Myka whooped without thinking when Alexander
picked the lock on his cage door with a splinter of wood and the door clicked open. She clamped a hand over her mouth, excitement and triumph bubbling up from her stomach. Or maybe that was hunger, she wasn't quite sure.
Cassie gripped the bars of her cage and stared at the Librarian. “I have no idea what you just said actually means, but holy crap. Alexander! You can get us out of here...at least so long as that thing works on our cages, too.”
“And maybe some of the trunks or crates in the hold?” Myka asked. “If we can search through them there might be some stuff we can use.”
Cassie and Myka watched Alexander hide the splinter of wood away safely in his robes. They assumed the jolt hadn't been too much for the large-headed man since he was looking particularly chipper and alert. Even Ryland
was sitting close to the bars watching and listening. Myka smiled at the pale-skinned teenage encouragingly.
“Maybe all the pirates will get drunk and fall overboard or something,” Myka suggested hopefully.
Cassie snorted, partially in laughter and partially in disagreement. “I doubt it,” she said, “but keep those positive thoughts coming, Myka. You never know what might happen out here. Although I have a feeling those cretins know how to hold their liquor.”
The kidnapped friends stopped talking suddenly when the dirty, ragged boy from yesterday returned with more trays of mystery food and canteens of water. A slaver they'd not seen yet followed and ordered them to eat. Figuring to keep up their strength, the four did as instructed but then were surprised to find themselves shackled and being hauled up on deck again. The morning air and sun was a relief. The small crew of pirates moved about the ship doing double and triple duty to keep her moving.
“Time t'earn your keep, slaves!” the Captain
himself yelled from the quarterdeck, glaring down at his prisoners.
shackles were lengthened as old plastic bristled push brooms were shoved into their hands. They were pushed toward buckets of sea water and sand laying next to large hand brushes. Cassie
were shoved toward a pile of sails with rips and tears.
“You all work hard now and don't give my men any reason to hurt you.” Seth laughed at that amusing thought. “Don't want to end up like that freak of a giant did,” he added with a look of disgust.
He glanced lazily at Demon
who'd been patched up by the doctor from their injuries from the giant's chains as well as his own beating of the men. Although Seth had
held back somewhat, figuring the men had actually done him a favor, he'd still needed to make an example of their idiocy. The Captain had decided a giant was too much trouble to keep, much less attempt to transport and sell. He'd been going to kill the beastly thing anyway.
!?” Myka began scanning the deck where she'd seen her friend yesterday. When she didn't see him she looked frantically at Cassie, who just shook her head in warning. But Myka couldn't help herself.
“Where's our friend?” she shouted angrily. “What did you do to him?"
Captain Seth frowned at the insubordination, his eyes narrowing. He nodded to Demon who had brought the horned mutant girl with the strange colored skin from the beach and up onto the deck.
Demon grinned without humor, his eyes growing wide. He backhanded the horned girl and sent her flying across the deck. She only stopped when she slammed into the bulwark, which prevented her from tumbling into the churning water.
“NO!” yelled Cassie. “Leave her alone, you bastard!”
The Captain slowly descended the few steps from the upper deck to the main deck, his boots echoing off the wood. “That thing
...the giant couldn't be controlled. He was useless to me. He was thrown overboard last night.” The Captain shrugged. “I'd guess he's dead by now.”
From where she lay on the deck Myka struggled to sit up. “Nooooooooooooooo!” she wailed as too many emotions overwhelmed her at once...from the past and the present. It was as if the floodgates of everything she'd ever endured and suffered through and kept to herself were wrenched out. “NO NO NO!” she cried at the loss of Amet.
“Shut that thing up!” the Captain hissed.
Demon swept Myka up in his massive arms and she found herself hanging over the side of the ship. Her struggles and screams were combined with Cassie's horrified shouts. Myka grew hysterical with fear at being dropped into the churning water. Cassie's head was yanked back by Hawk as he held a knife to her throat.
“Both of ya' shut the hell up!” the Captain bellowed, his voice carrying over the sound of the ocean and creak of the sails. “I'll kill ya' both right now!”
Myka didn't want to die in the ocean. She wanted to see Nemo
to see Nemo again and have him hold her. Through her terror she forced herself to stop screaming and struggling, despite the fact that she was face down toward the churning waters. But she couldn't stop herself from shaking.
Hawk forced Cassie to her knees with the knife still at her throat and her head wrenched back as he stood behind her, showing her he
was in control.
Once Myka was hauled back up and dumped onto the deck, the Captain walked around her. He toed her in the ribs with one boot. Myka did or said nothing despite the bruising from yesterday's punch in her stomach.She merely hung her head down...her red hair hanging over her face. Seth laughed.
“Take the mutant to my cabin, Demon,” he ordered. “Chain the thing up good. I think I want to have some fun.”
Myka was dragged away while Cassie didn't dare struggle. But she swore to herself that she was going to kill herself some pirates...and get back to Rex
. She didn't see what happened to Alexander or Ryland on deck as Hawk practically pulled her by the hair back down into the hold.
Captain Seth unmistakably motioned to the two remaining slaves to get to work...or else.
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 25 January 2016 - 08:39 PM.