๐€ ๐ƒ๐€๐๐‚๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐’๐–๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ๐’, ๐”ธ ๐”ป๐•Œ๐”ผ๐•ƒ ๐•†๐”ฝ ๐•Š๐•†๐•Œ๐•ƒ๐•Š

๐€ ๐ƒ๐€๐๐‚๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐’๐–๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ๐’, 

             

 


    
                         ๐”ธ ๐”ป๐•Œ๐”ผ๐•ƒ ๐•†๐”ฝ ๐•Š๐•†๐•Œ๐•ƒ๐•Š story stories
ย  87
ย  โ€ข ย 
ย  0
ย  โ€ข ย  10 comments
Share

carillon_twins
carillon_twins Crafting words into worlds ๐Ÿ–‹
Autoplay OFF ย  โ€ข ย  5 months ago
โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’…๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’…๐’”.โ€
โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’…๐’–๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’๐’”.โ€
Last Part of an ๐—Ÿ๐—š๐—•๐—ง๐—ค+ series based on our original universe, ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ. An homage to each one of you: thank you for the ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€!! ๐Ÿ’–

๐€ ๐ƒ๐€๐๐‚๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐’๐–๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ๐’, ๐”ธ ๐”ป๐•Œ๐”ผ๐•ƒ ๐•†๐”ฝ ๐•Š๐•†๐•Œ๐•ƒ๐•Š

At last, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐•• had failed.

At last, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐•• had failed. Or so they had said, at first.

At last, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐•• had failed. Or so they had said, at first. Sat down, his jaw clenched,

At last, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐•• had failed. Or so they had said, at first. Sat down, his jaw clenched, ๐–—๐–Š๐–’๐–Ž๐–“๐–Ž๐–˜๐–ˆ๐–Š๐–“๐–ˆ๐–Š๐–˜

At last, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐•• had failed. Or so they had said, at first. Sat down, his jaw clenched, ๐–—๐–Š๐–’๐–Ž๐–“๐–Ž๐–˜๐–ˆ๐–Š๐–“๐–ˆ๐–Š๐–˜ of the duel

At last, ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐•• had failed. Or so they had said, at first. Sat down, his jaw clenched, ๐–—๐–Š๐–’๐–Ž๐–“๐–Ž๐–˜๐–ˆ๐–Š๐–“๐–ˆ๐–Š๐–˜ of the duel came back to him, every now and then.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜–๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ต.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜–๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ต. The Moonblood wouldnโ€™t have known the difference anyway.

โ€œYouโ€™ll lose this battle, Captain,โ€ he had stated, confident.

โ€œYouโ€™ll lose this battle, Captain,โ€ he had stated, confident. ๐˜–๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต.

Little had he known, though, how easily his confidence would vacillate when โ„‚๐•’๐•ก๐•ฅ๐•’๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐”ธ๐•๐•ฅ๐•’๐•š๐•ฃ โ„‚๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ฅ๐•จ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•˜๐•™๐•ฅ - as in official stances - had begun chanting.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ข๐˜ข๐˜ณ.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ข๐˜ข๐˜ณ. ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ.

๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ,

๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด.

๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ.

๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ. ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฐ๐˜ด.

The old salt had got him weak.

The old salt had got him weak. Spot on on his own feelings.

Was he playing him? The old salt had got him weak. Spot on on his own feelings.

Maybe the legends about the ๐š†๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š›๐š’๐š—๐š ๐™ถ๐š˜๐š๐š๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ and her fellows were really nothing more than that,

Maybe the legends about the ๐š†๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š›๐š’๐š—๐š ๐™ถ๐š˜๐š๐š๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ and her fellows were really nothing more than that, mere legends,

Maybe the legends about the ๐š†๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š›๐š’๐š—๐š ๐™ถ๐š˜๐š๐š๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ and her fellows were really nothing more than that, mere legends, for Bryan wasnโ€™t able to discern a single truth, nor a single lie from the ๐”น๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•“๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–โ€™s eyes and lips.

๐š‚๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐šœ,

๐š‚๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐šœ, ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š,

๐š‚๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐šœ, ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š, ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š˜๐šž๐š•๐š๐š—โ€™๐š ๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐šœ๐š™ ๐š—๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š•๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ.

Nothingness should have been able to defy his feelings, though.

Nothingness should have been able to defy his feelings, though. Nothingness should have been sturdiest against what was human, unflawed.

Yet, ๐”น๐•ฃ๐•ช๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•†โ€™๐”น๐•๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•จ๐•–๐•๐•,

Yet, ๐”น๐•ฃ๐•ช๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•†โ€™๐”น๐•๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•จ๐•–๐•๐•, the ๐•ธ๐–”๐–”๐–“๐–‡๐–‘๐–”๐–”๐–‰,

Yet, ๐”น๐•ฃ๐•ช๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•†โ€™๐”น๐•๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•จ๐•–๐•๐•, the ๐•ธ๐–”๐–”๐–“๐–‡๐–‘๐–”๐–”๐–‰, the ๐•ฑ๐–†๐–›๐–”๐–—๐–Š๐–‰,

Yet, ๐”น๐•ฃ๐•ช๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•†โ€™๐”น๐•๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•จ๐•–๐•๐•, the ๐•ธ๐–”๐–”๐–“๐–‡๐–‘๐–”๐–”๐–‰, the ๐•ฑ๐–†๐–›๐–”๐–—๐–Š๐–‰, had been too weak to execute his orders dutifully, to keep going regardless of the chant.

He had been the lost sailor,

He had been the lost sailor, and the Banebone the guileful siren.

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ:

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ: just like that young blood had eyed him curiously, awaiting for a command he would never comprehend,

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ: just like that young blood had eyed him curiously, awaiting for a command he would never comprehend, rigid, next to the dead corpse of a soldier that had dared too much against the wrong opponent,

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ: just like that young blood had eyed him curiously, awaiting for a command he would never comprehend, rigid, next to the dead corpse of a soldier that had dared too much against the wrong opponent, the World Traveler too,

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ: just like that young blood had eyed him curiously, awaiting for a command he would never comprehend, rigid, next to the dead corpse of a soldier that had dared too much against the wrong opponent, the World Traveler too, would never understand.

But one thing, Bryan had understood.

But one thing, Bryan had understood. He had grasped it and had held firmly onto the certainty that one thing had poured into his heart, and soul:

perhaps he was too many worlds apart from his own self, rather than from the pirate.

perhaps he was too many worlds apart from his own self, rather than from the pirate. From the ๐•ญ๐–†๐–“๐–Š๐–‡๐–”๐–“๐–Š.

It was just too late for the ๐”ฝ๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•• to change now.

Maybe in another world, the story would have ended differently.

Maybe in another world, the story would have ended differently. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ story.

Regardless of chances and odds, and coins of fortune, the ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s emotions had to be kept buried, had to drift mercilessly in front of the Council.

Regardless of chances and odds, and coins of fortune, the ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s emotions had to be kept buried, had to drift mercilessly in front of the Council. ๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š”

Regardless of chances and odds, and coins of fortune, the ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s emotions had to be kept buried, had to drift mercilessly in front of the Council. ๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š” ๐š’๐š—๐š๐š˜

Regardless of chances and odds, and coins of fortune, the ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s emotions had to be kept buried, had to drift mercilessly in front of the Council. ๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š” ๐š’๐š—๐š๐š˜ ๐š˜๐š‹๐š•๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐š˜๐š—

Regardless of chances and odds, and coins of fortune, the ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s emotions had to be kept buried, had to drift mercilessly in front of the Council. ๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š” ๐š’๐š—๐š๐š˜ ๐š˜๐š‹๐š•๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐š˜๐š—.

He could not allow himself to stumble.

He could not allow himself to stumble. And he would not.

โ€˜๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’… ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’Ž๐’†, ๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’.โ€™ He could not allow himself to stumble. And he would not.

Bryan rolled his eyes again, instinctively. He couldnโ€™t avoid that.

โ€˜Damned butcher,โ€™ he whispered once more, before meeting the Council.

โ€˜Damned butcher,โ€™ he whispered once more, before meeting the Council. He had ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•”๐•œ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•• his desperate, senseless affection through those words, just to leave it wander astray in what was emptiness and oblivion.

โ€˜Damned butcher,โ€™ he whispered once more, before meeting the Council. He had ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•”๐•œ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•• his desperate, senseless affection through those words, just to leave it wander astray in what was emptiness and oblivion. So that he could now ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ it.

๐•ญ๐–š๐–™ ๐–“๐–”๐–™ ๐–˜๐–” ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–™ ๐–๐–Š ๐–œ๐–”๐–š๐–‘๐–‰ ๐–‹๐–”๐–—๐–Œ๐–Š๐–™ ๐–๐–Ž๐–’, ๐–™๐–”๐–”.

Bryan had laughed bitter when faced by the accusations of the Council. And he had simply done what he always did best: ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‰๐“ˆ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“‡๐“‰ ๐’Ÿ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“Ž ๐ธ๐“Ž๐‘’๐“ˆ.

Bryan had laughed bitter when faced by the accusations of the Council. And he had simply done what he always did best: ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‰๐“ˆ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“‡๐“‰ ๐’Ÿ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“Ž ๐ธ๐“Ž๐‘’๐“ˆ. He had twisted the Baneboneโ€™s galvanic chants into profit.

His father had taught him that, too.

His father had taught him that, too. What the Confederation liked was no secret to ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••.

๐ป๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐‘’๐“Ž๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”, ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‹๐‘œ๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐’ป๐’พ๐‘’๐“‡๐’ธ๐‘’,

๐ป๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐‘’๐“Ž๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”, ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‹๐‘œ๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐’ป๐’พ๐‘’๐“‡๐’ธ๐‘’, the World Traveler had chanted yet another version of the tale.

๐ป๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐‘’๐“Ž๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”, ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‹๐‘œ๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐’ป๐’พ๐‘’๐“‡๐’ธ๐‘’, the World Traveler had chanted yet another version of the tale. ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š˜๐š‹๐š•๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š๐šœ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ,

๐ป๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐‘’๐“Ž๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”, ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‹๐‘œ๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐’ป๐’พ๐‘’๐“‡๐’ธ๐‘’, the World Traveler had chanted yet another version of the tale. ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š˜๐š‹๐š•๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š๐šœ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ, ๐š•๐šŽ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š–๐š˜๐š˜๐š— ๐š’๐š— ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š ๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š—.

Though Bryan knew โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ โ€”

Though Bryan knew โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ โ€” that ever since that first encounter,

Though Bryan knew โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ โ€” that ever since that first encounter, ever since that first slash,

Though Bryan knew โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ โ€” that ever since that first encounter, ever since that first slash, ever since that first cut,

Though Bryan knew โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ โ€” that ever since that first encounter, ever since that first slash, ever since that first cut, his emptiness would never stay ๐”ฑ๐”ฅ๐”ข ๐”ฐ๐”ž๐”ช๐”ข.

๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s dark, flawed blood had found a reason to pump for, a reason to remember,

๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•๐• ๐• ๐••โ€™s dark, flawed blood had found a reason to pump for, a reason to remember, ๐š•๐šŽ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐š—๐šŠ๐š–๐šŽ.

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š—

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š,

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ;

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š—

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š,

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š,

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š,

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š๐š’๐š—๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š๐š’๐š—๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐š•๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š๐š’๐š—๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐š•๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ.

โ€œ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š, ๐š‹๐šข ๐š–๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ; ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š ๐š’๐š›๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐šŒ๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š—๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š๐š’๐š—๐šŠ๐š•๐š•๐šข ๐š•๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ.โ€

A

A ๐••๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•”๐•–.

A ๐••๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•”๐•–. And with the most favoured partner ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ.

A ๐••๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•”๐•–. And with the most favoured partner ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ,

A ๐••๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•”๐•–. And with the most favoured partner ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ.

โ€œI said

โ€œI said I only see eye to eye with him.

โ€œI said I only see eye to eye with him. Just do me a favour and send for him, matey.โ€

โ€œI said I only see eye to eye with him. Just do me a favour and send for him, matey.โ€ โ€œCaptain, but this jobโ€”โ€

โ€œI said I only see eye to eye with him. Just do me a favour and send for him, matey.โ€ โ€œCaptain, but this jobโ€”โ€ Altair shook his head.

โ€œI said I only see eye to eye with him. Just do me a favour and send for him, matey.โ€ โ€œCaptain, but this jobโ€”โ€ Altair shook his head. He wouldnโ€™t see reason.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต?

A slash.

Swift.

Sudden.

Yet a warning of a new presence in the cabin, rather than an actual attempt on the pirateโ€™s life.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ง๐ž๐›๐จ๐ง๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐.

So much time had passed that the pirate had almost

๐”ฉ๐”ฌ๐”ฐ๐”ฑ

๐”ฉ๐”ฌ๐”ฐ๐”ฑ ๐”ฅ๐”ฌ๐”ญ๐”ข.

Still there he was, ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š†๐š˜๐š›๐š•๐š ๐šƒ๐š›๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š•๐š•๐šŽ๐š›.

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’.

Dark hair, always so neatly kept, even under pressure.

Dark hair, always so neatly kept, even under pressure. No movement. โ„•๐• ๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•จ๐•™๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•™๐•– ๐•ž๐• ๐•ง๐•–๐••.

As if nothing could touch him.

Reach him.

Reach him. Pierce through him.

But the sunbeams cheering on his porcelain skin defied that statement. As if it were an ๐• ๐•ง๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ.

๐”ฝ๐•๐•’๐•จ๐•๐•–๐•ค๐•ค; and that ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ž๐, dark blood flowed

๐”ฝ๐•๐•’๐•จ๐•๐•–๐•ค๐•ค; and that ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ž๐, dark blood flowed through his muscles, on his neck as a tantrum in tandem, nonetheless.

Bryan rolled his eyes.

๐™ต๐š˜๐š› ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐™ผ๐š˜๐š˜๐š—โ€™๐šœ ๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š–๐šœ... ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ.

โ€œItโ€™s just that youโ€™re hard to handle and Iโ€™m the only one who knows how to handle hard, pirate.โ€

Altair couldnโ€™t help but chuckle. โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ.โ€

โ€œJust a bit.โ€

โ€œJust a bit.โ€ That World Travellerโ€”

โ€œJust a bit.โ€ That World Travellerโ€” ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ!

โ€œJust a bit.โ€ That World Travellerโ€” ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ! โ€œJust a bit?โ€

โ€œJust a bit.โ€ That World Travellerโ€” ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ! โ€œJust a bit?โ€ โ€œA bit.โ€

โ€œJust a bit.โ€ That World Travellerโ€” ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ! โ€œJust a bit?โ€ โ€œA bit.โ€ โ€œYeah, a bit. ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ!โ€

Another roll of eyes on Bryanโ€™s part. โ€œTreasureโ€”โ€ At last, the Captain slashed back; it was but a grin, that which he flashed.

โ€œYou missedโ€ฆ

โ€œYou missedโ€ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ.โ€

๐•‹๐•™๐•– โ„‚๐•’๐•ฃ๐•š๐•๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•‹๐•จ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ค

Stories We Think You'll Love ๐Ÿ’•

Get The App

App Store
COMMENTS (10)
SHOUTOUTS (0)