We sailed from Kallisto during midnight to gain time before the other pirate started following us for revenge. Fortunately, we were filled with provisions and new hands to work for us. Well, to work for Captain Drovin to be exact.
I saw the woman walking at a fast pace to get a clear view of the sea. I could tell she was either mad or frustrated about whatever was going on in her mind. Of course, this shouldn’t bother me at all since she’s the captain’s daughter. I shouldn’t get involved with her knowing that I might be getting killed once they find out that the whole treasure hunting is indeed fake. But since I am not only a coward, but a fool that dared to not run away when I had the chance, I could say….
…Whatever, I’m already walking towards her.
“What do ya’ want? To laugh at my miserable fate?” she said with an obvious angry tone as the wind blew her long dark hair away. I was about to answer, but she quickly moved her hand in a dismissal way before starting to speak again.
“It must be really hard to be surrounded by ma’ father’s men and his piracy issues. At least ya’re not that doomed.” She said. Oh if she only knew.
“Well, to be honest, you’re not the only one with problems.” I said carefully, trying to not spill the truth about everything.
“The map ya’re following is wrong.” She replied. “We’re heading west, to the Syberian Sea, but we should head to the North.”
“Ex-Excuse me?” I asked, as my hands trembled. “My people are the only ones who know about the existence of this treasure. So, it is obvious that I know the path to find it without any problems.”
“Oh really?” she said while smirking. “Then ya’re telling me that the treasure no men has ever found is only known to non-pirates like ya’? Curious, I could’ve sworn that there’s a reason why no men has ever found it.”
“Well…my people has found it.”
“Then is not the treasure no men has ever found.”
“Well no men like…”
“Like ma’ father? Little pirate boy” she said while turning around and approaching me, getting super close to my body. “I could tell ya’re lying just to save ya’re ass mate. Let me guess, ya’ ship got attacked, and he captured ya’. Then he killed the captain and threw all of ya’re friends to the mightiest creature all the Seven Seas has ever held and you, my boy…to save ya’re pitiful life invented all these stories to convince my father of a treasure that doesn’t exist.”
I gulped as she smiled wickedly at me. “Ya’re a creative lad. Not everyone manages to convince my father about such tales.”
“I’m not as good as you, trying to convince him to introduce you to the piracy life.” I replied, trying to lighten the mood, but apparently she wasn’t that dumb.
“There’s luck in your soul. There is a treasure no men has ever found, but is not in this way and obviously is not like the stories ya’ve told. Fortunately for you, I don’t wanna get married to that mad man father has for enemy.”
“Who is he?”
“He was father’s best friend, a long time ago…but they parted ways as time went on.” She said before extending her hand to me. “Let’s do this, I don’t tell father what ya’re doing and I’ll help ya’ find the real treasure no men can find.”
“And what do you want in exchange?”
“Ya’ help me get rid of the man who wants to betroth me. Take it as a life for a life. Do we have a deal?”
I hesitated for a while but what could I do? I couldn’t let her go away and tell the Captain that I’ve been lying all this time. He will surely kill me.
“Deal” I replied as I shook her hand but suddenly, a huge thunderstorm could be heard, making everyone flinch at the sudden noise.
“Just what we need.” She said while staring at the sky.
“What do we do now?” I asked with confusion as she walked back to the cabin with a determined face.
“We’re not that far away from the real map” she said while walking away as the rain started to fall “We just need to get a little rough to get on the course.”
By: Carmen Angélica Figueroa Guzmán