Hannah and the Pirate Boy: Curse of the Medallion - Part Four
"You imbecile!" Scarblade yelled in rage. Garin flinched,
holding the sore side of his face. "I told you to rob someone and then kill them.
Again, you come back to me empty-handed and one more Neopet walks free."
"But she was different!" Garin shouted back.
"This one fought back."
"A girl, that makes you even more inferior. I
am disappointed in you, Garin. I expected you to give it your all." Scarblade
drew his sword and rested it on Garin's shoulder, next to his neck. "I'll give
you one more chance."
Garin snarled. But before anything else happened,
Scarblade smiled smugly. "Oh, there is someone here who has just formed an alliance
with us. He is working as my partner. You will show him the same respect you
Out of the shadows, a menacing Grarrl stepped
forward. He was dressed in a thief's garb. A scar ran across one of his eyes.
Garin's eyes widened. "Garin, meet Galem." Scarblade
"So this is that pirate scum that you told me
about. He's kind of scrawny, isn't he?" Galem looked over at Scarblade.
"Scrawny, yes, but you shouldn't underestimate
him." Scarblade circled Garin. "He foiled my plans once, and you've got to be
awfully cunning to do that. Of course, he did have the help of that fat Maraquan
king and the rest of Maraqua to fight with him. But still, he's strong by himself."
"Why doesn't he prove it? In a fight against
me?" Galem snarled with a toothy grin.
Garin growled. "I don't need to prove anything
to you, dirt bag!"
Galem cackled. "The kid's got guts. Unfortunately,"
he leaned close to Garin's face, "he needs to learn when to remain silent."
Garin glared back.
Suddenly, a sharp rapping sound came from the
hard door. "What do you want?" Scarblade roared. A timid Mynci peered in.
"I have urgent news for master Galem," he said
in his raspy voice that was hard to understand.
"Well, come in, and give it to me!" Galem ordered.
The Mynci growled at Garin and then scampered
onto Galem's shoulder, whispering in his ear. From the look on his face, Garin
couldn't tell if the Grarrl was upset or happy. Then the nasty Mynci fled the
"Scarblade, I need to speak with you alone,"
Galem said, giving Garin a dirty look.
"Kette!" the green Lupe shouted. The blue Zafara
appeared in the doorway. "Take the boy back to the brig."
"Aye, aye, Cap'n," she said evilly, grabbed Garin's
shoulder, and wretched him out the door.
"What is it, Galem?" Scarblade asked when Garin
"That mangy girl that defeated me is here. Hannah."
Galem pounded his fist into his hand.
"I heard about that." Scarblade crossed his arms.
"I never understood how a little Usul could beat someone like you, but I found
out when Garin showed up."
"Yes, well, both of us know that this is the
opportunity that we were waiting for. She has what we need, and she came right
to us." Galem grinned.
"How are we going to get her, though? Most likely,
she's not going to be out and about."
"We'll need bait of some kind..." Galem thought
for a moment.
Scarblade brightened. "We need a pirate. One
that she has seen before. What would she do in that case?"
"She'd probably capture it," Galem replied.
"Tonek!" Scarblade bellowed. The red Kougra ran
through the door, a jumbled mess.
"Yes, Cap'n?" he asked.
"Take that tracking potion and force Garin to
drink it. Then bring him here," Scarblade said.
"Aye... Cap'n," Tonek said slowly and then disappeared.
Galem smiled. "Scarblade, you dog! I never would
have thought of that."
Scarblade shrugged. "I don't care what happens
to him. He's the perfect bait. When we think that she's got him in captivity,
then we'll activate the potion to provide a beacon for us. And we'll get them
The door of the cabin was opened and Garin was
shoved in. He was coughing and had a liquid stain on his vest.
"Ah, Garin. I see you've gotten to try one of
our potions," Scarblade laughed. He was replied with a glare. "Tasty, aren't
they? Well, I've some good news for you. Your test is passed, and I have an
order for you. I need you to capture that girl that defeated you for me."
"Why?" Garin narrowed his eyes, wiping his mouth
with his sleeve. Scarblade sneered.
Hannah pushed her way into a small inn. She sat herself
at an isolated table and folded her hands in her lap. She was only thinking
about the Usul boy that she had seen. He was so young. It pained her to see
that he had turned to piracy, but he was a pirate nonetheless.
"Excuse me, honey. Do you want something?" asked
a green Yurble. She was standing next to Hannah's table and looking at her with
an unfriendly expression.
"Oh, uh, I'll just have water," Hannah said quietly.
"Either you order something or you get out. There
will be no loitering in this inn," she snapped.
"Alright," Hannah said nervously. She picked
up the dirty slab of paper and looked at the choices. Eventually, she ordered
a small soup. The Yurble disappeared. Hannah sighed.
"Oh, Hannah, what have you gotten yourself into?"
She rubbed her forehead. "This is just great. I should find Anji and get out
of here." Hannah looked over and saw a scary looking Tuskaninny staring at her.
She looked away and swallowed.
"If that storm outside weren't so fierce we probably
could leave. Man, I wish Armin would've come along. I could use some company
in this lonely place."
Just then, the green Yurble appeared and set
Hannah's soup before her. A raunchy smell reached Hannah's nose. She nodded
a silent thanks. The Yurble gave her a hard look and left.
Hannah lifted the spoon and drew a portion up
to her nose, giving it a hesitant sniff. She scrunched her nose and finally
tasted it, but she spat it out immediately. Hannah pushed the bowl forward and
took a gulp of her water.
From behind her, the door of the inn opened and
closed quickly. She guessed that someone had come in, but she didn't dare turn
around. She saw the green Yurble scurry past to assist the new customer.
A strange feeling crept up Hannah's spine. She
shivered. "I should find another place. Actually, I think I'll go find Anji."
She stood up silently and was about to head for the door when she heard a grumpy
Hannah spun around and saw the green Yurble.
"Oh, yeah, thanks for the soup. It was, uh, good."
"That'll be three dubloons," she said crankily.
Hannah froze. "D... dubloons?" She reached in
her pocket and felt her spare Neopoints. "Y... you don't take Neopoints...?"
The Yurble narrowed her eyes. "Three dubloons!"
"Well, I... you see," Hannah stuttered. "I only
have Neopoints right now, and..."
"Are you saying you can't pay for it?" The Yurble
was getting angrier. "Do you know what happens when someone doesn't pay?" She
took a step forward.
Hannah's eyes widened, but suddenly, she felt
someone stand next to her. "Take your three dubloons!" The money was chucked
to the floor. Hannah looked at the Neopet and gasped. It was the very Usul that
had threatened her earlier. The Yurble didn't look too happy, but she was satisfied
and bent to pick up her payment.
The boy turned his head to Hannah and stared
her in the eyes. Then he turned and walked out of the inn. Hannah frowned and
followed him out.
"What did you do that for?" she demanded.
He stopped walking and turned around with a small
smile. "You needed help," he shrugged. "Why else would I do that?"
"Yes, but earlier, you tried to rob me," Hannah
said with a glower.
"Let me see..." Garin rubbed his chin. "Uh...
I'm a pirate," he said matter-of-factly. "That's what I do."
"Then why did you do that?"
"I already answered that. But right now, I need
to get you out of here," Garin said quietly. "You're in danger."
"From you?" Hannah put her hands on her hips.
"No... I can't tell you. You'll just have to
Hannah laughed. "Ha! That's a good one. Trust
a pirate. For your information, I capture pirates. In fact, every pirate that
hides in the pirate caves fears me."
"Yeah? Well, I'm not one of them. Please, follow
me." Garin turned and started to walk away.
Hannah wasn't about to let a pirate walk away
from her. This was an opportunity for her. She followed close behind him, planning
in her mind. Her eyes fell on his Maractite dagger hanging at his side. Her
hand passed over the rope that was at her own waist.
"How do you know we can trust him?" Galem leaned
against Scarblade's dark desk, folding his arms.
"We don't. But I don't think it will matter."
Scarblade twisted a side of his moustache.
Galem nodded. "You're correct. When Hannah sees
him, she won't be able to resist trying to capture him. And then it will be
easy for us to get them both."
"Aye." Scarblade bared his teeth. "But don't
think it'll be as easy as you make it sound. That young captain has ways of
"Hmm, you're right. And with both of them combined...
You don't think we made a mistake, do you?"
"No." Scarblade shook his head. "I'm sure the
plan will proceed as we intended." He pressed his fingertips together. "And
if Garin tries something... he'll wish he hadn't." Scarblade's eyes glinted.
"Is your crew ready to move in?" Galem asked.
"Are your thieves?" Scarblade asked back.
"Yes," Galem replied. "They are itching to attack."
"Aye to your question, also." Scarblade then
held up a small, shining object. It was a crimson medallion. "Who would've thought
that this little trinket could do so much damage."
"I told you it was worth it. The storms in Neopia
are the worst we've ever seen."
"That's what I like to hear." Scarblade rubbed
the medallion. "And when we get the final peace, provided by that Usul girl,
the curse will be complete and all of Neopia will be mine. Pardon me... ours,"
Scarblade corrected himself with a growl.
"I'm looking forward to the day when Neopia will
cringe in fear of our power." Galem curled his hand into a fist.
"All in good time, my good friend," Scarblade
rasped. "All in good time."
To be continued...