Kevin went leeward side and emptied the contents
of his stomach. He fought to try to regain some sense of decency
over his body, which had betrayed him with more than lusty
emotions and a rock hard erection. His mind spun lurid temptations
as he willed his body and feelings to come to turns with his
Closing his eyes, he hid from the crew and leaned over the
rail. The salt spray kicked quickly up in his face causing
him to look towards the sky. A storm was brewing quickly,
which was expected this time of year, as they headed south
to the islands.
"Captain..." Alexander cleared his throat.
"Yes," Kevin leaned on the rail with his lower
arms resting on the wood. His hands clasped together as if
"Sir?" A.J. touched his Captain's arm.
"I'm fine Alex. Just tell me nobody saw what I know
your eyes never miss?"
"Nay, they didn't Captain, but you need to get yourself
together. A storm is brewing and we are only a few days from
port. I also feel a conquest just on the horizon..."
A.J. paused knowing that his spoken words would catch Kevin's
attention albeit not representing what the Captain was thinking.
Kevin's head slowly turned towards his Quartermaster. His
eyes were narrowed and flat. "If you even think that
A.J. chuckled, "Not the boy sir. I mean a ship. I can
tell; it's instinct."
Kevin closed his eyes and dropped his head slightly. "You
would know, so let's get this ship ready to ride out this
storm and then we will see what awaits us on the other side."
"Aye Captain. The boy and Nickolas?" A.J. was pushing
but just by a hair.
"Will stay below deck and ready the evening meal. If
that child comes within feet of me, I may do something drastic."
With a chuckle, A.J. began to walk off and shout orders.
A mate dispatched below informed Ray and Nick about the storm.
They needed to prepare the galley and the evening meal. Kevin's
hiss went undetected at A.J.'s amusement. A.J. also sent Brian
below to see how Ray was fairing over Kevin's actions.
As the winds began to blow hard, most crewmembers were sent
below deck. Only those who played a pivotal role would weather
the storm on the decks.
Kevin heard his name called on the wind and turned towards
the direction that it had come from. His face pelted by a
combination of rain and sea salted water. At the far end of
the deck stood Nickolas holding the door open that led to
the ships lower decks. Nick was waving at him to come in from
the storm. Kevin shook his head no and motioned Nick to go
below deck by pointing his index finger down a few times.
Ray's tiny head poked out from underneath Nick's arm. Seeing
the boy set Kevin off as he called for A.J. to take the wheel
and he stormed toward the two figures.
A.J. smiled broadly as the rain slapped against his face.
"He told you to stay below deck. Dumb boy! Dumb!"
he shouted on a breeze.
Kevin stomped closer and Ray quickly disappeared. Nick's
eyes grew large as he saw Kevin coming closer. The closer
he came, the easier it was for him to recognize the anger
on his mentor's face. Nick started to slam the door shut only
to have it ripped from his fingers. "I told you to go
below and stay there!" The door slammed shut with a loud
bang. The noise was imitated by thunder and lightening that
emanated from the sky.
"Great, he's really mad now," Nick took off for
the galley with Ray right behind him.
"What did we do?" Ray began to question.
"We didn't do anything, you did." Nick shook his
head as he entered the galley to have it full of the officers
less Kevin and A.J.
"I didn't do anything. It is not my fault that he is
an ogre, demanding, commanding, over-bearing, and obnoxious
man. He forced me to climb the ropes. It is his fault not
mine that I fell. He's mean!" Ray's tongue over-ruled
her sense as she soon noted the presence of Sir Howard and
Howie laughed as he sipped his brandy and watched Ray's face
ashen. "Don't worry boy; that seems to be a pretty good
assessment of our Captain. Those are some of his qualities,
but not all of them."
Ray bit her tongue, "Sorry Sir. I shouldn't have spoken
my thoughts aloud." Ray needed to backtrack on her words
before she was in trouble with more than Kevin. To disparage
a Captain in the company of his officers could be grounds
"You are correct on that assumption Ray," Brian
cast a glance towards the figure. He had no choice but to
react in a manner that any officer would over a person who
was disrespecting their commander. He had to admit though,
if Ray had succeeded and she hadn't mis-stepped and almost
fell to certain death on the deck, Kevin would have been pissed
that a mere boy had bested him on a dare. Brian closed his
eyes as it suddenly hit him, that Kevin was almost beaten
by a girl. Laughing out loud, he grinned at Ray. "Take
care to not anger him anymore today boy."
"I didn't anger him, he angered himself!" Ray shouted
and ran out of the galley.
"If I didn't know better I would swear Ray is a female
the way he reacts to certain things." Howard leaned back
in his chair with a sly grin on his face. His brandy glass
hiding most of his smile, now was the time to let Brian and
Nick know what he and A.J. had known for some time. After
all, they had guarded the child when others were around her.
Under most circumstances, one of them were with her all the
time or she was with Nickolas.
Nick groaned and sat down on the chair. "He's going
to kill me. I know it, I shouldn't have done this."
Howard's eyebrows went up slightly as he pulled himself forward
in the chair. Leaning forward, he knocked his knuckles on
Nickolas head. "When he finds out, you had better run
away, very far away. Kevin is on the very verge of discovering
your little secret. You did not see what happened after you
were sent below deck today. He has feelings for the boy....
I mean girl. I mean...."
Nick's torment blue eyes rose towards Howard and Brian. "I
was only trying to help her, I felt bad. He taught me to help."
Howard laughed, "Oh I wouldn't take that route with
him when this finally blows like a powder keg. I suggest that
the ones that truly know what is going on here put our heads
together and truly figure out a solution for you. The man
will want to keel haul you, at the very least."
Nick's face brightened as he saw Brian's head nodding in
agreement, they were going to help him, not turn him in to
Kevin. "I was hoping for Moses's Law at the most."
Howard broke out in laughter. "You thought you would
be off the hook with 39 lashes from a cat-o-nine tails for
passing a female off as his cabin boy!"
"Ludicrous Nickolas, pure insanity." Brian shook
his head knowing pretty well how Kevin was going to react
to all of this. Kevin was slowly going insane over his attraction
with the boy. It went against Kevin's nature and how he was
raised but nevertheless, he was attracted.
"The cabin boy idea was Kevin's, not mine," Nick
"Be sure to remind him of that when he finds out,"
Howie's shoulders shook with merriment. "That child slid
down the front of Kevin today and the man was so sexually
aroused, I thought he was going to lose it before he his feet
landed on the deck. His feelings are growing more and more
for the child every day. The only thing is, he is making himself
sick over it. He thinks the child is a boy, not a girl. His
body is telling him one thing, yet his brain another. Today
he hung over the side and tossed the contents of his stomach
like a virgin sailor."
"What about Sir Alex?" Nick looked at the two men
who sat across from him.
Brian's mouth produced a grimace, "Unfortunately, he
"Oh noooo," Nick's head dropped down once again
to his folded arms on the table. He spoke to the table as
his head nestled in his arms, "I'm doomed, he's going
to tell him and if he doesn't then he will hold it over my
head to get what he wants."
"I don't think so," Brian spoke quietly. "He
likes Ray, he spent all that time showing her how to tie knots
so his chicken wouldn't fall apart."
The three men laughed as a forth one came into the galley.
His clothes soaked with water from the storm. "The Captain
wants something to keep him warm." A.J. watched Nick
Quick facials expressions exchanged between the elder crewmembers.
A.J. let out a laugh, "I don't mean Ray either."
"A.J.!" Nick yelled back and hoped not one person
outside the galley could hear the words that A.J. spoke.
The other men chuckled quietly. "Hey, the Captain's
male part knows that it's a woman. I can't wait until the
heart and head catch up with the body."
Nick fell to his knees in front of A.J. "Please don't
tell him. I'll do anything, I promise."
"Hmmm," A.J. rocked back on his heels. "Anything?"
Nick's eyes formed slits, "Anything?"
"Okay, I'll save you. However, I'm doing it for Ray,
not you. Get off the floor before someone from the crew sees
The door blew in for the third time and Kevin stood dripping
wet in the threshold. "I'm freezing. I need something
hot to eat and dry clothes. Nickolas where is Ray?"
Nick looked dumbstruck at Kevin, "Umm, your cabin."
"Put some soup on for me and go fetch some dry clothes
for me from the boy. If I do it, I'll hurt the chit."
"Yes sir," Nick bolted from the room and prayed
all the way to the cabin that Ray was there. Rushing in, he
saw her folding a clean pair of breeches, a shirt, and an
overcoat of some sort. "I need those," Nick grabbed
them from her hand. Running back out the door, he stopped
and turned. "Don't leave the cabin, we need to talk.
It's going to be fine."
Nick raced back to the galley to see Kevin breaking a piece
of dry cracker. Kevin was already eating the soup that Nick
had enough practice and knowledge that Kevin would require
it if he were cold. "Clothes," Nick set them on
the chair next to him.
"Ray?" Kevin's eyes leveled on him.
"Scared," Nick said honestly. He had seen the fear
mixed with anger in Ray's face and eyes.
"No need to be and you know it," Kevin shook the
spoon at Nick.
Nick's warm friendly demeanor returned rapidly, Kevin's anger
was dissipating, "Ray doesn't know you like I do."
"Ray will get to know me," Kevin paused and stared
into his soup as if it were a magical object that could tell
him the future, "As soon as I know me."
A hush fell in the room as Kevin finished eating. Stripping
down to his undergarments, he changed clothes. Pulling the
blue wool coat over his body, he smiled. "Where ever
did you find this? I had forgotten that I had it."
"Ray found it," Nick now hoped it hadn't come from
"The last time I had seen this it was in my trunk. Ray
must be tending to his duties." Kevin sniffed the fabric
of the collar deeply. The coat still carried the faint scent
of Isabella. With the scent came the memories of the woman
that he had missed every day and would continue to for the
rest of his life. "A.J. you can come up if you would
like but I won't force you too. I have Rodney and Colin up
there. I want the rest of you to stay below."
Kevin made the short journey to the quarterdeck as the rain
and waves punched and rolled the ship. "I need some solitude,"
he sniffed the sleeve once more to dredge up warm and loving
memories of Isabella. Isabella would take his mind off of