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Captain Victoria Henson

"Hidden treasure you say? Now that sounds like a grand adventure."

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a character in “Rough Waters”, as played by Zodia195

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You Can’t Take Me by Bryan Adams




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Name: Victoria Cecilia Henson

Nicknames: Tori, but only her crew mates, alias is Victor Henson, this mostly what she goes by.

Title: Captain

Gender: Female

Age: 27

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Birth Date: November 8th, 1686

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Birthplace: England

Hex code: 2A4A60

Faceclaim: Amanda Seyfried




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”Appearances can be deceiving, which I use to my advantage.”




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Appearance: By looking at Victoria, one would never think she was a pirate captain. She will use to ‘innocent looks’ to her advantage too and gets a kick out of surprising people. Often when on her ship, she’ll keep her hair braided so it doesn’t obstruct her vision when things get rough. While her mannerisms on her ship make her a typical tomboy and she does prefer trousers to gowns, she is not afraid to change her appearance to be more feminine when the time calls for it. In the past she even kidnapped people to learn how to do dress the way she needed be or act the way she wanted to act. She does have a willowy figure so it's easier for her to hide her gender.

Attire: As stated before, when she’s on her ship, Victoria prefers to dress like a man. Along with trousers, she always wearing a light long sleeve top. In cooler weather she’ll wear a vest over it as well as gloves. She’s always in boots too with a belt on. She never wears a hat though in order for enemies not to figure out she’s the captain. In fact, most think her quartermaster is the captain. She caries other types of clothes from more feminine attire to even colder weather clothing from when she travels through colder waters. She always has a belt on for her for her rapier and flintlock.

Hair: Victoria has golden blonde hair and she is a bit vain about it. Even though it’s braided up most of the time, she does enjoy having it down. However, she’s not afraid to chop it off when called for. Currently it’s reaches to her mid-back.

Eyes: She has pure green eyes that are said to be memorizing at times. However, when she’s angry, they’ll darken. It’s really the only sign she’ll give when she’s mad.

Height: 5'4"

Weight: 140 lbs.

Accessories: None

Tattoos, Piercings, Etc: She has a several scars over her body. The worst ones are the following- she has a long one along her left thigh during a fencing sword fight, smaller scars grouped together from shrapnel during a ship battle when a canon ball hit the ship she was on as a child. They’re located around her hip area. And last scar came from a cutlass right under her chest near her belly button.




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”I can be an angel, but my halo is held up by horns. So don’t judge a book by it’s cover”




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~Clever~Charming~Fearless~Inquisitive~Nimble~Secretive~

Behavior: Tori is like a chameleon. She’s able to adapt to pretty much any situation. One minute she’ll be charming and graceful, the next she’ll be ruthless and stubborn. It really does depend on the situation. When it’s just her and her crew though, she is definitely in command and is extremely loyal to her men. Don’t ever try to backstab her, unless you want to be sent to the bottom of the ocean. Her adopted father taught her the importance of strategy and thinking ahead of time. Very light on her feet she is good at blending in whenever in a dangerous situation. She never allows fear to get the best of her and tackles it head on. Even before she ended up on a pirate ship, she learned to be quiet and behave herself since it was ingrained in her by her biological mother. She also has developed a strong will to live. While she’s pretty laid back, Tori’s anger tends to run towards the icy side. She doesn’t get mad, she gets even. It’s one reason why she keeps attacking Barnaby Pirates off the coast of North Africa in the Atlantic. She really holds a grudge towards them.

Likes: Outwitting her opponents, reading, writing, traveling to unknown locations, riddles.

Dislikes: Barnaby Pirates, feeling confined, making mistakes, disloyalty, when a guy tries to grope her.

Strengths: Clever mind, light-footed, patient, eagle eye vision, sharp shooter, fencing (but she has learned how to wield other weapons), navigation, adaptable.

Weaknesses: Too curious, children, her crew, a dare, can be overconfident.




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”My crew is my family. They’re worth their weight in gold.”




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Ship: The Dearg Gaoth (Red Wind in Gaelic)

Quartermaster: Gideon Jacobs aka Jake

Weapon(s): Flintock revolver and rapier

Specialty: Disguises and Strategy- she tends to use these things hand in hand. Tori tends to think 2 or 3 steps ahead and even though she makes plans in advance, she is flexible enough to come up with back up plans in case the original plans need changing. She uses her brain the most when going incognito into dangerous territories. Like when targeting Barnaby Pirates, she’ll actually target them as they’re attacking other ships because she feels they’re so focused on their own attack that they’ll leave their flank unguarded. She’ll use any trick in the book to defeat her opponents and this includes fighting too. Thanks to her eagle eye vision, barely anything escapes her notice.




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”Life is definitely short, so I plan on making it my greatest adventure.”




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Victoria's parents were both British. Her father was Lord Ian Markson and he was a wealthy man who was part of the 'upper class' of the London scene. His older brother was a Viscount. Lord Ian was a restless soul and decided to make an investment in the American Colonies, especially in their tobacco industry. So when Victoria was only 2 years old, her father moved to the colonies and ended up becoming more wealthy through his business venture. Victoria did have a normal childhood for someone of her class. She has no memories of her father and only saw her mother, Lady Gwen, occasionally. However her mother was a gentle woman who taught Victoria to be observant and mind her manners. Even as a child though, Victoria learned how to be inventive and loved playing 'pretend'. She was a very happy child.

Victoria's world changed though when she was 5 years old. By that time, Victoria's father was well established and sent a letter for Victoria and her mother to come to the USA. Lady Gwen didn't really want to move from England due to her fears traveling over an unpredictable ocean, but knew it was her duty. Victoria herself was only curious. However, Lady Gwen's fears proved to be all too real. Their passenger ship was attacked by Barbary Pirates. Unfortunately during the initial attack, a canon blast hit where the passengers side where she and her mother were. Lady Gwen protected Victoria from the blast, but received mortal woulds, while Victoria got some shrapnel injuries along her calf. Before she died, Lady Gwen made Victoria to promise her to stay alive. Victoria still remembers crying for her mother as the pirates grabbed her after conquering the ship.

The new few days, Victoria remained silent as she was being watched by another female who'd been captured, along with many others. Even though she was only 5 years old, she still had her intelligence and tried coming up with ways to escape. She got her chance for before the pirates could reach the Mediterranean, because a vicious storm hit their ship at night and many lives were lost in it. Victoria ended up freeing a barrel that was on top of the ship and ended up stealing a dagger from a pirate, who had originally stole it from one of the male prisoners. Cutting the barrel free from the binds that kept it stable, along with other barrels, she was able to push it over on its side, tied herself around it, and pushed it overboard. It helped that the floor was wet to cause less friction. The current too Victoria under the water at times, but the barrel was buoyant enough to remained afloat. Still Victoria was exhausted and remained on the barrel for 2 days until dehydration started to kick in. Luck was on her side again though as another ship found her. This time though, it belonged to the pirate, Billy Henson. Billy Henson himself was originally from the US colonies but lost everything when his wife and children were killed by disease in South Carolina and became a drunk and thief before finding himself in Florida Keys and became a pirate. Taking pity on the blonde girl, he ended up adopting Victoria.

Victoria grew to be the "ship darling" for the crew grew to adore her. However, she wasn't pampered and expected to do her share of work. Her intelligence was quickly picked up by Henson and he taught her how to navigate and plan ahead. She grew to love the sea and seeing new places. As a kid she was passed off as a cabin boy and her hair was kept short to keep the guise up. She was ordered to stay hidden whenever the ship attacked others. She did learn how to fight eventually and would enjoy spending time up at the crow's nest looking for things. When Tori hit puberty though, she became terrified of the changes for she was never instructed on them and when her cycle started, she thought she was dying. Henson assured her she wasn't dying though, but was going through the changes that would turn her into a woman. Victoria though started using other means to disguise herself, usually by binding her chest and wearing looser clothing. It was hard to hide her fine facial features though.

Growing up, Victoria became close friends with one of the younger pirates on the ship, Gideon Jacobs, who was 10 years her senior. He was originally a poor thief and eventually found himself a part of Henson's crew. Known as Jake on the ship, he was often charged with watching Victoria when Henson was busy. He taught Victoria the value of being patient when it came to planning things out. When Victoria was 15, Victoria wanted to learn how to read so Henson started kidnapping scholars and others in the Caribbean. For Victoria's own safety and for her identity to be protected too, Henson had these scholars killed. He never told Victoria this, but the young lady figured it out though. A part of her didn't like the idea of people helping her dying, but her fear of being being discovered override it. Once she learned how to read in English, French, and other languages, she requested Henson if she could start 'observing others' by spying on them. She didn't want any more innocent blood spilled on her behalf, so instead she found another way to learn. Several of the crew members specialized in stealth, so she learned from them. Learning how to blend in with her environments, Victoria eventually became good enough to sneak into grand estates among wealthy citizens in the Caribbean.

Throughout her training, Victoria hadn't be aware that Henson was setting up for her to be his successor. Even though she was his adopted daughter, Victoria did have to work her way up through the rankings and did eventually become first mate by the time she was 18. Jake around that time became the quartermaster. By this time, Victoria played an active role in the decision making in where the ship would go and who it targeted. So it was during this time, they started targeting Barbary Pirates and 'rescue' their captives. What would end up happening though was they would steal all of their valuables leave them off the coastal islands in the Eastern Atlantic. Few of these people though would become pirates though.

Henson had enemies in the pirate world. One of them though would be the cause of his demise. His name was One Eye Dodger. The two had a bitter rivalry going for years, but he never found out about Victoria. When she was 20, their ship was docked at Port Royal, Jamaica. While there, Henson's rival managed to sneak onto the ship, get past some of the crew who were awake and kill Henson while he was sleeping before trying to set the ship on fired. Victoria, who was always a light sleeper, woke up, and helped put out the fire. Losing Henson was devastating for her and it was then she learned she would be the next captain. She swore to get even with the one who caused the death of the only father she even knew. She eventually found out who it was but knew she could outright battle One Eye because his ship was bigger than hers. So she develops a plan. Knowing his weakness for women, she eventually tracks him to Nassau, and poses as a wench there at one of the bars. Getting him drunk, she lures him into a dark alley before killing him there. During this time, she has a few of her crew members sneak onto One Eye's ship, take out the watch, and poor gun powder around the ship, and lighting it up, and getting off of it quickly before it blows up.

For the next 7 years, Victoria starts exploring more of the Atlantic and gaining a reputation for being clever. She only steals goods for her crew and even helps some of them 'retire' if they wanted too. Her main thirst is for adventure because having challenges helps her get over her grief. She still manages to keep her gender hidden though by not only taking up the name "Victor", but setting up her quartermaster as the decoy, and ploy that he actually suggested, wanting to protect Tori as much as possible since he sees her as his 'little sister'. It is in Tortuga that Victoria learns about great hidden treasure and it's the adventure itself that makes Victoria decide to join up with several other pirate captains. She had been wanting to 'retire' from the Atlantic scene anyway and wanted to travel Eastward.

So begins...

Captain Victoria Henson's Story

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Sometimes the best way to hide was out in the open. At least that's what Victoria Henson believed and the tactic was perfect for the scenario she found herself in at the moment. The tavern she was in was filled with all kinds of thugs and outcasts from pirates to locals who worked at one of the few pirate sanctuaries in the Caribbean. However Victoria would never fully relax here. No place was completely safe. Because she was the vigilant type, she always had a good number of her men watching her ship when she wasn't there. One half of her crew were taking a break in town while her quartermaster, Jake, and the rest were on Dearg Gaoth. They had already gotten the '1st shift' of enjoying the city, but now it was her and the others who got the 2nd shift. Victoria always hung out at the Canary because it was pretty much the hub of the town and the best way to get news. And she always pretended to her first mate's 'woman'.

So at the moment, she was sitting in the lap of her first mate, Ollie, who was a middle age man who in reality was like an uncle to her. He was one of the ones who taught her stealth skills and the art of disguises. Her laugh was genuine as they and the two others of her crew were having a merry ol' time at a table. She stood out with her golden blond hair and green eyes. Whenever she was portraying another woman, she always used her middle name Cecilia, or Cely, as her crew got use to calling her in these situations.

Despite the facade she was presenting at the moment, Victoria was starting to get bored, having not heard anything interesting. She was about to call it a night when a drunk man came in spouting jargon about some big treasure. Now this wouldn't be the first time Victoria heard about treasure in this location, but it was the conversation that followed that caught her interest. She had been starting to hear rumors of other nations targeting ships. She herself was almost caught on several occasions within the past year. It was only because her wits and Lady Luck herself that they were able to get away from the British and Spanish. Such confirmation was another reason for Victoria to take her ship and leave the Atlantic and head east.

Victoria allowed her eyes to scan the room as she took in the reactions of others in the tavern. It was than she noticed a man sitting with the person she recognized as the infamous Captain Jules. Anyone with a rational mind would have avoided the man, unless he had another motive. Her curiosity peaked, Victoria wrapped her arms around Ollie's neck and whispered into his ear.

"In the back corner, something interesting is happening."

Anyone else looking would have thought she was whispering something else all together.

Ollie quickly looked in the direction Victoria indicated and whispered back, "The stranger just offered his hand to Jules."

The other crew members didn't bother turning around to see what had caught the other two's attention. They knew they were learn soon enough because they knew to turn around would probably bring more attention upon them from Jules and possibly the other stranger. Victoria herself had seen the man earlier and had a feeling he was in disguise just as much as she was. When her group entered the tavern, many eyes turned their way. Locals were familiar with Ollie since he was originally from here. Just like many people believed Jake to be the captain of Victoria's crew, many believed Ollie to be the quartermaster. All this masquerading was for Victoria's own safely. So far it had worked too. There was no wanted picture of her yet, but Jake's instead with her alias, Victor Henson. Many people in this tavern knew Ollie was part of her crew, they just didn't know it that the lovely blonde was the pirate captain herself.

At the moment, Victoria wasn't thinking about the others in the room. She was thinking about that treasure and the two men in the corner. Her instincts were on alert. And offered hand could mean one of several things, an introduction or an offer or favor. Tori doubt it was the former. Her gut told her it was an offer because from what she heard of Jules, no pirate asked anyone for help unless they had something to gain. She wanted to know what they were talking about, but refused to let her curiosity get the best of her. The treasure itself intrigued her. Tori herself wasn't as obsessed with treasure as other pirates were. She only stole stuff for her crew and to keep selling stuff on the black market to keep her ship and supplies in good shape. The idea hunting down treasure though always gave her a thrill, especially if it was hidden in an unknown area. As conversation flowed around her and she joined in again, she planned on what her next move would be.

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Spirits were high among Lucian’s crew as they docked his ship, the Devil’s Eye, off the port of Tortuga. After Lucian had collected a few souvenirs from several unsuspecting individuals, he was feeling rather peachy himself.
 
His destination for the night was a small tavern called The Canary. It was the perfect place for Lucian to blend in. With all the people, and the fisherman disguise Lucian had adorned before leaving his ship, he would be able to go through the night unnoticed. It doesn’t hurt that the rum is plentiful and that there are many drunk men to steal from. The only downside upon coming here was that there were probably people inside that he had stolen from, but he knew that his disguise would keep his identity hidden.
 
He entered quietly and discreetly surveyed the room as he always did. Drunk men, dancing women, loud conversations, nothing out of the ordinary. However, there was a lovely woman that caught his eye. She was setting on the lap of who he believed to be the quartermaster of Victor Henson’s ship. He had never met Captain Henson before, but he would definitely love to. That man probably had loads of riches on his ship just waiting to be stole.
 
He internally chastised himself for daydreaming and walked past the quartermaster, stealing one last glance at the blonde-haired beauty. He bought a bottle of rum and then took a seat at a table among men that were all presumably pirates. Lucian loved going out in to public places like this and listening to all the gossip. Some of it was true, some of it was lies, but it was all entertaining none the less. There were some interesting things being passed around the room, such as the name El Gato. Lucian had heard many stories about the infamous pirate captain and had always been curious about him. Word is that some of his crew members are in the tavern, possibly the captain himself, but Lucian didn't have any clue as to what he looked like so that information was basically pointless. The mention of Captain Jules also peaked Lucian's interest and he quickly spotted the man himself sitting alone at a table in the corner.

Without hesitation, Lucian got up and joined the surly Captain in the hopes of stealing from him. Lucian had stole from many captains before and didn't think this would be any more difficult, even though Jules was a widely avoided captain. Jules seemed baffled by his intrusion and looked as if he was going to say something, when a drunk came stumbling into the tavern raving about a hidden treasure. At the word of treasure Lucian was immediately engrossed in the man's ramblings. He wanted nothing more than to finally catch a break and discover enough riches to last him a lifetime. He was tired of pickpocketing people and stealing measly amounts of rum and sugar, he wanted something bigger and infinitely more exciting. As men around him began confirming said treasure, it seemed that he may finally get what he has always dreamed of.

It didn't take long for Lucian to form a plan of sorts as his mind works quicker than most. He had already came to the conclusion that the treasure is in fact real, based on the accounts of several men around him. Lucian could normally tell when someone was lying and he believed these men to be telling the truth. He had also immediately put all thoughts of stealing from Jules behind him. He would need Jules's help as well as several other captains if he was going to get that treasure. Lucian preferred to work solo, as most captains did, but he knew he didn't stand a chance against several armies without other resources and talents to help him out.

He told Jules as much in a discreet way, but quickly discovered that the man wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. The only way to do this rightfully would be to reveal himself to the other captain, so that is what he did. Jules didn't seem to notice Lucian's discreetness as he all but shouted out his name and Lucian had to quickly shush him.

"So what exactly are you getting at by having this conversation with me?"

Lucina laughed at that. The man is definitely lacking in the brains department, he thought. Out loud he said, "Isn't it obvious? I want you to team up with me to find the treasure."

Jules seemed taken aback by the statement and pondered over it for a few moments. A slow thinker too. This gave Lucian time to figure out how he was going to get the other captains on board. He had of course already planned to get El Gato and Victor Henson to join in the alliance as well as they both had a relatively known name among pirates, and most likely had skills he could use. It wasn't like he had picked them out of the blue or anything, he just knew that they were both most likely here and that made it convenient for him.

Jules finally answered, "I don't work well with others and I don't like making deals with people, but if this treasure is real and not just a rumor, then I realize that I could use some help in finding it." Lucian noticed how he strained to say the word help. "However, if you backstab me in any way, I will kill you without hesitation. That's a promise." He said the last part calmly as if they were conversing about the sea.

Choosing to ignore the deadly threat, Lucian gave Jules a toothy grin. "So you're in then?"

Another pause. "Against my better judgement, but yes."

Lucian let his excitement pass over him and got straight to business. "I have two other prospects to help us in our search. The first is Victor Henson, his quartermaster is the one holding the lovely blonde on his lap and where a quartermaster is, the captain is never far behind." He lowered his voice even more. "The second is the famous pirate captain nicknamed El Gato. This one is a little bit trickier because I'm not sure if he is even here, but earlier, I heard men tossing his name around, saying that they saw some of his crew members. It's a bit farfetched, but in Tortuga, anything can happen."

Lucian heard Jules growl at the news. "I'm going to have to work with three other captains now?"

"Afraid so." Lucian quickly spoke again before Jules had a chance to protest. "Now follow me and I'll do all the talking." Jules did not look pleased at being bossed around so Lucian made sure to get this over with quick.

He walked straight towards Victor Henson's quartermaster and said, "Tell your captain to meet me at the docks shortly if he knows what's good for him." Lucian backed away after delivering the message, hoping that it would be mysterious enough for the captain to make an appearance.

He then proceeded in his attempt to get the other captains attention by standing on top of the nearest table and making an announcement. "El Gato! If you are here, then listen closely. I challenge you to a duel. If you aren't a cowardly piece of shit then you'll meet me at the docks shortly." With that he jumped off the table and quickly took off for the docks.

Jules trailed behind him muttering a string of swear words. He was probably shocked by Lucian's bold move and Lucian had to admit that it was a very bold move, even for him. His goal was to get the two captains attention and what better way to do it then to threaten them. He knew that Victor's quartermaster would have heard his challenge to El Gato and wonder why he wanted to fight them both at the same place, and Lucian hoped that curiosity and confusion would be enough to bring them out here. He was worried that other pirates would come out to see the "fight", but hoped that once he explained to the two captains what was really going on that they would agree to move to someone's ship so they could talk in private. There was also the possibility that they would beat the crap out of him before he had a chance to explain himself, but it was worth the risk.

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Victoria and her crew immediately looked up when they saw the fisherman and Captain Jules approach their table. Giving them one of her charming smiles, she listened as the one who talked to Jules command that 'their captain' come to the docks. While on the outside she gave Ollie an amused look, on the inside her mind was already thinking and putting pieces together. She had looked the man straight in the eye and her instincts had told her this man wasn't who he portrayed himself as. Her mind reached for names of pirate captains that she knew specialized in disguises. One name came to mind immediately; Lucian Fontaine. She had heard plenty of stories about him. One was that he was a rogue who could charm anyone of there precious jewels. Anyone who was good in disguise was very good at lying and had a clever mind.

Before Victoria could address Ollie, that same man got on a table and openly challenged another well known pirate, El Gato. She was very much aware that the mysterious pirate's crew was inside. Not long before the drunken pirate came in, Victoria had seen them come in. One of them she had the distinct impression was female like herself. She couldn't look at them for long because they moved behind the bar away from eyes. Even though female pirates like herself were rare, Victoria had come across them. She had noticed the way the woman carried herself and wondered if this was the infamous "El Gato". She wasn't too sure though. Tori would find out soon enough though as the fool of a fisherman unknowingly requested her presence at the exact same place he intended to duel El Gato. This situation was really making Tori curious. It was pretty obvious to her he was up to something. She looked at Jules's reaction and wanted to chuckle for the pirate looked like he was going to kill the guy himself. She watched as the pair left the tavern. As soon as they did, almost everyone in the room commented on the challenge and a few suggested that the man lost his head.

"Well, it seems we better leave too so I can inform the captain of this request." Ollie said as he looked at Tori with a twinkle in his eye.

Victoria finally laughed as the other two crew members did as well. After paying the bill, they four of them leave and head for Victoria's own ship, the Dearg Gaoth. As soon as they got onto the ship, Victoria immediately went to her quartermaster.

"Well you're back early Tori." the tall dirty blonde hair man with a beard said.

He towered over Tori's height at 6'4" and was very muscular. His eyes were a deep blue color. He always attracted the ladies, but was still very intimidating. To Tori, Jake was like an older brother and a prankster at heart. However he was extremely protective of her, but followed her orders to the letter.

"Oh, there's a reason for my early return my friend. Come into my quarters and I'll tell you." Tori told him before they went into her cabin.

Once there, Victoria told him everything that happened and in the end Jake laughed out loud and it took him a few minutes to calm down.

"The man either has a death wish or is up to something." he said.

"Oh he's definitely up to something. Jules following the man only confirmed it. All of this happened right after that one drunk talked about this mysterious treasure. I really do believe this man is another pirate and probably wants to hunt it down. It wouldn't surprise me if he was wanting help attaining it."

"You could be right, especially with the forces of three other countries after it.

"Indeed, right now let's focus on matters at hand."

"What are you going to do Captain?" Jake asked all serious now.

"Show up of course, but I am going to have you go as me as we've done in the past. If others show up at this duel, I don't want to announce to anyone who I am yet. Besides, this 'duel' sounds interesting. I'll just pretend to be Cely for a little while longer. We'll see what this man wants. Be ready for anything though Jake." Tori replied, going serious with that last comment.

"Aye, aye, captain."

After that, Tori explained what the plan was to Ollie and the rest of the crew. She had two other crew members come with them who were excellent shooters like herself come with them and were decent with a sword. Still in her 'wench' wear, she went back into her "Cely demeanor" as Jake escorted her off the ship and they head for the area of the docks Jules and the other man would be. As soon as they Jake spotted them, he immediately came up to the fisherman and addressed him. Victoria stayed at his side.

"I heard you were looking for me good sir. I was originally going to ignore your 'request', but after hearing what you challenging 'El Gato' in a public setting, I was genuinely curious. Before your duel begins, I was wondering what you would require of me."

Victoria the whole time, kept her ears open for any hidden sounds. She knew the other two crew members were keeping an eye on anything.

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"These fools are already betting all the money that they still have yet to find" Frank, the crew member beside her, said. He motioned towards a table where a group of pirates were playing cards and betting with money that from that treasure, which they assured that they would be the ones to find. Catalina would have chuckled but she found the newly made scene unsettling. She didn't particularly like a group of pirates riled up, drunk on fantasies, by the mention of a treasure. It was dangerous and she scanned the area once again, trying to figure out if perhaps they should depart and try to find another place to spend the remaining hours she had allocated for getting news. No one would be talking about anything else other than the treasure at this point.

Catalina's head turned slightly as she watched as the crew member who previously had gone off approach her again. He hadn't even gotten a sentence out when the crazy man had burst in and, afterward, had pardoned himself and had left the woman to return to Catalina's side.

"As if I haven't heard enough treasure bull for a lifetime," He grunted, crossing his arms.

Catalina chuckled, "Don't be like that. This is great for the business."

From her place near the bar, Catalina's view of the scene between the fisherman and Victor Henson's crew had been somewhat obstructed by the bodies that were making their way through the busy bar, but they had picked up her attention.

At first, Catalina's attention had been partially been caught by the pretty blonde sitting on the lap of an older man. Catalina had noticed her on her way in but had not paid much attention. Now, she was slightly more interested since women of her kind were not usually in these areas.

From her experience, it was not rare for women to linger around these bars. While not every pirate was rich, most men were willing to spend money to be in the company of a woman after months at sea without the presence of one, and many women turned to that kind of lifestyle in these islands when they saw no other way out of complete poverty or when they wrongly believed it would give them the freedom from men and from societal restrictions that they had always dreaded. Catalina never really judged them, but rather tried to understand the positions that they were in. However, one look at the blonde and Catalina could tell that this woman was not in that sphere. She would not have thought that for even a second.

With Catalina's fascination for dresses, she could immediately tell that the young woman's outfit was fancier than any of the women who walked around waving their fans at the men or serving the drinks. Catalina could also see that her face was not caked with makeup in order to hide the wear that came specifically with that job and, most important, her jovial aura -the smile, the laugh, the manner in which the young woman sat comfortably on the man's lap- did not appear to be completely artificial.

Then, a man with tattered clothes and weathered look approached them and Catalina's eyes shifted towards him. She frowned slightly when she saw the man that had followed closely behind. Catalina had heard the name Captain Jules being whispered around and while she didn't know him personally, one of her crew members had pointed the man out once in the past while they were out in the streets of Tortuga. She had only seen him briefly, but she was pretty confident that it was him. In another setting, Catalina would not care that he was there since she didn't really bother with gossip unless it was her business or if it could help her, but with the fresh frenzy of a treasure, the scene was slightly interesting.

Then, before Catalina knew what was going on, the fisherman got on top of the table and dared "El Gato" to a duel. What the hell? She thought.

Catalina knew that he was challenging her since English speakers often messed up the word gender and her eyes flashed with anger, her blood immediately pumping with heat as her mind processed what was going on and tried to decide what she was going to do. She could feel her heart hard against her chest and she could hear the pumping in her ears despite the new ruckus that emerged, her name now being mixed with conversations of the treasure.

This was the last thing she needed. She couldn't just ignore the challenge, it would seem cowardly from her part as the man had said and she would lose the respect she had gradually built over the years. Her looked down at her hand, which had instinctively tightened around the grip of her pistol. It was so hard that even her dark knuckle seemed a couple of shades lighter.

Her crew members, all of them, tensed up upon hearing it. They remained calm, as to not draw more attention than needed, but were ready to draw swords and pistols if the moment called for it. They doubted their captain would respond so suddenly, although they knew that without even aiming, she could hit the back of the head of the man who was strutting out, but it was in these kinds of situations, when she was presented with very little information, that Catalina reacted one out of a very few ways. Right now, part of her just felt like finishing him, but she knew better.

Catalina had taken a step forward upon hearing the challenge, since she had immediately feeling threatened for several reasons, and had felt the hand of Frank rest gently on her upper arm.

"Gracias, but don't worry. I'm not that stupid," Catalina replied through clenched teeth. She wouldn't have taken another step anyways since she wouldn't dare rush out and make a bigger scene. Those who knew her had turned to watch her and a few more did too, following the gazes, but she didn't want to draw even more eyes.

Instead, she leaned back against the bar again and let go of the pistol. She needed to get some eyes away from her and she knew that walking out a minute later would be enough for the pirates to know that she had not shied away.

Despite secretly feeling her heart skip a beat at the thought of a duel, Catalina also reminded herself that this could be a man talking through his alcohol and perhaps he would back out of the duel if he got to his senses. She wouldn't have to see any blood tonight.

But then again, he had approached Victor Henson's crew so calmly and his demeanor had changed so quickly when he challenged her that Catalina couldn't help but wonder what was going on. Could it have something to do with the treasure, since it had been after the crazed man came in? Or could it be a trap, revenge, which she wouldn't be sure why since she had never crossed any of the three men before. But she knew first hand that revenge came in particular ways.

Catalina turned towards one of her crew members. "Get some backup and make sure everything on the ship is alright," She commanded to one of her men in a low tone. She hated walking in blind into situations, but at least she could have some more men behind her in case things escalated quickly.

Finishing the drink from her cup and putting down a few coins that would cover the drinks, Catalina detached herself from the bar and walked out followed by her men. Her chin remained high throughout the whole walk. Although she preferred to blend in, Catalina also knew the way a straight back and a serious but slightly threatening facial expression helped clear a path even with pirates. She heard a few whistles and hollers, mostly things along the lines of "Get him!" but much cruder, and this only helped build up the fire within her.

Once she was out, she felt the air of the Caribbean hit her face, which was damp with precipitation. It felt cool against her skin when compared to the heat from inside and she could smell the salt that she never seemed to escape. With such little information, she wasn't sure what to think. She just hoped there wouldn't be a large crowd gathered since it would make things worse.

Catalina took some time to reach the docks. She had cleared her mind slightly. She stopped to examine the scene from afar, out of view. The woman was there again... she could understand the interest in seeing a spectacle, but then again, why? It would surely mean that she was more important than just a maiden in a ship to be hanging around. She saw Captain Julius and the fisherman. He better explain himself, forfeit, or be ready. As long as everything went clean and fair -which she couldn't rely on- it would be fine and she could go along with the rest of her night.

Catalina finally approached them. Her face was serious, her lips in a thin line with the rouge on them already fading. "Don't you know what happens when you cross a black cat?" Catalina asked when she was close enough, "You strike bad luck, fisherman. I really hope you're better at your swordsmanship than your Spanish."

Her eyes looked around, stopping at the people who were with him. Her eyebrow raised in feigned interested, and asked what was meant to be more of a rhetorical question, "Spectators or are you here to be part of the fun?"

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Lucian waited patiently for the two captains to arrive while Jules paced behind him angrily, grunting out something inaudible. After a short time, a man whom must have been Victor Henson approached him. Three of his crew members were with him, one of which was the lovely blonde that was sitting on the quartermaster's lap earlier. There were also several other outsiders hovering around, probably hoping to witness the ‘duel’.
 
The captain spoke and confirmed his identity to Lucian. "I heard you were looking for me good sir. I was originally going to ignore your 'request', but after hearing what you challenging 'El Gato' in a public setting, I was genuinely curious. Before your duel begins, I was wondering what you would require of me."
 
Victor was rather tall, he towered over Lucian’s 6’1” stature and he was a lot more muscular as well. Lucian supposed that most men would be fearful of the Captain, but Lucian cowered to no man. “Ah! Captain Victor Henson,  I’m so glad that you decided to show up. As for what I require of you, I wa…” He was interrupted by a woman that seemed to be very pissed off based on the seriousness of her expression.
 
"Don't you know what happens when you cross a black cat?" She interjected. "You strike bad luck, fisherman. I really hope you're better at your swordsmanship than your Spanish." Then she looked at the people around him and said, "Spectators or are you here to be part of the fun?"
 
Black cat? Spanish? Lucian pondered over the woman’s words for only a brief moment before he realized who this woman was. You’re El Gato? Or I guess La Gata since you’re a woman.”
 
Lucian was a bit surprised upon figuring out that a woman was a pirate captain, especially one with such a well known name. Lucian had only called her El Gato because he hadn’t even considered the possibility that she could be a woman. A stunning woman, he thought.
 
Lucian put his shock aside and continued, “I apologize for calling you both here in a manner such as this.” He glanced at both Victor and La Gata as he spoke. “There will be no fighting going on here tonight, at least I hope there won’t be. I simply have a proposition for you both and used the challenge as a way to catch your attention.” He dragged Jules up beside him. “Captain Jules here is in on it as well, but I do not want to discuss the details of the proposition until we are in a more private area such as one of our ships.” Satisfied with his speech, he flashed them all bright smile. “So, what do you say?”

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Jules was having a hard time comprehending the situation he was forced into and he was beginning to regret his decision to form an alliance with Captain crazy. Especially when Lucian started threatening the other captains. He was not sure what to expect from the odd man, but he wasn’t expecting that. On their way to the docks Jules spouted out every obscenity he could think of and when they reached the docks, he paced behind Lucian in anger. That man must have a death wish and if he continued to open his big mouth, Jules was going to grant it.
 
Jules watched in brooding silence as Victor Henson talked to Lucian. Silence is the only way to go at this point as the fool has already done his damage. It wasn’t until La Gata showed up that Jules mind really began to spin. He couldn’t believe that a woman was a captain. It was unheard of and slightly ridiculous in his eyes. The sea is no place for a lady. If it wasn’t for her commanding demeanor Jules would think she was lying. In fact, a small part of him still believes her to be lying.
 
Jules was still lost in thought when out of nowhere, Lucian grabbed him by the arm and forced him to stand by his side. Jules gave Lucian a horrified look and pushed the man's hands away from his arm.
 
Despite Jules irritation, Lucian continued talking.“Captain Jules here is in on it as well, but I do not want to discuss the details of the proposition until we are in a more private area such as one of our ships.”
 
So now he’s dragging me into it? Jules settled his hand on the hilt of his sword, readying himself to kill anyone that might come after him. At this point Jules was ready to forget about the treasure and go back to his ship, this was all too confusing for him.

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Victoria didn't have to wait long for the fisherman to start explaining himself, only to be cut off by a feminine voice.

"Don't you know what happens when you cross a black cat?"

This caused Jake, Victoria, and the other two crew members to see the dark skinned woman. It took all of Victoria's control not to laugh. Looks like her instincts were correct. That person she saw was indeed a female and "El Gato". After the woman insults the man on his Spanish, she turned her eyes to her group.

"Spectators or are you here to be part of the fun?"

Jake smiled and answered simply, "Neither, ma'am, this man just requested my presence, so here I am."

During this time, Victoria glanced at Jules and the fisherman, and judging by their reactions, both were a bit surprised by El Gato being La Gata instead. However the fisherman held his surprise in better, but seeing how rare women pirates were, he probably was more surprised than he was letting on. Jules not only looked surprised but irritated. Victoria couldn't help but wonder what his perception of women were in general. Most men from Victoria's experience expected women to play a more submissive role in life. Her mother was a prime example of that. Victoria had very few memories of her, but she remember enough to know that her mother had no say in where they lived. Tori briefly wondered about her biological father and if he even remembered her. She never bothered to find out what happened to him. In her own opinion, Victoria Cecilia Markson might as well as died the day her mother did because her mother had been the only person she ever cared about. Her adopted father was well aware that Tori was from the upper class and Tori remembered not wanting to have her biological family look for her. Seeing how she was only a daughter though, Tori wasn't sure her biological father would have looked for her. She couldn't even recall what he looked like other than the fact that she gotten her blonde hair and green eyes from him. Not wanting to remember her past, Tori focused back on the fisherman when he seemed to recover his senses.

He corrected himself before launching into his explanation for summoning them.

“There will be no fighting going on here tonight, at least I hope there won’t be. I simply have a proposition for you both and used the challenge as a way to catch your attention.” the man said before pulling Jules forward.

“Captain Jules here is in on it as well, but I do not want to discuss the details of the proposition until we are in a more private area such as one of our ships. So, what do you say?”

Tori hoped that Jake wouldn't glance her way because even a small glance could give something away. She knew very well that Jake wouldn't make a serious decision without her impute. Tori herself was trying to decide on what her answer would be. Jules looked like he was ready to bolt. She noticed where his hand went and so did Jake. Both of them were ready to act if the man decided to get physical. The more Tori thought about it, the more she was pretty sure this fisherman was a pirate captain, especially after the suggestion of going to one of 'their ships'. He had to be talking about that treasure. Why else would he want help? Victoria looked at Jake to see what he would say. Luckily, he said the thing she was hoping he would say.

"A proposition you say? I think I may know what you're talking about, but before I make any further decisions, I wish to talk to my crew members here first. Now if you'll excuse me." Jake said before taking Victoria to the other crew members.

They were in a dark area in a place where there was no wind that could carry their voices. Victoria had come up with that tactic. Victoria was the first to talk in a quiet whisper. Jake had positioned her so the others couldn't see her talk.

"Let's make this quick. I am pretty sure that man is pirate captain and he wants help with that treasure."

"Aye, he did suggest discussing the details on one of our ships." mentioned one of the crew members.

"So what do you plan to do?" asked Jake.

"If this is a request to search for treasure, and if I agree, than I don't think we'll be able to keep our charade."

"You may be right Cely. That 'fisherman' is obviously another con like yourself and he'll be able to pick up on things." commented the second crew member.

"I am not so sure you should agree to this request. We've been able to keep her identity hidden for a long time and I am not willing to do something that'll expose you. Jake added.

Tori smiled one of her rare tender smiles. Jake was such a sweetie, at least towards her.

"I've been thinking about this recently and was going to mention it tomorrow to you and the crew, but now is as good as time as any. I feel we should move from the Atlantic scene and head east. With the recent attacks on pirate ships, I don't want to risk us getting caught. We've had a few lucky escapes, but I for one have never liked relying on luck. If this request is indeed looking for the lost treasure, than this could be an opportunity to leave these waters. So what do you men think?"

Jake and the others were silent for a few seconds before Jake replied, "Whatever you think is best Tori, I'll support. I just hope you know what you're doing." .

The other two nodded in agreement.

"So when do you plan on telling them?" Jake asked.

Tori smiled and told them. Jake and the others were caught a bit off guard, but Tori explained to them her plan and they went along with it. With everything decided, Jake, with Tori by his side again, goes towards 'the fisherman' and Jules again.

"I am more than willing to hear you out sir. Might I suggest we use my ship to discuss details. Than I'll give you my full answer. I never agree to anything without the details." Jake said before turning the female pirate and Jules.

"Is that all right with the rest of you?"

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The female couldn't help but be, on one hand, amused by the reactions of the men around her-- she could never cease feeling a little bit of pride swelling up on her chest. On the other, she always felt the low blow it was that men couldn't believe she was a pirate. Many had disrespected her over the years, swearing on a patriarchy that bound women to household items.

Her eyes flickered towards the woman in the dress and noticed that there was no particularly negative reaction from her, which made Catalina feel slightly better. Instead, she noticed that the other women looked at Julius, who looked bothered, as if in thought.

Catalina raised an eyebrow as the fisherman spoke, explaining the situation a little better. There was a feeling of relief, but deeper inside, there was also the feeling of a missed opportunity. No, she told herself, Listen to the man. He might be the best opportunity you've gotten so far. She couldn't be sure what the man was proposing, but Catalina did have the feeling that it had to do something with the treasure, which had been one of her guesses.

At the mention of the other male captain, Catalina's eyes flickered towards him and noticed the hand reaching out for the sword. Immediately, her body tensed up, as so did most of the people around her. She turned to Jake and nodded. She would also have to think about it, but most of her crew was back on her boat, even though she knew that some of her men were around watching them.

"I'm willing to hear you out," she said, frowning. Her dark eyes flashed towards Jules, "But captain here will have to control himself. One foul move and I'm out."

Catalina crossed her arms. "I also need to speak with my crew members. It'll take some time, but I'll be back."

Instead of going to a place like Victoria did, Catalina had to make her way down the port to La Perla. There, she gathered her men and they discussed for several minutes. Her men were anxious to get another mission in and this one certainly attracted their attention. Catalina was wary of all of this; to hang hope on something a few captains said were true and to think of working with other captains was troubling for her. She could tell by now that she would at least bump heads with Captain Julius and a disagreement could turn into a deadly argument around people of her kind.

The fisherman, who by now Catalina had also begun to suspect was actually a captain for he probably wouldn't have the nerve to approach them otherwise, had been very vague for the sake of privacy, but to her privacy meant traps and danger. Of course, he said they would meet to further discuss, but Catalina was still unsure.

"This treasure could mean getting the weapons we need to target larger slave ships," her quartermaster said after Catalina explained what happened back at the bar and guessed vaguely what the mysterious deal could be. "The slave trade increases every day and the navies are getting stronger."

Catalina sighed, sitting on top of a closed barrel and putting her hat down on her lap. "I'll listen to what he has to say. If I see that it could mean a good reward, I'll think about it. We can't continue attacking slave ships and then trying to get lucky with other attacks in hopes that we get some bounty."

Catalina returned to the port where she had met up with the captains with her stomach turning with worry. A few more men visibly accompanied her than the last time.

She heard Jake and frowned. Catalina wanted to suggest going to her ship since, of course, she would feel safer. "I need the details as well, but I don't think that discussing it in a ship is in my best interest."

Of course, it felt better than if it had been at the fisherman's ship, if he was a captain like she guessed, or at Captain Jule's ship, considering his alleged terrible temper. But still, something bothered her about it. She would need to have all the men she wished with her and by her side, at least.

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When Victoria was talking to her crew in the shadows, she managed to see the other female pirate and her crew members leave the scene. More than likely they were heading for their own ship. Thinking about it, she probably should have done the same thing so she wouldn't have to explain her decision twice. When the woman returned with her own decision, Victoria made sure to keep up her own facade. She had definitely noticed the looks the other woman gave her and wondered if she was onto her. It wouldn't surprise her. In her experience, women tended to be more instinctual than men and the fact that she was a pirate, Tori imagined her sixth sense was pretty sharp.

"I need the details as well, but I don't think that discussing it in a ship is in my best interest."

Silently, the blonde didn't blame the woman for being uncomfortable on her own ship. However for her own purposes, Tori was going to need all three pirates on her own ship. It would be safer for her in the long run. For one thing, as Cecilia, it would look too unusual, not to mention suspicious, if she showed up at that private meeting and Tori had every intention of being there since she was the captain of her own ship. And she knew Jake would never make a decision without her there and they didn't want to risk the fact that he would be required to make a decision than and there. No, better to have the meeting on her ship. It be much more simpler. So now Tori had to think of a way to get the female captain aboard her ship. Suddenly the idea came to her.

"I hope you don't mind me speaking up, but I've been around men for so long that I could use some female company. Besides, seeing how I probably won't be at this private meeting, I would rather have a chance to converse with you on our ship. Believe me ma'am, my captain has things there that I am sure to relax you. So pretty please, can you at least indulge me of some much needed break from the boys?" Victoria asked as she came over to the female captain.

Tori gave her one of her pitiful looks she used when she wanted to get something she wanted. She wasn't expecting her to fall for the look, but rather was hoping to trigger her curiosity.

Jake smiled and added, "Indeed, Cely here has been going nuts with her female antics. Perhaps you could give her some tips on how to tone it down."

Tori turned towards Jake with a frown and caught his teasing tone. She knew he was taking the advantage of teasing her and it took all of her control not to laugh. Instead she turned back to the dark skin woman.

"Hmmph! See what I have to deal with? No respect, I tell you. Which is why it would be lovely if you and I could talk for a bit. And if you aren't comfortable in having the meeting on our ship, than we can always move it to your ship, easy as pie. If you do agree to at least talk with me, than shall we meet on Captain Victor's ship in the Captain's quarters in like fifteen minutes? I can assure you it's the most comfortable place in our ship."

If Victoria could convince the female captain to come aboard her ship, than she was pretty darn sure that by revealing herself to the other captain, she'd convince her to have the meeting there.

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Cataina had been looking at Jack when she spoke but her dark eyes turned to Bictoria as she heard the other woman speak up. Catalina glanced back at her crew for a second before turning back to Victoria. She knew exactly what she was speaking of; just because Catalina needed to dress like a man and spent most of her days as the only woman on ship didn't mean she didn't miss the company of the fairer sex, as they were called. She wasn't much for gossip or for talking about the typical female duties, although she was sure that this woman wasn't interested in talking about cooking or knitting either, but there was always something about a nice conversation without a man involved. There were always the freed female slaves, but it was hard to get them to talk and many times they didn't speak the same languages despite Catalina being pretty fluent in some, or at least a bit knowledgeable of basic terminology.

Victoria was right; the pitiful look did not have the effect on Catalina that it could have on someone else, but she wondered what the woman was up to, if there was a bigger reason behind her words. Of course, she didn't doubt she would be the only woman on the ship but the look did give her the feeling that there was a facade she was playing.

Her eyes turned Jake who spoke up again and Catalina's eyebrows raised. She really didn't know what he was talking about, but she didn't bother thinking about it because Victoria spoke up again with a proposition that didn't seem too terrible. Catalina still didn't understand why it had to be on Victor's ship and not out here at least but she didn't disagree. She wasn't sure what the other three captains would do though so she had to make sure.

"Fine, I think that it would do me some good as well. That and some good wine or whiskey, if Victor has any to offer," Catalina finally said with a small smile. Of course, she didn't plan on drinking much and another cup wouldn't affect her at all since her tolerance was really high. "I would like some of my men to accompany me, however. You have my word that they won't be any trouble as long as everyone else can keep their hands to themselves as well."

Catalina turned to the rest of the men. Her smile was pretty much gone and she was back to her serious expression, "It won't take long. I do ask that you won't discuss anything without my presence, I need to be informed if I am going to make a decision on this."

She did have to admit, tonight was very interesting.

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Victoria's smile was instant as her eyes showed some relief. However, she wasn't relived because she was going to get some 'female company', but because her ploy worked. In reality, Tori couldn't care less if she got some time with other women. She was a complete tomboy and really had a lower opinion of women than men in general. In reality the only woman she remembered respecting was her mother.

"Oh wonderful! You won't have to worry about something to drink either. The captain may not carry as much to drink as the Canary, but it'll due." Tori replied.

Tori wasn't a drinker and rarely tolerated the stuff. She also didn't like her crew drinking that much either, saying that a drunken pirate was a liability to the crew. She allowed them to drink, but not so much they didn't get drunk. Anyone who broke her rules would get severely punished for the few she had in place were there to keep her crew safe. She had adopted these rules from her adopted father and had seen what happened to those who broke the rules. She herself had dished out punishments herself. Treachery was the worst offense. Bulk of her crew were loyal, but there was always those rotten apples and Tori dished out those punishments personally. The worst one had tried organizing a coup but was found out and he not only got castrated by was slowly tortured before being dumped into shark infested waters. Seeing how angry Tori could get the rest of the crew who were loyal to her not only did their best to stay on her good side, but were more observant of each other's actions.

"So now that we got this settled, I'll return to the ship. When you come ma'am, just ask for Cely and the crew will let your know. Captain, you coming so you can tell the crew the plans?" Tori asked Jake.

"You're right darlin'. Besides we wouldn't want to keep Ollie worried. Ma'am, we'll see you soon. And good sirs, if you decide to change your minds on the location of the meeting, let me know all right?" Jake asked before he, Tori, and the other crew members left.

Returning to the ship, Tori quickly called a meeting for her crew members and explained her plans. Everyone nodded, although the majority of them were still concerned about Tori revealing herself to these pirates. Victoria replied back if need be, she'd use that tonic on the captains that she got from a Voodoo Witch Doctor, which would cause their recent memories to blurr. She had seen the man use it on others to make sure it wasn't poison too. Victoria only used this when needed. Like she's used it on former slaves she had rescued on Barnaby Pirates so they would forget about her. This way she wouldn't have to kill any innocents. In fact, one of the reasons why her crew stopped in Tortuga was to get a new supply of the stuff. Jake had gotten it during his shift earlier that day.

After explaining these things, the crew was more relaxed and this gave Victoria just enough time to return to her quarters to put on something more comfortable. Making sure her saber was secured at her side, she poured some red wine for her first guests before sitting the big chair behind her desk.

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Only a moment after Lucian had stated his proposition, Victor answered. "A proposition you say? I think I may know what you're talking about, but before I make any further decisions, I wish to talk to my crew members here first. Now if you'll excuse me."

La Gata spoke up right as Victor had walked away with his crew. "I'm willing to hear you out," the woman said to Lucian with a frown on her face.

Lucian was happy to hear that she wasn't completely opposed to the idea. His happiness was short lived however, when he saw her eyes flash towards Jules, "But captain here will have to control himself. One foul move and I'm out."

Lucian gave Jules a pointed look after that comment. Based on Jules expression, the man was taken aback by that comment, but La Gata didn't give him a chance to respond as she continued speaking. "I also need to speak with my crew members. It'll take some time, but I'll be back."

Lucian waited patiently as both Victor and La Gata spoke to some of their crew members. His mind then wandered to the lovely blonde that was with Victor's quartermaster earlier. When he saw her come to the docks with Victor and a few other crew members, he couldn't help but get the feeling that there was something odd about her, aside from the fact that she was a female pirate. He couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was, but he knew that there was more to her than he originally thought.

When Victor and La Gata were done discussing matters with their crews, they walked back to where Jules and Lucian were. Victor had the blonde by his side again and he spoke directly to Lucian when he said, "I am more than willing to hear you out sir. Might I suggest we use my ship to discuss details. Than I'll give you my full answer. I never agree to anything without the details." Then Victor turned to Jules and La Gata and asked, "Is that all right with the rest of you?"

Jules looked displeased with that request and opened his mouth to say something, but Lucian interjected before the sullen captain could speak. "That would be quite alright with us." He used his hand to indicate both Jules and himself.

Lucian could practically feel the steam coming from Jules at his comment, but he would make things better with him after the meeting was over.

La Gata obviously felt uncomfortable about discussing the proposition on a ship and expressed this in her comment. What surprised Lucian however, was when the blonde spoke to La Gata. She seemed to be wanting some female companionship, or so that's what she said. Lucian didn't buy it, but it got La Gata to agree to meet on the ship so he didn't look much into the details of what this "Cely" had said.

After agreeing to meet on Victor's ship, La Gata had said that she was going to get some of her men to accompany her for the meeting. Before leaving she added, "It won't take long. I do ask that you won't discuss anything without my presence, I need to be informed if I am going to make a decision on this."

"We'll wait to discuss until you are present." Lucian assured her.

It seemed that everything had been settled for the meeting and Victor spoke up before heading onto his ship. "You're right darlin'. Besides we wouldn't want to keep Ollie worried. Ma'am, we'll see you soon. And good sirs, if you decide to change your minds on the location of the meeting, let me know all right?"

"We'll have no need of that. The location is perfect."

As soon as everyone was out of sight, Jules got into Lucian's face, grabbing him by the collar of his shirt. "This better end well or I'll have your head mounted on the wall of my private quarters."

Lucian was unfazed by the threat and answered him calmly. "Trust me, it will end well."

Jules scrutinized him for a few seconds before releasing the collar of his shirt and backing a few feet away from him, shaking his head as he did so. "I don't know why I'm trusting a man like you, but I'm too far into this to back out of it now."The captain sighed before looking at Lucian again. "Let's head onto the ship."

Lucian grinned at that and clapped Jules on the shoulder as they walked onto Victor's ship.

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As the captains and whatever crew members they brought board the The Red Wind, all of Victoria's crew stopped an eyed them. Victoria instructed them to let them on, but she had made sure her quickest moving crew members were in the front watching them. Victoria wasn't taking any chances with these strangers aboard her ship, so any sign of trouble her crew would move into action. Plus it being dark out work to their advantage, all though there was lanterns lit around the bow and stern. What made Victoria's ship special was it was rigged with traps. While most had to be sprung manually, others could be easily fallen into, but those were luckily in areas where the captains wouldn't be walking and Victoria's crew knew how to avoid those easily because what might seems out of place would be an automatic reminds to steer clear of that area. Of course like any other ship though, it still had standard canons and arsenal found there. Victoria's crew was mostly made of folks from the colonies of Anglo decent, but a quarter of them were from the Caribbean and had dark skin. The rest came from Europe and were former Barnaby captives like herself. 2/3rds of the crew she grew up with when her adopted father raised her, but Victoria knew that a good number of them wanted to retire soon, so she was trying to make an effort to hire more crew mates.

After the captains came to the middle of the ship, Jake greets them.

"Welcome aboard the Dearg Gaoth." he said before seeing how foul and impatient Jules was.

Thinking about it, he decided it might be best for Victoria to put off her 'female bonding time' with the female captain. Jules was known for his temper and the last thing Jake wanted was for the man to lose it before Tori had the chance to hear was the 'fisherman' had to say. At this point he knew that the other man was Captain Lucian as one of the crew members who was originally there when the captained approached Ollie and Tori, had overheard Jules saying Lucian's name. The man had the best hearing in the crew and was often with Tori when they were in social situations where there was a lot of noise. So Tori knew who the other man was also.

Thinking of what to do now, Jake had another idea and turned to the female captain.

"Hmmmm, since you're all here now, maybe you and Cely can delay your little 'female bonding time' for after the meeting." Jake suggested.

"Are you sure that's a good idea, captain. Cely has been looking forward to having company ever since you guys returned to the ship. I hate to see my gal all upset." responded Ollie, who decided to play along, although he wasn't sure what Jake was planning.

"True. Why don't you go talk to her really quick. I can see that Captain Jules is eager to get things started.

"Aye, aye."

Ollie immediately went into the captain quarters to find Tori sitting behind her desk with drinks ready to serve and she was reading something.

"Something up Ollie?" Victoria asked, seeing her first mate in the corner of her eye.

"Yes Tori, all three captains are here and Jules looks to be steaming from the ears. Jake suggested to the female captain that she and you not do your own talk until after the meeting. I mentioned that you'd be upset and Jake suggest I talk to you."

This earned a smile out of Tori and she closed the book she was reading before giving Ollie her full attention.

"Perfect, I didn't really want 'female bonding time' anyway. But I still need a way to stay in this room though. I know, make Jake promise 'Cely' that she can listen in on the meeting. Cely is a highly curious character anyway. Oh Ollie, I want you watching the ship while the meeting is progressing and let me know of any trouble."

"Aye, Tori." Ollie said.

As he headed for the door, his persona changed to someone who just had a good tongue lashing. Going back outside, he appeared to be worn out.

"I guess our Cely wasn't too happy huh." Jake laughed.

"Indeed Captain. Once I calmed her down though, she said that she'd be okay with this new arrangement as long as you promise her to stay for the meeting."

"Why doesn't that surprise me. Oh all right. I swear Ollie, I don't know how you put up with her." Jake groaned.

"Because she's a damn good cook, among other things." Ollie laughed.

That was actually true, Victoria was one of the cooks of the crew and enjoyed doing it when possible. Jake laughed with the middle age man before turning to the other captains.

"Well than, shall we?" he said before gesturing for their 'guests' into the captain quarters.

He waited for them to pass him and closed the door after they came into the room. Once the other pirates came into the captain quarters, the first thing they saw was Victoria still in her captain's chair, only she had her feet on the desk with her hands on her stomach and a big grin on her face. Seeing them come in, she stood up and came in front of the her desk.

"You took your sweet time coming here didn't you. Forgive me for not introducing myself earlier, Victoria Cecilia Henson, at your service." she said before bowing.

Coming up she laughed at their expressions. Jake did too.

"Captain, can I remove this coat and hat now? I look ridiculous." he asked.

"Of course you can Jake. Captains, that happens to be my quartermaster, Gideon Jacobs. But everyone on the ship calls him Jake. Now Captain Lucian, I believe there was a reason why you wanted to meet the three of us. We're in my private quarters so the floor is yours now. But next time make sure when you tell someone your name, the person doesn't have a loud voice like Captain Jules there. Oh, and here's something to drink too." Victoria said before gesturing to the drinks of wine and went to sit behind her desk again before taking a sip of her own wine.

The drinks weren't laced with her tonic . . . yet. Now out of the captain coat and hat, Jake came to stand next to Tori.

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Julius could feel the eyes of Victor’s crew eyeing him as he walked onto the ship. Unpleased by this, he gave them all a menacing stare and straightened his shoulders to make him seem bigger than he actually was. This was a tactic he used quite often to intimidate people.

He noticed that La Gata had brought some of her crew with her and realized that he had forgotten to inform his crew members of what he was doing. Lucian didn’t tell his crew either. Jules would have to do that after the meeting.

By the time they reached the middle of the ship, Jules was in a foul mood. He didn’t like having so many people watching him and was uncomfortable with La Gata’s presence. He still found it hard to believe that a woman was not only a pirate, but a pirate captain. His eyes avoided her like the plague as he couldn’t bring himself to look at her.

When Victor welcomed them onto his ship, the Dearg Gaoth, Jules was on the verge of losing his patience. Stop wasting my time and get on with the bloody meeting already. Right as Jules thought this, Victor suggested that the idiotic ‘female bonding time’ be postponed until after their meeting.

The surly captain was relieved that they could start the meeting now. After a few dumb comments between Victor and his quartermaster, their ‘host’ finally said, "Well than, shall we?" and gestured for them to go into the captain's quarters. Jules all but barged into the room, bumping shoulders with both Lucian and La Gata as he passed them.

The first thing he saw was that Cely girl sitting in the captain's chair with her feet propped on the desk in front of it. Jules instantly looked towards Victor with an appalled face, expecting the captain to yell at her, but Victor said nothing. Instead, Cely stood from her chair saying, "You took your sweet time coming here didn't you. Forgive me for not introducing myself earlier, Victoria Cecilia Henson, at your service."

Jules was confused at first. Not realizing what she was saying, until he put it together that there was never a ‘Victor Henson’ and that Victoria was the captain all along. Now there were two female captains. TWO. It was almost too much for him to take in.

Victoria and Victor or whoever the hell he is, seemed to think that the situation was humorous as they were laughing. Jules however, felt his blood boil at their laughter.

His anger continued to simmer as Victoria continued. "Of course you can Jake. Captains, that happens to be my quartermaster, Gideon Jacobs. But everyone on the ship calls him Jake. Now Captain Lucian, I believe there was a reason why you wanted to meet the three of us. We're in my private quarters so the floor is yours now. But next time make sure when you tell someone your name, the person doesn't have a loud voice like Captain Jules there. Oh, and here's something to drink too."

Jules didn’t believe in harming women, but he was very tempted to in this moment. So, to calm himself down he trudged over to the wine bottles, grabbing two, and began chugging them. As he finished off the first bottle and started onto his second he thought, This is going to be a long night.

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"Of course you can Jake. Captains, that happens to be my quartermaster, Gideon Jacobs. But everyone on the ship calls him Jake. Now Captain Lucian, I believe there was a reason why you wanted to meet the three of us. We're in my private quarters so the floor is yours now. But next time make sure when you tell someone your name, the person doesn't have a loud voice like Captain Jules there. Oh, and here's something to drink too."

Instead of being surprised, Lucian was quite pleased with himself as he knew that there was something different about that Victoria when he first saw her. He didn’t know that she was the actual captain of the Dearg Gaoth, but he knew something was up.

Jules obviously had opposite feelings as he was currently downing bottles of wine in anger. Lucian made sure to keep an eye on him in case he started throwing the bottles.

As calm as ever, Lucian responded to Captain Victoria. “I can’t say I’m surprised that you are a captain or that you know my name, but I do admire your forwardness Victoria.” He winked at her. “I might as well properly introduce myself even though you know who I am.” He took off his fisherman’s cap, smiling as he did so. “Lucian Fontaine, captain of the Devil’s Eye. Not a fisherman, though I do enjoy fishing.”

Lucian walked to the middle of the room before beginning his proposition. “Since you figured out who I am, then you probably have some idea of what my proposition is. To be straightforward, I want to find the treasure they are calling ‘Neptune’s Fortune’. Back in the Canary, I am sure you heard the rumors of this treasure getting passed around. I am not one to normally think anything of rumors like this, but this one held some truth to it. For one, I have seen a lot of ships from the navy around these parts over the past few months. I thought it was a little suspicious and when I heard some of the men in the tavern mention that the navy has been looking for the treasure, it made sense. I also happen to be talented at knowing when people are lying and I believe that the men were telling the truth. It may just be a gut feeling, but I think that the treasure is at least worth looking for.”

Lucian paused and looked at all the captain’s before he continued. “I would like for us to team up to find the treasure. Alone, we don’t stand much of a chance against the navies of several countries, but together I think that we can find it first.” He spread out his arms, gesturing to the other captains. “If you are interested and have any sources that you think would be useful then now would be the time to put them out there.”

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Catalina wasn't happy to hear that the plans for the "bonding" time were over. She didn't even care that Captain Jules was blowing out steam from his obvious lack of patience.

Of course, Catalina would have genuinely enjoyed some time to talk to another woman and perhaps have a nice drink, but it was much more than that. Catalina would be stepping into a ship she wasn't familiar with alongside two extra men, meaning that if anything went awry, Catalina would have to deal with the captains and possibly crew members of another man, Julius, without her having any advantage of knowing the place better than them and how to get out. Captain Victor would know everything about his own ship and even how to trap them, that was clear, but now she would be in the same spot as the other two.

Thankfully, as they boarded the ship, Catalina noticed that Julius had not brought anyone with him and wondered, having noticed that he hadn't moved from the port, if his crew even knew where he was. The female could tell that her crew members were on edge and frankly rather uncomfortable as they made their way through. But her crew members and Victor's kept at bay nonetheless.

When Catalina felt a bump against her shoulder, her eyes immediately narrowed. "Watch it, Captain," she said in a low tone through a clenched jaw, "Or the next thing you'll bump into might be my sword."

Catalina could tell that this man wouldn't be easy to deal with and with her personality, she probably wouldn't make things any easier for him. From his reputation, she was actually surprised that his short-tempered personality was tolerating all of this, but what she couldn't tolerate herself was the fact that he seemed to have a problem with her. A gender-related problem that Catalina didn't appreciate at all. Catalina had always been well-aware of the status of women in this world, but it didn't mean that she would let herself be belittled by some men if she could help it.

When they finally entered the quarter, Catalina looked at her men. All except one, who she motioned to, stayed behind. The man who followed in her wasn't particularly large and easily blended in with the group. In fact, he was the smallest of all because, despite his good sword skills, he was the least threatening-looking of all. Although Catalina needed someone at her side, she didn't need anything else making matters tenser than they were.

Catalina's first reaction when they walked in was a small chuckle emitted from her painted lips as she saw the mistress transformed into a pirate. Catalina's arms crossed slightly as the other woman, who was obviously enjoying the little show she put on, bowed. Although she knew that just because there was another woman among them didn't mean anything in terms of loyalty, considering that women could be just as dangerous as men, Catalina couldn't help but feel slightly relieved-- she did enjoy woman power. She had seen something sketchy about Cely, but hadn't really been sure what it had been.

Catalina had to hold down a laugh when she saw Captain Jules move over to the drinks so quickly, but they didn't linger for too long because Lucian began to speak. Her right eyebrow raised in slight amusement as he even threw in a joke; his persona was a stark difference between the man who appeared to be drowning himself in liquor even before discussion even began, and Catalina wasn't sure what to think of his overall lightheartedness.

After hearing his proposition, Catalina shook her head slightly. "This all sounds lovely," she said, "But if we do join forces, what would even guarantee that none of us is going to bail or betray the group?"

Pirates were not a trustful bunch. She would personally do anything for her crew and she was sure that any of the three around her would do the same. If problems arose, it would be easy for them to see each other as enemies.

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It took all of Tori's will power not to laugh when Jules took two bottles of her wine, instead of merely taking one of the glasses the win was in. She would have to make a note to keep him away from the rest of her supply. Her full attention though was directed at Lucian as he started talking. She noticed the wink but didn't return it. Someone like Lucian would be a charmer. She would have to be cautious around this man. While Tori herself had used her feminine skills in the past, she never been fully attracted to any man before due to not seeing the need to be. She'd be a fool though to deny the fact that both male captains were handsome. Most captains, both pirate and regular naval ones, she'd come across were middle age men with big bellies.

As Lucien began to talk about his proposition in more detail, Victoria was glad that she was right about her assumption that the pirate wanted to go after the Neptune treasure, but wanted help. He was right about one thing, one pirate ship alone couldn't find a treasure that 3 other nations were searching for. As for herself, Victoria never sought help from anyone. For one thing, she didn't trust anyone to keep their word and secondly, she did not want to risk anyone discovering her identity.

After Lucien finished talking, it didn't take long for the other female captain to speak up.

"This all sounds lovely," she said, "But if we do join forces, what would even guarantee that none of us is going to bail or betray the group?"

She hit the nail on the head, Tori thought. There was also the matter of Victoria wanting to keep her identity secret from others.

With that in mind, she leaned forward on her desk and added, "Not to mention the rest of everyone's crew. My own crew is 100% loyal to me, but I can't promise that to the rest of you. I'd be putting my own identity on the line by accepting this proposal of yours Lucian. My biological family doesn't know if I am alive or dead and personally, I'd like for things to stay that way. The only reason why I am revealing myself to you three is because I am sailing East due to all the recent attacks on other pirate ships. If there was a way to keep you three and the crews trustworthy to each other, than I am all for it."

During this time, she and Jake kept an extra eye on Jules. If he kept drinking the way he was, they'd have another drunk pirate on their hands.

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Lucian saw La Gata shake her head slightly when he was finished with his proposition. "This all sounds lovely, but if we do join forces, what would even guarantee that none of us is going to bail or betray the group?" She asked.

Victoria jumped into the conversation before Lucian could ponder over the question. Leaning on her desk she said, "Not to mention the rest of everyone's crew. My own crew is 100% loyal to me, but I can't promise that to the rest of you. I'd be putting my own identity on the line by accepting this proposal of yours Lucian. My biological family doesn't know if I am alive or dead and personally, I'd like for things to stay that way. The only reason why I am revealing myself to you three is because I am sailing East due to all the recent attacks on other pirate ships. If there was a way to keep you three and the crews trustworthy to each other, than I am all for it."

Both of the women made good points, but Lucian didn't know how he was supposed to ensure them that they had the loyalty of both him and his crew. Especially since his crew wasn't even aware of what he was plotting. He stayed silent for a moment, which was a rarity for the captain, so that he could think of something that would make the other captains trust him. Honestly, Lucian didn't think that anything he said would even make a difference. Pirates aren't exactly the most trustworthy people and Lucian even had a reputation for backstabbing other pirates. The situation is not looking well for me, he thought.

As he thought this, he saw Jules grab another bottle of wine and heard him mumbling incoherently as he went back to the corner of the room. Looks like Jules isn't going to participate in the conversation anytime soon.

Lucian looked at both ladies sincerely saying, "As much as I would love to assure you that you have the loyalty of both myself and my crew, I cannot guarantee that." He walked in a slow circle, holding his hands behind his back. "I think that we can all agree that it is impossible to control the actions of others and while I know my crew is very loyal to me, I cannot say that they will not try to harm any of you. He put on the most sincere face he could muster and continued. "I will do whatever is necessary for you to trust me, but the problem is that I don't know if I can do anything that will convince you that I am trustworthy."

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Catalina could understand what Captain Lucian was saying but that did not mean that she was comfortable with leaving it as that. The journey was enticing enough to consider accepting the deal but was it enough to convince her to actually join? Like Lucian and Victoria, Catalina trusted her crew and their complete loyalty to the ship and her, or else none of them would be sailing with her. If she joined the group, her crew's loyalty would, in a way, have to extend to the other three ships in order for this deal to work. But words had no weight and men had free will.

If this was to work out, their loyalty would have to be bound to something stronger than words and paper, all which could banish with the softest winds and the smallest flames.

Catalina had to think. Her eyes moved slowly between captains although, after turning once more to Jules, she did not look back at him again. If Julius got drunk, he would probably be the easiest to convince, whatever the other captains decided on. History had proven that it wasn't intelligent to get drunk around pirates after all-- Catalina didn't support the practice since it incited a lack of loyalty amongst her crew, but many times, men even found themselves bound to a lifelong contract working on a pirate ship after passing out drunk in a bar. Of course, that wouldn't happen to Julius, but she hoped it would make things easier with one captain at least.

Grabbing her own cup, Catalina drank a some the red-tinted drink. It took her a moment, but her mind eventually drifted back to a man she knew. Bahari, a man of ancient and immortal appearance. Despite being almost blind, he had thousands of eyes that watched over this world and those invisible to the normal human eye. He was not known by whites, or by many people in fact since his identity and location was kept hidden for his safety but those that had gone to him knew the strength of his magic.

Catalina, despite considering herself a skeptic of most things that dealt with magic, had visited Bahari twice before. Both times were as a last resource when she had been desperate for help, and neither time she had been failed. There had a price for the magic, of course. And if the captains agreed with the plan, they all would have to pay a price. She didn't know what it would be.

"I understand that there will be unplannable risks if I agree to embark on this journey, but I'm afraid I cannot risk the lives of my all crew members by putting blind trust on three other ships. I'm sure you can all understand this," Catalina said. "However, I know a man in Tortuga who can make an unbreakable contract that guarantees that none of us, including our crew members, can betray the group without serious consequence."

Catalina knew that even though magic could not make people comply mindlessly, it would make sure that any wrongful action was met with an equal consequence or worse. And men usually behaved when their lives were truly on the line.

"It would ensure a greater level of loyalty--" her eyes turned momentarily to Victoria, "meaning, for example, that your identity will be even more safe with us. I have resources that I am sure will be invaluable to this journey, but only under that contract will I agree to join. Plus, I am sure you captains will find the contract equally indispensable to your own safety."

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While Victoria was interacting with the other captains, Jake kept an eye on Jules. He knew his captain was watching the man who was showing signs of a drunk man and quite honestly, the man's actions had him on edge. A drunk man was an unpredictable one. It wouldn't be the first time Tori had encountered drunks in her life. The only good think that came out of such encounters was it would always lighten up Tori's spirits to outwit and bring other men to their knees for she didn't always get that chance. Jake himself was curious as to what kind of drunk Jules would be.

Tori was very much aware of Jules, but maintain her focus on the two sober captains. Her cabin had several peep holes too so she knew some of her crew members were watching what was happening. She only had them make use of them whenever strangers were on her ship. Her adopted father had them there before she even showed up on the ship.

After Tori brought up her concerns, it wasn't long until Lucien admitted that he couldn't 100% guarantee everyone's safety. He really did want to find a way for them to trust him though.

~In a pig's eye.~ Victoria thought, but didn't say.

She really doubted that anything could get her trust him. Actions always spoke louder than words and Victoria knew better than most that no one was sincere totally. She herself never made promises to anyone for that very reason because she was still a thief and liar. She never fully told her own crew everything on her mind. Only person she was 100% honest was with herself. Like right now she really did want to find this treasure, not only for the adventure, but because she herself secretly wanted to stop being a thief. She'd rather be self-sufficient and not have to survive by stealing from others. It was actually why she recently made the decision not to hire anymore crew members. She didn't come to this decision lightly, but had thought it over. She would never give up her thirst for adventure and freedom, but she knew it only be a matter of time before she was discovered, especially with these recent attacks on pirate ships.

Victoria turned to la Gata as she started to speak of a man she knew who would guarantee the that no one would betray each other, and protect her identity. Tori's reaction was to raise an eyebrow at the woman.

"That so? Well I am certainly curious that such a person existed. What kind of man is he? I can tell you right now, I don't sign anything without reading everything. And yes I do read."

What she didn't say was she could read English, French, Spanish, and Latin. She was hoping to learn a few other Asian languages when she traveled to the East. She wouldn't think about it yet and looked at the other female captain to see what she would say, all the while moving to a better position to keep a better eye on Jules.

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As the other captains droned on about this and that, Julius was beginning to feel a slight buzz from the wine. He stayed silent, only hearing parts of what they said. When he heard something that displeased him, another drink went down the hatchet. Instead of making him feel calm however, the wine only darkened his mood.

By the time he had finished his third bottle he was wallowing in self pity. Why? he thought. Why did he let Lucian drag him into this mess. All Jules wanted was to find some treasure, that's it. Just a little bit of treasure. He didn't ask to get pulled into some elaborate scheme involving... women. He peered secretly at them now, giving them nasty looks.

Lucian wasn't much better. All he does is prance around like a child, acting like he's clever with that smart mouth. Jules could easily shut the man up. He chuckled darkly as he imagined stringing Lucian up like a puppet. He took another swig of wine and tuned into the conversation again.

The dark skinned woman was speaking. "I understand that there will be unplannable risks if I agree to embark on this journey, but I'm afraid I cannot risk the lives of my all crew members by putting blind trust on three other ships. I'm sure you can all understand this,"

Jules scoffed and mimicked her, 'I'm sure you can all understand this.'

The woman continued. "However, I know a man in Tortuga who can make an unbreakable contract that guarantees that none of us, including our crew members, can betray the group without serious consequence."

His drunken mind was having a hard time comprehending her words and he missed the rest of what she said as well as what the other female said. The beginning sounded good though. He likes contracts and consequences. Wait. No, he doesn't like consequences, but that's not what she said. What was it that she said?

Jules scratched his beard in thought trying to recall her words. He huffed when it didn't come to him. It must have been something good though, his gut told him that it was.

Jules strode right up to the dark skinned woman, only inches from her face. "I'm in. Where's the contract at? Is it in here? Do you have an ink pen?" He looked over her shoulders and then turned around in circle to look behind him, causing himself to stumble. He caught sight of the blonde and wondered if she had it. "Do you have the contract?" He asked her.

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Catalina rolled her eyes when she heard Jules mimick her words. Let the drunk man say whatever he wanted as long as he didn't actually begin insulting her; afterall, it wasn't fun arguing or fighting someone that didn't have a fully functioning brain to answer or duel with.

She turned to Victoria and nodded her head. Catalina could understand what the other woman was saying, but thankfully this contract didn't involve any reading. Catalina knew that she would force herself through any long contract, she had learned to read primarily for that reason, but it wasn't as if she enjoyed the act at all.

Before she could clarify a bit, Catalina was taken back by the sudden proximity of Jules, a grimace quickly taken form in her face. She could smell the strong alcohol in his breath and she quickly put out her hands against his chest, pushing him lightly. Catalina didn't want to anger the pirate so she was much more gentle than she would with any other men that got that close to her without her permission, but she wasn't going to leave him there either. Thankfully, he moved by himself nonetheless.

Ignoring Jules, Catalina turned to Victoria once again. "Bahari doesn't do written contracts," she said, clearing her throat. "He requires... a drop of blood or a lock of hair, usually, in order to seal bind us to what we promise."

Catalina felt quite odd trying to explain how Bahari "worked" with his contracts and deals. Sure, most people were extremely superstitious and most feared magic, but very few turned to voodoo for this sort of thing. Few knew or even believed it. She just hoped that these pirates knew what she was talking about.

With a soft sigh, Catalina turned to Lucian. He seemed like the one who was most open-minded, but she still wasn't sure if he would accept. He seemed to e ready to go on without a contract, but she needed this. "Our contract will be with... the other side, this man will only help us contact them. And the other side is pretty punctual with punishing those who break the contract."

She paused for moment.

"I understand if none of you believe in this sort of thing, but it will be the only way I will agree and be able to feel safe." Her eyes turned to Victoria, "If you do prefer a written contract, I will be willing to sign it if that's something that you would require."

Catalina turned back to Lucian, "So, what do you say?"

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Character Portrait: Captain Lucian Fontaine Character Portrait: Captain Victoria Henson Character Portrait: Catalina de la Cruz Character Portrait: Captian Julian Alverez
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Victoria also heard Jules mimicking la Gata and it was amusing to say the least. She was curious as to his reasoning for drinking to begin with. It wouldn't surprise her if it was his reaction to seeing two female pirates, especially with she and La Gata being captains. She briefly thought of what her biological father would think if he knew. Probably be distraught. But seeing how she had no memories of him, she honestly didn't know. The only males outside of her crew that had known she was a pirate were all dead. She remembered the night she had killed the one responsible for taking her adoptive father's life; One Eye Dodger. To this day no one else still knew who was responsible for taking the life of this very infamous and ruthless pirate. The man once boasted he was untouchable and for years he had been. Her father had tried for years to get to the man, but failed. Tori too great pleasure in killing the bastard. It was one of the few times she did get blood thirsty. She used herself as bait and he had no idea who she was. She made sure to tell him who exactly who she was as she watched the life leave his eyes. They had been one of shock; the idea that such a slip of a girl was able to take him down. What no one knew except for Jake was how much she had cried afterwards. He'd been there to keep an eye on her. She never gave herself time to grieve the loss the only father she ever knew and as soon as One Eye was dead, she had dropped like a ragged doll. She hadn't cried since. The crew had been a life saver and she threw herself into her new role as captain.

Bringing her mind back to the present, Tori watched Jules stumble towards La Gata, demanding the contract. Seeing him in such a state was extremely laughable. She watched the other women gently push him away before the man turned around to face her. At least he didn't get up in her face when he asked if she knew where the contract was. Man, was the captain long gone, but at least his brain seemed to be working enough to know what they were still talking about. He was pretty gullible as a drunk and Tori mentally took that detail down for future situations.

The other female captain started speaking up though and her next words brought a smile to her lips. Sounded like Tori wasn't the only one who knew about Voo Doo doctors. The one she used was more well known, but she had heard murmurs of one who was harder to find in the local area. It looked like La Gata was hedging around the identity of this man too. Smart woman. Still she revealed enough to Tori for her to figure out she was talking about a voo doo man.

"A blood oath huh? I would certainly find that more binding than any ink and paper one. Written contracts can easily be broken. And no worries La Gata, you don't have to tell me anything else about this person. I have had interactions with people like that before. I won't take a blood oath yet, but you have convinced me to at least meet this man to see if he's legit. These kind of people can be as big as cons as people like us."

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Lucian listened intently as La Gata talked, ignoring the drunk Jules. As she talked it was easy to tell that she was a captain. She got all of her points across while managing to look out for her crew at the same time. Lucian couldn't help but be impressed by the way she worked.

Her speech, as convincing as it was, threw up a few red flags for Lucian. She said she knew a man in Tortuga that could make a contract that wouldn't allow betrayal without consequence. As nice as that would be, it sounded a little to good to be true.

Jules seemed ready to go though, if his drunken search for the contract was anything to go by. La Gata pushed Jules away from her before speaking, "Bahari doesn't do written contracts," she paused and cleared her throat. "He requires... a drop of blood or a lock of hair, usually, in order to seal bind us to what we promise." Lucian raised a brow at that.

La Gata continued to explain."Our contract will be with... the other side, this man will only help us contact them. And the other side is pretty punctual with punishing those who break the contract." Dark magic, he thought. He wasn't expecting that. Many people believed in voodoo, but Lucian himself was skeptical. He definitely had some reservations about going through with it, but it wasn't like a little blood oath would hurt him, at least, he hoped it wouldn't.

Victoria didn't seem to be completely on board with the plan either based on her response, but she was at least willing to meet the man.

"So, what do you say?" La Gata looked towards Lucian as she asked this.

It would be stupid of Lucian to throw away the chance of an alliance over a contract, no matter how silly he found the contract to be. "Despite the oddities of this contract, I'll have to concede if it means gaining you as a member of the alliance." He smirked at her. "I just hope that my decision doesn't come back to bite me in the ass."

Lucian jumped when Jules came up behind him suddenly and grabbed his shoulders, shaking him. "I'm with him." Jules said excitedly.

After Lucian calmed himself down from being startled by Jules he said, "You heard the man. Lead the way and we'll follow." He patted Jules on the back. "I'll have to speak to my crew before we go, but that should only take a moment."

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dialogue: #DE8CA4
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Reaching Bahari wasn't an easy task. After anchoring a ship, anyone who wants to visit the old voodoo man has to take a row boat through the maze of rivers and streams into the heart of the swampy territory of Tortuga, a place still unreached by foreigners and easy to get lost in if you don't know the way.

And this is what the four captains had to do.

Earlier that day, Catalina had spoken to one of the locals who knew of Bahari's whereabouts, the only one she trusted, and had paid the young man, who looked more like a weathered middle-aged man, to show them the way. After growing up on this island and working in these rivers, the man knew the rivers and it's secrets by heart.

Throughout the journey, which had taken a little over an hour, the man maneuvered them through the dark waters in the leading boat where Catalina, Victoria, and Ollie traveled. The other two captains sat in the rowboat behind them and the rest of Victoria's crew, along with the only other person Catalina brought, traveled in the last rowboat.

The group had left around four thirty and by the time they reached Bahari, it was close to sunset since Bahari only met people during the night. Catalina knew they were closed, however, when she began to see the glass bottles hanging from the branches of the trees that grew from the depths of the water. The more she saw, the closer they were to reaching Bahari and the more the glasses clinked together, moved by the wind, in order to make a melody that traveled through the canopy. It was amazing how, despite all of the sounds and indications that signaled human life around the area, no one who didn't know the way and knew that they were looking for Bahari could ever find him.

In fact, Catalina had attempted to find Bahari by herself the first time she came and had gotten lost in the swamp for hours. That was how she met her guide-- or rather, how he had found her and the three other men that had come with her in the middle of the swamp.

"There is is," Catalina said, feeling a wave of relief as she pointed to a small elevated structure still meters away, hidden by the damp vegetation. Bahari lived in a large wooden house made several feet above the water so that it didn't flood when the water level rose. It looked weathered and uninhabited, adorned only by chipping figures in a foreign and unknown language painted onto the wood.

The boats were tied to the house, from where they could step on the ledge that circled the house up to the front steps. The guide spoke to her in his native language and Catalina responded in a broken vocabulary since she wasn't very familiar with the language before she turned to the other captains. "Only the four of us are supposed to go inside, but Victoria, you can bring Ollie along. The rest will have to sit here until we're done."

With that, Catalina stood up and stepped onto the ledge, which was at feet wide so at least it was thick enough to walk on.

When the group got to the front, Catalina placed a few coins inside of a rusted plate that sat on a table and, a few seconds later, the door opened to reveal a man in a long, brown robe. His long hair was gray and his wrinkled skin was painted markings, some similar to those outside of the house. Gold piercings adorned his ears and heavy rings filled his large fingers. His eyes, contrasting his almost ebony black skin, were a golden, honey-like color.

"Welcome, captains," Bahari greeted them in English, opening the door so that they could go in, and smiling at them with his white but crooked teeth, his single gold tooth flashing with the light from outside. Catalina's eyes widened slightly; it was the first time she had heard Bahari speak English since they always communicated in Spanish. She didn't know how this man even knew those languages. "It's been a while, Catalina. Te estabmos extrañando."

The walls of the front room were filled with shelves and tapestry and pieces of furniture pushed against it. Catalina could swear that, at the corner of eyes, she always saw dark figures moving across those walls. But when she turned she never saw anything and, as much as she hated it, Catalina couldn't help but feel disturbed by that. It was as if something -somethings- were watching anyone who stepped through.

Despite having a swamp outside, the house smelled like herbs and incense and was only light by the thousand flames of candles. Catalina was hit by the smile as soon as the door opened and she found it slightly difficult to breathe once inside; she loved perfumes, but the sweet smell was so overpowering for her that it was sickly.

"I heard that you captains are looking to embark on a quest for a treasure," Bahari said, his deep voice resonating through the room, making it appear as if it came from all directions. "But some of you are having trouble with trusting each other."

His golden eyes flashed momentarily to Catalina, who took a small step back. "No me gusta esta falta de confianza, Catalina. Puede ser tu fin. Pero hiciste la decision correcta en venir."

My end? The voodoo man's words sent a chill down Catalina's spine. Hoping to move the conversation along, she cleared her throat. "Bahari, we need--"

"A blood pact," he interrupted, taking a seat on the only chair in the whole room. From the depths of the dark, a large snake slithered out in order to wrap itself around the shoulders of Bahari. "Captains-- Victoria, Lucian, Julius-- you have come to the right place."