"They're not following the rules of engagement,"
Brian shouted to Kevin.
Kevin shook his head not believing what had just come out
of his cousin's mouth, "For the love of God get your
ass below deck Brian before someone takes your head off!"
"They can't reach me," Brian jibbed.
Kevin saw his crew passing surly looks at Brian's stupid
comment. "I can!" Kevin shouted to him as his crew
mounted the rigging above him.
A.J. joined Kevin's side as Brian disappeared below deck.
Turning to A.J., he half frowned. "I swear Aje, if this
is J.C. and she is evening the score over some words you had
or an event that passed between you. I'll have you in chains."
"I told you, I left her purring in her bed." A.J.
wasn't going to argue, he just wanted to see J.C. alive and
well. In an instant, he knew that J.C. should be with him
always and forever. He was determined to see that happen this
time and he wasn't going to take no for an answer again.
"Purring or snarling A.J.?" Kevin questioned still
not comfortable with Alex's answers as he stood at the wheel
and watched the Lady J bounce on the waves, waiting for her
A.J.'s face tightened, "Purring dammit! Why don't you
people believe me?" A.J. became annoyed at the incessant
Kevin cast A.J. a dubious look, "Your past might have
something to do with that!" A.J. had a woman in every
port but J.C. was special to him. A.J. had a habit of ending
relationships on a very sour note. The Lady J turned towards
them. Kevin hesitated as he held on to the wheel. "Your
"Like you have to ask," A.J. loaded the musket
as he answered Kevin. He checked the knife sheathed in his
boot and the cutlass at his side.
"We're takin' her on boys," Kevin shouted and then
smiled as his men cheered. "The only thing better than
a good lay between a willing woman's thighs," he uttered
to his Quartermaster.
"Tsk, tsk," A.J. grinned, "But you are correct
captain, a good fight is as good as lying with a woman."
With great skill, Kevin steered his vessel towards the Lady
J. It was a risk but he also was under the suspicion, as was
A.J. that the Lady J should be flying a Union Jack instead
of the Jolly Roger. The ship was riding very low in the water,
indicating a large cargo, among other things. "They have
to be Royal Alex." Kevin made one pass much to the dismay
of his own crew as he tried to get a better look. The British
Royal Navy was indeed on board the Lady J. Turning starboard,
he rode his ship swiftly to the side of the Lady J., not giving
the Lady J a chance to turn on them. No call or warning went
out to the Lady J to be boarded as A.J. led the first party
over by swinging from the rigging. "Why warn them,"
A.J. grinned as grabbed for a robe and swung over with the
crew. Cries and shouts came as the battle had begun.
Kevin came down for the quarterdeck. There was no sense in
him being an open target for the people that he felt were
less valuable than life itself. Most pirates carried more
honor than the British Royal Navy. Many of the Navy's men
were not enlisted or inductees, they were men enslaved from
"Captain!" Kevin heard the call for him from the
Lady J. Swinging from a rope, he landed on the deck of the
Lady J. Landing with a thump on his feet and ready to fight
with his cutlass in his hand, slowly it returned to his side.
Before him were his men who had easily taken every soldier
on the deck with few shots being fired. Little blood had been
drawn in this battle. Smiling with pride when he heard A.J.
cackle, he ambled to towards his friend. "I love the
element of surprise," Kevin snickered as he walked by
the royal officers.
Blue coats seemed to cover the deck as Kevin's eyes searched
the crowd for familiar faces that have been pressed into service.
A few were remotely recognizable. Kevin heard Howie's voice
behind and knew that the man was more than capable of sorting
it all out. Kevin had to laugh; the blue pirates definitely
did not fight like real pirates. "Pity," Kevin sneered
as he walked by the man that was A.J.'s counterpart in the
Navy. The man was as white as a ghost and looked as if he
were going to swoon like a female. Kevin watched as another
wave of his crew boarded the Lady J. They finished taking
control and anchored the vessel to his own ship. His men were
going to hunt for the gold and treasures that they knew would
be hidden away somewhere on the ship. They hadn't had much
luck this voyage and the valuables were needed. Unfortunately,
if the Lady J had a full cargo, regardless of Alex or J.C.
the ship would be divested of her wealth. Kevin's crew didn't
not sail and fight for him for free and any decent pirate
or privateer would not. He hoped for A.J.'s sake that nothing
had happened to J.C. That was the uppermost thought in his
Walking around the quarterdeck, Kevin swallowed as he walked
into A.J. and a short pudgy man who was trying to escape in
a rowboat. The man was sweating and his eyes bulging as he
looked down at the cutlass that was precariously paused against
the tender skin of his throat. Kevin's eyes slid up the cutlass
to find A.J.'s hand holding the weapon. A.J. would go wild
if the Captain, who been trying to escape but now stood before
him on the deck, had done anything to J.C. Containing A.J.
would be difficult. Kevin shook his head back and forth. Kevin's
biggest fear was that J.C. had been handed over to the soldiers
as a diversion. The maneuver was standard for the British
so that the captain and his officers could take more than
their share of the bounty that occupied the Lady J's holds.
That was an ending that even he found detestable.
Kevin swallowed back the bile that rose in his throat when
he heard A.J. whisper that he couldn't find J.C. Kevin turned
to look behind him to make sure his crew was covering his
back. He saw a smile form on each of his men as he balled
up his fist and turned on the Blue coat punching him squarely
in the nose. The man fell as if he had been hit by a cannonball.
Kevin's hands went to his hips as he looked at the man who
could barely make eye contact with him lying on the deck boards
of the ship. Blood was gushing from the man's face. "Where
is the mistress of this ship?" Kevin's voice was laced
with anger and raw with emotion. He watched the man on the
ground actually wet his pants. Kevin's crew laughed. "I'll
ask you again. Where is the
"Get your vile hands off me! Remove your hands from
me less you lose one."
A.J. smiled and began to laugh as the voice became shriller
and shriller. Kevin closed his eyes; he didn't miss that grating
voice one bit. They heard her yelling. "I'll have you
keelhauled for this, whipped at the very least."
The ball of fury landed in font of them with a thud as since
she was shoved towards them. "I found her for you sir,"
One of Kevin's crew smiled proudly knowing he had made the
Quartermaster happy. Hopefully, A.J. would remember his good
deed if he ever got in trouble with the Captain and his punishment
would not be so harsh.
J.C. smiled and then began to coo, "Captain
The lovers flung themselves in each other's arms. Kevin turned
to look at his crew to make sure there were no oh-s and aww-s
from them. Alex and J.C. had a history, a very long one. They
would be together and then fight, split apart and then make-up.
This wasn't the time for a lover's reunion or a time to show
weakness. Kevin stood starring at the mass of quivering flesh
at his feet. Pulling his cutlass slowly from it's scabbard
he slowly lowered the weapon to the man.
Kevin's crew watched, as well as J.C.'s, they had been told
many stories about how Captain Richardson's anger could rule
him, but his own crew knew him as one of the fairest men alive.
The tip of the cutlass rested just bellow the bottom button
of the man's uniform jacket. "Relay to me J.C how uou
came to be in this predicament?"
J.C now stood next to Kevin ready to spit on the filth that
lay on the deck. "He watched me take a Spanish galleon
down then he jumped us in pure daylight flying the Jolly.
He has pressed half of my men
" J.C paused as A.J.
stood behind her. A gently hand on her shoulder squeezed her
flesh as fingers caressed her collarbone.
"I don't think that is what he wants to know,"
Alex whispered from behind her. He knew wasn't what he wanted
It wasn't what Kevin wanted to know as he sliced a button
from the Royal Navy Jacket and then another. All of them knew
what he wanted to know. Had a defenseless woman been terrified
and taken without her consent. Kevin could not stand anyone
who took advantage of the innocent.
J.C. paused too long and Kevin was getting upset as he sliced
another button off the clothing. The coat was beginning to
loosen on the man and fall open, exposing the man's belly
to all. "I'm waiting for one of you to answer me
The man is running out of buttons, his insides will be next."