The Flight of the Busty Belle

Ep4. To Tortuga!

the group finds a place among the crew

Tuesday July 5th, 1689
9:00am

Pirate tavern by hofarts
After speaking with the Captain the night before and learning the details of the Brethren Horde the crew bunks in for the night. Irish, Quentin and Leo all pass right out, sleeping for six straight hours. Emilie, unfortunately doesn’t sleep well at all and wakes up with her head all foggy and feeling horrible, Leo sees this and gives her a an herbal bean that gives her a boost of energy and helps clear her head.

Mr Carrow (who no one saw go to bed but is seemingly up before anyone else) rouses everyone else out of their hammocks and tells them all to report up on the deck for an announcement by the captain. The crew files upstairs onto the deck and Captain Anna stands on the upper deck near the wheel to address her crew.

‘Everyone, we’ve had a hard night and a hard couple of days and it is thanks to these brave people that we have a crew at all. Now we are not without distress, we are low on supplies and need to resupply. We are setting course for Tortuga and everyone will receive their share and a couple of days to carouse, afterwards we will be returning to our mission. Any who decide they want to forfeit their shares may choose to stay in port but the rest of you know what I expect of you. So let’s get to work and get our ship into port for some much needed relaxation.’

Captain Anna takes aside the crew, casually ordering Mr Carrow and Mister Irish to see to the crew and their duties. She turns to Leo and grasps his hand, thanking him for his services the previous night, treating the crew. She asks him if he wouldn’t mind assisting the (elderly) ship’s surgeon in his duties, Leo agrees and heads off to find the surgeon’s station. Annabelle then asks Quentin if he would mind lending some of his skills to the navigator Mr Sorenson, Quentin agrees and proceeds to the helm to speak with the ship’s pilot. She then turns to Emilie, and looks her up and down before asking her ‘Was your father Charles Lavoie?’

Bewildered, Emilie responded ‘Yes’

Annabelle smiled, understanding the confusion, and revealed that her father had been Archibald Stuart, a friend and business partner or her father. Annabelle revealed that she had known of Emilie when they were younger and knew of the upbringing and training she had received, training that was similar to her own. Trusting in Emilie, she asked if she would take over care of young Mouse, as Captain her duties prevent her from seeing to the girls proper education and it would be a tremendous help if she could impart the lessons in education and etiquette that Emilie received as a young girl. The only other choice would be to put her to work with the men below, she quickly agreed and Annabelle told her to move her belongings into the captain’s cabin.

9:30am

Mr. Carrow and Mister Irish proceed along the deck and Mr. Carrow begins instructing Irish on everything they need to take care of before they make port, a complete inventory of the ships stores, food, medical supplies, repairs, everything. Irish heads to the bow of the ship and knocks on the door to the surgeons station, Leo answers and they have a brief conversation about what is needed.

Emilie moves her things into the captains cabin and sits down with Mouse, asking her about her background, what she learned and where she is in her education. Mouse, timidly, reveals to her that she grew up in Port au Prince with her mother (whose last name is Delacouer)and that she knows some french but due to lack of practice and use hasn’t kept it up. Emilie immediately switches over to french and although it is slow going at first the lessons go on at a decent pace. During the lessons Emilie discovers that Mouse also has a very good knowledge of local pirate legends.

Meanwhile, up at the helm Quentin and Mr. Sorenson are becoming acquainted as Sorenson starts instructing Quentin how the ship operates and basic navigation.

On the main deck Irish continues his inventory, calling down Lacroix from the rigging and asking if they need anything. Lacroix scoffed at Irish’s ignorance and tells him that yes, of course, they would need all new spare rigging as they used up all their spares fixing the rigging the other night. He scampers back into the rigging and irish continues down below deck, towards the galley. In the galley he talks to Cookie who tells him that the food is next to gone, pulling up a mostly rotten cabbage from one of the barrels as proof. Irish asks him if he can prepare a list for him, Cookie says he’s preparing lunch but to come back after and he’ll go through everything with him. Moving down below deck he moves past where they fought the saboteurs the previous night and knocks on the door to the storage room. Opening the door, Mr Carrow lets Mister Irish in and they discuss the inventory, Irish picks up that something is wrong though and questions him on it. Carrow admits that the ship is in a bad way, plunder hasn’t been good and after calculating shares it appears that the crew will only have about 15 pieces of eight each for their shore leave, to make matters worse that will only leave around 30 pieces of eight for repairs and resupply, far less then the estimated 150 that is actually needed. Irish offers to give up his own share but Carrow waves this off saying that while it is appreciated a lot more would be needed.

12:00pm

Cookie rings the lunch bell and the crew gathers to eat. The meal is somber and quick. Irish takes the opportunity to return a small flask of holy water he ‘borrowed’ from the Old Church in Port Royal to pastor Francis who has set himself up in a corer near the bow. The Pastor tells him that he apprecaites it but if Irish wants he’ll share a secret with him, it’s just water. Irish is taken aback, saying

‘Holy water hasn’t been touched by the hand of god?!’

Pastor Francis quickly recovers his astonishment at the statement and says that the power to bless the water is given to him FROM god and Irish accepts this.

After lunch, Leo finishes cleaning the deplorable conditions in the surgeon’s cabin (stagnant water in barrels, dirty and disorganized bandages)and begins walking around the deck, he immediately begins to notice a trend amongst the crew, namely the sallow appearances, stooped postures and general depression. He heads to the captain’s cabin and knocking first, lets himself in. Leo proceeds to inform the captain that the crew is exhibiting signs of possible scurvy and it would be prudent to get ashore where they can find some provisions soon. Captain Anna nods at this and tells him that she will do what she can and heads out of the cabin.

The Captain speaks to Sorenson who consults his charts and points to a small island, almost indiscernable on his chart that is only a day and half away where they could possibly resupply with fresh fruit and water. Sorenson instructs Mr. Ward to change the ship’s course and he does.

Meanwhile Emilie finishes with Mouse’s lessons and lets her go play around the ship. Mouse runs around and, seeing Irish, follows him around. Emilie goes out onto the deck and watches the ocean.

Mister Irish finishes his lunch and heads back to the galley with Cookie, Mouse in tow, and takes inventory with him while everyone returns to work. After getting the final numbers Irish returns to the storage deck below to give them to Mr. Carrow (who never came up for lunch) and they sit down and discuss the inventory while Mouse runs around amidst the crates.

MIND THE CORNERS!’ Irish yells before settling into conversation with Mr. Carrow.

Part way through the conversation Irish asks him if he has anything to drink, Carrow reaches back and grabs an old book, saying that in times of need he was always able to turn to the good book for some salvation. Irish rolls his eyes until Carrow opens the book revealing a flask hidden inside. They settle down for a drink.

1:30pm

Up above Leo walks around the deck and starts talking to the crew, he talks to the the ship’s musicians Pip and Weasel, asking them why they aren’t doing what they do naturally. Weasel (a small portly fellow) holds up his lute and it’s missing strings, he says he can’t play without strings. Leo turns to Pip who explains that he sings but he needs Weasel’s lute to keep time, Leo asks them if they know any shanties to which they reply no they don’t. Surprised by this Leo spies Emilie nearby and asks her if she knows any, she nods.

Emilie begins singing a slow rendition of Hoist the Colors

Yo, Ho haul together, hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars, never shall we die
Yo, Ho haul together, hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars, never shall we die
The King and his men stole the queen from her bed
and bound her in her bones
The seas be ours and by the powers
Where we will…we’ll roam
Yo, Ho haul together, hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars, never say we die
Some men have died and some are alive
And others sail on the sea
With the keys to the cage
And the devil to pay
We lay to Fiddler’s Green!
Yo, Ho haul together, hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars, never shall we die
The bell has been raised from its watery grave
Do you hear its sepulchral tone?
A Call to all, pay heed to the squall
And turn your sail towards home!
Yo, Ho haul together, hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars, never shall we die

Leo joins her in a round and soon even Pip and Weasel join in as well. The song begins catching on with other crew members and soon the rope monkeys, the Captain, Mr. Sorenson and others join in as well. The crew all finish the round, and soon break into Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, the songs carrying throughout the ship until every sailor is singing. When the song ends Mouse comes up on deck and begins singing an old french song, everyone watches her and listens, emotions visible on their faces. When she finishes, as if by some divine plan, the clouds break and the sun comes out, shining brightly on everyone.

Their spirits lifted, the crew maintains course for the island.

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