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The Neopian Times Week 126 > Continuing Series > Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Seven

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Seven

by ridergirl333

"Why is there so much wood involved in boat building?" I asked my friend Arielle.

     She groaned at me. "Knock it off Marcus. The wood won't hurt you."

     "Yes it will. I'll get a splinter and the splinter will get infected and…"

     "Be quiet," Arielle interrupted me.

     I grumbled about unfair Shoyrus and returned to my work.

     The former crew of the Peophin Lily was working together to build a new boat, the Peophin Lily II. Ari and I were sawing planks for her sides. Sammy was carrying the wooden planks to us. Jessica isn't good at building things, so she handed tools to the workers. Brenda is nothing short of disastrous with a hammer, so she roasted hot dogs over a campfire to keep the warmth in everyone's hearts.

     Then, an arrow pierced the calm serenity of the building project. It landed an inch from Jessie's foot. Panicked, the human threw her hands up and pliers went flying! They landed in some bushes and… the bush screamed.

     But the bush didn't scream. A pirate in the bush screamed.

     "We're under attack!" Kara Lee yelled. "They could be coming from any direction. I'll bet my last dubloon, this is Goldtooth's lot. They'd outnumber us four to one. I don't want to start a fight, so we run at my command."

     Pirates scrambled to obey their Captain's orders. Jessie grabbed a hammer and threatened to throw it if any pirate should come near her Neopets. Arielle drew her Sword of Domar. I picked up a spear and Brenda got her bow and quiver of Jungle arrows. Sammy, being the youngest pet, was unarmed. However, he did find a nice big rock, and he tore off a piece of his shirt to make a sling.

     For a few tense moments, there was silence. Jessica whispering to Ari broke the stillness. "If anything goes wrong, get your younger siblings out of here. We'll take to the air. Brenda and Marcus got the ability "fly" from air faeries, so they can fly with us. Sammy can ride on Brenda's back. Remember, you'll have to wait for me. I can't ride on anyone else's back."

     Pirates wearing the yellow bandanas of Goldtooth on their head popped out of every nook and cranny. They popped out of bushes, from behind sand dunes, out of trees, and some rowed towards the shore in rowboats. We were totally and completely surrounded.

     Then, a second shaft was loosed. The chase had begun!

     Brenda flew, trying to stay out of the range of enemy arrows. However, my little sister was too scared to fight back, so she just flew.

     Sammy hurled pebbles at the enemy pirates, running the whole way. The pebbles didn't do much damage, but they made any sane pirate think twice before approaching him.

     I stayed away from the major action, by no fault of my own. I was engaged in a one-on-one battle with a pirate Aisha. I focused on defending myself. I didn't want to hurt this Aisha because he was doing his job.

     Arielle was in the middle of the melee, pushing everyone, friend and foe alike, out of her way. "Goldtooth is around here somewhere! And so is his ship." She yelled. "I have to find them!"

     "Retreat!" Jessica called. "My Neopets, advance to the rear! Turn tail! Marcus, quit swinging that spear around! Get out of here!"

     I followed her orders gladly. That Aisha was making me nervous.

     Sammy worked his way out of the crowd, slinging rocks as he went.

     Brenda flew away from the crowd of pirates under her, dodging arrows.

     "Arielle!" I called into the crowd. "Where are you?"

     I took flight and scanned the crowd of swashbucklers for my friend. "Ari!"

     "I have to get to the ship." My friend said to no one. "Get out of my way, shrub." She pushed the branches of a bush out of the way.

     I ran over to her. "Ari! You have to leave! You're the only one who can carry Jessica! And Jessie can't stay. She's a human, and these pirates would mince her. She's unarmed, she has no Battledome abilities…"

     "I can't just abandon Kara Lee's pirates! Not after all they've done for us!"

     "We're not 'abandoning' anyone. We're getting everyone out of here alive! If you stay behind, Jessie pays the price. You'd be abandoning her."

     Arielle froze in her tracks, to stunned to move. Then, she turned. "I'll go, but only because I'm the only one big enough to carry Jessica."

     So, we left the scene of chaos and battle.

     But was Ari right? Were we abandoning those friends we had come to care for?

***

Our pirates retreated. Goldtooth had won the fight.

     "'Twas the liddle lassie who led us well, Scorch," Flubb the Blumaroo yelled.

     "No 'twasn't. 'Twas me mate Whipsail, here," Scorch the Scorchio responded.

     "I heard yer mate givin' the order to attack!" Said Flapp the Scorchio. "To lead our pirates into a death trap! He almost got himself into a tricky fix with an Aisha."

     "Not so!" yelled Whipsail.

     This is what I hate about being a Captain. "Break it up. Quit arguing, please," I ordered.

     "Why're ye leadin', lassie? Ye don't even talk like a proper pirate!" Whipsail yelled at me.

     I gave him a look. "I'd recommend you refer to me as Captain… Cap'n Kara Lee from now on. And my accent is none of your business. Poor old Cap'n NightLupe left me in charge, so I'm going my duty. Anyone who wants to challenge me may do so now."

     Silence.

     "I thought so."

     I heard the rustle of wings. My first thoughts were; we're under attack again? Then, I looked up and saw Arielle, Brenda, Sammy and Jessica coming to a nice, smooth landing on the beach. Marcus crashed through some bushes nearby.

     "Captain Kara Lee, I'm so sorry we left you."

     "Deserters!" Scorch brandished his saber at the four young NeoPets. "Naught but cowards!"

     "They're not deserters, Scorch. They're children. And it's good that they found a safe place. After all, children shouldn't have to fight."

     A single arrow whizzed out of the sky and buried itself in the sand at my paws. I picked it up. There was a note attached. I read it out loud.

     You might have escaped a single battle, "Cap'n", but the war has just begun. That's right. I have officially declared war on you, your crew, and those young ones you're harboring. They'll all be destroyed by sunset tomorrow. You have my word.

     Signed, Captain Goldtooth

     "What an awful thing to say!" Brenda Bushtail the yellow Usul wailed.

     Arielle comforted her friend. "That's Goldtooth for you. All bark and no bite. If his word were really true, there would be arrows zooming out of the sky right now. We'd be looking like pincushions."

     "Cheerful way to look at it, Ari," Marcus said dryly.

     "Why is the word "Cap'n" in quotation marks?" Sammy asked.

     "He's mocking me," I growled. "Either making fun of my accent or my lack of experience."

     Then, I turned to face the crew. "Hearken now. Goldtooth has officially declared war!"

     "And it's all yer fault!" Whipsail said.

     "Whipsail, if you and Scorch hate me that much, leave now!"

     Whipsail thought for a moment. Then, "Ye know, ye've got a point there, lassie. Me crew comes with me! Let's go!" Then, Whipsail and Scorch walked off alone.

     "Ignore them," an Aisha said. "They were callin' for us to be killed in the battle. 'Tis ye we trust, Cap'n. And 'tis ye we'll follow."

     A loud cheer rose from the crowds.

     "Good!" I yelled. "Now let's go! We have a war to prepare for!"

To be continued...

Previous Episodes

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part One

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Two

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Three

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Four

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Five

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Six

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Eight

Deckswabbers and Destinies: Part Nine


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