The Pirate Letter: Part Six
It was Captain Woodbeak. His sword gleamed in the sun as
he swished it at Firaga and me. I knew that this wouldn't be so easy. I just knew
it. Woodbeak squawked at us, "You thought you could get away so easily. Firaga,
you are a pirate, and you will always be a pirate. As long as you are a pirate,
you are going to stay on my crew."
Anger bubbled up in Firaga. She yelled back without
even thinking about how terrified she was of him. "I want to go home, Captain.
I don't want to live life on a grimy ol' ship. Mystery Island is my home. You
don't know what it's like to be taken away from your friends and family."
Captain Woodbeak swung his sword at Firaga. She
ducked and the blade went right by her head. Captain Woodbeak sighed. His eyes
seemed to soften. He lowered his sword. "You think you know me well, Firaga.
I am not like all of the worthless pirates in me crew. I am more like you. I
lived in Faerieland, and I was a striped Eyrie. I never really liked being a
striped Eyrie. I always wanted to be painted pirate. I thought they looked so
much better than a striped Paint Brush. So I managed to save up enough money
for the paint brush. I went down to Neopia Central to paint myself. I was so
proud of the way I looked, but when I got back home, everybody was afraid of
me. They chased me out of Faerieland forever. So I made me own crew. When I
saw you, when you first were painted, you reminded me of myself. I didn't want
you to feel the same pain, and I wanted to get a better pirate. One that is
smarter than all of the pirates I knew."
Captain Woodbeak sounded…nice. It didn't matter
though. That was no excuse for taking Firaga away. "Mystery Island would accept
Firaga. Everybody knows her, and everybody loves her," I said. "I need Firaga."
Captain Woodbeak shook his head. "You just don't
understand, young Shoyru. Firaga and I need each other. Firaga is the perfect
pirate for me crew. She is a pirate now, and so she must do what pirates do."
"But I want to go with Kera, Captain. I just
want to go home. Let me free, please." Firaga tried to give the captain an irresistibly
cute look, but failed.
"Your home is here, Firaga," Captain Woodbeak
said, sounding normally furious. "You have no choice, Firaga. You are coming
with me whether you like it or not."
Captain Woodbeak ran up to Firaga and threw her
on his back. He took off into the sky toward the ship. Firaga was being taken
away again. Firaga was terrified. She is afraid of heights, so this wasn't easy
for Firaga to handle. She pulled her Fire Sword out, and raised it up to strike
at Woodbeak. Captain Woodbeak saw this. So he rammed into a tree, hitting right
where the sword was. The sword fell down to the ground.
"Oh, not again," I said, shaking my head. "Why
do you have to be so much trouble, Firaga? If you weren't my best friend then
I would have left you a few hours ago." I flew up into the sky, and began to
chase after Captain Woodbeak.
I felt like a slug compared to Woodbeak. He was
moving so much faster than I could ever hope to go. I couldn't catch up to him
in a life time. So what else was I supposed to do? What do I have with me? I
have a shield and a spear with me. That could work. I could catch Captain Woodbeak
with my spear. I had wonderful aim. Maybe I should have gotten a bow rather
than a spear. Well all that didn't matter now. I had a spear, and I better use
it to my fullest. I aimed at Captain Woodbeak's wing, and I fired the spear
in that direction.
The spear tore through the sky and flew right
at Captain Woodbeak. "When I get home, I'm going to buy myself a bow," I said
to myself. The spear fluttered beautifully through the sky. It was too bad that
Captain Woodbeak flew upward so it would miss. So the spear missed. Since the
spear was winged, it was in the air for a long time. It went farther and farther
When the spear finally landed, it was in the
ocean. "My spear!" I cried as it sunk into the ocean, "My only weapon is gone."
Captain Woodbeak landed on his ship with Firaga.
As soon as he touched the ground, Firaga jumped off his back. "Let me go right
now!" Firaga yelled.
The guard I saw when I first got to Meridell
was asleep on a chair. What a pathetic guard.
Captain Woodbeak looked back to see me coming
closer. He took Firaga and threw her into her room. He locked the door. "Stay
in there!" Captain Woodbeak said, knowing that she wouldn't have a choice. "We
have to wait for the rest of the crew to come back with the treasure."
"No!" I yelled, landing on the ship. With no
weapon in hand, I pulled out my fists. "Let go of Firaga right now!"
"Well aren't you desperate? You know that I won't
let Firaga go," Woodbeak said. I sighed. I was tired of all of this. I know
that there was no point in arguing. That would get me nowhere. There is no point
in fighting either. I was way too weak. So what should I do? I needed to put
some thought into my actions, but I had no weapon. I then touched my necklace
and my Water Faerie Token. That was what I needed. I was not alone.
So I ran. I ran right at Captain Woodbeak, and
I knocked him overboard. He spread out his wings in order to fly up, but it
was too late. He crashed right into the water. Now it was my turn. I dived gracefully
into the water as well. The water swallowed my body. I was able to stand water
for a long time thanks to my faerie token. I pushed Captain Woodbeak deeper
into the water. He was now in my trap. I had the advantage here.
Captain Woodbeak's sword lashed through the water.
All of his attacks missed, but after all of his moves from his sword, he swiftly
kicked me in the stomach. It was very painful. I had to get him back, but I
still felt useless. Let's see. We were now surrounded by water. That's when
it came to me. I had my necklace. It had the ability to use all of the water
power the Water Faerie does.
So I closed my eyes. I concentrated on my necklace.
Then my necklace did the rest. My body was completely taken over by the necklace's
power. I started swimming. I swam around Captain Woodbeak. Each time I swam
around him, I started to swim even faster. After a few rounds, I was moving
extremely fast. So fast that I couldn't even describe it. It was just amazing.
A whirlpool started to form. Captain Woodbeak was trapped in it. The whirlpool
was moving very fast. So fast, that it started to rise out of the ocean. A swirling
stream of water pulled Captain Woodbeak out of the water, and crushed him on
his own boat. The water lifted me gently out of the water, and back onto the
ship. Captain Woodbeak groaned.
I couldn't believe it. I had won. I jumped up
in joy. I touched my neck to look for my necklace, and it was gone. I only had
my water faerie token. That didn't matter too much. I was just happy that I
had won the fight.
I looked back, and saw pirates loading onto the
ship. All of them were empty handed. They didn't have the treasure. Captain
Woodbeak lay on the ground. As the pirates one by one got onto the ship, Captain
Woodbeak said, "Pirates, get rid of that Shoyru."
All of the pirates surrounded me and threw me
off of the ship. They all sailed away as fast as they could go. I was tired,
and I had nothing with me. I was at the point where I had finally given up.
I got to see Firaga again, and I guess that's good enough for me.
I went back to the island and looked out into
the sea. The pirate ship was growing smaller with each passing second. You don't
know how horrible I felt. I have done my best, and I had failed horribly. I
didn't even want to go back to Mystery Island. I just wanted to lie there and
Firaga must be feeling horrible as well.
I would have cried, but I didn't feel like it.
I was a stronger Shoyru now. I was much stronger than I was back when I first
left to go find Firaga. I saw the reflection of the moon in the water, and I
threw a rock at it. I now felt like a pirate, greedy and selfish. I wasn't though.
I just felt that I didn't care anymore. Nothing mattered.
I laid where I was, and I drifted off to sleep.
"Kera of Defenders of Neopia, wake up," I heard
someone say to me as my eyes slowly opened. I yawned and got up. I was not in
a good mood this morning.
"What do you want?" I said. I was half asleep.
"Can you see that I am trying to sleep here?"
I saw a green Draik standing in front of me.
"You are the Shoyru who saved Meridell, correct?"
I smiled, and stood up. "Yes, yes, I am." I stood
triumphantly. My grumpiness was starting to go away.
"Well you left before being rewarded. So King
Hagan sent me to give you this," The Draik reached into his coat pocket and
brought out a fire paint brush. The paint shone on the brush.
My day suddenly got a whole lot better. "Oh thank
you so much," I said. I grabbed the paint brush and looked at its beauty. "You
can go now," I said rather rudely.
The paint brush was just so pretty, but what
would I use it for? I looked out into the ocean, and then I realized that I
was closer to achieving my goal than ever before. I took off into the sky and
out into the ocean. I didn't know where I was going, but I knew where I wanted
to go. That was good enough for me.