"RAPIER" - Capt Hunter ~ Main Deck.   Posted by Lady Cerridwen Chisholm Beaupre' - PGM.Group: 0
Elizabete Stefoniou
 player, 94 posts
 Gypsy waif
 Trapped in Tragedy
Wed 25 Apr 2012
at 14:44
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
They all stood there, forbidding and so much larger then her petite frame. Jakob there, arms around her made some of the nerves fade, warmth of him along her back letting her relax a bit, settling a bit more fully against that hard chest. Eyes the color of old gold drifted from one set face to the next, hat lost on the mad dash up leaving her own in sharp relief. High cheekbones, flawless skin under the smudge here and there from the stable below, full mouth still slightly swollen from the kiss below. No mistaking the beauty should that thick braid fall loose, bulky clothing hiding the bound lushness below.

Jon..this was the husband then of the woman Jakob had spoke of so fondly. Studying him from below her lashes, Elizabete had a misgiving or two. One the man looked angry and two he must think her a strumpet to have stowed away and now volunteered to share his fellow friend's bed. A blush crept up her neck, staining her cheeks and adding another dimension to the exotic cast of her face. No way was she speaking till she heard his reply.
'King's Hand' Jonathan Beaupre
 GM, 101 posts
 Scourge of the Pirates
 Hand of the King
Wed 2 May 2012
at 15:50
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Jonathan frowned as he spoke and looked at the crew, "Jakob, I know not what possessed you to do this. I have half a mind to throw her and you overboard!" He frown and paced the deck, the rest of the crew muttering but none too loud to be heard clearly. "Blast it all, but she earns her way, any lallygagging and I drop her off at the next port! And I hold you responsible for her." He met Jakob's eyes firmly and then he turned to the rest of the crew.

"You men heard Jakob, his orders are mine, the lady will be treated with respect at all times. Any misbehavior will result in twenty lashes. As for our purpose, we are hunting a pirate men, thought to be in Tortuga. The Black Swan, she has a book and we are to retrieve it. Be diligent and to your stations!" The men scurried as Jonathan made his way to Jakob and his guest for a moment looking at them both.

"No greater fool is there than a man in love...see to accommodations, and she'll need sea worthy apparel." He turned and went to check his course leaving the two alone for the moment.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 21:24, Thu 03 May 2012.

Lord Jakob Thornlee
 NPC, 153 posts
Thu 3 May 2012
at 21:31
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
"SHE has a name and it is Elizbete! Elizbete will have sutable attire and she can cook." he turned to her with a grin for Jonathan did not rant too much.  Though Jon might very likely call him down for it later in private. "Ye can cook can't you?" he whispered to her.
Elizabete Stefoniou
 player, 95 posts
 Gypsy waif
 Trapped in Tragedy
Fri 4 May 2012
at 11:34
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Elizabete blinked, letting go the breath she hadn't realized she'd been holding as Jon walked away. Almost weak with relief, she leaned back into Jakob's hard form, heart pounding and letting her own gaze scan the crew. They were not happy to have her aboard. This was nothing like Bart and his crew, their acceptance had been taken for granted. Now she felt eyes on her, unfriendly eyes and it drove her a little closer to Jakob.

Leaning in, she nodded, face pensive. "Yes. I can cook. I've never cooked for so many but I am sure I can do it." She pulled her clothes away from her with a little frown. "I'll need a bath though."
'King's Hand' Jonathan Beaupre
 GM, 102 posts
 Scourge of the Pirates
 Hand of the King
Thu 17 May 2012
at 04:28
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Jonathan emerged a short time later as the ship lurched to sea, looking at Jakob he waved for him to come near. "A word Jakob."
Lord Jakob Thornlee
 NPC, 154 posts
Mon 21 May 2012
at 20:37
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
A week's sailing had passed and it had been a good sail but land was in sight and he knew things were going to get rough.  He and Elizbete had gotten close and he knew he loved her.  This was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with but his life was a dangerous one just now.  "Elizbete, my love, I will be back with you shortly but Jon and I have some business to discuss privately." and he held her and gave her a sound kiss then stroud away.

===> Rapier's Captain Quarters
Elizabete Stefoniou
 player, 96 posts
 Gypsy waif
 Trapped in Tragedy
Wed 23 May 2012
at 03:32
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Elizabete could do no more than nod and head back below decks. Despite her ability to cook, her beloved Shaitan waited below decks and with a visit to pass the time on her mind, swung past the kitchen to grab a carrot and an apple before running below deck. It had been a rather uneventful trip and while she was thankful, it left her at sixes and sevens when it came to Jakob. Perhaps time to think.

==> to the cargo hold
Bette (Elizabete) Stefoniou
 NPC, 3 posts
Wed 10 May 2017
at 02:01
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
(From Rapier’s galley ~ Elizabete reintroduction)

Elizabete made her way to the decks below and stepped carefully downward as the ship slapped lazily against the swell. Sure enough, a mess. She’d not cleaned this area but a fortnight ago, her birds were nesting down here the bunch of lugs, the petite woman huffed and began to clean up the area again.

The wind slowly began to pick up, a gust of wind caught the sail lurching the ship. The clinker-built hull had high sides, which served as good protection from marauders of the sea. However, this was a ship with a flat bottom was designed for loading and unloading cargo in shallow ports, it wasn’t designed for such rough seas. It could very well capsize in a strong wind. The ship held one hundred tuns in the hold, but now they were traveling light, at only half its capacity. This made her nervous. Elizabete eyed the port hole as she spied the dark roiling clouds steady on their path towards them. She knew that the Captain was steady of hand, he knew what he had to do, but still the crew’s safety as well as her own concerned her.  But land was up ahead, they weren’t far.

“Anchor, prepare the anchor,” she heard someone cry. “Eli, take her in close, I am going to board off the forecastle. Get the grappling hooks and ropes ready we need to help haul her in,” he called over his shoulder as they came up alongside a massive dock.

“Aye, sir,” said Eli.

She looked out the porthole and saw the dock crew rushing around.

Elizabete quickly cleaned up the area, she pulled a cap from her apron pocket and placed it on her head, tucking her hair underneath. She would never be able to see with her hair in her eyes, now that the wind had picked up tremendously. Frik and the male osprey, Duke flew in circles just above the ship coming close to the open port hole and she knew they wanted to land get to their nest to get out of the coming storm.

“Hard to starboard,” shouted someone from the dock, giving the sternsman the order to turn the ship. The Rapier bounced and tilted in the now high waves that the storm now brought upon them. A gale of wind hit Elizabete head on, nearly knocking her from the porthole. “Go to half sail,” shouted another, but it was going to be impossible now that they had to concentrate on the attack of the weather. The cold, sharp rain sliced down upon them like arrows from an archer’s bow.

The sickening shriek of a bird brought her attention upward, to see the wind taking it further from the ship.

“Nay!” she cried, not knowing if it were Frik or Duke her hawks battling the wind.  She reached out the porthole and felt the grip of claws, not caring of the tears in her arm she brought Frik in.  Relief washed over her but only briefly.  As she watched Duke struggle.  He was too far away.  The ship leaned again and two eggs rolled out of the nest and roll across the wooden fallboards.  Clicking the entire time.  “Damnation and hellfire,” she shouted, first looking to the path the eggs had taken and then back to the porthole.  As she looked back up another wave of relief Duke was clawing at the sides of the porthole, she reached up none to gently and pulled him inside.  Eliazbete gathered the eggs and inspected them as best she could as the two Osprey cooed some, ever mindful of their talons Elizabete did her best to keep clear.  The birds were visibly upset by the freak storm.  She settled them back into the makeshift nest.

The crew of the Rapier and the dock brought the mighty ship to port.  She couldn’t help but wonder when Jakob would come for her?
PGM
Tue 16 May 2017
at 11:26
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Well done post.  So sorry I have once more let things slip.  Our new player of Bette didn't realise that they were already in port for over a week now.  It is hard to tell where all are but see the PGM thread and I will lay it all out for you.  So the post above is our new Bette's version of their landing in Tortuga.  Remember that Jon had to balance being seen the master of his merchant ship the pirates attacked and being the masked Cpt Hunter.

Actually Cpt Hunter and Calico Jack will be back aboard this time jump.  So all three of them will post here.
Captain Hunter
 NPC, 61 posts
Thu 18 May 2017
at 21:03
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Hunter climbed the gangway and moved to stand aboard the ship with his hands resting on the railing, his eyes turned towards the Swan's ship. It was strange that he should feel a bit of a comraderie with her, but she was a captain and had charisma befitting the role. No captain would last long without the crew's appreciation. Still he could not forget his job, he needed to get the Swan and Smyth at one go. The crew was about their work ensuring the ship was ready to sail at any time. They knew Hunter/Jon's temper and none were eager to get his attention. Still he tried to ignore his bruises and watched the ships in the harbor.

Tortuga was a nice enough town if one forgot the people who reside here, he waited knowing that his good friend would have thoughts. It was the first they'd had a chance to speak without concern over the ears around them. "So Jack...what do you think of the masquerade so far?"
Calico Jack
 NPC, 65 posts
Tue 23 May 2017
at 22:18
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
It was so good for him and Bette to be back aboard this ship.  He walked over and leaned with his back to the rail.  Should he tell Jon the truth or let the game play out?  Someone had to teach Jon a lesson about that temper.  He too had felt the wrath at times but there were way too many times to remember.  Jon was a good man and a fair one. "Its complicated, that is what I think.  This 'Swan' is going to go over to that bastard's ship and for what.  A sword she does not even know how special it is.  So let her get it and then we take it.  Although it might be a good time to attack and capture Smyth and the Swan.  Aren't you a least bit curious about what is under that veil?  Go on, your the same as a free man again anyways."
Captain Hunter
 NPC, 63 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 15:40
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
He shook his head, a free man and yet somehow he did not want to be a free man. Yes his wife had used him but at the same time...if he was honest he understood why. "Aye I am curious...and it is odd that I want to protect her from that viper? Swan's at least got a sense of honor about her...Smyth though..." He muttered a curse as he watched the boat in the distance. Things were muddled since he had entered Tortuga, but he could not allow them to get too muddled.

"We certainly need to take that sword back, something like that does not belong here." That rankled, that Smyth's hand had touched that sword. He gripped the rail with white knuckles before muttering under his breath. "We will deal with that when the time comes...in the meantime I am sure you are glad for a break from the masquerade?" It was nice to stop the pretense for the time being although it was brief he knew his friend was distracted by Bette and not that he lamented his friend's happiness.
Calico Jack
 NPC, 66 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 20:39
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
"well Bette I am sure you share my sentiment that we are glad for some relief.  Perhaps we may be headed home.  Any word from the King Jon?" he knew they were involved with this charade and he had not even told Jon yet that the Swan is Mrs Beaupre'.  He really wanted to see how this plays out though he took a chance at him being the next one stripped, tied to the main mast and lashed within a hairs breath of life.  To him it was time that the man who was more like a brother than a friend had a strong lesson to learn about handling his anger.  He and Jon had fought the war and lost much but they survived watching each others back.

With Jon feeling so strongly about the Swan going to Smyth and how the hell did that sword get there as it was Jon's father's gift for service from the King.  It was priceless.  Cerri had used it against Smyth when he boarded Jon's merchant ship that was headed for Cornwall from London.  So there was a very long running hatred between those two men.

"The Swan is a strong woman and skilled with the blades and gun.  She is the spark that could set off a hundred cannons.  She is very much different than you wife is she not?"
Calico Jack
 NPC, 67 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 13:37
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Jacob pulled Bette tighter into his embrace.  "Just like my little mink here.  Bette I have told the crew to bring your stallion back on board.  Jon I know you want to play this out but we must be thinking of sailing for Cornwall soon.  I am sure you will be wishing to get back to you 'wife' and put matters straight."

There would have to be some way for the 'Swan' to get back before they did but he too knew the King's orders were the first thing to be taken care of and right now they neither had Smyth or the Swan captive to bring to trial.  That was the number one priority but they had returned empty handed on this course before.  He had vowed his love Bette to secrecy about the Swan being none other than Cerridwen Beaupre'.  Jon hated Smyth so bitterly it clouded his judgement about other things.  Smyth had attacked Jon's ships and they had fought on bitterly time and again trying to kill each other but now it seemed like something more.  So Jon can forget he has a wife and perhaps have some fun with the Swan.  But Cerri would have to work hard to keep her disguise from a man making love to her.  Dear GOD!  What if Smyth finds out that the Swan is Cerridwen Beaupre' for Smyth hates Beaupre even more than he does Hunter!
Bette (Elizabete) Stefoniou
 NPC, 5 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 00:41
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When he spoke Bette closed her eyes, he was relief, he was safety, and yet excitement.  She leaned into him as he pulled her closer still. “Thank you, I would like to see him when it is acceptable, if you would please escort me.  If time allows of course.”

Bette had given him her oath she’d not breath a word of what he said, and she meant to keep it too.  One would have to slice her tongue out and read the damned thing if they thought that would help.  Her loyalty couldn’t be bought, it belonged to Jacob.

“I think it is providential we return to Cornwell, the birds need to train the hatchlings and I tell you they are the greatest trackers and messengers.  We will speak of this later, again when you have time.  I don’t wish to get in the way.". She worried for her birds, for the horse but mostly she worried for Jacob.

Much was going to happen she felt upon their return but for now Bette just wanted to get through this portion of their travel.  It wasn’t lost on her that they were returning empty handed but she wasn’t sure what that meant for them, their future.  He had taken care of her since they came together and she wanted to be there for him but felt she’d nothing more than her heart to offer.  She worried once back in Cornwell would it be enough?
Captain Hunter
 NPC, 65 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 13:37
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Jon frowned a bit, "Aye she is different than my wife...who I doubt laments my absence..." Then there was Dunley and his control over her. Despite himself he did miss Cerridwen, though he was still angry with her. It was odd because she had done what he said he would never allow again, and yet still he wanted to have her with him. Gripping the rail he needed to focus his mind and stop letting her enchant him. Her love had only been for his fortune...and yet.

He sighed looking at Bette and his friend with a morose smile, "I envy you my old friend, you at least have happiness of an honest good woman. Which is more than some can say." He sighed and closed his eyes letting the breeze blow over him before he sighed a bit.
Calico Jack
 NPC, 68 posts
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 19:47
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
"This lady is a witch that has stolen all my senses and beguiled me so much that we cannot have you marry us any sooner than when we set to sea.  Your 'wife' may be more than you think my 'brother'.  I do remember a glance at her through the wooden door slats to your cabin.  Dancing and spinning and swaying in the wind inside in nothing but what she was born in.  Sorry we did all have quite a view that stormy night.  Then ... damn it ... Smyth attacked.  Cerri did a fine job fending him off until you got to her side.  I still do not know how Smyth got that special sword though.  Was he at the ball that night?  Dressed as who???? Well he most definitely wasn't the 'Black Swan'." he laughed.

"Bette, lets go see this menagerie of yours.  Please do not tell me that you are prone to taking in stray animals.  Well no more since I was the last stray you took in ... after you tried to run me down with that stallion of yours you remember."  he laughed again and shook his head.  Well things were about to change for all of them soon enough.
Bette (Elizabete) Stefoniou
 NPC, 7 posts
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 15:43
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She laughed at what Jacob had said.  Blushing at the Captains compliment upon herself.  It felt good that others could see the affection between her and Jacob.

It was true she had an overwhelming urge to take in all manner of stray beasts, but not the humankind.  She smiled knowing he’d be the last one of those, “aye my heart.  You are the last of your kind I wish to take in,” with a glint to her eyes she added, “now the beasties they may be a different story.  I should think if we live on land the barn will be bigger than our home.”  She gave a hearty laugh at the thought of all this.

But, good times aside the mention of Smyth attack had her frown, “Jacob, Captain-” she began as she looked at the two men, “do you think before we go check on the horse you and the Captain go towards Smyth ship?  See if they need assistance now?  I mean I can go check by me self or wait for you Jacob?”

She wasn’t sure that they thought it a prudent idea or not it was just a thought.  “Maybe not to board but to double check things?” 
Captain Hunter
 NPC, 66 posts
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 16:27
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
At the mention of the sword his grip on the rail tightened, that weapon was a masterpiece and should not be in the hands of a snake like him. Thoughts of Cerri dancing like a wild siren of the sea made him pause. That had bee the beginning when she had bewitched him. He needed a solution to the Durnley problem but he had to remain focused on the now. Shaking his head he looked at Betsy.

"What was that...going by to check on it...aye...that's a good plan, sail close...and see if they are alright...share a round of port...or rum...at least be close in case." Why was he so protective of the Swan? It didn't make sense but he had to get closer.

"Seems we must rouse the crew...pull in close to Smyth's ship and get some rum ready..."
Sir Jakob Thornlee
 NPC, 185 posts
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 18:02
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
"The horse is below Bette, Stay close and best down below deck." he said gently then looked at Jon square in the eyes.  "Would not now be the opportunity to arrest both Smyth and the Swan Jon as that is why we are here in Tortuga?" he held a little smirk back for he knew that would be no easy task.  Let Jon learn the hard way of what true love truly is. "I fancy that the Swan loves the stormy seas.  But it will probably be stormy berths tonight"
Captain Hunter
 NPC, 68 posts
Wed 6 Sep 2017
at 01:34
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
He frowned and looked at his friend, "Aye but we need to be cautious, they outnumber us in force and we do not want to bring down the entire pirate populace on us..." He looked to the town, one word of the King's navy and they would be overwhelmed. However two pirates having issues...well...that was different. "Better to come under pretense and see what goes from there..." He turned to shout orders to the crew, "Crew! Rouse yourselves, you dogs! We are moving into the bay, near the Rum Runner!" Many raise eyebrows as he moves to the helm looking at the bay
Bette (Elizabete) Stefoniou
 NPC, 8 posts
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 20:22
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Heading in the direction he gestured Bette nodded at his caution in agreement. “Meet me there then when you can.”

Turning to leave the men above deck she heard Jakob and a chill went down her spine, to arrest Smythe and Swan Jon, this worried her.  The danger they would invite was great but it was why they took this journey.

She didn’t hear much after that heading below deck just as the crew began to rouse themselves.

Shaitan nayed softly at the familiar footfall of his mistress.  The horse seemingly knew her mood, it was as if that fateful day they escaped together a bond even stronger than any before was forged.  Shaitan was all she had left of her family, she had no idea what had become of all their possessions, probably burned or sold.  Forget the members of her family they were most likely mistreated in death and not given proper burials.  Only in her mind and dreams were they given proper passage to the afterlife.

Her father's flute, her grandfather’s mandolin, probably destroyed.  Even though it had been three long years it still pained her, like a knife tearing through her heart.  She buried her head into Shaitan mane and patted his strong neck.
Sir Jakob Thornlee
 NPC, 186 posts
Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 19:41
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
"Those needed know who you are the rest of you men make ready to set sail. We are bound for Home the next tide!" he ordered as the Quartermaster.

Then he looked at Jon and nodded as he watched his beloved go below deck. Things were definitely becoming tense and the tides of time would soon change but in whose favour?

He checked his two pistols in his belt and his rapier at this side. A knife in his boot and he was ready for action. Should he tell Jon what he was about to do or still hold his whist regarding the Swan?

To the beach....
Bette (Elizabete) Stefoniou
 NPC, 9 posts
Sun 12 Nov 2017
at 17:24
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
(Below Deck - Rapier)

With her head on the great beasts neck she felt the wave of pain turn to comfort...slowly...but the steady breathing and his gentle huffs worked there magic over her torment.  A connection between woman and beast was strong and she was thankful for his presence.

Her worry was now for her beloved Jakob.  Her heart and love now belonged to him.  It happened so swiftly yet she had no regret for he saw into her soul and cared for her in a way no one had since her family was slaughtered.  He was her family.

Her birds watched her carefully.  One cawed softly and she looked over smiling.
Sir Jonathan Beaupre II
 Player, 139 posts
 Scourge of the Pirates
 Hand of the King
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 20:47
Re: 'RAPIER' - Deck
Jon sighed as the wind caressed his face, his eyes on the horizon as he leaned against the railing. It seemed strange to be returning. He didn't know whether the mission was a success and there were more questions than answers. His thoughts passed from the Swan, the pirates, Smyth, and his duties to the king. Gripping the railing he could almost see home in the distance. Home...what awaited him? Cirri, his wife awaited him, but he didn't know what it meant as he sighed. He often forgot that he was married, how long had it been since he had seen his wife? He missed her, oddly enough, though she was a wild tempest he missed her.

"Full sails lads, we return home! Find the wind!" There were a few cheers from men weary from a journey that had been questionable and challenging. They were ready for home and he was not going to deny them. Muttering to himself, "For king and country...damn it all."