Finish That Thought #2-5 (Judge's Comments)
Prompt: [She] whisper[s], "I forgive you," as [her] hand slip[s] out of mine.
Special Challenge: Invent two words and use them in your story.
Wes whispered, "I forgive you," as his hand slipped out of mine.
me for what, boy?” I grunted with a tousle to his sun-bleached curls.
“It’s just the ship’s doctor, ain’t it? Just a routine physical, ain’t
The doe-like eyes of the cabin boy blinked pleadingly at me
as the doctor dragged him into the captain’s quarters for his
examination, but I disregarded the entreaty with a spit of tobacco and
“Mr. Perkins, I do hope you intend to clean that up.”
whirled to face the captain himself, decked up in his usual black
attire, and snapped to attention. He regarded me through his mask with a
steady eye and a thin scowl spread across his lips. Even as first mate
I was still privy to Captain Roberts’ lectures and reprimands. His
ship was his lover and anyone caught disfiguring her or disgracing her
got it in sevenfold.
“Oh yes, Cap’n,” I stammered, tugging my
snugget off my head. “Just going now for a mop now, Cap’n. Old habits
die hard ye know, Cap’n.”
“Yes, well see that this habit dies
quickly, Mr. Perkins, or you will have to find yourself other
employment. We may be pirates, but we are not animals. Do I make
“Perfectly, sir, perfectly,” I bobbed.
and Perkins,” the captain gestured to the knitted accessory in my hands
“try to keep in touch with the seasons. This is summer.”
“As you wish, Cap’n.” I hastily tucked the bugger into a trouser pocket and scurried away for a mop.
truth, I was plum lucky to get away with a reprimand and didn’t want
the man changing his mind on me before I could remedy my evil. Got
caught spitting once before, I did, and had to stand at attention for a
full half hour as crew members lobbed slimy projectiles any time they
passed my way. No way was I going to have a repeat.
Captain Roberts had himself a
legend he did. Terror of the High Seas, The Black Plague, and The Dread
Pirate were just some of the titles he’d inherited over the years.
Giants quaked in their boots just by looking at him. His name made
grown men weep. Lucky was I to be one of the few men to see the great
terror and live. But that was only because I was crew. Expendiary
I hurried my pursuit of a mop, all the while praying that
the sun wouldn’t bake the tobacco into the deck. No telling what
punishment I’d get for staining his lady. Death likely. One thing was
certain, Captain Roberts may be the greatest criminal alive, but he’d
always be my idea of a gentleman