storm raged on for the rest of the day. Ray succumbed to sleep
as the lantern's flame died. She never heard Kevin enter the
cabin, strip off his clothes, and dry his body off. As he
sat on his bed, shivering from the coldness that his body
had just endured, his eyes searched for the hammock in the
darkened room. Ray lay barely covered up with his boots still
on. Wrapping a towel around his body, Kevin made his way to
the boy. Effortlessly, he slipped the battered boots from
the sleeping form. The boots landed with a thunk on the floor.
Kevin left the hose that the boy wore on. Covering the boy
with the blanket that had been kicked to floor, he smiled,
"Sleep pleasantly Ray, all is well." Feeling drained,
he eased his exhausted body into bed. The storm had been rough
but they had sailed out of the torrential rains and wind intact
with barely a scratch. Kevin fell into a well-earned deep
Awaking to the
sound of silence was un-natural and not a good sign for a
privateer or a pirate. He lay naked in his bed and turned
on his back to see the sunshine stream through the window
that he insisted be put in the place by his bed. He wanted
to see the magnificent sunrises and sunsets as one of them
might be his last. Rolling his head towards the hammock, he
was satisfied he was left alone. Ray had rose and left already
this morning. Closing his eyes, he started to sort out the
unsettled feelings he had for the boy. He couldn't or wouldn't
understand the desire he had for his new cabin boy. When his
body reacted the way it had the day before it made him sick.
Kevin prided himself on being attracted to the female sex
and they were always attracted to him. He had a reputation
as a skillful lover who gave when he took. Many a woman had
pursued him in his youth, even while he was married to Isabella.
"Faithfulness was one of his more endearing qualities,"
Isabella would tell him after he would re-tell of an encounter
of a married woman of society who was interested in him regardless
of the fact that he or maybe both of them were married. Only
two women had made him comfortable out of bed and that was
just as important to him, Isabella and Jocelyn. Jocelyn would
never change, she would always be a whore; she would never
have his heart, only Isabella had that ability. Sighing deeply,
since he hadn't sorted out his problem still, he closed his
eyes to drift back to sleep as the sunshine streamed through
the window and warmed his body.
The door creaking
open roused Kevin from his half slumber. He tugged the sheet
over his maleness since it had been cast aside. Rolling to
his side, but pretending to be asleep, he saw Ray with a tray.
Admittedly, he was surprise that the boy would take initiative.
Under hooded eyes, he watched the boy stare at his body. At
first, he could see curiosity and then a different emotion
showed on the boy's face. Ray's violet eyes shimmered as they
fell on his naked form. Though his eyes were closed, he watched
the young one scrutinize his body. The sheet fell slightly
and Ray's mouth opened widely.
She closed her
eyes and her grip on the tray tightened even more. Turning
her back to him, the items on the tray began to rattle as
the tray was carried to his desk. She had just seen a male
closely, for the first time. The dark patch of hair surrounding
Kevin's shaft was prevalent on the man's body.
Kevin was very
confused over the chit's reaction. It wasn't like Ray hadn't
seen the male body before he was one. Grabbing for the sheet,
Kevin tossed his legs over the side of the bed and watched
the back of the figure fidget with the tray. "Ray this
isn't tea with the Queen, leave it."
Ray jumped just as the tray was dropped to the desk.
Kevin sat up on
the bed running his fingers through his hair. He wasn't going
to apologize for scaring the lad, he shouldn't be sneaking
around in the first place. "You're very different Ray,
a little odd, but I can deal with that."
Ray cast her eyes to the floor in fear of what else her eyes
might see. 'Odd, you're odd,' she thought to herself, 'Your
happened to breakfast?" Kevin tossed the sheet aside
and stood up. Ambling over to where Ray stood next to the
tray, he looked at the pocket watch that was once his father's
that rested on the ledge of the desk. It was well past breakfast.
Ray caught a glimpse
of his bare body and clenched her teeth tightly closed. He
should not be so indecent in front of her, how dare he. "Would
you care to dress Sir?" Ray was angry with her own body
and not understanding what was going on inside her but she
knew that Kevin's nakedness was causing her body to react
in the very same way it had yesterday. She felt tingly and
hot, her body flushed. If she had a mirror, she would swear
that she was turning red.
as he stood naked in front of her, biting into a piece of
fruit. Chewing the contents of his mouth, he swallowed. "Fetch
me my breeches," he grinned as he watched her stumble
over to the dresser to get him a pair of trousers. Still curious
as to why he reacted to Ray like he did, he took his time
with this. This was a little experiment more for him than
the boy. When he felt the stirring in his loins begin and
the fact that his eyes rested on the boy's backside his anger
flashed at himself and at the boy for causing the reaction
"Get out!" Kevin yelled loudly.
Ray didn't think
twice at the order as she bolted from the room. As she threw
the pants at him she knocked the steaming pot of coffee off
the desk. She didn't even stop to see if she had injured the
Captain or not. His yelp and cursing confirmed that he had
been hit by the steaming liquid. She stood on the other side
of the door that she had closed with strength that she didn't
know she had.
Nick met her half
way, "What did you do now?" Nick looked at the closed
door behind Ray and heard Kevin cussing up a storm on the
Ray ground her
teeth together before she spoke. "I didn't do anything,
the man is a
" Ray stopped as A.J. stood
just above them on the landing. Looking up, Ray could see
his white teeth gleaming in the dark as the sun cast his shadow
what did you do to the Captain now?" A.J. chuckled as
he saw the expression on Ray's face. The woman would be pure
hell-cat if she were not to be bound to being a male. This
voyage was turning into so much fun. He couldn't miss Kevin's
volatile temper on the other side of the door either.
Alex. It seems that the Captain should dine with pants on
when he is drinking hot coffee." Ray flounced to the
galley as Nick looked up to A.J. who was laughing so hard,
he was doubled over.
Both of them were
silenced as Kevin opened the door. Nick looked down because
of what Ray had said. As his eyes traveled up from the bare
feet he saw the leather pants that Kevin wore. Kevin had pants
Kevin fumed as
he ran by both of the men and towards the galley. Nick didn't
have a chance to utter his expression as he ran after Kevin.
Entering the galley, he saw Kevin grab Ray by the arm and
spin her around. "You burned me on purpose."
"I did not!
You frightened me," Ray's eyes flashed as her fury brewed.
"You shouldn't yell like that!"
Kevin shouted in
her face, "I always yell like that!"
shouldn't. It's rude and shows a lack of manners," Ray's
features sharpened as she battled to wrestle her arm from
Kevin's grip. Ray was terrified of the man that was standing
before with his large hand on her arm.
to pay for this mistake Ray." Kevin grabbed the bucking
and resisting youth and dragged him towards his cabin. Nick
was yelling at him the entire way to stop. Entering his cabin,
he shoved Ray inside. Kevin stepped aside as Nick came running
after him. Barreling into the room, Nick spun on his heels
to see that Kevin was behind him instead of in front of him.
"You are not
to interfere with this Nickolas," Kevin barked. A hand
tapped him on the shoulder and he stopped to lash into the
person who was stupid enough to intervened with his discipline.
"We have a
problem," A.J. stood behind Kevin.
"No, Ray does,"
Kevin's lips pursed together at the sight of the smart little
A loud boom sounded
and Kevin's eyes became as large as saucers. The noise would
never be mistaken for anything other than what it was, cannon
Ray and Nick continued
to argue over what had taken place. Neither of them had heard
the door close. Both of them stopped arguing with each other
long enough to hear the timber slid over the posts on the
other side of the door. They stared at each other in disbelief.
The creak of the ship was all that could be heard and then
a thunderous boom.
Nick knocked Ray
to the floor of Kevin's cabin. Covering her mouth as she began
to scream, "Sssh, ssh, don't scream like a girl. I do
not need that right now." Looking down at her, he could
see the fear of the unknown. Her eyes mirrored the terror
that was rippling through her body as it quivered beneath
him. "It's cannonballs. That is why the door is barred
from the outside. We have to lock the door from the inside
now." Nick spoke.
Ray felt Nick's
entire body length on her but she seemed confused at her own
feelings. She didn't have the same reaction to Nick as she
had with the Captain. When Kevin's body was pressed against
hers yesterday she felt her knees go weak and a tingly feeling
deep inside her. Nick didn't give her these feelings, it wasn't
the same. "Nick, what's happening?" she questioned
as she watched Nick pull his body from hers and go to the
door. He dropped the oak beam into the cradles and then ran
to the portal.
fire. Either the Captain or A.J. dropped the beam on the door."
Nick looked out the portal to see what was going on.
they do that? We can't get out
Ray pushed her
petite body up next to Nick's, using him for a ladder, more
or less, as she dug her toes into his leg.
"I don't believe
this, It's the Lady J!" Nick teetered on the frame of
Lady J?" Raina began to edge closer to Nick wanting to
see what was going on.
Ray could tell
Nick was upset, angry, and at the very least, confused. Obviously,
he knew the ship that sat in the waters not far from them.
Nick stood shaking
his head in disbelief as the cannon fire landed closer and
closer to their ship, "Why is she firing on us?"
Ray edged closer
to Nick, her head popped up between his open arms as a hand
rested on each side of the portal. The top of her head brushed
his chin. "I don't understand
" Knocked from
her perch in front of Nick to the floor by another volley
of fire, Ray stared at him. Nick went with her as well not
being able to avoid the fall.
did A.J. do?" Nick rubbed his arm since he and Ray had
tumbled to the floorboards as the ship pitched sharply. They
rolled to the left as the ship turned harshly again in the
opposite direction. Whoever was steering was trying to avoid
the shots that were being fired at them.
were landing closer and closer. Ray's fear grew within her
and out of control as they were knocked, bumped, and rolled
around on the flooring of the cabin. "Why are you blaming
Sir Alex for this?"
his woman firing at us," Nick tried to peek out the portal,
but didn't get that far as he was knocked down again.
"A woman pirate?"
Ray had heard stories about Mary Read and Anne Bonny but she
thought they were just that, stories. Mary Read had spent
her childhood as a boy, or so the story went. "A real
woman Pirate," Ray was in enchanted with the idea, mindless
that they were still being fired on.
"This is still
wrong," Nick whispered as the ship slowed down, just
out of reach.
"What is going
on now?" Ray didn't want to go to the portal only to
be tossed to the hard floor again, it beginning to make her
A.J. and the Captain are debating whether to engage or flee."
Nick spoke as he peered out the small space.
Both of them could
hear the shouting from above. Then the noises became louder
and louder until it was just outside the door. Ray became
alarmed, Nick wasn't; as they heard the bar being lifted on
the outside. Nick raced to the door to remove the bar on the
inside. The voices he had recognized or he wouldn't have moved
the bar from its resting place.
Ray watched Kevin
exploded into the cabin with Sir Alex directly behind him.
He went directly for the armoire that was bolted to the floor.
The cabinet was always locked and Raina had never seen what
had been stored inside it.
did you do to J.C. to make her kill us?" boomed from
A.J. was gasping
for air as his hands moved to catch the weapons that Kevin
was tossing at him. Still there was the need to defend himself.
"I left J.C. purring in her bed. We don't think it's
her, we think her ship has been seized."
Ray's eyes focused
on Kevin who seemed determined and focused on the task at
hand. He pulled muskets, cutlasses, and flintlock pistols
from the deep closet that had been built into the cabinet.
A line had been formed to pass the weapons up to the others.
A.J. couldn't catch the weaponry fast enough. Ray watched
Sir Alex's eyes, she saw genuine horror in them, he was afraid.
Nick would do anything
for J.C. and the Lady J, all of them would. Nick went to grab
a musket; Kevin pulled it from his grasp. "You stay with
him," Kevin commanded as he jammed the ball down the
musket with the rod and looked at Ray. The relay line had
been broken up and his men were now above him awaiting his
command. His eyes now rested on Ray. Kevin had a pistol in
his waistband and he tossed it to Nick. "Someone has
to guard Ray. Nothing is to happen to him or you."
fair," Nick whined. He wanted to partake in the action
Kevin pointed his
musket at Nick. The tip of the gun rested on Nick's chest,
"You want fair?"
Nick gulped as he saw the look in Kevin's eyes. This wasn't
the time to argue with the man, he was serious, in a deadly
sort of way.
Kevin grabbed more munitions and slammed the heavy oak door
shut. The timber slid into place just as it had before.
Nick heaved the
timber on his side into place once gain.
shoot you?" Ray stood aghast at what she had just witnessed.
"I don't want
find out. We have talked and I told him a long time ago that
if we were ever to be taken to shoot me if he thought it was
best. I won't live as a servant to anyone; I had enough of
that as a child." Nick loaded the pistol then he rapidly
searched the room for a dirk or dagger, which he found in
Kevin's desk drawer. Nick smiled, "Figures he would use
it to open things."
Ray stood stock-still
then she heard another round of fire that scared her and she
leaped for Nick. "It's okay Ray," he stroked her
hair as she trembled in his arms. Closing his eyes, he wished
he could close his ears to the noises as well. Old sounds
began to haunt him, the screams of men, the souls of the dying,
it wasn't pretty. The young woman that shook in his arms at
least made the noises tolerable this time.