journeyed down the hall. Stopping, he waited for Ray.
Ray opened her
mouth to start questioning him and Nick silenced her with
a finger. He pointed to the door, Celestine's door. Both of
them tiptoed by the closed entry.
back, watched the comical pair, and shook her head. She had
made the right decision. Jukoo would ensure their safety and
return. Hearing voices arguing downstairs she assumed that
they had just learned that Jukoo would be their escort for
the day. Placing her hand on the knob, she opened her own
bedroom door after leaving Ray's room. Disrobing she joined
Kevin on the bed. Her hands roamed the expansive chest as
she kissed his sleeping lips.
her with a return kiss. Grabbing her hips, he pulled her to
his own body. Lifting her, he slid her body on top of his.
Her legs now straddled his hips. Her hands stroked his stomach
and ventured to his manhood. His own hands rested on her thighs,
as he forced them farther apart. Pushing himself up on the
pillows, he smiled as he held her thighs wide open to his
view. "Pleasure yourself, I want to watch." With
each stroke that she made upon herself, his own arousal grew.
His manhood stiffened as he watched her bring herself up slowly
to the pinnacle. She was close to finishing his directive
when he halted her movements by snatching her hands into his.
with the grip on her hands. Slowly he pulled her arms towards
him. With both of her hands now gripped in one massive hand,
he pulled her closer about the waist. Her bare breasts lay
on his chest as her body twisted from being denied what it
craved. "I told you that you would have my full attention
and now you do. Did you question the girl?" Kevin yanked
harder as he ignored his own lust beating loudly in his ears.
He knew Celestine would question her employee without him
asking to do so.
Celestine whined her answer and began to shift towards his
manhood. She wanted Kevin; she needed Kevin, now. She wouldn't
dare ask which girl, she was sure he meant Felicity.
Kevin smiled down at woman that he held in a suspension of
lust and pain.
a wonderful time
Many wonderful times," Celestine
lied. She only lied to repay Kevin for what he was doing to
her now. He lifted and rolled her hips. She groaned as he
pushed himself into her and filled her completely.
"This is much
better," He mumbled as his hands held fast to her and
set the pace. Moving his hand to the center of her body, he
forced her to ride him harder as his fingers sought out her
pleasure point. He watched her head begin to fall back as
she gasped for air.
Hot and sweaty
she pressed her hands on his chest for support and lifted
her upper body. Opening her eyes, she saw a man who was wearing
a well-satisfied grin along with what she thought was a hint
of arrogance. Her mouth puckered at him.
The smile grew on his face as she frowned at him. Gently he
pulled her towards him. Rolling her on her back, he began
to take her again. "You have my attention. The children
are gone for a while."
Jukoo walked behind
Ray and Nick with Felicity. He had spoken with Felicity about
Ray and told her the truth as long as she swore to keep it
to herself. Felicity seemed very child like, much like Ray.
Felicity bounded around the market like a scamp trying to
show Nickolas and Ray the best merchants to deal with. An
hour had passed and now the three seemed to be walking together
and chit-chatting. On occasion, Nick would curse or snap at
Ray since she incessantly talked. Jukoo smirked from behind
them as they walked, knowing that Ray had to be a woman. She
never closed her mouth and neither did Felicity.
back to speak to Jukoo privately. He felt foolish when Ray
began to talk about fabric. "He has a sister," Nick
stood off to the side with Jukoo trying to make any plausible
excuse for Ray's intense concentration on the different textiles.
Jukoo nodded an
acknowledgement to him. His face broke out with a grin when
Ray finger a brightly colored Jupe and matching Cotillon.
wear these. No decent women would be caught showing all of
her legs in such a manner," Felicity pushed Ray away
from the clothing. "The underskirt can be seen by everyone."
Ray stopped for
a moment. She thought the remark was odd coming from a woman
who sold her body to use for any man's pleasure. This girl
spoke as if she was a proper member of society. Ray tried
to reconcile Felicity with the likeness of Jocelyn. They were
worlds apart. Jocelyn knew her place in society and so did
Ray. Letting out a sigh, she let Felicity drag her to yet
another cloth display. She still had purchases that they needed
to make and they would have to be done next. No more time
could be spent on guilty pleasures that she would never be
able to obtain.
Jukoo nodded at
Nick as he spoke
Nick winced, "You
"It is not
unusual for a girl to dress as a boy here on the island. They
are safer from the men when dressed so." Jukoo offered
up more sage advice to Nickolas. "Your Captain is not
pleased with the matters of last night."
Nick inhaled, and
let is breath out in a long slow exhale. Jukoo obviously knew
about the circumstances, "We didn't have a choice."
is always good for the soul," Jukoo offered some sage
advice. He focused a sturdy gaze on Nick who cringed under
Celestine and Felicity as well." Jukoo gave him a gentle
Nick wasn't mean
by nature to anyone. "I will apologize to both
Nick hesitated before he asked the next question. "We'll
they tell him?"
for a moment as he looked at Ray and Felicity. The two were
not very apart in age and both held an innocence that was
uncommon. Last night was to be Felicity's first time. After
arguing against the idea, he had lost his appeal with Celestine.
Being a man who sailed and knew the way of life of a sailor;
fate, would be unkind to Ray if she were to be revealed to
the Captain. "I will talk to Celestine about your dilemma.
I would suggest that finish your tasks so that we may return
to the house before it is too late."
Nick yelled for her since he had lost her in crowd. His heart
thumped in his chest when she didn't answer him. "RAY!"
Nick shouted again and waited for her to answer.
Jukoo saw the fear
of the blonde man, when he was not able to find her. "Come,"
Jukoo walked at such a pace that even
Nick had difficulty
matching the man's stride. He was barely able to suck air
in his lungs when Jukoo stopped.
Jukoo entered the
mercantile almost knocking the door from the hinges. The business
had customers but he was seeking two small females, one dressed
as a boy. A few of the customers were staring at him as he
walked towards Ray who stood at the counter. A strange sensation
seemed to cause him to distance himself from them. He stood
off to the side and waited for Nick. Others in the business
openly showed their disgust at Felicity and he as she joined
Nick stood next
Ray. When he walked into the store he was relieved to find
her but angry that she had left him. "Don't do that to
me ever again."
Ray shook off the
casual grip he had on her elbow. Ignoring him, she began to
rattle off her requests. Pausing when the shopkeeper needed
to check for some items, she walked around the store.
The scent of spices
foreign to her drew her to the table next to where Jukoo and
Felicity stood. Lifting a lid, she would inhale the scent.
A few were very enticing and she dipped her finger in to garner
a taste. Some were very different from what she was used too.
Others were foul to her and she quickly placed the lid back
on the crock.
Nick waited at
the counter and watched Ray look for advice from Jukoo and
Felicity. Jukoo was the one to join her and walk with her.
He could see them whispering and felt uncomfortable. He was
sure that Ray was acting the role of cook and nothing more.
Felicity stepped up to him. "I wish you had picked me
Nick's face burned red, he coughed and stood up straight.
"I'm sorry Felicity. About last night
The girl literally
bounced in front of him. "It's okay, Jukoo told me. I
felt better after he did. I thought maybe I wasn't good enough."
Nick brushed a
curl from her face, she seemed so young and vulnerable. She
wasn't tough and well versed like Ray. "I think you would
have been good enough." For the first time Nick saw the
girl for her beauty. Her eyes sparkled and her lips were pink
as rose petals.
His hand lingered
on a curl and caused her to touch his hand. "Thank you,"
she dropped her head and stared at the floor. When she lifted
her head again Nick was smiling at her.
be doing this. You should find
"I have another
position in the house. Jukoo told Celestine he didn't want
me to be with the men."
a good man," Nick whispered as the guard and Ray approached.
Ray frowned watching
Nick get too close to Felicity. She deliberately placed herself
between them. The shopkeeper began to call for help with loading
the carts of supplies. Ray pulled the merchant over to the
spices. The man began to take small packets of paper and wrap
up the request that had been made. "I'll need some raisins,
lots of them."
Nick groaned as
the shopkeeper showed her the offending food as well as other
fruits that have been dried as well. "We must hurry Ray."
Nick waited against a counter. A woman came in and walked
directly to Jukoo. A deep conversation took place away from
the others and she left. Nick stood a little taller as he
walked towards the man. He had trusted Jukoo and hoped he
had not made yet another error in judgment. "Jukoo
alarmed, she was sent from the house to ask me questions."
Jukoo understood the stance and knew Nick felt threatened
and had become wary. It was a good thing to see in the young
man. The woman had come at Celestine's bidding and needed
information for which Jukoo was sent to gather. Sarah needed
confirmation on some details. Jukoo revealed none of this
to Nick. "All is well," he nodded to him.
Returning to the
counter Nickolas pulled coin from his pocket to pay for the
inventory for the ship.
coin with you," Ray's eyes focused on the money that
sat in Nick's hand.
food is not free," Nick closed his hand as Ray gripped
his arm. "You'll not be taking any of this coin, it belongs
to the Captain."
Ray startled when
Jukoo's voice was right next to her. "You'll be returning
to the house Master Ray and nowhere else." Ray looked
at the menacing man, she would return to the house without
any other thoughts of escape on her mind.
back to Celestine's only to find Celestine sitting in her
parlor. Kevin had left for the docks. "Kevin requests
that you return to the docks as soon as you returned here."
Nick looked confused. He didn't understand why Kevin would
leave them alone. It wasn't like them.
finished?" came from the door. "We must return without
delay. We are sailing tonight."
Ray turned to see
Sir Howard standing in the entry. Her lips pursed together,
for a small moment, she thought she had an opportunity to
Nick felt relieved
as he rubbed the back of his neck and closed his eyes. Kevin
wouldn't leave them unattended on the island. He also knew
Ray wanted to leave, but if she left now, Kevin would only
hunt for her. Most likely he would offer each man on the ship
a sum of money to find her and return her. There would be
no telling what could befall Ray here. "We're ready,"
Nick gave Ray a shove to the door. He really wanted to speak
to Celestine alone but wasn't given the opportunity.
Jukoo stood inside
the parlor. "It will be the same," he looked at
Nick hoping Nick understood the what he was trying to say.
When Nick surged forward and clasped hand for a handshake,
he knew the man had understood.
Howard walked silently
next to Ray and Nickolas. The ship was in a state of turmoil.
In his mind, he debated whether to inform Ray and Nickolas
or not. Most likely he should since the two of them seemed
to get the brunt of Kevin's anger, even if they did not cause
Kevin's current state of dissatisfaction. He thought more
deeply as they walked towards the dock.
J is gone!" Ray gasped as the entered the slips. Only
Kevin's ship was docked where they had disembarked.
Nick ran towards their ship with Ray right behind. "He's
"I guess I
don't need to tell them," Howie mumbled. He had been
so lost in his own mental debate that he hadn't realized that
they had arrived. Idly he took his time as he watched both
of them run up the boarding plank onto the deck. He hurried
for fear of missing anything that might happen.
The minute he had
stepped on deck Nick wished he hadn't. Kevin had A.J. by the
throat and lifted him off the ground. Nick ran forward only
to be followed by Ray.
"Put Sir Alex
down!" Ray yelled at Kevin in front of the crew.
A.J. fell to the
ground, coughing and gasping for air. His hands wrapped around
his neck to see if his head was still attached. Sucking air
in as fast as he could.
An intense green
graze fell on her, she chewed on her bottom lip. She had angered
Kevin once again by questioning him in front the crew. Retribution
was sure to come. As his eyes rested on her, her breath caught
in her chest but she refused to back down from the man.
Kevin waited for
her to drop her eyes. Instead, Ray's chin jutted out and she
challenged him all the more. He had no fight left in him at
this point. He watched his crew move away from him, not wanting
to be harmed in any way when the tangle started. "I told
him to watch J.C."
A.J.'s scratchy voice now entered the conversation. Once again,
he needed to come to Ray's aid and his own as well, before
Ray answered Kevin. Kevin would surely take a swipe at the
Kevin spoke as
he stared down at Ray. He took two steps towards the child
as the memory of last night rolled again to the front of his
mind. A hand jerked his arm distracting him from wanting to
throttle the chit.
Kevin turned to
A.J., who still held his hand on Kevin's arm and he listened.
"Let's go below and sort this out."
Kevin stormed to
the stairs and flew down to the galley. When he had seen the
Lady J was no longer in port he wanted to kill every man on
his ship. A.J. had gone off and J.C. had slipped away. He
had already dealt with Shamus, who would he deemed a fool.
He felt the bigger fool for leaving Shamus in charge of J.C.
No punishment would be deemed necessary since he was to blame
for his own error in judgment. A.J was the one accountable
for J.C. She and her ship now belonged to him. A.J. should
have kept a better eye on his property. Kevin stormed around
the galley, to his cabin, and then back again. A.J. was giving
him time to blow off the head of steam he had. When finally
A.J. did join him, Brian, Howie, and Nick accompanied him.
Kevin looked up the stairs to see if Ray was going to join
"He is overseeing
the loading of the goods they purchased." Brian offered
an explanation for the unasked question.
Kevin said nothing,
his anger boiled to the top and he paced back and forth. "Alex,
I married you for a reason. J.C. needs protection. You were
to watch over her." Kevin now stood over A.J. since A.J.
now sat in a chair. "Could you explain to me how this
one more sail," A.J. smiled broadly at Howie, who sat
across from him. It was pure enjoyment when one of them could
get Kevin riled up.
Howie thought A.J.
was either drunk or delusional as he poked at the very thing
that had angered Kevin. Caving into a woman's wants wasn't
one of Kevin's strong suits.
The same words
Alex had spoken were shouted back at him. He said nothing
until Kevin ceased shouting. Kevin ranted and raged about
the dangers of sea, of unprotected women off on their own.
When his anger
petered out A.J. calmly stood up. "J.C. is mine to do
what I wish with. You married us. She and her ship are my
responsibility not yours."
Kevin swung but
struck nothing as the force of his own arm spun him around.
A.J. landed one punch that sent Kevin to the floor. A.J. stood
over him threateningly, "Before you get up and strike
me again, you had better think about a few things. I have
posted the banns so that all will know that we are wed. J.C.
is not a woman that can be put in a home and worshipped, she
thrives on adventure. We reached an agreement that is mutually
satisfying to us. You were not involved. She is my chattel,
Sprawled on the
floor and his anger deflated he listened to Alex. A.J. was
correct, Kevin had no business in the marriage, nor the decisions
that he had made. "Her safety was my only concern."
A hand reached
up to pull him to his feet. "Understood
the men are angry because you have cut short the docking I
suggest that you explain to us why."
as he fidgeted only served to draw Kevin's attention to him.
you do Nickolas?" came in the form of a sigh from Brian.
Brian had drawn his own conclusion of why the landing had
been cut short. Nickolas must have been up to mayhem and it
most likely involved Ray as well.
"The boy did
nothing," Kevin defended Nick. Frustrated as he was Kevin
didn't want to deal with the antics of the evening before.
After his anger had cooled last evening and lay in Celestine's
bed. He began to form a strategy to catch the Spanish Galleon
loaded with tax money. Due to the swiftness of the other ship,
he could only use a surprise attack to catch Spaniards off-guard.
His ship was far to slow to out-sail the larger vessel. The
advantage of a daytime attack as they lay in wait of the vessel
appealed to him the most. Turning once again to Nickolas as
he took his seat, he thought it would not be wise to include
him. Nickolas would be guarding Ray below deck. Even though
his stomach lurched at the very knowledge of what he had learned,
Ray still needed protection. "Go above deck and help
Ray. I do not want to be cheated on my purchases."
the order and silently thanked Kevin for such an order. He
did not want to be involved in any further arguments over
J.C. and A.J.
Kevin waited for
Nick to leave the galley before he spoke. "I have become
privy to some information that will lead us to as much wealth
as any man could desire. All that we could imagine could be
ours. However, it will be very dangerous so if you want out
now, inform me, and you are free to leave."
my attention," Howie sat up in the chair.
A.J. shot Kevin
a grin, which indicated to Kevin that he was in.
Kevin waited for
Brian to decide. When Brian nodded his head in agreement,
Kevin began to lay out his plan to his officers. "Untold
riches will be ours