Kevin stormed around
the Quarterdeck like a small hurricane waiting for Nick and
Ray to finish their assigned tasks in the Galley. His mind
clicked away as A.J. followed the course Kevin had charted
to head south to the islands. Kevin wasn’t
ready to return home yet. In the back of his mind, he thought
they all could use one or two more conquests before they were
to return. The men would appreciate the earnings and so would
he. If he could take in at least one more ship he would no
longer need to be a privateer, at least he hoped so. The
other dilemma was down below the main deck.
A.J. watched the Captain strut about the Quarterdeck, amused
as hell. There were many times he had seen this behavior in Kevin
but they were so far in the past. Kevin would impatiently
pace the deck, gnaw on a fingernail, and then pace some more
when he was truly agitated by something. Years ago, Isabella
would cause Kevin his anxiety by putting him in his place.
A.J. would chuckle, for he and all the crewmembers knew that
Isabella not only had Kevin’s hand but his heart as well,
he would do anything to appease or please her. Whenever they
had had a particularly loud argument or a matter unsettled,
Kevin would escape to the deck and pace it out. The men usually
snickered at him as they watched Kevin’s shoulders slump forward,
he would glance over his shoulder to see if they were watching
him, which indeed they always were, and then he would head
down to his quarters to apologize to his wife for upsetting
A.J. listened as Kevin did his job of Quartermaster and barked
a few words out. “Does that make you feel better now?” A.J.
asked Kevin as he nodded at the crew that was normally under
his command. Kevin now stood next to him.
“Yes,” Kevin looked off into
the horizon hoping that like some gypsy fortuneteller it would
tell him what the future would be.
Kevin barked some more and walked back and forth more.
A.J. sighed as he watched Kevin try and calm down. Isabella had been gone so long and he didn’t
think Kevin would ever get back to the way he used to be until
Kevin came back to the ship one day with Nick. Nick slowly
took the place of Isabella by tormenting Kevin as much as
possible starting at such a young age.
“Cap’n!” Nick shouted as he and
Ray stepped onto the main deck.
A.J. and Howie exchanged
looks wondering what was in store for the two youngest members.
Kevin bounded down the stairs
of the Quarterdeck and stood below on the main deck waiting
for the two wayward souls to make their way to him.
“Any idea what wound him up?” Brian had heard the commotion
and joined A.J.
“Ray I believe. He’s a disrespectful and stubborn boy,”
A.J. pointed down to Kevin who stood at the base of one of
the masts. “I do believe he is going to break the boy of
his bad habits.”
Brian wasn’t alarmed in the least,
A.J. had a twinkle in his eye when he said. “Much like he
tried to do to Nick?”
“I would assume,” A.J. watched the sea as he held onto the
wheel. “I do believe that he will be slightly surprised,
not to mention angry, when he finds out that it is a girl
with an attitude, not a boy.”
Brian stared blankly off to the side, he couldn’t
tell if A.J. knew the truth or if he was fishing for a confirmation
of his own suspicions. Brian needed to confide in someone,
Kevin wasn’t going take the news
well. “Does anyone else know?”
“Nay, they don’t know. I’ve protected
that girl since the about the third day she was on this ship.
I watched her sneak around and let her stay onboard thinking
I could have a piece of fluff to warm my bed on this journey.”
“That piece of fluff has attitude,” Brian laughed. His laughter
caused Kevin to turn in their direction and glare. “She stole
coin from me.”
“Aye, I figured that out, but then I thought it was best
to leave her with Nickolas, she’s seems very… Hmmm.”
“Innocent,” Brian bowed his
“Her innocence will be lost if the crew finds out she is
a mere girl. I’m not sure if they would obey any of our commands
and then there is the Cap’n.”
Brian closed his eyes and
shook his head, “We’ll discuss more of this problem later.”
“Aye, we will,” A.J. answered with his full attention on
the three at the mast. “You had better get down there and
hope nothing happens. I think he is going to give her a rigging
“Oh no,” Brian flew down
the stairs as quickly as Kevin had a few minutes earlier.
Kevin stood and pointed at
Nick, “Take him up, but show him the proper way, no fancy
“Take him up? Up there? Are you
crazy?” Nick forgot his place momentarily
out of concern over Ray. “He’s never been up in the rigging.
He could get hurt.”
“That is why you are going to show him the right way, so
he doesn’t get hurt.” Kevin stood with his feet planted slightly
apart so that his body swayed gently with the ship. His arms
crossed over his chest as he spoke to Nick, “Nick start out.”
Raina desperately wanted to scream that she was scared, she
had never liked heights, and this was much higher than any
tree she had ever climbed.
Nick almost refused as his faced turned red with anger.
Kevin’s brows arched high on his forehead daring Nick to take
such measure. “Fine!” Nick turned to Ray. “Watch me, it’s
hand, foot, hand, foot. You will always have at least one
hand and foot on the ropes. I don’t want you to fall.” Nick
saw the fear ripple over Ray’s face. “With some practice,
you can do this,” he smiled as he ignored his overbearing
Captain and friend.
“Soon, I’m growing old,”
Kevin mocked them.
Nick saw Ray’s expression change from fear to a hardened
disgust for Kevin. Nick hid the grin as Ray planted a firm
foot on the first rope and reached up to grab the one above
her head. She scrambled up the robes like a cat chasing a
mouse. Kevin frowned and Nick laughed. “I think he has the
hang of it.”
Kevin squinted up towards the sky. Ray was almost at the
top and then he saw her foot had mis-stepped.
“Lock your leg on the rope!” Kevin yelled as he furiously
climbed up the ropes with Nick doing the same, slightly behind
him and on the other side of Ray. Kevin reached Ray just
as her foot slipped through the ropes and to the other side.
Ray was too scared to scream as her foot glided through the
ropes, causing her to lose both her balance and her grip.
She felt her body begin to fall back towards the deck of the
ship. She heard the men below shouting her name. Everything
was turning upside down, as her head fell back. Her body
felt weightless as her foot became unattached from the rope.
She was falling backwards to the deck below. Then she was
up-righted and slammed into the ropes, face-first. Her body was being crushed by a larger object, a much larger object
that covered her entire body and pressed against her.
“You’re foolish!” Kevin was yelling at her. “Grab the ropes!”
Kevin leaned on the small boy as much as he dared without
snapping the young ones bones but he was so afraid Ray would
fall. He was also angry at himself for goading the child into. Ray was very easily
provoked when it came to anything to do with him. “Grab the
ropes!” Kevin yelled as he pressed into Ray with everything
he had. His chest was pressing into Ray’s shoulders and his
hips into the boy’s bottom to prevent him from falling.
Ray was frozen; she couldn’t move,
mostly from fear but also a strange sensation that came over
her as she felt the Captain pressing the front of his body
into the back of hers’. She gasped when she felt his legs
go between hers and forced her to bend her leg. A large hand
grabbed onto the back of her thigh and pushed her leg and
foot up onto the ropes. “Step up!” was shouted next to her
Kevin tried to see the boy’s face, his eyes were closed tightly,
and he wouldn’t look. Kevin cursed
loudly and reached under the boys arms to his ribs. Once
he had a grasp on the small frame, he slid down the ropes
to the deck below, with the child plastered to his body.
On the way down the ropes, Ray was pressed tightly to his body. A thought flickered through
Kevin’s mind and it angered him. He felt his body tighten
like the quiver of a bow being drawn
back by a fine hand. Then he groaned when he understood that
what he was feeling for this child was lust. The thought
horrified him because simply because the child was a male.
He couldn’t deal with it, it was not him, he didn’t prefer
men, he preferred women. How could this small being bring
these emotions out in him?
The lust was quickly replaced with
anger as Ray slid down his body and he enjoyed the sensation.
Agilely, he landed on his feet with a spring in his step and
slammed Ray on his feet. “You’re confined to our quarters!”
Kevin was screaming and not paying attention to his crew who
were clapping and carrying on since he had saved the young
Nick scurried down the rope and grabbed Ray by the arm.
He didn’t give her a chance to argue
as he towed her down to the Captain’s quarters. Shoving her
inside, he slammed the door. Nick was huffing from the speed
at which he had traveled down the rigging, across the deck,
and snatching Ray. “Did he notice?”
“Notice what?” Ray spoke with a shaky voice.
“Your breasts you fool!” Nick wanted to scream it all the
way to the colonies. “You rode his body like a woman! He
knows these things.”
“I don’t think so,” Ray blinked
as she stared at the door waiting for the Captain to come
barging in full of fury.