THE CURRENTS OF CARIBDUS
Scene 2: At the “Tarred Rope” Opening: Jim Hawkins, a wounded Red Man called Gan and an unknown female are in a secluded nook in “The Tarred Rope” in Baltimus.
Jim looked up, his hand straying to his cutlass. He saw a tall, brown-haired Human woman at his side. She wore ship gear and had a medicine pouch on her belt alongside a long dagger. Without asking, she sat down and reached out a hand to Gan; who grabbed it eagerly.
“Who are you?” asked Jim, in English. “You are English.” The woman smiled. “Actually, I’m Welsh and despise the English. I am a daughter of the hills and cwms and the blood of Dafydd Ap Owen runs in my veins. My name is Bronwyn.”
“Who is he and how did he come to learn English? In fact, why did you not teach him Welsh and not English?”
Bronwyn leaned back and called for a flagon of ale; then leaned forward.
“I taught him English because my captain ordered me to do so. I am a surgeon and was hired on by Captain Bojan in Jomba Town. Gan was his personal bodyguard; how and where he gained him I don’t know. I did find that Gan is a quick learner; he looks like a stupid savage but he is not; he can be taught.”
She glanced at the door and took a long draught of her ale, then called for another. “I knew Bojan and his crew were pirates; the swabs on the lower deck were full of tales of terror, designed to scare me. The stories stopped when there was an outbreak of boils and I had to take my lancet to them each in turn. I love seeing grown men squeal.”
Jim started and looked full at her. Bronwyn had brown hair, a lissom figure and piercing pale blue eyes. He shuddered; behind the eyes was a hint of madness. Bronwyn downed the flagon and called for another.
“We anchored off an uncharted island somewhere in The Whip Islands. Captain Bojan, Gan and three crew rowed ashore. It was then that Black Bob, the First Mate started the mutiny amongst the crew. Black Bob took three men ashore to follow Captain Bojan. Only Bob returned, streaked with blood; he said later that Bojan and his men had attacked them. Shortly after, Gan came out of the forest carrying the mortally wounded Captain. I tried to save him but to no avail; he died just before we made port. I came ashore to seek a safe haven; obviously Black Bob and the rest of the crew think Gan knows where Bojan has hidden his treasure and tried to make him talk.”
“Does he know?” asked Jim, looking at Gan; then glancing round the room.
“I don’t think he knows anything, but the crew obviously do. They will come looking for him.”
“And you,” replied Jim. “They may well believe Gan has told you. We need to get out of town. I’ll get a room here where we can lie low and I’ll go looking for a ship in the morning.”
“We?” Bronwyn was amused. “Are you coming along too?” “Why not,” grinned Jim. “I’m looking for adventure.”
End of Scene 2
What is the Red Man’s secret?
Pressure cooker +1 to 7 (something’s going to blow soon!)
Gan, the wounded Red Man with a secret to a great treasure Bronwyn, Ships Surgeon Black Bob and his crew
Places (this is a new list I’m starting, not sure if it’s any use yet)
Unknown Whip Island
“The Tarred Rope” tavern in Baltimus