I was tied up by a Blumaroo with a gold ring through his ear, a yellow-and-white
striped shirt, and a yellow swim cap-like hat with white spots. He marched me
out onto the top deck, where all the other passengers were, all bound and gagged
tightly. A ramp led from the deck of the Aquamarine to the pirate ship's deck,
which was some 5 meters higher than ours. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted
Everestik, struggling to break free of his bonds. He was guarded by two pirate
Myncis and wore a muzzle.
We were all led, two by two, up to the pirate ship. I saw right away it was
pointless to struggle, submitting myself to the pirates who marched me and another
girl, blonde with hazel eyes, up to their ship. We were taken down to the bottom
deck, and I realised we were to be oar slaves! I struggled against the chains
that a Mynci was trying to attach me to the oar with, but it was no use. I was
forced down onto the bench, chained to the oar until I either starved to death
or broke free.
My pets fared better than I, but not much. They were stripped of their few
possessions and frog-marched to the storage level with all the other pets on
the cruise. There, the skull creature (whom I soon learned was the Pirate King)
informed them that they were to be his subjects, lowly scourges of the seas
just like the pirates who had boarded the Aquamarine and kidnapped us. The consequences
of disobeying were made clear (Anyone who didn't heed his every command was
beheaded or had to walk the plank, as Dervetta later informed me), and they
were given pirate gear and their first orders.
The day was spent rowing, with meager meals and short breaks when the wind
filled the sails. But this story is not supposed to be about me. It's about
"There HAS to be some way to get out of here!" Ivy said as she climbed up to
the crow's nest to fill her new position of lookout.
"There is, I'm sure," Ellimistio said. "But we can't leave without at least
trying to rescue the other passengers. We'll have to stay here a few days and
collect information, then we can use that to get ourselves and as many others
out of this dump as possible."
"I don't want to stay here! I don't want to be a pirate!" Dervetta protested.
"As much as I hate to admit it, we have no other choice," Everestik said. He
picked up a mop and began cleaning. "Just do your job any way you can get information
discreetly, and report anything relevant in the galley tonight, at supper."
He made his way down to the main cabin, mopping furiously.
"What did you find out?" Everestik asked his siblings that night.
Ellimistio leaned in close, whispering, "I heard that these guys are targeting
a ship that's bound for Neopia Central, coming from the Haunted Woods. They
say there's treasure on it, but the ship has guards who are armed to the teeth."
"Well, I didn't learn anything of any use," Dervetta said.
"I learned that the captain's going to sell everyone's stuff on the black market!"
"I got in on a little 'meeting' with the Pirate King and a few of his cronies,
but I couldn't get close enough to hear anything," said Everestik. "Good work,
everyone. Remember, any little bit of information could be useful."
"Then I did learn something!" Dervetta said excitedly.
"That Blumaroo, over there? He writes on pink stationary!"
"Anything new today?"
"I spotted the ship they're targeting. It's about a day off, straight ahead,"
Ivy said. "Maybe we can sneak onto there with some of the other captives and
"With this garb? They'd blast us in a second!" Dervetta exclaimed.
"So why don't we just take it off?" Ivy suggested.
"Because if we did, the pirates would see us unarmed and destroy us because
they wouldn't recognise us," Dervetta said grimly.
"Everyone, I know where lupelover is," Ellimistio said quietly.
"Below deck. She's an OAR SLAVE."
A yellow Scorchio approached the group. "My owner is an oar slave, too. If
you'll help me, I think we can get them out... My name's Harmoy."
"I'm Everestik." Everestik shook hands with Harmoy, and the five pets formulated
To be continued...