A Pirate's Life for Me: Part Three
Dani and Tallin walked back to The Golden Dubloon without
saying a word to each other. Dani was slightly ashamed of herself though she didn't
know why. Tallin's feelings were mutual. As they entered the building, Dani got
bombarded by a hyper Rosetta.
"Oh, are ye okay? You should have never gone
with him. I knew it twasn't a good idea all along. Oh, I should have done somethin'
about it. Tallin, ye should be ashamed of yerself! Just look how scared ye made
the poor thing!" Rosetta waggled a paw in Tallin's face, then looked Dani over
like a hawk, making sure there wasn't a scratch on her.
"Rose, it's okay. She's fine. I suppose we all
just overwhelmed the poor lass," Tallin said, restraining Rosetta. Dani walked
back to the room she was sharing, and sat down on her bed. Loretta soon entered
the room too.
"Oh, hello!" exclaimed Loretta. "So, did old
Tallin get too defensive fer his own good? He does that sometimes. Oh, I knew
you three shouldn't have spoken to each other alone the first second I laid
eyes on ye."
"Nah. I just kinda got freaked out I guess.
I'll be okay," replied Dani.
"Well, I still think ye should keep your distance
from him. You know, just as a secret between you and me, that ship o' his, well,
it was his father's. See, his dad was killed by one of the most evil pirates
in the land. Ever since then, Tallin's been trying ter find some way to fix
up that old vessel, so's he can get his hand around that pirate's neck," Loretta
said. She folded a few towels, put them in a cabinet, and exited the room before
Dani had a chance to reply. "But you didn't hear it from me," Loretta said over
her shoulder with a wink.
* * * * *
That night Dani couldn't sleep. The rain pelted
the window mercilessly, and she simply laid there listening. When she found
that it was no use trying to go to sleep, she slowly pulled down the bed sheets,
and climbed out of the cot.
The Golden Dubloon looked so forbidding at night.
Dani took the large ring of keys off the hook on the wall, and unlocked the
door. She ran out into the pouring rain.
Sitting down on the wet sand on the shore of
the ocean, she watched the waves swallow themselves up, and quickly reappear
in some odd place. The smell of seawater stung Dani's nostrils. She walked closer
to the water and stood there with her face toward the sky. Her wet hair stuck
to her neck and face, but she did not brush it away.
She could see the silhouette of Mystery Island
against the horizon. She turned away. She couldn't bear thinking about what
Ysabel was going to do to her, if anything. Sometimes Dani wondered if her owner
would even miss her.
She rarely missed Mystery Island, although she
did like the warm sun greeting her every morning, and the warm sand... but she
could get all that here, too. Couldn't she?
The sound of quickly approaching footsteps startled
Dani, and she whirled around. Tallin was standing not far away from her.
"What are ye doin' out here at this time, in
this weather? You should be inside sleeping," he told her.
Dani did not reply. Instead she turned back
around and sat back down.
"Listen," Tallin began, "let's get ye inside
now. Yer gonna give yerself Neomonia!" He put a paw on her shoulder.
Dani turned around and walked back to the saloon
without waiting for Tallin. He soon followed. He rummaged around in one of the
cabinets, got a clean blue towel, and placed it around Dani's shoulders.
"What were ye doin' out thar anyways?" he questioned.
Dani began to dry her hair with the towel. "I
don't know. I couldn't sleep," she said without making eye contact with the
"That's no excuse to be out there," he argued.
Why is he so worried about this? Just because
I was outside doesn't mean I was in any danger, Dani thought.
"Well, just go back to bed," said Tallin as
he turned around and began walking back to his room.
"How can I possibly sleep in these clothes?"
she mumbled. "They're soaking wet."
She managed to find an extra nightgown of Loretta's,
and she changed into that. Laying back down in bed, Dani found she was more
tired than she thought. She quickly fell asleep.
* * * * *
"Dani! Dani!! GET UP DANI!!"
Dani heard the voice and felt the paws on her
shoulder. She lazily opened her eyes and saw the blurry figure of Rosetta before
her, yelling frantically in her face. Her hair was hanging down over her shoulders,
instead of being in it's usual done-up state.
"Uh, hi Rose," she said, still barely awake.
"What's the matter?"
"Well, Tallin's got a surprise for ya!" she
replied. "So, ye best get up! He's not too patient, as ye well know."
Dani crawled out of bed and slipped into her
clothes, which were still wet from the night before. She walked out the door
of her room and saw Tallin talking to Loretta. He turned to her.
"There ye are. Now, ye best come with me. Us
three," he acknowledged Loretta and Rosetta standing on either side of him,
"have come up with a little welcome present for ye. First of all, yer now officially
one of us. Ye said ye didn't want to go back to that Mystery Island, so we figure
we're gonna fix ye up if yer gonna stay with us. Follow me now," he said.
Dani hastened to catch up with the fast moving
Tallin as he, Loretta, and Rosetta walked out of The Golden Dubloon. She found
herself once again in the small rowboat, which she was beginning to hate. The
four entered The Academy, where Cap'n Threelegs stood waiting for them. This
time he was muttering about how "he didn't have time for all this lollygagging".
"Ah, there ye are. It took ye long enough. So,
what can we do for ye, young miss?" he said, looking at Dani with his one eye.
"Well, I don't know. I really don't know what's
going on at all," she replied.
"Ah, yes," Tallin spoke. "Well, first of all,
I want ye to..." The rest of his sentence trailed off as he whispered into Cap'n
When he was finished, Cap'n Threelegs looked
at Dani and said, "Of course! We can do that! Follow me miss. And you three
He began walking towards a door that apparently
led into a small hallway, which in turn led to another room where there were
countless piles of pirate apparel stacked in haphazard spots.
"Well, first I think we need to know what size
ye are," he said to Dani, who was now getting an idea of what was happening,
"step up here," he pointed to a small stool in front of a tall golden mirror.
Dani climbed onto the stool, and Loretta began to measure her using a long string.
"About 26 inches around the waist," Loretta
called. Soon they had all of her measurements, and Cap'n Threelegs was rummaging
around in one of the many boxes in one of the corners. He pulled out a medium-sized
pirate outfit and held it up for Dani to see.
"Will this do?" He asked.
"Well, Dani, do you want to try it on?" Loretta
"Are you kidding? Of course!!" Dani said, running
up and grabbing the outfit from Cap'n Threelegs and ran into a small room adjoining
the one they were in. She tried on the outfit, and looked herself over. Oh this
is so awesome! I never thought this would actually happen! She thought. When
Dani came out, she looked like a fierce pirate that had had way too much caffeine.
She jumped wildly around the room, and went up and hugged every one in the room.
She felt so happy it was unbelievable. Every one else was equally as happy for
"Oh Dani, you look so good in that!" Loretta
"Well, now yer finally one of us, and yer owner
ain't gonna do a thing about it!" Tallin stated as he looked at Dani's new apparel.
"Yeah, and I couldn't have done any of this
without you." Dani replied, gazing up at Tallin. She hugged him again
After all these years of dreaming, everything
Dani wanted had happened. She was finally a pirate.
* * * * *
The next day Tallin stood on the shoreline of
Krawk Island watching the waves. He closed his eyes for a few moments, and when
he opened them, there was a small shape accumulating out in the ocean. As it
moved closer, Tallin was able to make out the shape of a small boat heading
straight toward the island. What could they possibly want? he asked himself.
To be continued...