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Wandering up to the Pearl

With the sun threatening to set on a beautiful sky, a young lad with a head full of lazy curls wandered the docks. He stood out from the regular thick, hand stitched clothing of the 17th century sailors in his blue jeans and tee shirt. His flip-flop sandals swapped along with his easy pace. He smiled at everyone he passed, though his eyes didn't light up until he saw the Pearl. He would recognize that ship anywhere with his eyes closed. "Hello, m'lady. I bid you a good evening."


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Jan. 22nd, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
The Pearl nearly purred under Ru's prone back, and the young pirate sat up. Glancing at Jack and Capt. Howlette, he turned and peered over the black rail down at the dock.

A young man of around his own age stood there looking back up at him. "Ahoy, docksider," he said, a curious tone to his voice.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Glancing up at the voice, Lucius smiled a very pleasent smile. "Hello. Is Captain Sparrow at home?"
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
Ru blinked. The boy looked harmless enough, but it paid to be cautious. "I'll check on that," the pirate smiled back. "Who be calling?"
Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
"Tell him a treassure he gave away as returned for advice." Rubbing his belly under his shirt, he raised his hand to block out the sun's reflection to gander at the young pirate. He smiled brighter, remembering him as the rather limber one who could climb the rigging like a monkey.
Jan. 24th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
"Cap'n Sparrow don't give away much in the vein o' treasure," Ru smirked, recognizing the young man. "Be right back."

He ducked back out of sight, crawling carefully to Jack's side where he lay on the sun-warmed boards, leather tri-corn over his eyes. "Cap'n," he said, poking the pirate's shoulder as he leaned over him, "there be someone lookin' fer ya. Calls 'imself a treasure what ya gave away. Returned fer advice, 'e 'as."
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
"Treasure hunh?" Came the sleepy-deep voice as Jack tried to wave Ru away. "What 'n the... Oh." He sat up. "Let th' brat aboard. So long as he's not bein' chased by a werewolf. Heard lately there's some not so pleased with him."
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ru tugged on one of Jack's chin braids fondly. "Aye, Cap'n," he said.

Standing again, he leaned over the rail and addressed Lucius. "Ahoy, there! Be ye pursued by any woof-woofs?"
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Tilting his head for a moment, Lucius glanced about him. He twisted at the waist as he scanned the area. "I don't believe so, whatever they are."
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Jack rolled his eyes as he ambled up behind Ru. "Get yourself aboard, whelp. Next time, bring rum."
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ru watched the odd but alluring performance with interest, then waved an arm. "Ye knows," he said. "Werewoofs. Cap'n says come aboard, if ye be shed o' 'em."
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Lucius chuckled, dropping his head as he wandered over to the boardwalk. He ampled up, lifting his gaze once on deck. He smiled at Captain Jack, feeling a little foolish. "Thank you for seeing me. I'm sure you have better things to do."
Jan. 26th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Jack rolled his eyes, seeing how foolish the boy felt. Good. He should feel foolish. In fact... "You're an idiot," Jack muttered to Lucius and sighed. How did he get involved in this again? Oh yeah. He'd been the idiot that kidnapped the idiot. "Rum," he said firmly to Ru. "Lots of it. Lots an' lots." Then he led the way back along the deck to settle into the warm sun.
Jan. 26th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
"Aye," Ru sighed. "Lots-n-lots comin'." He trotted away and down into the hold, past Parrot preening in the sun.

"Yo ho ho" squawked the colourful bird, "and a bottle o' rum!"
Jan. 26th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
"I'm so glad I came all this way for that," Lucius smirked but followed behind Jack. He sat down on the deck and folded his legs, kicking off his sandals. "I figured since I still owe you a debt for - well, freeing me, and I've made a wreck of things, I thought you'd know what to do - what I should do. Hey, wait - how do you know I'm an idiot?"
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
"I hear things," Jack said as he laid back against some coiled rope and resumed his napping position, with his hat over his eyes. "Why is it that y' think I'll be knowing what to do?" He peeked out from under the hat to look for Ru, already desperately wanting the rum.
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Ru reapeared, arms laden with bottles of various shapes and sizes, various levels of dirt coating their surfaces and amber liquid sloshing about inside.

Flopping down beside Lucius facing his captain, he carefully unburdened himself then rubbed the neck of one of the bottles relatively clean on his sleeve before handing it to Jack. He did the same to a second one, offering it to the young man beside him.
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Lucius waited patiently, letting the sun cover him and the sky sooth him. He took the offered rum with a quietly mouthed "Thanks" before he reached over and pulled on Jack's toe playfully. "And here I thought the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, master of the cursed Black Pearl, scourge of the seven seas, had been to the Pool of the Black Dragon."

He grinned before dropping his head for a long drink.
Jan. 27th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Jack took the bottle from Ru with a quick smile. "Many thanks, mate. Might as well be openin' one for yourself, too. Ye'll be wantin' it by th' time this is over."

Then, scowling down the length of his body at the boy, he took a long drink. "An' I'd have thought that stayin' alive would have been reason enough t' keep you out of werewolf matters," he grumbled. "What, exactly, is it that you're wantin' advice on?"
Jan. 27th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
Ru nodded, cleaning the mouth of a bottle for himself and taking a long pull. He watched Jack's long throat, with the faintly paler rope burn scar from his near hanging, as the older pirate swallowed his rum.

Damn, he thought, hiding a blush by dropping his gaze to the deckboards, russet hair and braids shading his face. With a short nail he worried a tiny bit of dried parrot shit.
Jan. 27th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
He took a longer drink, swallowing air after the rum warmed his belly. Swaying a bit, more with his thoughts than with the ship, Lucius summoned the courage with another quick drink.

"I'm miserable," he looked it as well as meant it. Truthful in his statement, his eyes welled with the misery that welled in his chest. "Oh, Lady Heather's a fine a madam as I've ever known, but I - that is - it's not what I want - my heart's not in it anymore."

Another drink helped drowned it all. He heaved a sigh. "I don't know what to do, Jack."
Jan. 27th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Jack stared. He couldn't help it. Then he gave Ru another woeful why me? look and sighed. "Tell me, lad. Did they remove some formerly functionin' part o' your head? Maybe too many o' Cassanova's more interestin' positions did you some damage?" He blinked at Lucius. "Because I'm runnin' out of ideas as t' why you'd want t' leave his house. Or, more to th' point, why you'd want t' leave his house after he swore himself t' you, break his heart, an' thoroughly piss off the ever lovely an' just as deadly wife o' his. I mean, yes, ye got a bit on her wrong side with that thing with Carl. But compare that t' hurting someone she loves. Have I said recently that you're an idiot?"
Jan. 27th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ru swallowed, torn between the woeful, put-upon look on Jack's face and the pure misery of Lucius' incomprehensible situation. He didn't know what was going on with the boy, but his soft heart went out to him.

He patted Lucius' shoulder in a comforting manner, then looked at Jack, clearly at a loss.
Jan. 27th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Not wanting to whine, he took another long drink. His cheek flushed as the bottle thunked the floor. "They both were so mad - so angry. I said that if I'd succeeded they wouldn't be so mad and she said - well, she didn't like that idea any better. What was I suppose to do?"

He folded in half until his head thunked on the deck. Lucius whined. "And how can I go back after that? No, I'm not - welcome."
Jan. 27th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jack rubbed his face and took another long drink. "Have you decided this yourself, or have y' been told as much?" Inwardly, he was still berating himself for taking any part in this. The last thing he was interested in was irritating Sitri in any way and someone ALWAYS got the wrong idea when a third party (or fourth, in this case) got involved in a lovers' spat. It wasn't healthy.

"Y' want my advice? Next time y' see Sitri, play the pup. Tuck your tail between your legs, don't challenge her in anyway, don't do anything t' make her want t' eat you, and beg. BEG. Y' tried t' take away her right to challenge Carl. Ye left her husband, which I'm assumin' didn't make him happy. First, get past her. After that? Pfft. It's Cassanova. I'm sure you can figure out how t' get him to forgive you." He took another drink, then grinned. "If y' can, make friends with Hank. Get Hank on your side. Sitri's much less likely t' eat someone once Hank likes 'em. And for the love o' whatever you find holy, don't go around tryin' to damage anything else o' hers. In fact, that mate of hers? Stay away from him. Way away. Don't involve yerself in pack affairs EVER AGAIN, unless invited. Bloody hell, boy. I coulda taken on Carl m'self an' saved her an' her's a lot o' heartache. But she'd have killed me an' burned th' Pearl. There are some things y' just don't do."
Jan. 27th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
"Sitri?!" Ru gulped, unable to keep the outburst in. A healthy fear of the werewolf, induced by broken bones and a hostility that had never abated no matter how contrite Ru had been, had killed a fledgling interest in her sister Hank. He covered his face with his hands for a moment before swigging half of his current bottle of rum in one go. "Damn, mate, that's rough seas, that is."
Jan. 28th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Chuckling, Lucius turned to look at Ru without lifting his head. "Yeah? Try having her husband fall in love with you right beofre their wedding."

He thumped his head again before lifting up to look at Jack. "Which mate of hers? Deke? Yeah, he was purple by the time I left. I'm fairly certain he will kill me if I show up again. Oh, Juno, I'd crawl on my belly, but maybe - maybe they don't want me back. What if they don't want me back?"

Lucius drank again to drown the whine.
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
"Have y' asked? Don't know if y' don't ask. An' hell, I go where 'm not wanted all the time. What's so bad about that?" Jack patted Ru's arm reassuringly - personally, he figured that if Sitri really disliked Ru all that much, he'd currently be short a crew member.
Jan. 29th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
"Most o' th' people ye mess wi' don't bite, cap'n," Ru said, giving Lucius another sympathetic look. "Much, anyways."

He liked the reassuring feel of Jack's hand on his arm, and smiled at him. "But I agrees wi' th' cap'n," he added. "Has they told ye they'd kill ya if'n ye come back? Or be ye decidin' that fer yerself?"
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
"It wasn't those exact words, but..." Thumping his head on the floor again, Lucius sat up and stretched his legs out. He took a deep breath as the sky spun a little. "You charm everyone your with, Jack. The rest of us mere mortals have to make do. Is there anything else you can think of? I could be a glass walker. Maybe take up the fly trapese? Something less risky than to face Sitri and her pack - not to mention Casanova."
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