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To Be A Captain's Wife

Post by XslvrstarX on Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:24 pm

The past year and a half had been a complete blur for Emma. As the wife of a pirate captain her days were spent helping Silas command the ship. She had learned quickly and now knew enough to command the ship entirely on her own if the situation arose. She could read maps, read the stars, steer the ship, handle the rigging, and fight like the best of them. She was no longer the same noble woman Silas had held hostage all that time ago. She was now a strong, independent, and confident young woman. She held herself like the wife of a captain and had long since earned the respect of the ship's crew. They saw her as one of their own now and never questioned her authority. Emma's beauty had only seemed to grow as her strength and confidence soared. She had the kind of beauty that made men stop in mid conversation should she walk into a room. Their heads would turn to watch her as she walked past them. They would blush and whisper and wish she could be theirs. But she wasn't and never would be. She was the wife of Silas Mormont and was fiercely loyal to her husband. Many a men had tried to steer her into their beds, but Emma would quickly show them that she was not to be thought of as just an ordinary woman. Her reputation in the ports was growing and she would drink and gamble right along side her husband before they would retire to their lavish room and make love long into the night. Their passion and love for one another only grew stronger as time went by. A few fights had passed between them, but they had made up each time in a hot, passionate way and emerged as a strong couple.

Her legal husband, Nathan, the Duke of Cumberland, still remained heavy on her mind. She knew that he was still out there trying to find her, but she would never return to him. He had used her in his scheme and had never truly cared about her. She had been nothing more than a beautiful pawn in his game, but she could not fully hate him because had she not married him then she never would have found Silas. She and Silas (otherwise known as Angus Chapman) and met as children at her parent's estate. He had been a few years older than she, but she had been the one to teach him to swim. Now, they would swim together at their lagoon under the stars and moonlight and she silently had to thank Nathan for connecting her with the man she was supposed to be with. They had taken the loot off of several of Nathan's ships, but since that day when she had been kidnapped she had not seen Nathan. Rumors were circulating that he was looking for her and a huge reward had been posted for her safe return. Still she eluded his grasp.

It was very early one June morning and Emma lay wrapped in Sila's arms in their Port Royal hotel room. Several empty wine bottles lay on the floor along with their clothes. Emma became vaguely aware that someone was knocking on their door. Her eyes fluttered open and a quick glance at Silas told her he was still sound asleep. She managed to grab Sila's shirt and put it on. Thankfully, it was long enough to cover all of her private areas. She sleepily stumbled over to the door and opened it. Standing at the door was a messenger. He handed her a letter before departing. Emma walked back over to the bed and got back in, still wearing Silas' shirt, before beginning to open the letter.

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Post by Conleth on Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:40 pm

The last 18 months had been difficult for Silas. He had had to be hard on Emma and hard on his men when they tried to balk at accepting her as Captain. For several of those months before he had found a replacement to Captain the Gray Jackal, a modified sloop they had stolen from Port Gibson last fall, Emma had Captained that ship. It was always easier to capture a ship and fight off it's escort with 3 ships. Obtaining the Jackal and her Captain did just that. The faster and more maneuverable sloops were like wolves to the stag for the larger, slower galleons and frigates and a patient Captain could win the day if he or in this case, ‘She’ kept her mind straight about not having the guns or the girth to survive a close in melee. The sloops were outfitted with the larger guns but they didn’t have near as many. Emma had acquitted herself well, very well, but Captain Whallow, a thick-bodied, tattood, dark skinned Islander, had been almost as good. That and Silas liked having her near to hand, not on another ship.

The bounty for her return and his capture, dead or alive had steadily increased just as their notoriety or perhaps ‘infamy’ had. Woman Pirate Captain’s were extremely rare and Emma had a reputation to shoot first and ask questions after the smoke cleared. Men who mistook her for some flat-footed flip skirt, especially in front of the men quickly found the error in their ways if they survived to learn the lesson at all. To go with that, Emma was also known for being a very beautiful woman. Many men, common, pirate and noble alike had tried to finesse their way into her bed. Indeed Silas had used her during negotiations with Magistrates  and others who held positions of power to set them off guard enough to aid him in getting what he wanted. Emma would flirt or bring attention to herself at just the right moment and then Silas would end up getting most of what he wanted if not all. However that was as far as it went for Silas was a very good and generous lover and her husband besides.  

Their relationship wasn’t always peaches and cream though. Just as legendary were their arguments. Often loud and sometimes quite physical, when strong disapproval or outright anger was involved they’d nearly come to blows as oft as not. There was always sweet making up after but they knew how to get under one another’s skin and did on many occasion. Port Royal was filled with ships this time of year. Pirates, trader Captains, Merchantmen and Naval ships from 3 different  countries filled the docks all around these Islands. Shore leave was long in coming and the 2 weeks they had spent off the ships had been a delight for all of the men as well as for himself and Emma as well he thought. Last night had been a huge street party and Silas had drank heavily all evening. Even so he hadn’t passed out until he had satisfied Emma. Even sleeping as he was she’s know it wouldn’t take much to get him ready for more of the same this morning. The bed was large and comfortable and all thought of that died as she read the letter written in a hand writing she recognized as her father’s.

Emma,
I don’t know if this will reach you or not. I had someone smuggle it out for me but I am hopeful that it finds you alive and well. Nathan has taken me captive and is holding me at his estate. I have become ill and god only knows if the medicines his doctor is giving me will make me better. I miss my daughter and wish you a long and happy life in the event I am gone.

Farewell my dearest,

Thomas

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Post by XslvrstarX on Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:17 pm

Emma immediately recognized her father's handwriting. While she had not had any physical contact with him since her kidnapping, she had written to her father to let him know she was alive and had explained to him everything that had happened. She would send her father money from her own cache to finish paying off his debts. She wanted him to be free of Nathan and live out the rest of his life in peace and security. Her relationship with her father had not always been perfect, but she did love him. And so when she realized that his life was suddenly in danger by none other than Nathan himself she became quite upset and distraught. She immediately jumped up and began to get dressed hastily.

"Silas...Silas! Wake up!"

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