The Whore, the Knights & the Librarian

Marie Haine is thirteen summers and the youngest daugther of the Duke and Duchess of Pretonia. She is newly betrothed to the King of The Moonlight Isles and will be his 9th wife. Rumours are that King Francis XVIII has killed and devoured Marie's predecessors but her parents insist that she must go through with the marriage. They have gone so far as to lock her in her room - guarded day and night - because the last time they tried to wed off a daugther, she fled and vanished. Now Marie's three brothers Nikolaii, Cesare and Peter travel to her missing sister - who is now Captain of one of the most infamous pirate ship in The Five Seas - to get her help and free Marie from her nearly sealed destiny. NB! I am writing this for ma'self, and there currently isn't anyone else who reads this so as the lazy person I am I haven't editted any of it. Should there at some point be someone out there who actually reads this and actually cares about whether it's editted... then please do tell me!

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5. Welcome to Ratter's Bay

Cesare's POV

"Damn it, Speedy. These were my only clothes" I raged.

"Sorry but you really should have packed" said my annoyingly innocent-looking little brother.

"I did pack" I say as I try to find something decent to wear in the pile of unused clothes. All of them smelly and moth-eaten, "I packed my sword, my armor and a pair of leather boots."

"You call that packing? Who knows how long we'll be away for and you didn't think to pack an extra pair of clothes" Nikolaii chuckled from the conner where he was sitting with a book - as usual.

"Shut up and stay out of it" I growled.

"Just relax, Ces. I am sure find something wearable in here... somewhere" said Speedy that little worm.

"Wearable won't cut it. Tell me again why you delibaretly threw your breakfast at me?"

"I didn't throw anything. I accidently dropped it. See the difference" Speedy smiled, "oh look here, I am sure this 'ill do. Huh?" he holds up a yellow shirt I am sure was once white. I sigh and grab it.

"Whatever"

"LAND! I SEE LAND!" someone shouts. We run outside and there indeed was the Island of Ratter's Bay. Speedy smiled a huge smile - as usual -, Nikolaii looked worried - as usual-, and I sighed - as usual.

Ratter's Bay wasn't anything like Alcátay. Where Alcátay was glorious and grand Ratter's Bay was old and smelly. Instead of stone roads and boulevards there were dirtroads and alleys. Half the city seemed drunk, the other half either sleeping or hungover. Whores were practically throwing themselves out of every window and doorway - half-naked. Most of the ships in the Bay where of course pirateships or illegal traders with colourful sails and banners, The Flying Fish looked very out of place with it's white sails and disciplined men (at least when you compared them to the sailors around here).

We were rowed into port since the Captain didn't wanna stay a second longer than he had to. Nikolaii payed him in plenty for all his troubles. Once back on land Nikolaii showed the way to the tavern where our "sister" apparently usually stayed. Speedy was basically bouncing with joy whereas I was rather doubtful.

"How come you seem to know the way to the tavern so well, brother" I asked.

"Does it really matter" Nikolaii sound extremely tired so I just humphed and left it at that.

Bertha's Bar was a dirty house, though it looked pearly clean compared to many of the other places, and the air was filled with the smell of booze but once inside the smell ten-doubled. The bar was filled to the brim with pirates, whores and various drunkards and I couldn't see anyone who might be our sister.

Suddenly the place grew silent and in a second all eyes where on us. Speedy who just a second ago jumped around all over the place suddenly retreated to me and I took pity on him and took him gently by the hand. Nikolaii was standing in front  of us looking slightly nervous which also made me nervous.

"Nikolaii Haine. What an unexpected pleasure. Bella will you please notify your Captain of her brothers arrival" said the woman standing behind the counter. She was a fat and freckled woman whom I in no way thought was our sister.

"Already done, Bertha" said another woman, apparently named Bella. She was a tall, handsome woman who looked like she could take us all down any day now.

"Nikolaii?" said a distant voice. This was the captain. This was our sister. She came in to view followed by a tall, dark haired man. My lost sister. Our lost sister. She was nothing like I remembered her, but then again it had been 8 years or so... She was tall and skinny. Barely any breast, hips or thigs. She looked rather boyish. Her hair was short, shaggy and light blond - kissed by the sun. She was wearing a mens shirt showing her clevage - no bra or corset. Over that she was wearing a big red jacket with golden thread and buttons. Her pants were rough - nothing like what I was used to, it was a workman's pants - badly dyed a dark brown and leather boots. On her shoulder a monkey was sitting another one followed at her heels. She in no way looked surprised? Happy? Angry? Her face was kept emotionless.

"Hello Sister" Nikolaii said formally giving me the instinct impression that they had not left eachother on friendly terms the last time they met.

"Sister?" Anne laughed loudly with a mix of pity and coldness. The rest of the room stayed silent. Speedy crept closer to me clearly a bit shocked at the appearance of a sister he hadn't seen since he was still a toddler, "so we're siblings again? I assume you've come to ask something of me then?"

"I regret the way we left eachother last time. And I appologize for my behaviour" at this she laughed like she actually found the comment humoring and her men instantly seemed less tense, a few of them even grinned a little.

"Come" she said and gestured for us to follow. I had hoped we'd get some time alone with her, so we could explain the situation, but the tall darkhaired man followed her as well. She lead us to a big room just beside the actual tavern. It was a bedroom with a gigantic bed, a closet, a desk and clothes everywhere on the floor. We went through the bedroom and into a smaller room. This room seemed to be her consultation room, it had a desk with two chairs on our side. The darkhaired man showed us our seat - Nikolaii and Speedy took I chair both whereas I choose to stand behind Speedy a comforting hand on his shoulder and another on my sword - and he took the one opposite us while Anne paced behind him.

"Dash" he said calmly making her stop and look at him, he smiled and she turned her attention to us.

"What do you want here. I thought I made it clear the last time we saw that I didn't want to see your face again" she said sternly.

"It's about Marie, she-." Nikolaii didn't manage to finish the sentence before he was rudely interrupted.

"I know about Marie. What concern is it of mine?"

"Look, Anne" she flinched at the mentioning of her name, Nikolaii breathed in and corrected himself, "Dash" once again she look unapprovingly at him, Nikolaii made his third attempt, "Captain Dash. I am sorry for coming here against your wish. But she is your sister as she is mine and if we don't do anything she'll be married off to the King and who knows what he'll do to her" Nikolaii sighed painfully like he was trying to explain a child how babies were made.

Anne... Dash turned her eye to first Speedy and then me, "it's been a long time. Cesare. Peter" she nodded at us as she said our names. The darkhaired man moved uncomfortably in his chair.

"Uhm... hi?" Speedy's voice was shaking. Anne... Dash smiled warmly at him, her posture completly different from when she addressed Nikolaii. Slowly, as if not to scare him, she walked over and grabbed his hands. My swordhand stiffened and she noticed.

"I won't hurt you, brother, she said" more to me than Speedy. He stood up and she embraced him and after a few seconds he returned it, "it's been a while, little brother" she said and ruffled his hair, he smiled. I grew tenser still when she turned her gaze to me, "you was always quite the warrior, Ces" she said with a teasing voice as if I was a toddler with a wooden stick, "I remember a time when you chase your nurse around the halls with a stick until Father caught you and sent you back to your room" she laughed at the memory and I unwillingly smiled at the memory, I quickly got a hold of myself.

"So" she said turning her head to Nikolaii, "Marie is getting married and you want to save her. What on Earth do you need me for?" she said sarcasticly fully aware of the fact that neither of us had anything without the approval of our parents.

"We need a ship. We need warriors. They have her under guard constantly and I don't have the means needed to get her free. Further more someone need to stop the King and found out what he is" Nikolaii answered his emotions hidden behind a vale of politeness.

"And you think that someone is us" the darkhaired man suddenly spoke up, his voice was raw and coarse.

Nikolaii looked at him with a calm look, "I think that he is some kind of monster and if no one else will stop him, we might as well."

"We? You speak for us all, then." the darkhaired man's voice was filled with pure interest and only a hint of sarcasm.

"Seth" Dash didn't even need to look at him to get his full attention, "tell Falcon to prepare the ship and have Bella alert the crew. We're leaving tonight"

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