loves the Pearl; the Pearl loves her. She refits this grand
old lady with fresh white sails and clean timbers to patch her hull and
polishes her brass with care and emotion. Her first double-masted command.
The joy of it trembles up inside her, shakes her to her core, like the
shudder of a completion with a man ashore.
But the Sea and the Ship call to her, tell her to turn the prow toward
Jack..., they whisper to her. We need you to extricate
Jack...redeem him...retrieve him...regain him for us...for all three of us.
She's not a fool, nor does she suffer fools lightly. She knows that Jack
will never belong to any, but his Sea and his Pearl of great price.
But she's fond of these two old biddies, plans to spend quite a bit of time
with each of them, with both of them, in the years ahead.
She does as they demand, knowing that though they have couched it as a
request, she'll not last long at the helm if she thwarts their united will.
Perhaps... perhaps that pretty lad would follow Jack's will-o-the-wisp, back
to the Sea, back to my own berth here, if'n I humor these fine old wenches,
Aye, there might be some compensations, at that.
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