The Pirate Writer: Part Six
Do you know how surprising it is to hear screaming on a
pirate ship? Well, it's pretty scary. When the water is leaking into your own
pirate ship, and there is nothing that you could think of doing, what are you
supposed to do?
All of the female pirates screamed on the ship,
running around, waiting to get orders from the captain. Even the male pirates
cried a little bit. Everybody was worried. Even I was worried, and I was just
sitting there, calm looking.
"Captain!" a few of the pirates yelled. "There's
a leak in the ship. What shall we do?"
I knew Captain Woodbeak was fully aware of the
leak, because he had seen the fire, but he didn't reply. He was too busy reading
a letter. It was the letter from me, and to Woodbeak, from Kera.
The captain frowned when he got to the end, and
then looked up at the panicking pirates, all running around like the little
babies they were deep inside. "Stop yer blabberin'," Captain Woodbeak's voiced
boomed through the ship. All of the pirates immediately stopped what they were
doing, and stood like stumps. Captain Woodbeak looked uncomfortably at the pirates
as they all stared at him as he messed with his two keys. "What are ya lookin'
at me for?"
As the co-captain I was, I said, "Yes, you should
all calm down. Ye jus' go on and try to think of a way to seal the hole. Give
the cap'n some peace."
"Thank you, Firaga," Captain Woodbeak said sweetly.
With that, the pirates murmured to each other as they walked away.
Silence filled the area. Only Captain Woodbeak
and I stood. I realized that I shouldn't be where I was, so I said, "I better
get going too, huh? The ship needs to be saved." I walked away, keeping a close
eye on Captain Woodbeak. I opened the door to my room and walked in.
After the squeaky door shut, I quickly dropped
to the ground and looked under the door to see Captain Woodbeak clearly again.
This time he was alone. He looked around to make sure nobody like me was there,
then he unlocked the door that Kera was in.
I shook in joy. Captain Woodbeak did just as
my letter had hinted to do. He checked if Kera had actually escaped, but would
the second half of the plan work?
When the door was unlocked, stars came zooming
out of the door. The starry wings of a staring Shoyru flapped, happy to see
the light. She didn't waste any time however. Her tail gracefully grabbed the
keys from the captain's hands, then with a flying kick Captain Woodbeak came
tumbling into the empty room. Kera whipped out the key and locked the door as
fast as she could. Banging twice as furious as Kera had been came crashing into
I was overcome with joy. I dashed out of the
room. The ship was actually sinking now, and very quickly too. "The ship-We
have to get out of here now," I said.
"No, the fire paint brush," Kera said. I was
shocked to have forgotten about the brush. The two of us dashed inside the captain's
office to find the room half way filled with water.
"Oh no!" I shouted in horror. "It's gone!" I
figured that there was no hope, seeing that the chest was deep underwater.
Kera shook her head, "No, it's not gone. Let
me handle it. You just leave."
"But-" I tried to argue, but Kera held out her
water faerie token that was around her neck. I knew what those things did. They
allowed pets to stay underwater much longer than the average pet. "Okay," I
said, and left.
I clawed my way up the ship, not knowing what
to do. At this time pirates were using their swords to try to get Captain Woodbeak
out of the empty room. It didn't look like the smartest thing to do as it seemed
that the pirates were stabbing the door with their swords with the chance of
one of them hitting the captain.
My claws stayed buried deep into the wood, until
I was swooped away by the starry Shoyru. I was only taken off of the ship when
the water had reached my head. I was freezing cold, but I didn't care with Kera
and the fire paint brush by my side.
We were in the sky, flying to Neopia Central
which only seemed to be a mile away. I pulled myself onto Kera's back. I looked
down to find Captain Woodbeak burst out of the locked door. His wet wings flapped
in the water, splashing even more water all over him. The ship dropped beneath
them, and all of the pirates seemed to have nothing to support them but the
"So, how have you been, Firaga," Kera asked as
she started to land at Neopia Central.
"Don't land yet. We're heading for the rainbow
pool," I said to her. Kera picked herself back up. I was surprised that Kera
could hold all of my weight. She didn't seem to struggle at all. Did she forget
that I was even here? It was only a matter of seconds before we reached the
"Kera, the brush." I didn't have to say any more.
She handed me the brush. I held it tightly in my paw, feeling all of the magic
inside it, feeling all of the joy I felt when I was first painted over a year
ago. I was not going back to life before, but I was going to a life as an all
new pet, as a fire Kougra.
"Firaga, what are you waiting for," Kera shouted
"What?" I asked, confused. I just seriously wasn't
thinking at the moment.
"You know what to do. Remember last time," Kera
said. I looked back at the last time I had a paint brush, and started smothering
myself with the paint of the paint brush. It felt just as last time did. I almost
forgot why I wanted to paint myself. I couldn't believe how wonderful I had
felt back then, and I feel just as wonderful right now.
"Dive!" Kera shouted, when we were flying right
above the rainbow pool. Without thinking, I leaped right off of Kera's back
and into the water. Was I free?
"Nooooo!" I could hear the shouts of my former
captain even though he felt far away. The heat from the paint brush went over
my skin and warmed it. It was comfortable. This time it didn't feel like last
time. The big difference was that I felt free for the first time in over a year,
and it was the best feeling that any fire Kougra could ever have in a rainbow
pool. From my toes to my ears, the paint slowly became a part of my body. I
opened my eyes to find grey melting away from my body, cleansing it from all
I had experienced in the last year. My life was starting over for the third
time in my life, and I knew that it was going to be good. Life was going to
be better when I left the rainbow pool.
Just when I was completely relaxed, grey claws
from the surface came in and grabbed my paw. I was yanked out of the water by
no other than my old captain.
"Firaga!" Woodbeak sobbed dramatically. Yes,
he actually sobbed. My ex-captain actually sobbed. "Look at you," his claw lightly
scratched behind me ear, "You're the pet I wanted to be for ten years."
I looked down at my own body. The coat shined
in firey beauty. It looked perfect. When Woodbeak put his claw on my new fur,
I thought I would pull myself away, but I only sat and listened. Kera stood
beside him, giving him an evil stare the whole time.
"Why did you get to be painted when you only
had a year of being a pirate?" he asked. He sniffed uncontrollably and acted
This question was easy for me to answer. "You
chose this life, Captain- I mean Woodbeak. You didn't have to be the pirate
you were. You could have just lived life as a normal pet painted pirate, but
you know what Woodbeak, you couldn't have it that way. You just had to be a
pirate because you were painted pirate. You had to make yourself miserable.
Not only that, but you had to share your misery. Do you know you had to share
it with? It was me. So I had to live my life in misery, and you made it so the
only way out was to paint myself. This was all your doing."
I took a deep breath. I blabbed to the point
where I didn't even know what I was talking about, yet I was still talking.
I must have said something meaningful however, because Woodbeak stood quietly,
Woodbeak looked behind him to find his crew (or
what survived anyway) standing behind him with wide eyes. They were as shocked
as I was to find Woodbeak as a wreck. I realized that my voice also had some
After he noticed that his crew was behind him,
he made an effort to suck it up a bit. "So what do ye suggest I do then, Firaga?"
He sounded polite as well.
"Oh, and so you listen to me now?" I said angrily.
"Yes," Woodbeak faced the ground. "I wouldn't
if my ship didn't sink."
"I knew it," I said, a bit joyful. I then stopped.
I needed to answer his question. I was supposed to lead another pet's life.
"You need to start over. There are many possibilities for you. Get an owner
possibly, find a Neohome, make a shop you can make money off of. There are many
things you can do, but it's not me to decide. It's whatever makes you happy,
Woodbeak." He nodded and began walking away.
"Captain!" the pirate Bori came running up to
Woodbeak. He sounded as sweet as ever. "What's going to happen to us?" He looked
sad and lonely.
"Why you're free, Borus," Woodbeak said. I giggled
at Borus' name.
All of the pirates looked at each other in confusion.
"Cap'n-" the Grarrl said.
"It's Woodbeak," Woodbeak corrected.
"Yes Cap'n- uh, I mean Woodbeak," the pirate
Grarrl cleared his throat. "Where do you expect us to go? I mean, our life's
Woodbeak rubbed his chin and looked at me. "What?"
I said, "They're your pirates."
Woodbeak sighed. He was alone, so he had to make
the decision himself. "If you want, you can stay with me, but you don't have
to. You do as you wish."
"Remember that there's no stealing," Kera piped
The pirates nodded. They all started walking
in their own direction without saying goodbye. I was happy, but I felt that
there was something to say before he left. "I won't forget you, Captain." I
stopped for a short amount of time at the word "Captain." "I won't forget you."
Soon Captain Woodbeak was gone. I was alone with
a Shoyru by my side with nothing beside me. Was my adventure over? It was all
done. I began walking away. Kera followed. I was a little disappointed that
my life with Captain Woodbeak and his crew was all gone. I never got to know
any of the pirates. I just thought of them as one person.
Kera and I sat at the shore and waited for a
boat to come around and take us to Mystery Island.
I sighed a few times. "Firaga, what's wrong,"
Kera said as she always did when I was depressed.
"Kera, do you ever feel sad when-"
"What's that?!" Kera interrupted me. I looked
on the shore to find something unusual on the beach. It was something red.
I got up and ran down to the unusual item. Kera
"It's a book!" Kera said in joy. I picked it
up, and water leaked out of the wet pages. I flipped through them. The ink was
smeared, but it was still readable if I actually tried to read it. The ink wasn't
too badly smeared, but the hand writing was very bad on it. I flipped the pages
until I reached a place where two pages were ripped out.
"Kera, do you know what this is?" my eyes seemed
to grow very large with excitement, and my paws shook with surprise. "This is
my journal. This sank with the ship."
"Really!" Kera jumped. "I would love to read
I suddenly had an urge to write. I looked around
panicked. A white weewoo stood by my side with a pen in her beak. I didn't even
spend the time to think about how strange it would be to see a white weewoo
with a pen.
I scribbled onto a blank page, 1st day
as a fire Kougra…
I paused. What was there to write? There was
so many words to be said. I thought so many words, they all crammed into my
head. With that, I knew exactly what I wanted to say.