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Sea Cat yawned as she rolled to slip out of her hammock, then gasped as she fell out completely, having underestimated just how much she had to roll. She let out a grunt as she landed on the wooden floor, then winced as she sat up and rubbed her elbow, which took most of the fall for her.

"Ouch…" she said as she stood and stretched, yawning again. She walked around the corner and over to the stairs, climbing them to the main deck. The sun was up, though the sky was still reddish with the dawn, and as she turned to face the bow she spotted the small silhouette of an island.

Krawk Island with no doubt!

Sea Cat grinned and walked to the side, leaning over and peering out towards the island, her elbows holding her up on the railing. She hummed to herself, as she looked out over the waves, unable to believe that she was sailing with one of the most famous pirates in Neopia, and on route to an adventure that may just go down in the history books. She turned slightly to look over her shoulder as she heard someone walking around the deck behind her.

"Morning Talak," she said, smiling at the sleepy looking Wocky, who yawned and looked at her.

"Oh, hey," he said. "I didn't hear you get up, thought I was first."

"Well, we've got a big day ahead of us, so its good you got a little more rest." Sea Cat turned and looked back towards Krawk Island. "I just hope the Governor can tell us what we need to know…"

"So do I." Talak and Sea Cat turned to find Garin climbing down from the rigging to stand on the railing, one hand still clinging to the ratlines as he looked out over the water, then looked at them.

"No sign of the Revenge… I think we lost them," he said. Sea Cat sighed in relief.

"Phew!" she said. "Good thing your ship is lighter and faster than the Revenge, Garin!"

"Maybe…" he said.

"Maybe?" Sea Cat asked with a confused blink. Garin looked at her.

"Never underestimate Scarblade. I know him well enough to know he's not gonna give up that easily."

"Oh… right." Sea Cat frowned and looked down at the water. Garin leaned down and put a hand on her shoulder.

"Don't let it bother you," he said. "We're almost there and with luck, Governor McGill will be able to give us some kind of lead."

"Should I wake the others, cap'n?" Talak asked.

"Yeah, go ahead. We'll be ready to dock soon." Garin replied as he climbed down from the railing, then headed over to his cabin. He opened the door and let out a whistle, which caught Sea Cat's curiosity, and she walked over a bit.

"Blackie, here boy!" Garin said, then lifted a bent arm. Sea Cat blinked, then smiled as a small black Pawkeet landed on Garin's arm, shuffling up to his shoulder and nestling into part of the mane around the Usul's neck. She laughed quietly.

"Oh wow, you've actually got a black Pawkeet!" she said. Garin laughed and scratched the Petpet's head.

"Yeah, I couldn't resist the irony. His name's Blackie."

"Well named. You can't even paint Pawkeets black!" Sea Cat smiled and gently reached out a hand to the bird, and it watched her warily, retreating slightly. It caught her even more by surprise when it squawked at her with displeasure and snapped its beak at her. Garin scowled at his pet.

"Oi, be nice!" he said, and flicked its beak lightly, then looked at Sea Cat. "Sorry about him, he doesn't like strangers much. I found him a little while before I met Isca… took me a few weeks of gettin' my fingers bit to get him to let me touch him."

"Oh…" Sea Cat frowned a bit, then smiled. "Well, at least now he's got a friend." Garin smiled and gently stroked Blackie's head, causing the small bird to coo peacefully. Garin let out a laugh.

"I remember the first time I had him aboard!" he said. "Got out of his cage in the middle of the night and bit Jacques on the nose!"

"And if he does it again, he's as good as a feathered pillow!" Jacques hollered as he came up from below, stretching. Sea Cat covered her mouth to stifle her laughter as Blackie's feathers ruffled up all over his body, and Garin laughed openly.

"Glad to see you up, old friend!" Garin said. Jacques yawned as the other crewmembers came up from behind him.

"We ready to dock?" he asked.

Garin nodded. "Aye."

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"Sheesh! The port's all crowded!" Talak grumbled as he dodged another person to try and keep up with Garin, Jacques, Sea Cat and the others that had come with them. Jacques grunted and rubbed his side as he bumped into a Pirate Kiko, to whom he gave a scowl.

"Aye, they must be here to restock," he said, then looked at Garin. "The Governor's Mansion is just ahead, it'll be easier to move faster once we get clear of this crowd."

"Which is starting to clear, thank Fyora!" Garin replied, finally breaking free of the thick crowd. "Whew! About time!"

"Now lets get to the mansion! I sure hope the Governor isn't busy!" Sea Cat said, looking at the medallion, which she clutched in her fingers.

Arriving at the mansion was easy enough, now all they had to do was wait for someone to answer their knocking at the front door. Garin tapped his fingers against his arms, which were crossed. He sighed in aggravation.

"He'd better answer soon!" he grumbled. Jacques scratched his head.

"Maybe we should just go in?" he asked. Garin looked at him, then reached forward and turned the handle of the door.

It was unlocked.

Garin blinked and pushed the door open, then stuck his head inside the extravagant room. He looked around in awe, then stepped inside, followed by his friends, who also looked around. Talak let out a whistle, and Jacques examined one of the paintings on the wall, while Sea Cat fingered the medallion and walked over to a fountain with a Water Faerie statue. She smiled at it and leaned a bit to get a better look.

"Beautiful!" she said quietly.

"Isn't it though?" asked a voice. Sea Cat's head snapped up to a green Krawk with grey hair and wearing a red coat standing on one of the stairway landings. She sighed in relief and put a hand on her chest.

"Governor McGill!" she said. The Krawk smiled in a friendly manner and made his way down the stairs.

"And to what do I owe the pleasure of having the company of the famous Captain Garin and his friends?" McGill asked. Garin held out a hand and shook hands with him.

"Sorry for coming in without invitation, but no one answered and the door was unlocked," he said. "But as for why we're here… well… Sea Cat?"

Sea Cat nodded to Garin and held the medallion out to McGill, who took his casually and started to look it over. He stared at it for a moment, turned it over, then turned it back right side up and his eyes widened. He looked up at Sea Cat and Garin.

"Where did you find this?!" he asked in shock. Garin gestured to Sea Cat.

"We found her and the medallion back on Mystery Island. We think it may have belonged to the Dread Pirate Sherman."

"Well don't THINK friend, because it DID!" Governor McGill turned the medallion in his hands again.

"Is there anything you can tell us about it?" Sea Cat asked. "We think it may lead to the Secret…"

"Aye, and Captain Scarblade is after it too," Garin said. "So anything you can tell us as quickly as possible would be real helpful!"

Governor McGill rubbed his chin thoughtfully, then handed the medallion back to Sea Cat. He walked over to a door and opened it, revealing a small library, then looked at Garin and the others.

"In here, I'll tell you everything I can that may help," he said, then stepped inside. Garin nodded and followed with the others as Sea Cat looped the medallion around her neck and also followed, but she stopped as she looked across the hall, and spied a small Pirate Warf lying on a small sofa in another room.

Sea Cat smiled and walked over to the little Warf, lounging on the fluffy looking pillow of the sofa. It blinked its eyes open and wagged its little tail at her, recognizing a guest and welcoming her in his own way. Sea Cat giggled.

"Hey there, little fella," she said, reaching her hand down and gently scratching his ear. The Warf's eyes closed and he leaned into the scratching, his tongue hanging out in a please panting, and when Sea Cat pulled her arm away, he took his tiny paws and dragged her hand back to his ears, making her laugh.

"Oh, you like that, eh?" she asked, kneeling down to scratch better, chuckling at the little Petpet's reaction. He panted and his little foot kicked in time with her scratching, but all of a sudden, he pulled away and growled, the hair on the back of his neck standing up on end. Sea Cat gave a start, beginning to wonder if she had done something wrong… but then she realized he wasn't looking at HER.

Sea Cat spun around, but a strong hand that slapped over her mouth like a strong clamp, cut off any cry for help she could have made.

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"So there's nothing more you can tell us about the Dread Pirate Sherman?" Garin asked. Governor McGill shook his head.

"Sorry friends, but all I know was what I learned after the Island disappeared," he said. "I don't know much about the Secret, either… other than just stories."

"I see… well, thanks all the same, I suppose." Garin said with hidden disappointment in his voice. Governor McGill nodded to him, and then Garin's ears pricked up at the sound of a high pitched, yet muffled yipping. Garin looked around.

"Oi, you have a petpet?" he asked.

"Ah, yes, Clarkie," the Governor replied. "I thought he was sleeping, he must be hungry… though I swear I fed him…" Governor McGill stood and walked to the door, and Garin stood as well, his brow furrowing and his ears twitching.

"That doesn't sound like a hungry bark…" he said, then looked around in concern. "Where's Sea Cat?"

There was a long, silent pause as everyone looked around them for her, but upon hearing no answer, and not seeing her, concern quickly spread amongst those gathered in the room.

"She was here a minute ago!" Jacques said, springing up from his seat. Garin bit his lip, then pushed past McGill and out the door, with the others quickly in pursuit, following the barking, which was coming from behind the door across the hall, in a small study. Garin grabbed the handle, but it stopped short, having been locked from the inside. Garin cursed under his breath and reached for his dagger, but jumped when McGill raised his foot and sent the door swinging open with a loud 'CRACK' and a 'BANG'! Garin blinked as the Governor ran into the room and looked around.

The room was something of a mess. There had definitely been a struggle, but someone had been quiet enough to leave without them noticing if it hadn't been for Clarkie the Warf's barking. He now jumped, scratched, growled and yipped at the curtains that had been thrown shut. Garin ran over and threw them back open, finding the window wide open, and footprints in the sand, leading away from the mansion in a big hurry. Garin gaped openly and then he sighed in defeat and anger.

"Scarblade…" he growled under his breath, then turned and ran out the door. "C'mon mates we gotta go after them!!"

His crew quickly followed, bolting out of the room and then the mansion like cannon balls out of a cannon. Governor McGill picked Clarkie up and gently stroked the PetPet's back as he looked out the window, watching the crew run after the footprints as fast as their legs could go.

"Wish 'em luck, Clarkie," he said. "I think they're gonna need it."

To be continued…
Hm... Well this puts a damper on things, doesn't it?

BTW, what do you all think of Sea Cat so far?

Garin, Jacques and co. Neopets
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shadowclaw123456789 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i burst out laughing when Jacques said "And if he does it again, he's as good as a feathered pillow!" hahahaha nice one
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6SeaCat9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol, yeah. In my stories Jacques doesn't like Blackie much. And for that matter the only one Blackie likes it Garin.
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shadowclaw123456789 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i can see its funny to see the conflict between the 2
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6SeaCat9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
XD lol, Blackie is also unhelpful. In this one scene I have where Garin is hanging by his arm after jumping to get away from something that was collapsing, Blackie is sitting on his head, and Garin says, "Fine help you are. At responding to signals, yes. But at getting down, not a bit!"

And Blackie responds to this with a look of "Bitch please".
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shadowclaw123456789 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahahahahaha funny little pawkeet he is
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6SeaCat9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, yes he is.

I give him a sad story though. Garin found him locked in a cage in the kind of home an animal hoarder would live in, never been handled once.
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shadowclaw123456789 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww thats sad
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6SeaCat9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. Garin managed to get him to come out with crackers and peapods. But that's why Blackie is only friendly to Garin, because he took care of him.
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