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SzS -- eyes on my back
tropospheres wrote in amuse_box

(Pirate AU Meme.)

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1.  Boarded:  Your ship has been boarded, and as captain you've been captured!  Better hope the other captain gives quarter.  Alternatively, it's a nice warm day for a swim.  That plank was made for walking.

2.  Victory:  You've captured another ship!  You knew those extra cannons would come in handy.  And let's hope they've got lots of swag!  Where's the captain? Are you the decent sort, or are you going to rub their face in it for a bit?

3.  Swab the decks:  You're a cabin boy!  It's a good thing you don't mind doing all the dirty work, right?  Anyway, the captain's calling; better see what they want.

4.  Marooned:  For a bit there you'd thought you were in Davy's Jones' grip, but somehow you've washed ashore with the driftwood.  As you stare dazedly up from the surf, you have questions.  Where are you?  And who's that already on the shore?

5.  Buried Treasure:  Sink me! You've really found the mother lode. . . but you're not the only one.  Who gets to take the treasure back to their ship?  Better make sure it's you.

6.  Rum:  Rum, everywhere. 

7.  Swordfight:  It's that person you can't stand!  And they've taken your most valuable possession, that one of a kind thing you just can't live without!  Better get that trinket back before it and your nemesis are gone over the side forever.  Let's hear some swashes buckling.

8.  Mutiny:  The tack is full of maggots and this drinking water may as well have come from the gutter.  There's one person to blame for this, and you're here to make especially sure that they pay for it.  The captain does always seem to take the best treasure before everybody else.

9.  Kidnapping:  Don't they look rather peaceful, innocent even, sleeping so soundly there with their fancy nightclothes and pillows.  Brings a tear to your eye, it does.  Better take them aboard and send for a ransom.

10.  Take a Gamble:  Gotta spend your loot somehow, but it must have been the rum that had you bettin' everything at once!  You've lost to your hornswagglin' shipmate; what did you lose, and what will they make you do now?

11. Under the Sea:  You are now a Mermaid/Merman!  That sailor over there sure looks appealing; let's see if you can lure them in with your charms.  Don't forget that they can't breathe under water!  You do seem to always forget, don't you. . .


12.  The Doldrums:  Can you say cabin fever?  The sails haven't moved in weeks.  You're about seeing if your mates can relieve this awful boredom.




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meme by. [info]tropospheres  and [info]pandarosi 

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[It's surprising to find someone as young as himself in such a profession, but now isn't the time to marvel over how young people can be on the high seas. He has a duty to fulfill. So he shakes his head quickly as he speaks.]

I won't run. If I die taking you out, then so be it.

Then let's see what you're saying when I have you at swordpoint-- [He swings hard at Matthew's sword, trying to knock it out of his hand.]

[Despite being so shaky, Matthew somehow has a good grip on his sword. There's a loud clang, but Matthew holds, blocking Artemis' sword.]

[Artemis laughs cruelly, apparently unconcerned that this shaking, terrified boy had managed to hold onto his sword. Well, apparently he had enough mettle to hold onto it, at least.]

Good, good--but I have a secret~ [He draws back and goes for an overhead blow.]

[Matthew lets out a very unmanly shriek as he quickly lifts up his sword to block Artemis' blow. For as terrified as he is, he really is well-trained with a sword. He isn't attacking back yet, though: he's focusing on blocking and not dying right now.]

[Artemis waits for the boy to ask what the secret is, but he's disappointed. Instead, he strikes twice more--clang, clang!]

I-- am not right-handed.

[He draws a dagger from his belt and lunges at Matthew again.]

[Well, Matthew wasn't expecting that. He lets out a scream as he's stabbed in his shoulder, and he drops his sword and clutches his shoulder with his other hand.]

You-

[He goes to pick up his sword, but he finds that his won't move. He's pretty much disabled at the moment, and all he can do is look up at Artemis with a mixture of anger, pain, and fear.]

[Artemis steps forward and lays his swordpoint on Matthew's other shoulder.] Your bravery despite the odds is admirable, however I believe I have won this fight. Step aside and tend to your shoulder.

[He doesn't move yet, since he has a sword pointed at him. But he does finally manage to speak again, though his voice sounds a bit shaky.]

What are you going to do to the captain? The rest of the crew?

[Because his life doesn't matter at all, what matters is that his people remain alive. Plus stalling for time gives him more time to heal up, and maybe he can catch Artemis off-guard.]

Well, there's everyone's valuables and the ship, to start. And then there's the human market for those who don't fancy themselves the life of a pirate. [He smirks down at the navy boy, sword tapping the other's shoulder.] Of course, I'm allowed first pick of the plunder, and you do have a very pretty face...

[Now that doesn't sound like a good idea. Not that Matthew is worried about himself, he knows his boss would find him soon enough. But the crew, now that's who he worries about. A life of slavery, prodigious they live, does not sound good.]

You can't do that! Everyone's a human being, not property- owwwww!

[Oops, he got a little too excited there, and he flinches back and hisses in pain.]

Of course I can do that. I'm a pirate. [Fairly self-explanatory, that. He shrugs one shoulder as he steps carefully around his captive and kicks his sword away.] I'll do mostly anything for a profit, thus, pirate. You see the correlation?

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