 2011 08:35 PM (GMT)
Kanyi nodded in response to Akai's past, but said nothing. It was just as he expected. he smiled wryly as he thought that it was the only thing he expected when he saw someone of his color. Slave, ex-slave or freed slave, but somehow connected to slavery. To him, it had become part of life. At least here. He stopped what he was doing for a moment as the though struck him that he no longer asked first what tribe a man was from, but rather how long he had been a slave and to whom.
He laughed at Benji's attempt at 'mean', and quickly quelled the laugh. It was not his intention to hurt the boy's pride. He had been deadly enough on the Ravenna, for such a scrawny thing. The man now dead because of Benji surely would not be laughing at him. But even with that knowledge, he still was amused. Benji had become some sort of cross between a friend and a nephew figure, and it was difficult now for Kanyi to view the boy as more or less than that.
"Aye, you're the beast. Very scary."
He stilled again at Benji's question about 'Master' and looked at Akai. It was a hard habit to break. Kanyi had gone around calling his first pirate captain 'Master' for the first few days.
"You have kindness to that man, then? That you show respect?"
Benjamin Colt - December 29, 2011 05:36 PM (GMT)
Benjamin frowned, and looked between Akai and Kanyi with a look of confusion upon his young face.
Although eh was aware of the fact that black people were used as slaves, and that they were not considered equals in society... It was still a somewhat foreign subject to him.
Having basically lived on ships for the most part of his life, he was used to having black men among the crew, working just as hard as the white ones.
To him, they were no different from any other human being, and the fact that Kanyi had taken the place of some kind of uncle...Well, it only made him more set on the fact that the rest of the world were idiots.
That...and he couldn't bloody well imagine Akai or Kanyi being pushed about and ordered around by anyone but the captain.
But no matter how much he looked up to Kanyi...That still didn't make it alright for the older man to laugh at him.
"Oh, as if you could do any better, you bloody git...!" He grunted and rolled his eyes, standing up and folding his arms over his chest, as he glared grumpily at Kanyi.
Akai Zareb - December 31, 2011 07:18 AM (GMT)
Oh yeah Benji looked absolutely feirce alright.... Akai successful keeps his own laughter and amusement all internal, the youths ego was easily struck but the boy had proven he was as capable a pirate despite being so scrawny...
And Akai never minded the boy hanging about watching him work, the fascination was gratifying in the sense that he did infact take pride in his craft.
"I have nothing but respect for the man, Master Scheetz." Akai answers Kanyi nodding in confirmation sitting up straight to roll his stiff shoulders, this move accompanied by a loud rumble in his belly. "Aye hungry." he
Kanyi - January 13, 2012 06:20 AM (GMT)
Kanyi looked upon Akai thoughtfully for the moment, and felt that he was a better man than himself. His own master, though 'kind' as far as slave owners went, did not earn that depth of feeling from himself. Though he was grateful for the man's odd interest in the capability of slaves adapting to a new language, he was not overwhelmed by kindly feelings for the man. He would much rather never see anyone who once associated with him as a slave again, or even speak of them again. That was a part of his life now past. Just as his homeland. Now he could forget both and move on to a new part: his years as a pirate.
He grinned at Benji and reached over with one long arm to cuff him up side the head, gently enough to be more of a teasing action than a serious scolding. He was genuinely fond of the boy, and glad of the company.
"Benji, why do you want to be a warrior? Why not a... climber?"
Benjamin Colt - January 13, 2012 06:30 PM (GMT)
Benjamin gave a very un-masculine squawk, as Kanyi reached over and cuffed him over the head with one of his great paws.
As he was unprepared he took a stumbling step forwards, however he did not start to loudly rant about Kanyi and his evil ways.
He was well aware of the fact that Kanyi could've easily sent him head first to the ground if he had wanted to do so.
Benjamin should know.
he seemed to be constantly subjected to Kanyi's reprimanding hands, that would cuff him over the head whenever he stepped out of line (which was quite often, so he was rather surprised he did not have a constant head ache).
Narrowing his eyes at the larger man, he stuck out his tongue at him in a very childish manner, while rubbing the back of his head.
"Climber? What do you mean? I can already climb. It's so much more fun to be a warrior, because then I get to show men like you how it's done!"
He studied Kanyi, a mischievous look in his eyes, before he threw himself at the larger man, intending to tackle him and wrestle him to the floor. However, with a lack of weight, muscle and height, it proved to be more difficult than he had first thought.
Grunting, he pushed at Kanyi's side, trying to push the man over.
Akai Zareb - January 23, 2012 03:44 PM (GMT)
Having justly reasoned his respect for his trades master and glad to be for a change not working hard the cooper listens mostly to the exchange between Kanyi and Benji looking about at where they were watching some of the other crew go about their tasks -
Then blinked and looked back to the other two as the youth initiates a wrestle. Or that is what Akai supposed Benji was trying to do and not just squish himself between them for a sit down.
Again suppressing his laughter as the scrawny youth shoves against the pirate in vain Akai contemplates giving the lad a bit of a hand.
Kanyi - January 24, 2012 06:09 PM (GMT)
Little did Kanyi know that his young friend's attempt to roughhouse would be more successful than one would expect. It wasn't that he didn't have the strength or body mass to take the attack in stride. Unfortunately no matter the size of muscle, if a man is unprepared, then he will surely fall. And as they say, the bigger the man, the harder the fall. The fates were against him in this 'battle' with Benji. Not that he knew that at the beginning. Oh, no, it was all fun and play as usual.
The big man laughed in surprise and staggered back when the youth first launched himself at him. He stood, ruffled the kid's hair and then pushed against his head, propelling his body away from Kanyi. Since he viewed Benji as a friend and not a threat, he didn't tense his muscles or properly shift his weight for the second assault. Again, he laughed as he staggered. Except this time, he tripped on the very rope he had so dutifully been braiding. That he could recover from easily, were it not for the empty bottle (what was that doing there anyway?!). Had he seen it, he would have saved himself from what came next.
Stepping on the bottle while trying to regain his balance from the stumble over the coil of rope, the bottle slipped out from beneath him, and Kanyi felt the his own weight and momentum push him back to the rail of the ship. He flailed his arms wildly in an attempt to catch his balance while draped over the rail, but failed miserably. With a strangled yelp, he tipped right over the rail and into the ocean. Curling his body into a ball, he hit the water like a canon, eliciting a decent sized splash. A few moments later, he swam back up to the surface, spluttering, laughing, and cursing vehemently in a mixture of the language of his people and that of the English.
"Benji, you son of a motherless goat with the plague! I throw you off the ship myself once I get up there!"
He wasn't really as annoyed as he sounded, and the laughter belied his anger. Though he he decided that he was still truthful. Benji was definitely going overboard. He started plowing his arms through the water, swiftly swimming to catch up with the ship.
Benjamin Colt - January 24, 2012 07:57 PM (GMT)
Benjamin grunted, momentarily happy when he felt Kanyi stagger backwards, and a little proud as well.
It was not often he was able to take the man by surprise ( the larger pirate seemed to have some kind of sixth sense that told him whenever Benjamin was around.) and to make him stagger backwards...Well, that had certainly never happened before.
His joy was short-lived though, as Kanyi placed a hand on his head and pushed him backwards, sending him stumbling, nearly toppling over as he tripped over his own feet in his desperate attempt to stay upright.
he grunted in relief, when he finally managed to find his balance, and turned his bright blue eyes back to Kanyi.
Bloody oaf, he'd show him... Benjamin's eyes widened, and everything around him seemed to fade away as he watched Kanyi tripping, before coming to struggle for balance by the railing.
He was certain that Kanyi would suddenly stand upright, and that it was all just a joke. A cruel, unnecessary joke...But a joke none the less.
But the larger crew member didn't regain his balance, and Benjamin was left staring at the railing, where his surrogate-uncle had been standing only moments before.
The large splash that sounded through the air set Benjamin's body in motion, and with a shout of fear, he rushed towards the railing, legs shaking.
"KANYI! KANYI!" His voice broke, though he was too worried about Kanyi to even care about how boyish and unmanly it made him sound.
Peering over the railing, he searched the water, eyes wide. He wanted to throw himself in after his good friend, but his fear of water was too strong, and so he was left gripping the railing, heart racing in his chest.
"Akai! Kanyi! Kanyi!" He turned to look at his fellow crew member, hoping that the man would be able to provide Kanyi with the necessary rescue.
Suddenly, spluttering and laughter, mixed with cursing sounded through the air, and Benjamin turned quickly back to face the water.
He wasn't dead! He hadn't drowned! He was still... The relieved grin that had spread across his face was replaced by a look of horror, as Kanyi's words reached him.
Suddenly, he didn't want Kanyi to be able to get back up on the ship at all.
With a squawk, he spun around, rushing to hide behind Akai.
No! Not as good enough hiding place!
His cot? Kanyi would find him there. Fabrics did little to ward of vengeful men.
The mast? Kanyi could climb. Damn it all!
His breath sped up until he was nearly hyperventilating, and then his eyes landed on a trunk.
"Don't tell him where I am!" He whimpered at Akai, before scurrying across the deck and opening the lid of the trunk
It was small, and had once been filled with...Well, he wasn't quite sure. He wasn't quite sure two whom it belonged either, but it was empty, and that was all that mattered.
It was uncomfortable, but with a grunt or two he managed to twist his limbs enough until he was able to close the lid, and then in the darkness he whimpered.
He was curled up, and though he was rather small to begin with, he could barely move in the enclosure of the small trunk.
And though he felt slight discomfort, it was nothing against what he assumed he would feel if he landed in that damn water.
Surrogate uncle or not, Kanyi was one evil bastard.
Akai Zareb - February 3, 2012 04:21 PM (GMT)
Akai was for a few good moments completely gobsmacked -
And like he knew what to do?!
Wait - there was a shout for this situation?
'Man on the railing?' no that was stupid. 'man in water'
"Man Overboard!" aha he recalled it! just as Benji scurried away, though now what? Kanyi was swimming after the ship. Akai looked down at the half braided rope - was it long enough to reach the over board pirate?
Kanyi - February 7, 2012 03:50 AM (GMT)
Kanyi was grateful once more for having learned the skill of swimming while yet a youth in the rivers of his native land. Over his years of living among the white folk, falling off the ships seemed to become a habit of his. Once, he fell when struck too hard by his owner. Though a fairly kind man, as most owners went, he was still a man with a slave, and given to the occasional bout of violence. This was much more fun than that incident. Not always serious, the pirate appreciated a good laugh, and Benji's face, he was sure, was good for one.
But that didn't mean he wanted to swim all day.
"Akai! Throw a rope!"
The ship still had not slowed, and he was finding it difficult to catch up.
Benjamin Colt - February 15, 2012 09:38 PM (GMT)
Benjamin was a coward.
A trembling, whimpering, pathetic little coward whom, when faced with the threat of ending up in the water, ahd tucked his tail between his legs and scurried off to hide.
He was perfectly aware of just how big of a coward he was, when he peeked out of the trunk he had curled up in, blue eyes wide as he watched the whole scenario.
Akai was looking thoughtfully at a rope, and Kanyi...Benjamin could hear the large pirate shouting from the water.
Momentarily he wondered if Akai was deliberately stalling, but he quickly shook that thought out of his head.
It was, after all, a ridiculous thought.
But the ship was moving, and although Benjamin thought the world of Kanyi, he doubted the man would be able to keep up.
So, with a small whimper, he struggled to climb out of his hiding place which he had been so particularly set on staying only moment earlier.
And when at last, he managed to unfold all of his limbs, he scurried back over to partly hide behind Akai, as he stared down into the water.
"Akai....!" Perhaps the black man was just paralyzed with fear or shock?
He better be...
If he tried to extract revenge for Kanyi by pushing Benjamin over the railing as well, Benjamin would never forgive him.
Inching closer to the railing, he bent down and picked up most the half-braided rope. It was thick and heavy, and he staggered slightly under its weight, but managed to throw it over the railing, after making sure that the other end was firmly tied to the ship of course.
Then, the moment the rope left his arms, he ducked behind Akai again, bony fingers gripping his waist to keep him in place.
Akai Zareb - February 23, 2012 02:08 AM (GMT)
"Waitaminute!" Akai was about to protest but the rope was going over.
No he was not hoping the big pirate would get tired and drown or was frozen in shock he was looking for the end of the braid so he could loop it before tossing the rope down to Kanyi at his shout. So the work done so far would not be undone - he snorted in some amusement as Benji staggered under the hefty coils and sighed.
Ah well, good intentions aside - too late now! - he ignored Benji dodging behind him and grabbed ahold of the rope to add an achor of sorts for when Kanyi grabbed it. Readying himself to heave the man back onboard. "If you ever knock me over board like that be prepared to go with me." He warns Benji still thoroughly amused by the whole event.
Andrea Costa - March 7, 2012 09:03 PM (GMT)
Andrea heard the noise of all kind and he left his maps to go on the deck to see what happened. Kanyi was just getting back aboard, with the help of a rope held securely by Akai. The sailing master arrived just in time to help ease Kanyi up. In a few moments, the tall sailor was back on the deck, while Benji was still hidden of the well-deserved revenge.”Benji! Come here right now to help me make the point!”
It was not the first time when he helped with casting the log. But now, the idea was to keep him occupied and less prone to mischief. The lecture would follow, of course. Contributing, willing or unwilling, to throwing a fellow crewman overboard was no game at all; what if there were sharks around, looking for prey?”The hard tack and salted meat don’t make an able seaman. Ultimately, neither reefing and rigging do. You might be a damn good rigger, but until you learn to think about consequences before starting anything… When will you grow up?”
he asked in frustration.
He didn’t remember to be the same reckless way at that age…
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