001 The Deathrunner

[Collete is the navigator for the ship, Death Runner and she didn\’t predict this storm! What is she, a weather seer?] -08:16 Mar 16

The wind blows with might as if Poseidon himself wants to seek his vengeance upon the ship! Waves upon waves of salt water!

Collete: Tie them ropes down! Take off them damned high heeled shoes and walk like a man! *Collete doth shouts over the howling of the storm to bark orders at crew mates!* -08:20 Mar 16
[Maria *Is Captain of her ship, the DeathRunner for a damn good reason! She keeps her focus entirely on sailing through this rather sudden storm, having sailed ships since before she could walk, this should prove no problem!* ] -08:22 Mar 16
[Kessing ties ropes, steadies masts, and tries not to get washed out to sea!] -08:26 Mar 16

This storm is an amazing disaster! The ship rocks and reels! Water sweeps people off the bow! There’s the sound of splintering wood…!

Frederick: Hey cap’n! I think you’re steering us off in to disaster! *Good old Frederick likes to state the simple and obvious! Oh yeah, he should be batted down the hatches!*

Collete: Quit your yapping and get back to doing your job, peon! -08:31 Mar 16
Maria: *Shit… that’s going to cost a pretty penny or two to fix! She winces as she hears that horrible splitting sound; this might take a while to repair her poor ship! Then she hears Frederick’s comment and scowls right at him!* Thanks so much Mr-State-the-Obvious! Now if you don’t mind navigating me to the nearest town? That’d be great. -08:31 Mar 16

Frederick: But I ain’t the navigator, cap’n! Collete’s the one that charted the damn course! *Mutter, mutter.. Like HE’S the peon… that’s old whorin’ Kessing over there…*

There’s not time for chatting! There’s a big omnious SMASH! Something BIG and something BAD just cracked a HUGE hole in the ship! And them waves are about to wash them away in to those big rocks ahead!

Maria: *She was about to come up with a reeeally snooty remark to Frederick like she usually did, when a whole offensively appear in her ship! She growls in irritation, that was another thing she has to repair! As she checks to see that her crewmates were alright, she herself was smashed by a huge wave of ice-cold water hits her full in the face, nearly knocking her away from the steering wheel, but she hangs on tight, and yells for Collete to get them to the nearest town before they all got washed away.* -08:38 Mar 16
Collete: We’re completely blown off course! Take her three degrees south east! -08:39 Mar 16
Maria: *She spins that wheel hard and heads for the south east, trying to stay upright while the storm seemed to be trying to drown her!* -08:40 Mar 16

SPLASH! Another monster wave crashes over the ship… ALL GOES DARK… An undetermined amount of time later… There’s the Deathrunner washed up on the shore of a deserted island beach… and no one to be found…

Frederick: *Except Freddie. He’s staggering across the beach looking for survivors!* Heeeee eeeeeey!! Don’t leave me out here alone! Ain’t one of you wimmonz around here so we can repopulate the earth…?!

Maria: *Amazingly all at the same time– she feels consciousness slip away altogether, her ship washed to shore somewhere…and she has no idea where everyone else is! This was a baaaaad day for Maria…..* -08:46 Mar 16

Frederick: ANYBODY…? Cap’n? *There laying broken and looking wetter than a drowned cat was the deal old cap’n. Alone with Cap’n on a deserted island? That can’t be all bad! Freddie drops to his knees next to her body, and kicks up the drama!* CAP’N! Oh god, not the cap’n! Poseidon, King of the Seas… TAKE ME! TAKE ME INSTEAD!

Collete: *Luckily for Collete, she’s washed up a good halfway across the island, and doesn’t have to listen to Fred’s stupid acting. …but now she’s gonna have to do some exploring and looking for other crewmates. Damned typhoons.* -08:50 Mar 16
[Collete needs a machette.] -03:08 Mar 17
[Maria *Was getting woken up by Frederick\’s awful yelling–and realizing she had a small concussion…* Ugh….Chill out already Frederick….and where is everyone else?? *She wants to know, trying to get to her feet!* ] -03:10 Mar 17

Frederick: *He’s obviously not listening, having thrown out his hands that conveniantly have landed on her boobs to press her back down!* You’re alive! Praise Poseidon you’re alive! It’s a glorious day!

Maria: ………. *She swats Frederick away like a pest! And hisses at him as she climbs back to her feet.* Tard, I told you to quit with the yelling. *Swats at him again!* And that was so not appropriate! *Unfortunately for Maria; she barely comes up to Frederick’s shoulder, and as luck would have it; she lost her swords, and her guns while being washed off the DeathRunner..Oh this was going to be fun….She rolls her eyes again and marches towards her ship, trying to survey how bad the damage was and if she could repair it in just a few days or if it would take a lot longer…* -03:16 Mar 17

Frederick: I never appreciated all the beatings until now! *Frederick says as she shuffles after le petite capitan.* I ain’t found anybody else yet, just a few bodies an you n’ me. She ship’s got a big whole in her, but shouldn’t be too hard to repair with a few days of hard work.

Maria: *Wait…..* Bodies? Where? Are they bodies of the crew? I’ll repair the ship only once we’ve got everyone else together. Not before. -03:19 Mar 17

Frederick: *Freddie rubbed his head lookin’ sorta sheepish and none too pleased with the topic. After all, he really liked being one of the only men on the ship surrounded by all them ladies, when Kessing wasn’t getting his paws on them… And he sure wasn’t in to dead bodies.* Uh.. there’s a few ate by sharks… and a couple on the beach…

Maria: *Wince…great…what a lovely captain she was proving to be! Suddenly oddly silent, Maria changes direction from the ship, and heads toards the beach…looking for any survivors. She was good at doctoring people up as well if not better than a legal doctor. If there were any crewmates of hers still alive; she’d be damned if she let them die off if they had a chance.* -03:24 Mar 17
Collete: *Meanwhile, Collete would kill for a machette. Was it fate to send her on the leafy and forest filled side of the island, or did she piss someone off? Wait.. does she hear something in the bushes? Collete ducks and listens!* -03:26 Mar 17

Frederick: *Freddie was used to this sort of thing, so of course he wasn’t silent.* So ya think there’s any good food on this island? Man, I bet this is one of them uncharted treasure islands Collete is always yammering about being an idea. If she ain’t ate up by them sharks or drowned out in the deep blue sea, I say we dig through them maps on the boat and find us some treasure!

Maria: *Feeling horribly incompetent; not to mention utterly responsible for sailing these crewmates into a death-trap typhoon…she almost wanted to quit being captain right then and there. Hadn’t she once been reputed for over 10 years the best captain since the old tyrant was overthrown? ….And this was what she had to show for it. All her crewmates; especially those she’d grown up with. Now killed. She didn’t see a single survivor except herself and Frederick. And no sign at all of Collete or Kessing….. She keeps trying to find any signs of life; but it’s too much like a battlefield.* -03:32 Mar 17

Frederick: *This was a side of the cap’n he doesn’t like! After all they all nearly died, and should be greatful they’re still alive.. even i the whole crew is dead and they’re the only ones left on the island. Oh. Now he feels like an asshole! Somehow, this was Kessing’s fault. Good old dead Kessing…* Hey Cap’n, how about we gather up the dead and have a bonfire funeral before we go looking for food and supplies?

Lurking in the trees near Collete is a strange looking form in stranger grass clothing. He’s carrying a spear with a dried up head tied to it!

Collete: *Collete waits until the person is within reach… the pounces! Silent as a predator she grabs him by the head and TWIST! Snaps his neck… Cannibals. They just had to crash on an island with cannibals…* -03:42 Mar 17
Maria: *She sighs a bit…..knowing there wasn’t anyone here she could save, and nods. She tries to keep the shock out of her mind from making her freeze and break down altogether by keeping busy. The crew did deserve a decent funeral at the very least. And she did her best to give them one…..she doesn’t say a word as the dead bodies burn to ashes. Remaining silent the entire time. It’s as if the captain were still there physically, but at the same time; somewhere else….* -03:43 Mar 17

The fire is spotted by “them” on the other side of the island…

Collete: *When the smell of smoke drifts towards her, she groans out loud! That was bound to be the Deathrunner and now they’re going to draw the cannibals right to them.. She heads quickly through the trees!* -03:45 Mar 17

Frederick: *It’s hard for Frederick to stay silent, but out of respect for the crew, he did so! Until something in the trees caught his eyes… Lots of somethings in the trees!* Uh…. uh cap’n…

Maria: *She looks up at the trees and finally snaps out of it long enough to curse.* I hope the natives are friendly, because I have no weapons. *She’d still pummel the daylights out of whoever tried to spear her thogugh! For someone so short—she was vicious!* -03:47 Mar 17

The people in the trees come out with spears. “UKA LUKA UGH FAHAFA!” Says the one that looks like the ring leader. It seems the want to lead these pale-faced strangers away in to the forest and aren’t taking no for an answer!

Maria: *Stares at the maniacs and grabs one of the spears! She attempts to yank it out of the nearest cannibal’s hand and spear him in the neck! She wasn’t tolerating bad welcoming parties right now…and even knees him in the stomach for good measure!* -03:51 Mar 17

ell that was a bad idea! Those people should have come quietly, as now they all pounce and attack with their spears, stone sharp weapons and hands of fury! Even the massively huge Frederick can’t fight them all off, and they’re both inevitably tied to sticks and carried off in to the forest!

Frederick: *Freddie is beaten and battered, but… always in good humor!* y’think they gonna eat us or sacrifice us to their god…?

Maria: *Crap! She goes down all too quickly…! And earns herself a lot of cuts and bruises. She eyes Frederick, good old reliable Frederick. This was probably the last time they’d be able to joke together!* Either that or just eat us raw. Depending on how fast we can provoke them. -03:54 Mar 17

The cannibals take their catch all the way back to their village where the meal service is already being prepared. Complete with a couple of already dead crewmates roasting over a fire and Kessing hanging upside down over a stew pot!

Maria: *Kessing! He was still alive… But apparently none of them were going to be for much longer…she sees the dead crewmates and winces again, mentally calling herself the worst captain in history.* Kessing! *She tries to wave to get his attention!* -03:58 Mar 17
[Kessing groans softly and tries to touch his aching head but–his arms are tied?!] -03:58 Mar 17

Frederick: Thank Poseidon… I hope they cook Kessing first! After a bite of him they’ll be too sick to eat us too!

Kessing: *He hears someone calling for him …!* Quit your yapping, Frederick! *He growls. Like he really needed Frederick "the Headache" to add to his misery.* How are you doing, Captain? -04:00 Mar 17

The cannibals prop the wood polls they’ve tied up Frederick and Maria too over a nice little fire.. They start throwing on some more kindling!

Maria: *That earns Frederick a good kick!* I’m ok Kessing! Just wishing I could have not sailed us all into this death trap…. you alright? -04:01 Mar 17
Maria: *Is tied up soon after that kick….and it was getting a little too warm for her liking.* -04:02 Mar 17
Collete: *Collete is a little late… She had to see if she could find the ship.. Only to discover the bonfire and footsteps all around it. Then she had to stalk after them to find herself outside of the cannibal village. … Lucky her, did the whole remaining live ones have to get themselves captured? She prowls around the area to sneak to a better location!* -04:02 Mar 17

Frederick: *Hot! Hot! Hot! He’s trying to blow out the fire as futile as it is!* I guess we’re the last ones to die! It’s been a good run Cap’n! Can’t say the same for you, Kessing, hope I see you in the lost land, but hey… How many can claim they were cooked and eaten?

Collete: *…That man was a moron. She had to surpress a groan. However, Collete managed to sneak inside one of the cannibal village huts… There had to be something in here that was useful.. Aha!* -04:05 Mar 17
Kessing: *If he only his arms were tied so damn tight … He tries to avoid swinging too much because that only makes him dizzy. He sees Frederick trying to blow the fire out and sighs inwardly. Really, if he was going to die why did this idiot have to be the last person he saw?* -04:05 Mar 17
Maria: *Ugh……she was coughing on the smoke now. The flames just got higher…and she was starting to feel a little more than singed!* You guys were great…..I hope I see you both on the other side. Maybe Collete was lucky and got herself somehere safe at least. -04:07 Mar 17
Collete: *Suddenly… a tall feathered hat clad form appears in ritualistic make up and the presence of a god!* CATAHUK! *… this better be the correct tribe…* GYU HITA KOKOMAKU INATEP! -04:10 Mar 17

GASP! It’s a collective sound from all of the cannibals! They look in utter awe and amazement before they all start bowing down in reverence! “INATEP! INATEP!” They chant!

Maria: *She tries to see through the smoke at what these cannibals were suddenly so enthralled with…but the smoke has clouded her eyes completely at this point; and now she felt burn makrs appearing on her back and legs! What was going on??* -04:13 Mar 17
Kessing: *Head throbbing, blood rushing to head, head beginning to feel light … He suddenly feels very tired. He can hardly keep his eyes open.* -04:14 Mar 17
Collete: HETA GATUPAY FORGI! *She motioned a hand at the captives in a quick forceful movement, and made a motion with her fist!* TAPUPAY GARU TANKU WEI! -04:15 Mar 17

The cannibals are suddenly on their feet! They splash water over the fires quickly, looking like the fear of god was slapped in to them! They free the tied up captives!

Frederick: *He was doing better, but he had thick skin and a hard head. Hey wait a second… is that Collete? He opened his mouth ready to call her name when the cannibals set him free – naw. Better idea. He grabbed Maria, threw her over his shoulder and suddenly started running in to the forest!

Maria: *She’s already lost consciousness; and can’t even protest when she’s thrown over Frederick’s shoulder—-but wait,… what about Collete and Kessing?! She would definitely want to make sure those two were with them if she were conscious!* -04:18 Mar 17
Kessing: *THUD! He’s suddenly free and shaking himself awake! He figures that for once Frederick has a right idea and makes himself disappear! Of course, he’s not too keen on following Frederick though, so he opts for taking a different turn instead!* -04:19 Mar 17
Collete: *God damned Frederick! He WOULD bail like a coward and leave her here to clean up the mess! Kessing looked about as useful as a sack of potatos, right now! … And there goes Kessing running off! She’s going to KILL them! But first-* Jirapu hakka o ti mei. GANTU. *She shouts, pointing a finger to the other side of the village!* -04:20 Mar 17

The cannibals seemingly frightened out of their wits, run in the direction Collete pointed.. likely towards the big mountain at the edge of the island!

Collete: … *Having her opportunity… Collete threw off the feathered headress and fancy cannibal clothes and took off after Kessing!* Kessing…! You’re going the wrong way…! -04:22 Mar 17

Frederick: *Frederick moved his ass like it was on fire! Crap! It WAS still on fire!! He was trying to swat it out with Maria over his shoulder as he ducked and turned in the forest trees!*

Kessing: *Skids to a stop and turns!* I was afraid of that … Thanks for the help by the way. I think I’m still a bit woozy in the head. So, which way is it? -04:24 Mar 17
Maria: *Tired……dizzy…Maria’s head only spun as Frederick continued to run faster! She unconsciously smacks him upside the head! Even when not conscious…..she was trying to smack some sense into that man! It seemed like a 24/7 job for that matter….not to mention impossible!* -04:24 Mar 17
Collete: *Collete didn’t stop moving, but simply grabbed Kessing by the collar of his shirt and dragged him off in the proper direction!* Got yourself in a damned fine mess, didn’t you! If it isn’t hard enough saving Freddie from himself! -04:26 Mar 17

Frederick: *Freddie finds… A waterfall with a big pool of water! Where he promptly runs in the water to put his ass out, and accidenly discovers a cave behind the falls! Perfect hiding spot, he deducts, and carts Maria on behind it!* Here we go Cap’n! Safe n sound!

Kessing: *Is dragged!* I didn’t plan on getting captured. I got washed ashore, wandered around a bit, and went to sleep. When I woke up, the cannibals knocked me out again and tied me over the pot. Speaking of sleep, I had the strangest dream … -04:29 Mar 17
Maria: *Winces……her head was not liking her at all right now…. but she wakes up quick enough to cough up the smoke in her lungs! She hurt pretty much everywhere, but she gets to her feet anyway.* ….Where is Kessing ? And what just happened? …. -04:30 Mar 17
Collete: Unless you were dreaming up a way to fix that ship without us get eating, I’m not sure I want to know. *Collete stops at the wall of a steep looking cliff. There’s a cave opening just above in the rocks. She sets Kessing free long enough to start climbing up!* -04:31 Mar 17

Frederick: Collete done pulled one o her miracles and saved our asses. Course, i was about to be knight in shining arm, break the ropes and get us out of there before she showed up… But I was gonna ditch Kessing and that’s some bad karma. Hey lemme check you out. *Rambles on Freddie, who doesn’t bother for a confirmation before he puts his hands all over the cap’n looking for mortal wounds.*

Maria: *Swats Freddie away again! She hurt a lot– that’s all she knew! Bah to mortal wounds; she wasn’t letting Frederick look; no matter how many years she’d known him! Besides– there were other personal scars she’d have to explain and she just didn’t want to.* I’ll live Frederick. How bout you? Did you get badly hurt at all? *Sneakilly avoiding the topic of her injuries– she’d patch herself up later.* -04:35 Mar 17

Frederick: *No one says no to Freddie, even when they beat him up! She’s got burns and he’s at least using the rags of his shirt to wrap them up good and tight! He almost cast a grin before he suddenly URKED and fell over!* yes…! Yes cap’n I think I’m powerful wounded…!

Maria: *Oi—stubborn arse! She protests the entire time, and isn’t too gentle in return when she patches him up– they’d have to find a first aid kit soon that much was certain. Right now there was barely the basics to use in emergeancies! But she did the best she could anyways.* I think you’ll survive too Frederick…. we’d better see about finding Collete and Kessing though…. No telling how far those two are off. -04:38 Mar 17
[Collete was telling Kessing she didn\’t care much about that dream… Unless it was useful.] -03:13 Mar 26
[Maria *Was in a cave with Frederick!* ] -03:13 Mar 26
[Kessing is pretty sure that dream is useful … Isn\’t it?] -03:14 Mar 26

Frederick: *Freddie was milking his injuries for all they were worth by rolling on the ground moaning in pain!* I can’t cap’n…. can’t move..!

Kessing: *Runs his fingers through his hair.* Hm. Wait. I guess they’re not very useful … You believe everything has a purpose though, don’t you, Collete? -03:15 Mar 26
Maria: *She pokes Frederick quite often! Nudging him in the ribs with her foot even!* Oh don’t even try that. If I can move around with as many wounds as you you can get up too. *Grumbles, nudging him again.* -03:16 Mar 26
Collete: *She peers down at Kessing casting him a cool look.* I suppose. I believe, if you don’t start climbing this cliff to get up in that cave that you’ll get eaten, and deserve it. -03:16 Mar 26
Kessing: Aye aye, ma’am. *He mutters as he starts climbing! It looks like this wasn’t the best time to be debating stuff.* -03:18 Mar 26

Frederick: Ow! Wummon! There’s some broken bones in there somewhere! Besides, them cannibals are still out there!

Maria: Bah….. We need to go find Kessing and Collete. Besides, those cannibals got a pretty bad scare from Collete….I don’t think they’d want to try again anytime soon. Plus I want to fix my ship, and will not be able to start unless everyone’s together. -03:22 Mar 26
Collete: *At the top of the cliff… yes! A cave! Collete pulled herself over the edge, dusted herself off and slowly entered… well… it wasn’t quaint. Or nice looking. But if was out of sight and a good place to hide until the coast was clear.* ma’am… *She snorts! ..and offers her hand to Kessing to help him up!* -03:23 Mar 26

Alas, but Frederick is right! There’s the sounds of drums and chanting! There’s a search party out there!

Frederick: …see… *He whispers as quietly as he can, which still ends up echoing… Good thing they’re behind a waterfall to drown out the noise!*

Maria: *Scowling! She saw that Frederick was right…* So now what? We just wait until they go away? Or are we stuck up here pretty much until we rot? -03:29 Mar 26

Frederick: *Freddie glanced around and.. uh… Doesn’t mention the skeleton he spots over in the far corner.* Uh… They’ll be gone soon, I’m sure! ….wanna play cards?

Kessing: *Sheepish grin. He hadn’t been thinking when he’d said that. He accepts her hand.* Thanks. *He looks into the cave and looks around at the surrounding landscape.* … Does this … place … look familiar …? -03:33 Mar 26
Maria: Do you even have a deck of cards, Frederick? *She really was bored to even consider humoring Frederick’s ideas…..or really dellirious from pain and exauhstion.* -03:34 Mar 26

Frederick: *He starts digging down the front of his pants, and not being subtle about it!* I got something down here, I’m sure…!

Collete: I’ve not been here myself. *She blew a bit of hair out of her eyes… This might be a long wait… Hungry cannibals are persistant on small islands… Collete found a dark place and plopped herself a seat.* Stop standing in the open! -03:37 Mar 26
Kessing: Hm … *He looks like he might just stand there all day but he finally turns and joins her. He drops down against the wall opposite her, one leg stretched out, the other with its knee up.* -03:38 Mar 26
Maria: *Men! Yucky creatures to say the least! Maria rolls her eyes, and takes off her cape to use as a pillow. Well, since they were probably going to be all out of anything interesting to do for a while….might as well get some sleep! She certainly wasn’t one to initiate conversations.* It’s going to be a looong night…..*Attempts to get comfortable on the solid ground.* -03:39 Mar 26

Frederick: Found it! *Frederick sat down next to Maria as he pulled out the deck of cards and started shuffling!* I figure we’ll get that boat fixed up in no time, and I supposed the four of us can sail it just fine. Collete can doa good bit more than navigating and Kessing ain’t too bad. Course, I don’t know who will do the cooking…

Collete: *It was dark in the cave, which gave her ample opportunity to eye him carefully. Damned Kessing.* If we manage to live long enough to take care of that ship, and find a good bit of treasure to make up for the damages… what do you think we’ll do next? -03:43 Mar 26
Maria: *Before she can even think about lying down, there’s Frederick with his cards! She decided sleeping would most likely be impossible in this place anyway. Considering the fact she slept best when she was onboard her own ship; something about being onland always bugged her. She decides to play a few cardgames to kill time.* You’re lucky I was taught how to cook really young. *Smirks a bit as he shuffles the cards.* -03:45 Mar 26
Kessing: *Blinks when she asks him that. But he thinks carefully about it.* Hm. Dunno, to tell you the truth. I never thought about "what next" before. What about you …? -03:45 Mar 26
Collete: In to the savings and then back to the sea. *Hrmph. Was she missing lady’s man Kessing? No! That would be stupid! In fact, she’ll remind herself why Kessing is a real pain in the ass, with a simple question!* What do you think about kids? -03:47 Mar 26

Frederick: *Freddie deals out the cards and continues his talking!* Thas good, cause I burn everything I try to cook. Man, momma always told me to marry a woman that can cook, and i guess your captain is like your wife, huh? Unless your captain is a man. Then he’s more like… uh.. your husband. And… I don’t want no husbands. …Go fish?

Kessing: Kids? *He grins in the dark and chuckles softly.* I never thought you the type to think of little ones, Collete. But since you mentioned it … I don’t think I could ever handle kids. I’m not up to the responsibility of teaching them and what not. I wouldn’t know how to be a role model if someone offered to teach me. -03:49 Mar 26
Maria: *Takes her hand ofcards and blinks.* Well I never figured it’d be like that Frederick. Then again, I’m really not the person to ask anything about captains. Haven’t been one long enough myself. And sure, Go fish I beat you in all the time. *Finds a few matches to set down before the game even starts.* -03:50 Mar 26
Collete: That’s what I thought. *Collete gave a grim smile. Of course he couldn’t handle kids, and neither could she! Pirates shouldn’t have kids! Ever! Damn man whoring son of a-* -03:52 Mar 26
Kessing: *Closes his eyes.* Collete … What brought you to the sea? I mean, were your parents sailors too? -03:53 Mar 26

Frederick: *And Freddie doesn’t have any matches, he’s really screwed!* Aww man… I know you ain’t prolly had no captains, but I gotta say you’re a whole lot better than some!

Collete: Hrrm. My mother was a whore, and my father could have been anyone. *Collete examined her nails. He history was no big deal to her. She only had one secret, anyway.* I joined someone’s crew and I enjoyed it, so I stayed. -03:55 Mar 26
Maria: Have any 2’s? And well, I did have a captain before, but I prefer not to talk about him. I’m just glad he’s dead. And if I’m that much better Frederick, we wouldn’t have landed in this mess with a whole crew dead and the four of us that are alive all split up. -03:56 Mar 26
Kessing: Someone’s crew? *He lowers his head to look at her, although he couldn’t really see her …* So, Maria and the Death Runner weren’t your first captain and ship? -03:56 Mar 26

Frederick: That ain’t no big thing, there be plenty o people I want to see dead too. * He makes an awful frownie face as he hands over his 2!* Us blowing in to a storm ain’t your fault anyway. More like Collete’s fault, but don’t tell her I said that or you’ll be another man down…

Collete: Nope. I spent most of my time on another ship. It’s got a new captain now, and I wouldn’t be caught dead on it again anyway. -03:59 Mar 26
Maria: *Snickers slightly, and takes the card from him, laying down another match to her ever growing stack! Soon she’d have 5 matches! Poor Freddie indeed.* I suppose it’s just another one of those freak accidents. As for people you’re wanting dead– I hope that doesn’t imply Kessing does it? -04:00 Mar 26

Frederick: *For a moment Freddie looked guilty, but at least he didn’t look blood thirsty!* Naw.. well yeah, but not really. Kessings a right prick with all them girls hanging all over him like he’s a prized bale of diamonds, and then he goes showin’ me up while I’m workin’ and flexing those muscles! One of these days I’m gonna break that nose of his!

Kessing: New captain, huh? *He leans the back of his head against the wall and looks up at the ceiling.* It must be weird. Being the old captain and realizing you’re not the captain of the ship anymore. Whatever happened to the old captain? Did he die? -04:03 Mar 26
Collete: Yep. Looks like he’s pretty dead. *Collete scowled. Might’ve been better if he was dead, rather than getting dragged out of the sea and ending up on the Death Runner. And she should have let him get eaten by those cannibals too. My, she must be getting old and softie… * -04:05 Mar 26

Within sight of Collete and Kessing in the cave, the bow of a ship approaches. Even from this distance, the flag can be seen. Black with a white bird with a skull in its talons. A pirate ship and an infamous one. The Harbinger.

Kessing: *Doesn’t know what makes him look outside. Maybe he was just bored … or maybe he needed something to take his mind off of things, weird dreams and familiar islands. He gets up and moves to the opening, stopping when he gets to the edge of darkness, still out of sight. That ship …* -04:11 Mar 26
Collete: *She’s watching him like a hawk… and suddenly starts coughing! Of all the ill omen, bad luck, rotton karma things to happen..! Not Kessing’s damn ship! …Cough! Coughcough!* -04:12 Mar 26
Maria: *Grins. Jealous guys always amused Maria..* You know Frederick, if you used more braincells now and then, you might actually get a few more girlfriends. *She reminds him its his turn to ask for a card.* -04:12 Mar 26

Frederick: Any sevens? *He grumble grumbles!* Ain’t wanting no girlfriends… girls ain’t nothing but trouble! they take your clothes, and spend your money, and then they leave you for Kessing!

Kessing: *Collete’s coughing yanks his attention away from the ship. Enough so that he completely forgets about his odd fascination with the mystery ship! He walks back to her, guided by the sounds she’s making.* Collete? Are you alright? Maybe we should find another place to hide … *Although their options were pretty slim at this point.* -04:14 Mar 26
Collete: *Cough!Hack! …Idiot, where the hell else are they supposed to hide? Christ…She was only going to be able to fake cough for so long before she hacked up a lung for real.* I… I..ah… can’t breath! *…shit, even Freddie could come up with better lines!* -04:17 Mar 26
Maria: *Maria laughs outright at this.* Not all women are cheaters, Frederick. Just as I suppose not all men are evil and heartless. *Her eyes darken a bit at that statement; as if she herself wasn’t quite so sure on that statement…yep she looked pretty doubtful indeed for some reason she wasn’t telling.* -04:17 Mar 26
Maria: Oh and Go-fish. -04:17 Mar 26

Frederick: *Freddies goes a-fishin’!* Aw man… I know I ain’t no heartless bastard. Who got your panties all in a twist and man hatin’? You almost sound as bad as Collete, but at least you ain’t shoving us menfolk off board every time you get frustrated…

Kessing: *He sighs and scratches the back of his head. The sooner they found the captain and Frederick the better … * Collete, what’s going on here? *Sheesh, even he could see she was faking it. But why the hell was she acting like this?* -04:20 Mar 26
Maria: *She smirks again and asks for any Queens.* Man hating? No, can’t say I man-hate. Just doubt them a lot is all. Spose that’s why I’m never going to settle down with a family. But that’s my own fault and I don’t regret it. -04:21 Mar 26
Collete: *Cough! Co-… He’s not buying it. Collete stps her hacking, picks up a pebble and chucks it at his head.* Trying to lure your fool behind away from that opening before you draw every man-eater here with that flashy shirt of yours! -04:21 Mar 26
Kessing: *Mutters under his breath, although the pebble does miss his head. Not by much though, as it hits his ear.* I’m right here. In the dark. Beside you. *He moves back to where he’d been sitting before he’d stood, across from her.* Cannibal or not, you’re acting strange. -04:24 Mar 26

Frederick: *Mooooaaan! She’s taking all of his cards! There goes his sassy queen!* What you need is a man to show you a night on the town! Some dancin’ and eatin’ and sex that doesn’t make ya cry! Cause I’m tellin’ ya, I had some wimmon that made me cry, and I ain’t doin’ that again!

Collete: Watch your mouth, Kessing. Cause I’m damn well happy to cut your tongue out and make you the ship’s mute. *Collete moves to the other side to sit next to him, and make sure she’s blocking his view of the outside. As long as the Harbinger doesn’t decide to come on land, they won’t be totally screwed.* -04:26 Mar 26
Maria: *Takes the Queen card and sets it down with the other Queens.* Let’s not talk about my experiences in that department. It’s not a safe subject at all. And I don’t know what a night on the town would be like,but I definitely already know about the rest– it isn’t fun at all. -04:27 Mar 26
Kessing: *Is silent for a moment … And then he reaches out and touches the back of his hand to Collete’s forehead.* Hm. Not hot so no fever. *He cups her cheeks. Then, he sits back as if he’s studying her in the dark.* … *He goes back to being silent. And, of course, Kessing being Kessing, him being silent never means well. For anyone involved.* -04:29 Mar 26

Frederick: Was pretty bad huh? I remember my first time in the sack with a woman. It was with this old hag whose boobs sagged to the floor, but i was gettin pretty damned old to not of had any yet so I though, what the hell?

Collete: *She wrapped her fingers around his wrists and was about ready to yank his hands away, snap at him, and maybe break his fingers but…* Kessing… Don’t go silent on me… -04:32 Mar 26
Maria: *Eeew! That was just horrible! She kicks Frederick in the shins for bringing that up! And then promptly informs him he’s lost the game as they both run out of cards, and she apparently has 10 matches to his 4!* I’m only going to say my first time wasn’t willing. The rest weren’t either; but the bastard is dead, so it doesn’t matter. The end. *Yawns slightly. She was getting tired… But she probably wouldn’t sleep until Kessing and Collete were found.* -04:35 Mar 26

Frederick: *Frederick snorts!* if that how it was… A good damn thing the blighter’s dead! I’d go track ‘im down myself and gut him up like a sunday feast! Ain’t nobody can get away with messing with my captain, especially now that I got one that’s not beatin’ me with switches and looks purdy!

Kessing: *Feels her fingers around his wrists but it’s still several moments before he says anything.* There’s … something about that ship … But curiousity killed the cat. *He murmurs under his breath, so his words are barely audible even in the cave.* -04:38 Mar 26
Collete: Don’t go opening Pandora’s Box, Kessing. *She wasn’t supposed to feel bad for him…* We should find the captain. -04:42 Mar 26
Maria: *Eyebrows raise again! Well considering Frederick was a fairly new crewmate..* Don’t worry. It’s just the captain I killed when I was 15… so there’s no reason to bother even looking. He’s not coming back. And hopefully your old captain got whats coming to him too. *She was also trying to hide the fact her cheeks were bright red!*Who was your old captain though…..if you don’t mind me asking…? -04:43 Mar 26
Kessing: … Yes. *Was all he says, although whether he means her warning or about finding the captain is anyone’s guess.* -04:43 Mar 26

Frederick: If you don’t mind, Capn’ I feel better not mentioning his name. It’s like talking about someone you hate. You say their name once and they just pop around the corner out ta get ya.

Collete: *Collete sighed. She pulled his hands from her face, but leaned forward close enough to mumble in his ear.* You’re a hopeless man, Kessing. Let’s get going. -04:46 Mar 26
Maria: *He had a point there… she decided not to risk it.* Good point… Do you think those cannibals have gone yet? We really should find Collete…….*She grins now* And yes, you’re favorite person, Kessing. *Attempting to bring some humor into this dark conversation like any good captain would!* -04:46 Mar 26

Frederick: …I hope she left Kessing for dead. Skewered on a roasting pole, or dangling off the edge of a cliff with spears all in ‘im!

Kessing: *His mouth quirks at one corner in the dark as he gets up. He casts one last look to the ocean, as if trying to get one last look at the ship.* Yeah. Hopefully the cannibals have found someone else to roast by now. What are our chances of patching up the ship enough to make it out of here? -04:49 Mar 26
Collete: I say.. we’re probably going to make it, but we’ll be half dead and maybe missing a limb or two. *She snaps her fingers in front of his face to catch his attention back, before pointing her finger at the edge for him to climb down!* -04:50 Mar 26
Maria: Bad Frederick, you do not! And I’ve lost enough crewmembers today so I’m going to go see if those cannibals are still out and lurking. *She goes to the cave entrance to look for the mob!* -04:50 Mar 26

Frederick: But Capn…! No one will miss him! *Frederick follows after the captain like a wounded puppy! Stupid Kessing.. The captain is prolly in love with him too!*

Kessing: *Snapping her fingers in front of him does the trick as he shakes his head and starts climbing down. He checks to make sure the coast is clear first! Time to get his head out of the clouds and get back to the business of staying alive!* -04:53 Mar 26
Collete: *Collete scans the sea to find that ship… If Kessing weren’t along, she might have Maria got attack the sonsofbitches and sink them to the ocean floor. But for now, she waits until Kessing is a good ways down before following after him!* -04:54 Mar 26
Maria: *Grumbles at Frederick to hush and stop being jealous! Kessing wasn’t her type! But he was a good crewmate, and Collete was navigator for a reason…. she didn’t do the whole love thing! So there! She starts climbing down to the bottom!* -04:55 Mar 26
Kessing: *He takes his time but he hurries. He checks his footing and his holding as he goes and as soon as he knows both are firm, he moves. He finally gets to the bottom and keeps a look out for cannibals. So far, so good … He waits for Collete to get down, spotting some nearby brush they can dive behind for quick cover.* -04:56 Mar 26

Frederick: *Fredie was grumbling again, but he was at least obedient as he trudged after Maria! *

Collete: *As soon as she close enough to the ground, Collete jumps down next to Kessing… The coast is clear so far… She leads the way in to the trees!* -05:01 Mar 26
Maria: *When they’re both safely at the bottom, she immediately began looking for Collete and Kessing! They could be anywhere though!* -05:02 Mar 26

Back out at sea, the mysterious ship lets down anchor and two boats are sent out! They are filled with men who are armed to the teeth!

Kessing: *He quickly follows after her. He keeps a sharp eye for cannibals, wild animals, or anything else that might be running wild here. Speaking of animal, he’s sure to spot Frederick–who sticks out like a thumb anywhere!* -05:04 Mar 26

Frederick: *Frederick is a good crew member, but his directions stink! Plus.. he sort of got distracted by a monkey, so he got a tiny bit lost from Maria! Uh ohs!*

PFFFT! A big spear goes flying past Kessing’s head! They’ve been spotted by the cannibals!

Kessing: *Blinks as the spear THUDS! into the tree in front of him! So much for being invisible!* We got company! *He yells and hightails it after Collete!* -05:07 Mar 26
Maria: *………Damnit! She turns around just once and sees that Frederick is nowhere in sight! She goes off to look for him and Kessing and Collete! Double Damn! Why was Frederick so bad at staying focused?!* -05:07 Mar 26

The monkey goes leaping from tree to tree and just as Frederick goes breaking through some brush–he finds himself with a faceful of guns and swords!* “Well, look wha’ we have here, boys!” a strange pirate roars.

Frederick: *Freddie blinks.. And… uh… heh heh. He looks pretty nervous!* Hey there boys… I’m justa strollin’ around this nice pretty island. I’ll let you get back to your own walk! *He inches back for the trees!*

“Oh no ye don’t!” the pirate shouts. “Boys!” The pirates are quick to surround Frederick. He’s not going anywhere. “Now … what be ye doin’ here on our island?” That gun presses right up against Frederick’s nose!

PFFFT! PFFFT! Lots of spears flying! THOCK! With a bit of luck and precision one nails Collete to a tree via the arm! The cannibals are circling fast and close!

Collete: *A pirate woman doesn’t scream! Besides, it was only a little bit of a nick, she struggles to pull the spear out of the tree without ripping a good gash in her flesh!* Sonofabitch! -05:11 Mar 26

Frederick: *He casually…well as casually as he can, pushes the gun away from his nose!* Afraid I’m tonight’s meal for them local cannibals. You wouldn’t have any pepper, would ya…?

Maria: *Is unaware of the danger Fredie is in, but she suddenly stumbles upon a gang of armed men– and they were definitely picking on her right-hand man! That was not nice….! She finds a brick— yes an actual brick! Right near her foot. She picks it up, winds her arm back, and hurls it right for the goon pointing his gun at Frederick’s nose! And she had a great aim too…hopefully this throw would prove that!* -05:15 Mar 26

The men are only too happy to have some female company! They hoot and holler and find amusement in Maria’s little antics! Frederick is already being wrestled to the ground by a few other men while others grab Maria!

Kessing: *Struggles to hold Collete until he realizes just how much of her flesh the spear got! So he turns to buy her some time and take down some cannibals. He yanks a spear out of the ground at his feet and uses that to fight them off!* -05:19 Mar 26

Frederick: Hey! HEY! Watch the family jewels! HEYO! Get ya paws off my capn’! I’ma gut ya! I’ma gut ya all like fishes…!

Maria: *Ooo shit…! That’s not good! Too bad there weren’t anymore conviniently heavy objects lying around to knock these creeps out with! But she’s pissed about being grabbed and headbutts the closest goon, while kicking another in the balls!* Hands off! Or I’ll feed them to the sharks! *She’s reeaallly getting annoyed! Damn the sea for taking her guns and her swords!* -05:20 Mar 26
Kessing: *help -05:20 Mar 26
Collete: Kessing..! Cut that shit out and get to the captain! *She’s tugging hard… She knew one of them was going to lose a limb!* I can handle them myself! Get lost! -05:21 Mar 26
Kessing: How the hell can I possibly leave you behind! I don’t even know where to start looking for the captain! -05:21 Mar 26

Ha Ha Ha! Puny little white people! You can not escape the cannibal tribe, for you are nearly surrounded! So much for escape as the circle around Kessing with their spears aimed!

“Perhaps we should bring ye along as additional gifts to the chief! Cap’n is always saying we should give ’em a special treat! Ain’t that right, boys?” The leader of the band yells. The others laugh and holler.

Frederick: I ain’t swinging the capn’s way! I got enough meat o my own! *Frederick of course assumes they’re talking about him. He’s a huuuuge man, and he ain’t going down without a big blood fist busting, nose breaking, rib cracking fight!*

Kessing: *Outnumbered and outspeared … He drops the spear and lifts his hands. Well, now he can say he was captured by cannibals twice in one day!* -05:24 Mar 26
Maria: *She looks at Frederick like he was a total dork! But she can agree about going down fighting, and she’s launching an uppercut towards the leader’s nose! She wasn’t tolerating any of this nonsense!* -05:25 Mar 26
Collete: What is it about GO do you not understand, Kessing?! *Got it! She yanked out the spear with enough force to send her crashing to the ground, and quickly jumps up on her feet again! She’s — …surrounded.* Damnit, Kessing! You never listen to me! -05:25 Mar 26

The leader of the band is no idiot. While the others move to oblige Frederick, he takes his gun and aims it at Maria. “Keep fightin’ and she dies, matey! Want that on yer conscience, do ye?”

Frederick: *Frederick freezes!* …aw now, damnit, Now you got my balls in between a rock and a hard place…

Kessing: *Is thoughtful for a moment.* Actually that’s not true. There was that one time, you told me to go jump off a cliff and I didn’t–Bad example. Well, there was that one time–No, I didn’t listen to you then, either. You know, I’m starting to see your point. -05:27 Mar 26

Cannibals hoot and hollar in victory! Wait… what’s this? They’re pointing at Collete and sounding much flabberghasted and… angery! They can see some of that left over makeup on her face… They impersonated their chief and god?! …These meals will suffer the ultimate pain!

The leader turns to the man closest to him. “Karl, tie her up nice and tight. Methinks we brought some of the ship’s rope onshore. Then sling her over yer back. You lubber-boy are goin’ to go nice ‘n easy. Or I’ll put a bullet in her head or a knife to her throat quick than you can swing those fists of yers.” Then the pirates start marching–to the cannibal village for their annual tribute!

Kessing: *Glances over at Collete to see what they’re gawking about. He sees the makeup …* We are screwed. So. Very. Screwed. -05:30 Mar 26
Collete: *….They’re screwed. She even tries to reason with them in that native language, but… Uh, once you pissed off the tribe you’re pretty much fucked.* This is great… If you had RAN like I TOLD you to, there’d be somebody alive to do a rescue! -05:30 Mar 26
Maria: *… Well so much for the punching! All that got her was a gun pointed at her head… and she couldn’t really do much about that! She keeps silent, but she’s plotting on how they could possibly escape!* -05:31 Mar 26

Frederick: *Frederick had no choice but to move along so his poor capn doesn’t get shot and gutted! Man they’re screwed!*

Kessing: Me? A rescue? I can’t even tie boot laces together! *He mutters.* -05:32 Mar 26

Stab! Jab! Shove! Push! The cannibals practically abuse them back to the cannibal village, where they announce quite loudly about the imposter and the escape! And the punishment for this horrible deed… Being impaled on the cliff and used and target practice!

The small pirate band makes great timing and they’re at the cannibal village in no time. They’ve brought their annual tribute treasures and such in return for safe passage for the entire year. Their little agreement with the tribe has been going on for quite awhile. The tribal leader comes of his hut to greet them and he and the leader of the pirate band head into the hut to discuss things. Meanwhile, Frederick and Maria are tied to stakes in the center of the village!

Collete: *Collete pales! What a great way to die… she… she won’t mention the details to Kessing, he can just be surprised about it! ….And there’s Freddie and Maria tied to a stake!* ….godammit! -05:35 Mar 26
Kessing: … On the bright side, at least we won’t be alone when we die. *He remarks. He doesn’t understand what they’re saying but by the look of Collete’s face … he’s better off not knowing.* -05:36 Mar 26

The cannibals are pleased to have a couple for a meal and a couple for target practice! Their evening is saved! They make sure to drag Collete and Kessing over to the cliff wall to be prepared for impaling!

Maria: *Maria is tied up and watching poor Collete and Kessing suffering. And she couldn’t come up with ONE single brilliant plan at all to save them….. man,she sucked so bad at being a good captain that even Frederick would have been a better one!* -05:40 Mar 26
Collete: *Shit! Damnit! Screwed! Wait… is that… old crew mates? From Harbinger? …. Shit! That’s just what they need! A trip down memory lane! Wait… idea!* JIMMY DEAN! Jimmy Dean, it’s Collete! Tell these heathens to let us loose! -05:41 Mar 26

One of the men waiting outside blinks when someone calls his name. He squints … Then he hurries over! “Collete! What in Neptune’s name–!” he whispers.

Frederick: *At least Freddie is in good humor!* I hope they don’t dry me out so my meat is all tough…

Collete: Let’s not waste time yammering, Jimmy. Just tell them to let us all loose and I’ll forget you owe me three gold pieces and a new gun. *Please Jimmy Dean, don’t be a complete ass like the rest of those jerks!* -05:45 Mar 26
Maria: *Good ol Fredie! He always had the best humor…* I guess if you’re dry, they can always just add more seasoning. You’ll probably make great leftovers. -05:46 Mar 26

Jimmy glances from side to side. He can get into a lot of trouble for this! It was one of the captain’s rules Once a member of the crew left, he–or she–cut all ties to the crew. But … this was Collete … He quickly turns to the nearest native and starts talking to him in his tongue. He tells him there was a mistake and this one is marked for the captain. He tells the native to be quick about it or else his captain will get angry and then the chief will become angry and a mad chief is a bad thing. The native falls for it and cuts Collete loose. \”Quick, Collete, you must flee. Now!\” he whispers as loud as he dares.

Collete: Jimmy Dean, you know I’m not leaving without the rest of them. *She hisses through her teeth… but just as quick she puts on a smile!* You know that kiss you always wanted? I’ll give you that and a little extra if I get the rest of them too. -05:49 Mar 26

Jimmy blinks and scowls. “Collete, you will get me killed for sure! If not these natives then by the Cap’n!” Then he happens to look up at the man tied up beside her … “Is that …?” It changes his mind and he turns to the native and orders them to be cut down as well. He sneaks over to Maria and Frederick and orders them cut down as well by another native while the other pirates are throwing dice and getting a look at the cannibal females.

Kessing: *Maybe those natives beat him up more than he’d first figured … because now he was certain he was seeing and hearing things … Collete knew this pirate guy and the pirate guy was getting them loose. And there he went, setting Maria and Frederick free … This was turning out to be one very LONG day … He lands neatly once he’s cut down.* -05:54 Mar 26
Collete: I’ll make it easier on ya, Jimmy. *She waits until everyone is cut loose before snagging Jimmy and giving him a classy Collete knock-em-out kiss! Complete with stealing Jimmy’s gun and clobbering him in the head with it!* Okay, everybody needs to move their feet fast and get out of this village before hell breaks loose! *She’s got the gun ready to shoot anybody that protests.. Cannibal or otherwise!* -05:56 Mar 26
Maria: *She’s cut loose and lands not quite as steady on her feet as Kessing! But she’s just glad to live long enough to actually see herself following Collete out of their bad situation! Being eaten was not on the captain’s list of daily activities! She just wanted to get the hell out of there and back to her ship!* -05:58 Mar 26
Kessing: *Pauses beside the guy Collete just knocked out … Jimmy Dean … But before he gets lost in his daydreaming, he quickly follows after everyone!* -05:58 Mar 26

Frederick: Uh… Yes ma’am! Lets getting going capn! *Replies Freddie who’s out of there like a fleeing mongoose!*

Collete: Forget the repairs! If she can float, we’re setting sail! -06:01 Mar 26
Kessing: *Could not agree more! He hightails it with them back to the ship, hoping beyond hope that The Death Runner is still able to keep above water.* -06:04 Mar 26

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