Chapter 4: Ships and Redheads
++Savannah Cavendish's POV++
I could not wait for the next adventure. At first I was worried that he was going to kill me, or worse, but he was kind… for a pirate vampire. I did not even mind that he sold the Robin's Wing. The Robin's Wing was a home to me because I had no other home other than my ship, but I had a new home on the Scarlet Specter. I did as I was ordered by Captain Blood and hoisted the black flag.
"Savannah!" He yelled from the shore, "I want you to steer the ship while we pull her out of the cave!"
"Aye aye Captain!" I yelled back.
I stood at the helm, still in the shadows of the cavern, steering as Captain Blood and Luna pulled. "Be careful," he grunted as Luna's arms bunched beneath the material of her shirt. Both heaved. "If we damage her against any of the rocks, we'll lose precious time docking her to manage the repairs."
"Aye aye, Captain," Luna grumbled. She sounded none too pleased about the order, probably because she'd heard it a good number of times already. "Savannah, do you hear that?" Luna's voice became askance, carrying over the distance loud and clear.
"Yes! I'm being careful," I responded. "I know what I'm doing."
After what seemed like hours of careful tugging and steering, when at last the ship pulled free, everyone uttered an audible sigh of relief. I fell against the wheel, allowing it to carry my weight in relief. There had been a few close calls, but, all in all, I had managed to steer the ship free of any danger.
We were lying on our backs, resting on the main deck. Warm air flowed over the trio and the black flag whipped proudly in the breeze. All of the ships' sails were tied to their yardarms and the anchor was down, we were immobile.
"Quick question: how were you two pulling the ship by yourselves?" I asked.
"As you may have guessed," Captain Blood explained, "Luna is not human, she is a lycanthrope, she can turn into a wolf when the moon is full."
"Don't worry, I'm tame… most of the time," Luna stated. "How did you meet William?"
"Um…" I had no Idea what to say.
"She, pulled the stake from my chest, removed the stone from my mouth, stole from my casket, and dripped some of her blood into my punctured heart," he stated.
I looked at my bandaged hands, it only happened almost twelve hours ago.
"I like your hair," Luna stated.
"Thanks," Captain Blood said, "I'm getting used to having white hair."
"Good to know," she stated, "but I was talking about Savannah's hair."
I blushed at the complement.
"I like red hair," she said, "I don't know why, but I always found it to be… attractive."
"… I'm sorry. What?" I asked.
"She had a husband with red hair," Captain Blood stated.
"Red fur on a lycanthrope," she chuckled, "he looked like a large fox. Until he died."
"I was there," Captain Blood stated somberly, "she isn't called the Sin of Wrath for nothing."
I sat up and turned to look at her, she was not wearing her hood, so I could see her amber colored hair. It was hard to believe this woman could turn into a wolf.
"What's our next mission Captain?" She asked sitting up.
"Well," he sat up, "we have to dock, get a crew and the essentials, and a new boat for Savannah. After that, I think that we need to get the Sins back together."
"What?" I asked.
He smiled, "I'm buying you a new boat. Your old one was a rowboat with a sail attached to it. I think it's time to get you a real sailboat. I'm thinking a cutter."
A cutter was an extremely fast warship that sacrificed size for speed, it was perfect for me.
"Break time is over," Captain Blood stood up, "we need to hoist the mainsails and dock in Port Lagarto."
"Aye aye Captain," Luna and I stated.
Luna and I hoisted the mainsails as ordered while Captain Blood took the helm. We moved at a slow, leisurely pace. As we glided through the water, I could smell the ocean air and the ocean's spray on my face. I could tell that the captain was feeling nostalgic. I saw the glint in golden eyes, he loved being at the helm of his ship. I turned around and saw Luna standing in front of me. I noticed the difference in her eyes compared to the captain; his eyes were golden and they seemed to sparkle if I looked at them for too long, Luna's eyes were yellow and seemed to glow, even in the brightness of day.
"Look," she rubbed the back of her neck, "I didn't mean to make you feel… uncomfortable with my complement. I'm sorry."
"It's fine," I said, "you don't need to apologize."
We sailed for several minutes until we docked. While Captain Blood handled all of the purchasing and hiring of the crew, Luna and I explored the island. Aside from the port, the rest of the island seemed uninhabited by people.
"This place is beautiful," Luna said looking at a nearby waterfall.
"I bet you've seen so many beautiful things on the Scarlet Specter," I stated.
"I have," she said, "joining the crew was the best decision I ever made."
I turned to her, "Why were you called the Seven Deadly Sins?"
She chuckled, "It was the Sin of Pride's idea, the seven of us needed infamous names, and the group itself needed an infamous. After a long debate, we were given our names, and the group name 'Seven Deadly Sins'."
"Do you call them by their real names?" I asked.
She flicked me in the head and said, "Of course I do, but if I told you that it was Brutus Samson's idea would you have known that he was the Sin of Pride?"
I realized right then that it was a dumb question, "Right."
After several minutes of walking and talking, we went back to the ship, and we were ready for our next adventure.