Hannah and the Pirate Boy: Curse of the Medallion - Part Six
"Ah, Garin!" came Scarblade's voice. Garin opened his eyes
and found that his eyes were crossed. His head was pounding intensely and giving
him great pain. Garin blinked and straightened his vision.
Two pirates, one on each side, were holding him
in a standing position. He saw Scarblade and Galem standing before him. His
eyes also rested on Hannah, struggling to get away from the massive Cybunny.
"Have a nice nap, did we?" he mocked.
"Hardly." Garin smiled. "I could go for a couple
Scarblade snarled. "Listen, don't back talk to
me!" He grabbed a fistful of Garin's shirt and pulled him close. "I know about
your attempts to protect the girl, and let me tell you, that won't go ignored.
You will be punished for that."
"I don't care what you do to me, Scarblade!"
Garin spat. "I'm leaving your stinking crew!"
"You'll regret it. Unfortunately, I need to keep
you around as bait." He smiled.
Garin twisted his face in confusion. "Bait...
"Oh, please, you've figured out everything else.
Don't tell me that you don't know what we're planning next." Garin remained
silent. Scarblade shook his head. "The storm affects everyone... except-"
"Except Maraqua!" Garin blurted, figuring it
"You're right, and we don't want that sea-Aisha
ruining it for us, so you will lure her to us." Scarblade grinned at his cunning.
"Isca," Garin whispered. "She won't fall for
"Meaning you'll warn her?" Scarblade laughed.
"Fortunately, it won't matter. Once she sees that her little friend is in danger,
she'll come running."
Scarblade turned around and faced Galem. "Have
all of your men drunk the potions?"
"Yes, they're all ready," Galem replied.
"Good." Scarblade smiled. "Take her down!" he
Immediately, the Revenge started to creak and
groan as it slowly started to point downward. Garin knew he had to act quickly.
He jerked away from the pirates and dove towards the giant Cybunny, slashing
at him with his dagger.
The pirate growled and held his wound, letting
go of Hannah. Garin wrapped his arm around Hannah's waist and hurried her to
the side. "Put this on just in case we can't get away." Garin dug in his pocket
and produced a seaweed necklace. Hannah did as she was told and slipped it over
"Stop them, you fools!" Galem shouted to his
"Jump!" Garin hollered. He and Hannah started
to leap from the deck. But a piece of Hannah's skirt caught on the railing.
A Moehog grabbed her quickly and forced her back onto the deck.
Garin felt a giant wave of pain go through his
head as a Gelert grabbed his ears and hoisted him aboard. He yelled and flailed,
but then he felt something hard hit his head. The blow knocked him on the verge
of unconsciousness. The Gelert put his foot on Garin's back and pinned him to
Scarblade marched over and grabbed Hannah. He
held his arm tightly around her neck. "You won't be escaping."
"Let go of me!" Hannah screamed. She sank her
teeth into Scarblade's arm. He yowled, but he didn't loosen his hold. In one
fluid motion, Scarblade flipped his small dagger out and held it to her throat.
"Don't struggle," he grumbled. Hannah stopped
moving and swallowed the lump in her throat. "Unfurl the sails!" he ordered.
His crew started up the shrouds.
Water accumulated quickly on the deck, lapping
at their waist. Garin pushed himself free and stood up, gulping up air. Within
moments, the entire ship was underwater.
Hannah held her breath and shut her eyes. She
hadn't gotten a proper breath of air before they had submerged, and now her
lungs were ready to burst. She couldn't take it. By instinct, she tried to breath...
and she could!
"What?" she asked herself. "How is this possible?
Could it be the necklace?" Hannah looked down at the green wreath around her
neck. "But then... how is Garin breathing?" She jerked her head over to look
Garin was slowly sinking to his hands and knees,
one hand at his throat. He had run out of air, but he knew that he couldn't
breath in. Black spots started to dance before his eyes.
"No!" Hannah wriggled, but she could feel the
blade against her throat. "He won't last much longer!"
"Not my problem," Scarblade shrugged.
Garin stopped moving and slumped to the deck.
He blew out the remaining air from his lungs, knowing it was no use anymore.
Suddenly, from the distance, everyone heard a
shout. "Attack!" All of the pirates, the thieves, and Hannah turned their heads
to look. Neopets were swimming at them, fully armed and ready. A Kyrii and a
sea-Aisha was at the head of the attackers.
"The Maraquans!" a pirate shouted.
"Get them, men!" Scarblade shouted. "Show them
no mercy!" The pirate crew and the thieves lifted off the deck and swam toward
the approaching army. Scarblade zeroed in on one individual. "Kelpbeard." He
narrowed his eyes. "No doubt that sea-Aisha predicted this to him. Drat it all!"
Hannah heard a small shout come from the mess
of Neopets. "Garin!" She strained to look and saw the Kyrii swimming out of
"I can't have you getting away," Scarblade said
to Hannah. He opened up the large door to his quarters and shoved her in it.
He then turned and stared and Garin's unmoving form. Then he grabbed him roughly
and threw him in with Hannah, locking the door. "You're mine, Kelpbeard!" The
green Lupe shoved off the deck and swam for the battle.
Hannah swam over to Garin and propped him up.
"Garin, wake up!" she shook him. "Please," she begged. Then an idea came to
her head. She held her breath and took the seaweed necklace off and slipped
it over Garin's head.
Come on, come on, she thought. Breathe,
Garin. You have to. His eyes remained closed and his body stayed still.
In the next moment, the large window was shattered
as a huge object broke through. Hannah screamed and shielded herself. She was
running out of air, so she took the necklace off Garin just long enough for
her to get a gulp of oxygen.
Her eyes widened when she saw a Kyrii and a sea-Aisha
swim towards her. "What's wrong with him?" Garin's old friend looked worriedly
Hannah put the necklace over her head. "He's
not breathing. The necklace won't work on him. I think he's unconscious. Please
help him!" Hannah begged.
"Isca, will the potion work?" Jacques asked.
"I hope so." Isca swam beside Hannah and Garin.
She pulled Garin close and supported his head. Then she put a vial to his lips
and tipped it up. A liquid poured out of the corners of his mouth.. She tossed
the potion away and closed Garin's mouth.
The three Neopets watched him hopefully. "Do
you think he'll be okay?" Hannah asked.
Isca shrugged and stared at Garin with sad eyes.
But suddenly, they all saw Garin swallow. His
mouth opened and bubbles came out, but he sucked in a breath. After a few moments,
Garin's eyes opened slowly. His crystal blue eyes stared up at everyone. Isca
sighed, close to tears, and hugged him. Hannah and Jacques joined in. Garin
was quite puzzled.
"I'm alright," he said quietly, coughing. "Isca."
He smiled and looked and the sea-Aisha happily. Then his eyes fell on Jacques.
"J... Jacques!?" he gasped. "You're alive!" He could've cried.
"All of us are, Garin," Jacques saluted. "And
the Black Pawkeet is still afloat. She took on some damage, though, but it's
nothing we can't fix.
"I don't believe it! I thought everyone was a
"They still might be," Jacques said solemnly.
"They're all fighting right now."
"We've got to help!" Garin jumped up, grabbing
his Maractite dagger.
"Wait, are you sure you're alright?" Hannah asked,
"I'm fine now. The potion won't wear off for
a while," Garin replied and swam out the broken window. The other three followed.
"Stubborn kid," Hannah said quietly.
"You have no idea." Isca rolled her eyes.
The battle raged on and on. The Maraquans and
Garin's crew were suffering greatly. The pirates and thieves together were almost
too powerful for them to handle. Scarblade and Kelpbeard were locked in combat.
"So what now, old king?" Scarblade taunted. "Your
people and those pathetic pirates are no match for our superior strength."
Kelpbeard fumed with anger. "Strength and numbers
to not win a battle, Scarblade," the king growled.
"You believe what you want." Scarblade then saw
the movement of Garin and Jacques coming to join the fighting. Close behind
them were Isca and Hannah. Scarblade smiled crookedly.
Kelpbeard charged for the green pirate Lupe,
but Scarblade parried. "Sorry, you fat lug. I've got some other business to
take care of."
Without another word, Scarblade shot off straight
towards Hannah. She and Isca barely had time to react. He grabbed Hannah's wrist
tightly and knocked Isca away. Then he swam above everyone.
Hannah screamed. Scarblade laughed maniacally.
"Now I have both parts!" he screamed. He reached into his coat and pulled out
a shining, red medallion.
Garin swiveled and felt a fierce anger burning
within him. "Scarblade, let her go!" he roared and brandished his dagger.
"It's too late!" he cackled.
Scarblade reached for Hannah's arm and drew her
"No, stop!" she cried, desperately trying to
escape his grip. He smiled, his eyes flashing. In one quick motion, he had pressed
the medallion to her scar.
A sharp, burning pain seared through her arm
and ran through her entire body. Hannah screamed and flailed, but she could
feel her energy being drained. Her body started to go limp.
A red light showered through the ocean. Instantly,
small whirlpools started to form everywhere. A fast current began to flow in
all different directions, blowing Garin's crew and the Maraquans everywhere.
The pirates and Galem's thieves stayed in one spot, as if protected by a barrier.
"Now... all of Neopia... is MINE!!" Scarblade
shrieked menacingly. He gripped the medallion tightly and let Hannah's limp
form be sucked away by one of the whirlpools.
To be continued...