Episode 4: Tartaruga, Part TwoThe town of Tartaruga was small, as Matilda had mentioned. The open markets were condensed in one area, the shops in another, inns, taverns and punch houses in another. The houses were all mixed in among the various districts, as well as farther outside of the village, lining the beach and forest edge. Victor and Betsy’s new home would be one such house, facing a small stretch of sandy beach on one side, and a grassy patch of forest on the other. Betsy was already making plans to put a garden there when Garin the others left them to settle in, before continuing with Matilda to see the very thing that was part of their reason for being there.She led them to the far side of town, the farthest inland they could go, to the base of the island’s small, only mountain. It was little more than a large rock formation really, with various outcroppings and cliffs that you could only reach if you knew where to find a trail to them, or planned on climbing up near the sheer face. At the
Episode 3: Tartaruga, Part OneIt wasn’t until later that evening that Garin returned to the Black Pawkeet, with Victor and his family in tow. Vivian had taken some convincing, only agreeing when Victor and Betsy promised to visit for family gatherings… once things had settled down of course. The crew was excited to see how big Victor’s little ones had gotten, since they hadn’t seen them since they were practically newborns, but they didn’t have all that much time to ogle, as the ship needed refitting and stocked before they set sail in the morning.“I’ll get Betsy and the little ones set up below and then be up to help, alright cap’n?”“Take your time, Victor, we’ve got until morning after all.” Garin said, turning to his cabin as the crew bustled around.“Oh, Garin.” Jacques said, leaning over the railing of the helm to look at him. “Sea Cat’s said she had somethin’ she wanted you to sign, but had to get back to h
Episode 2: A Bunch o' KrawksThe old shipmate that Garin had in mind was probably the only one of them that would ever put that infamous gold band on the third finger of the left hand. Not that any of them disliked the idea of having families, per say, it was just the idea of being tied down into one place for the rest of their lives, though that came from their constant adventuring around Neopia.In his own way, Victor was no exception. The Krawk loved adventure and thrill, and could take whatever the world had to throw at him… except, of course, for a pair of aquamarine eyes belong to a certain Ixi. His one weakness, and yet in many ways, what kept him going; his wife Betsy.The way the two met, fell and love, and married was like something out of those romance books that he never bothered reading. Victor had once been part of another pirate crew, Betsy their captive that he managed to free before any harm could be done to her. Some years later, the two met again and fell in love, though by this time Victo
Episode 1: The Vote“All hands amid-ships! Avast! Avast! Give ‘em a broadside!” came the various, shrill screeches from the small, black Pawkeet that shuffled along the floor beneath the lines of hammocks and bunks, earning groans and muttering swears as the crew awoke.“Devil bird…” Jacques groaned as he rolled in his hammock, trying to find enough of the edge to climb out. His ears twitched as a louder screech and a thud rang out, as one of the crew had thrown a boot at Blackie, though missed deliberately in the hopes of just shutting him up. “Oi, belay that! If the captain wants us up, then we’d best get up!”“Hands to bases! On deck, swab fore n’ aft!” Blackie went on squawking as he made his way to the door, then flew up to Garin’s shoulder.“Thanks for rousting the crew, lad,” the Usul said, scratching the Pawkeet’s little head and turning to the crew as they dragged themselves out of their hammocks.
Prologue“I wonder what that damned cat has to talk about this late at night that’s so important?” Garin mumbled to himself, placing a hand over his mouth to cover a yawn as he walked across the docks, away from the lights of public houses and shops, towards the warehouses that touched the sands of the beach beneath the wharf. There, the moonlight and lights of the port mixed on the sand and on the walls of the last warehouse that stood along the docks, the spot where Sea Cat had requested he meet her.Which was a bit out of the blue. He hadn’t seen her in months. He assumed, being an agent, that she was on a mission as per usual when she disappeared like she did… all the same, she usually would just show up and join with them again for some time before having to leave on duty, or whatever she referred to it as. She had never asked him to meet her in this kind of fashion, and the thought of it possibly being a trap had crossed his mind, a risk it would have to take
RPS: Follow my Soul...“Master, I’m tired…” Yuki whined quietly as she followed behind her Summoner, a Lyn sporting pink hair, ears, and tail, with a sleeveless blue dress coat over her two-piece dress.“You’re always tired, Yuki.” Sakura said with a giggle.“But we’ve been walking for miles and miles!” Yuki mewed in protest. “And we haven’t had a bite to eat since this morning!”Sakura sighed, but kept on smiling. “Well, you are right, we have walked quite a ways… maybe we should stop and have some lunch.”Yuki sighed in relief, but then Sakura continued speaking. “Although what we have left of our provisions would only do for little more than a snack… and I was hoping to be at the next village before their fish market closed for the day…”“Fish?” Yuki’s ears perked up and she almost purred aloud. “There will be fish?”“Oh, of course.” Sakura said,
RPS: Nine Lives and Counting...“Bottoms up lads, it will be one of the few times you’ll be able to drink this much without paying!” Hannah said, setting the tray full of mugs down in the center of the table.“Thanks Hannah!” Jacques said, snatching one of the mugs up before another of the crew could. She smiled and nodded to them before moving back to the bar to return the tray and fetch a few more mugs for the rest of the crew.Usually the Golden Dubloon was packed with patrons, and if it wasn’t, her boss was always lurking around somewhere, but tonight Hannah had been the only one left to tend to it, so it was a rare opportunity for Garin to talk his way into letting them use it for a celebration that night. He had a way of doing that with her…Hannah blushed and shook her head a little, filling up the new tray and taking it to the table whilst singing a small tune to herself.“I’m somewhat ill and bothered,That is really quite alarming,I have two lads pur