“Follow the lights to find the lost isle,” she finished.
“The lights? Is that the secret to finding Lutari Island?” Kelvin asked incredulously.
“Perhaps. These words have been recorded in our histories, but none have quite deciphered them. It would make sense though, no? I can also tell you that we believe the island’s current location to be east of here.” She paused, before waving her hands to conjure a cloud of shimmering golden magic. “Take my blessing too. You did free me after all, it is the least I can do.”
The magic sunk into Kelvin’s skin, and he gasped in amazement. He felt stronger and faster than he ever had before. It would certainly make the journey easier. He stretched out, basking in the sensation.
“Now go, brave one. I wish you fortune and success in your quest.”
It took days and days of travelling for Kelvin to reach Lutari Island, but he had finally found it.
“Well Dubloon...This will certainly be difficult,” he announced. He could just about make out the silhouette of an island covered in lush trees, but most of it was obscured by the terrible weather around it. Endless rainfall battered the island and surrounding ocean, whilst thunder roared through the area, accompanied by the occasional bolt of lightning. For someone who had spent most of his life underwater, it was frankly terrifying.
Even worse, the seas themselves were proving to be a formidable foe - he had narrowly avoided being pulled into several whirlpools as he had got closer. He had no idea how any ship could navigate these waters.
He scanned the area, looking for lights, barely managing to not be washed back out to the open sea by the treacherous waves. Luckily, he had arrived at night, and quickly spotted what he was searching for. A strip of strange blue light seemed to be floating in the water, lighting a path to the shores. He approached the lights, amazed - he had never seen anything like it before!
“Oh wow!” Kelvin whispered. The light was coming from a huge school of jellyfish, all of them floating serenely in the water. He grinned - the faerie’s advice made sense now! Of course the jellyfish would stay where they were safe from the storms, and their bioluminescence meant they could help travellers to navigate too.
He began to swim above them, following the path they had laid out. As he paddled, the jellyfish began to pulse, seemingly sensing his presence. It was a truly beautiful sight, and Kelvin felt revitalised by it. If nothing else, seeing this was a treasure in itself.
Finally, he reached the shallows, and gazed at the island in front of him. Torches were glimmering on the beach, and he could make out a row of small houses further back, nestled on the edges of the jungle. But where was the ship? He looked around and - oh! Oh dear. The ship was wrecked on the rocks, its proud black sails tattered and torn. As cruel as the pirates had been, he couldn’t help but feel they didn’t deserve such a fate.
“Hello stranger.” A voice interrupted his reverie, and he started, looking back to the beach ahead of him. A Lutari stood on the edges of the water, smiling.
“Hello!” he replied, paddling up to her. “Is everything okay? Did the pirates hurt you?”
“Oh no, don’t you fret, young one. Ships have no chance of landing on the island. You can only make it here by swimming - like you did. I must say, I’m impressed. Did you come all the way from Maraqua to warn us?” the Lutari asked.
“I did yes, my name’s Kelvin! Those pirates kidnapped some faeries, and I heard they were heading here! I wanted to stop them! But...What happened to the pirates? Are they all…?” Kelvin looked to the ruined ship and back to her, worried about the answer.
She laughed. “Oh those foolish pirates are fine. A little worse for wear, and certainly upset about their ship. But we rescued them when their ship crashed on the rocks; it’s not the first time this has happened. We keep a lookout for ships approaching. They’re over in the village recovering.” She gestured towards the houses behind her. “I’m Marina by the way.”
Kelvin wasn’t sure how he felt about this answer. He was glad the pirates were alive, but still concerned for the Lutaris on the island. “Are they threatening you? Or being generally evil?”
“I do believe they’ve somewhat seen the errors of their ways. They won’t be able to leave until they fix their ship, so they’re rather dependent on us for now. Some of them are even saying that perhaps pirating isn’t worth it,” Marina chuckled. “I think this whole experience has given them quite the scare. But regardless, I appreciate the time you took to come here, it was very brave. Please, rest a while. There’s a small rockpool over there for your Arkmite to stay in - are you able to come ashore?”
“Thank you. For a little while, yes.” He led Dubloon over to the rockpool, and he merrily jumped in to greet the other aquatic petpets swimming around. He then clambered ashore - he was certainly not graceful on land, but he could just about manage. He followed the Lutari to the houses. There was a campfire outside, surrounded by a group of rather embarrassed and bruised looking pirates, talking quietly amongst themselves.
One Krawk looked up as the pair approached. “Hey, you’re not a Lutari! How did ye get here?” he exclaimed, staring at Kelvin in shock.
“I swam here to tell the Lutaris about you!” Kelvin said, unable to keep the accusation out of his voice.
“Well that was very noble of ye and all, and I’m sure you feel very proud of yourself, but as ye can see there was no need. This journey was a complete and utter failure,” the Krawk grumbled, and his crew nodded glumly.
“Now, now, don’t be rude,” Marina said calmly. “He certainly had better intentions than all of you.”
The Krawk flushed, looking embarrassed. “Aye, that’s the truth. I can’t express how sorry we are for all of this, miss. We are all mighty grateful for the kindness ye have shown us, most would have left us to drown…” He sighed, rubbing a bandage on his arm, before addressing Kelvin. “Hey kid, ye want some treasure? It’s been occurring to us that we ain’t so good at this whole pirating malarkey. First, all those faeries escaped, then this…”
Kelvin scowled. “You shouldn’t have kidnapped the faeries in the first place!”
“Aye, we shouldn’t have. Gettin’ our ship wrecked like that has given us some...Well, perspective on the matter. Anyway, ye deserve our treasure more than we do, and can probably fish it out of the ship easily what with your gills and fins and all,” the Krawk waved towards the ship. “It’s all stashed below decks. Reckon some of it’s been washed out on to the seabed though.”
Kelvin sighed. He had no idea what to make of these pirates, except that they were clearly terrible at being pirates. He supposed bringing back some treasure wouldn’t be a bad thing.
And so, Kelvin spent the next few days on Lutari Island, helping to salvage the treasure from the shipwreck - with Dubloon's assistance, of course. He kept a few pieces for himself, but he also shared a lot of it with the Lutaris, who were incredibly gracious hosts. Oddly enough, the pirates genuinely wanted nothing to do with the loot, and they turned out to be really quite helpful, and even friendly. It seemed they were serious about changing their ways, with a few of the crew planning to stay on Lutari Island permanently.
When he finally left with Dubloon to make his way back to Maraqua, he promised to return to visit his new friends. All in all, his first adventure had been a great success.