To Be a Pirate: Part Five
Usi slowly realized she was awake, which was a surprise
in itself. The small Usul stretched. She was lying on a cold, wet stone floor.
Looking around, Usi discovered she was in some sort of underwater cave. Most of
where the floor would be was water, so it must be an air pocket under the sea.
Apprehensively, Usi wondered how she had gotten here. She wasn't bound anymore…
"Garin?" called Usi, stumbling to her feet.
She spotted him, still unconscious, a few feet away. "Wake up, Garin!" Usi said
insistently, hurrying over and bending over him.
"What…" Garin's eyes fluttered. He rubbed at
them dazedly. "Kisho, is that you? What's going on? Where are we?"
He seemed to wake up a little more when he noticed
"You okay?" asked Usi, relieved.
"Yeah…I don't know where we are, though. I'd
feel a lot better if I had my dagger. That fiend Scarblade must have it. He'll
pay for this," said Garin fiercely. Then he seemed to notice her a bit more.
"You sound strange, Kisho. You look almost like a girl when you're all wet."
Frantically Usi adjusted her bandanna and remembered
to gruff her voice. "What are you talking about? You must be confused. Let's
see if we can find a way out of here," she said nervously. Garin looked at her
curiously. But before he could say anything, there was a noise from the water,
and a head broke the surface.
"Caylis!" exclaimed Garin. "It's you! Did you
"Garin!" Usi stammered. "Who is that?"
"I am Caylis," said the Maraquan Aisha. "Yes,
Garin, I did save you. No need to look so surprised."
"But-" he stopped himself just in time. He was
about to say what an un-Caylis thing to do that was.
Caylis understood what he meant. "I dreamed
of you, and this girl here, in danger. I could not sleep then, so I set out
to find you."
"Uh, thank you!" said Garin, slightly taken
aback. "Wait- Kisho here is a boy, not a girl."
Caylis frowned. "No. That Usul is female. I
dreamed of her dressing up as a boy-" Caylis paused, obviously realizing Usi
did not want this known.
"Is that true, Kisho?" demanded Garin. "You're
a girl? You lied to me? Being a pirate is too far dangerous for a girl!"
"Garin, no, you don't understand," pleaded Usi,
sensing the situation spinning out of control. "My…my name is Usi. I'm sorry
I lied to you. I wanted to be a pirate!"
Garin scowled at her. "Girls can't be pirates.
As soon as we get to land, you are to leave. I don't want you on my ship!"
Suddenly Usi got mad. "Well, why can't a girl
be a pirate?" she shouted, taking a step forward. "I'm just as brave as you
are! You're a stupid, selfish, self-centered Usul who has no right to be called
a pirate! For a captain, you're totally impossible!"
Garin exploded. "You're very lucky I don't have
my blade right now!" he fumed. "You are a traitor and a liar, and I don't welcome
traitors in my crew!"
"Enough!" said Caylis, loudly and angrily. "If
I remember correctly, Garin, in my dream, this girl left the safety of below
the deck to help you. In my opinion, you should be thanking her!"
There was a pause as Caylis and Garin glared
at each other. "Fine. Thank you, Usi, for attempting to help me. But you lied,
and the sea is no place for you. I must stop Scarblade and reclaim the Black
Pawkeet and my crew. Caylis-" he turned toward the Aisha. "You must have been
near the ship. Jacques was cast overboard. Did you see him?"
Caylis shook her head. "I apologize, I did not."
Usi felt the fury leave her as she looked at
Garin's distressed face. "I'm sorry, Garin," said Usi quietly. He didn't look
"I have to return to the surface. Jacques and
the crew may yet be alive. Scarblade's days are numbered! Caylis, where is the
nearest land?" said Garin, without looking up.
"There is a cove near here," she replied. "I
will escort you there. If there is the smallest chance that Jacques made it
to land, that is where he will be."
"Then I want to leave now," said Garin resolutely.
"It is a long way up," Caylis warned. "You may
Grudgingly, Garin reached into his pocket. He
pulled out his magic necklace, which he passed to Usi.
"I can hold my breath longer then you can,"
said Garin in irritation. "That necklace is magical. If you wear it, it will
let you breathe underwater. You wear that, and Caylis can help me"
"All right," replied Usi in surprised bewilderment.
"Thank you!" Slipping the green necklace over her head, she jumped into the
water. Garin followed.
"Take a deep breath," Caylis advised. "Time
Quickly, the three of them dove underwater.
Usi took a nervous breath. The necklace seemed to work fine. Caylis and Garin
were soon in front of her, they being better swimmers. It was a long way up.
Usi swam as fast as possible, keeping right behind Caylis and Garin.
After a minute, Usi put on a burst of speed
and swam up next to Garin. It was clear he was having difficulty continuing.
Having an idea, she slipped the necklace off and placed it on Garin. He opened
his eyes and looked at her in surprise. Usi swam up ahead without giving him
a chance to do anything.
Luckily, they soon reached the surface. Usi
plunged above water and gasped for air. Garin and Caylis surfaced a moment later.
"Well, obviously you don't listen to orders,"
said Garin halfheartedly. "I told you to wear the necklace. But thanks." For
some reason, he took it off and handed it to Usi. "I want you to keep this for
a while. We might need to go underwater to spy on Scarblade, and you're smaller
then me. You'd be better at it."
Looking slightly surprised, Usi tucked the necklace
away. It was late afternoon, and the sun was shining. The clouds of the previous
storm were gone.
"The weather sure changed fast," muttered Usi.
"Good," said Caylis. "We are at land. Come."
She swam forward, and Usi saw that they had come up near a large cove.
Usi and Garin were soon able to scramble up
onto the sandy shore. Caylis stayed in the slightly deeper waters, watching
them. "Goodbye," she said. "Scarblade is dangerous. Watch out for him." Caylis
turned and swam out into the ocean, quickly disappearing into its depths.
"She was, er, helpful," said Usi, breaking the
Garin shrugged. "Believe me, that was cheerful
for Caylis. Maybe now that she can go back to Maraqua if she wants, she won't
be so unhappy."
Garin started off down the beach, Usi running
after him. "Where should we look?" she asked after a moment. Garin sighed.
"I don't know," he admitted. "I don't know what
to do. I wish I could find Jacques."
"Wish granted, old friend!"
Garin spun around. There, having just stepped
out of the trees, was Jacques!
"Garin!" he exclaimed happily. "I never thought
I would see you again. How did you escape from Scarblade?"
"Thanks to Caylis. She rescued me after the
pirates threw us into the ocean. But how did you survive, Jacques? I saw you
fall into the sea," Garin said exuberantly.
"The waves drew me away from the ship, friend.
Isca helped me return to land," he responded. "Is that Kisho behind you? I have
to say, Kisho, I wasn't sure about you at first, but you showed loyalty and
bravery on the ship. You're not a bad fighter, either. I'm glad to see you alive."
"Thank you," replied Usi uneasily, looking at
Garin. She was sure at any moment he would tell Jacques the truth.
After a moment, Garin asked hesitantly, "How
is Isca? It appears for once it was Caylis who had the helpful dream. Has Isca
"Yes," Jacques replied. "She would have been
pleased to see you, though. I wish I could tell her you are fine. She was worried
when I told her about the Black Pawkeet's plight."
"Do you know where the Black Pawkeet is?" asked
"No," said Jacques. "I'm afraid I don't know
where Scarblade is either. What I wouldn't give to repay him!"
"You might be able to," said Usi. "It's logical
for the Revenge to bring the Black Pawkeet to this place, the nearest land.
I say we search the cove."
Garin looked at her sharply. She was sure he
was about to inform Jacques of what she was, but there was a sudden commotion
They whirled around, all three of them reaching
for weapons that weren't there. Apparently a group of pirates had been sneaking
up on them when one of them tripped. Usi recognized the pirates from the Revenge's
"Attack!" the pirates yelled at once. They sprang
upon the three. Jacques, Garin and Usi had no weapons and they were heavily
The pirates overpowered them easily, forcing
them together. An evil-looking Bruce produced a long rope, and proceeded to
tie the three of them together.
"Release us," Garin demanded. The Bruce laughed
nastily. "I don't know how you survived our last attack, little Usul, but I
imagine Captain Scarblade will be very pleased to see you!"
To be continued...