Sea of Darkness

Sea of Darkness


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Image In the early 1700's pirates flourished, taking up a large amount of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. However, the British, Spanish, and French also flourished and were a large threat among pirates. Pirates that were caught were killed with no right for a trial. Their dead bodies were often hanged for all to see as a warning of what happens to those that turn to piracy. Despite the dangers, pirates continued to live on.

This story begins with a witch and an arrogant Duke. On a stormy night, a witch, on the verge of giving birth to her child, went to the Duke's home in search of shelter. Alas, he refused to let the witch in and she was forced to stay out in the storm. Out in the cold wind, she gave birth that very night to a baby girl. Oddly enough, the Duke's wife gave birth to a son that night as well.

As a punishment for the Duke's unkind treatment, she swapped their children. Therefore leaving the Duke with her daughter and giving his son away to a lowlife pirate. The daughter was raised to be prim and proper while the son was raised to be... well, a pirate.

When rumors of a map being held by the Duke emerge, the son, now a pirate captain, sails toward land in search of it. What happens when he runs into the daughter at the ball?


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Approximately twenty years ago . . . it had been a night just like this. The rain lashed against the windows wildly. The glass chandeliers stirred in ghostly circles high up illuminating a beautiful baroque ceiling painting the entire room in an eidolic glow. It perfectly suited the quixotic atmosphere of the guests. The room practically hummed. An orchestra flowed down from atop a balcony enchanting it's listeners into whirling dashes of colours on the dance floor while beautiful liveried servants weaved through the crowds carrying libations and tidbits for the frequenters to nibble on. Extravagance wasn't just a word tonight. Oh no, it was live and living colour. It was strange weather for this time of year but then strange was hardly anything the ton ever took notice of. Far too consumed in their own vanities to notice anything out of the range of normal. In fact, to the elite, strange was a novelty. Something to be paid and bought for a cheap thrill.

If only they knew . . .

Oh of course I took part in the amusement, though, from far away. Not that I didn't have my share of offers. However, my eyes were only for her. To me, she was the most beautiful creature in that room. She all but glowed. I do wonder on occasion, if that were only my eyes. I suppose, since looking is all I get to do, it must do. For now . . .

Like a wallflower I stood there and watched her. Watched them all. There was a storm coming tonight. A storm of which the blustering tides would snatch her away from the only shores she knew. My child. My ravishing girl . . . It was right then when I spotted that cursed wretch Rutland. Oh, I knew what he was planning. Over the years I had discerned him from a distance and each time my blood boiled like a bubbling cauldron. Yet, I had given my own child into his safekeeping. I knew of course that the Duke lamented many of his nights away wondering if that inauspicious night had really ever happened. Up until now the heartless mongrel had only felt the despair off loss. Soon . . . soon however, in the time to come, he'd feel the agonizing reality of finding something precious and losing it all over again.


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It was a sad crush tonight. The ballroom of Rutland House was packed to the brim with revelers. There was nothing like a masquerade ball to bring out the nobility's decadent side. Not that it took much normally. But there was nothing normal tonight. No, under the guise of masks all rules of decorum and respectful behaviour were thrown out the window.

Lady Eleanora usually enjoyed the season. In fact, coming to London when parliament was out was her favourite time of the year, ever since the age of sixteen when she was officially out in society. It defeated the boredom of the countryside where three quarters of the year she was stuck. However, a masquerade ball was no place for an unwed young lady. Seeing as this was her own parents bash, she had no choice but to attend. Otherwise Eleanora had no intention of getting felt up by dirty young and old Lords with too much drink and not enough manners.

She had managed to successfully avoid her cousin who also happened to be her father's heir. The lecherous cad had every intention of making Eleanora his bride. For the life of her she could not understand why. They had practically grown up together but ever since Franklin had returned from Oxford he'd been on her tail like a dog in heat! She couldn't stand him before Oxford and now she couldn't even bare to tolerate his company for a minute.

Almost every woman was dressed as a harlot in the room tonight. Gowns that were cut far too low for modesty and wigs that were far to high for practicality and masks with so many feathers one could hardly see without one's eyes or nose twitching.
Eleanora had been sensible. She had adorned herself in an off the shoulder gown, garnished with real flowers. Her mask too and her long plait of her own real hair was embellished with flowers from the grounds of Rutland park. Tonight, Eleanora would be a fey. A mythical creature hard to catch with her heart painted on her cheek.

At twenty, she was pushing her fourth season out in society and still unwed. Naturally it did not look good, however, seeing as her father was the most powerful man after the King himself in the realm that allowed for some leeway in the marriage department. It wasn't that she hadn't had offers, quite the opposite. She was constantly inundated with them, it was just that . . . Well, she could bare the thought of a marriage like her parents! Women were commodities. Pawns to be traded for wealth and status and to look pretty on one's arm when walking into a room. Surely, there had to be more than that somewhere out there for her? The was a restlessness in her soul. Oh it was filled with balls and soiree's and afternoon calls and such but when the night crept in so did the longing in her heart for . . . something more.

She watched her friends dance with men who were certainly not their husbands in the most scandalous of manners. To be honest, she could not blame them. Their lives were full of duty in loveless marriages. These were the kinds of nights where they could enjoy romance and intrigue freely. If only for one night. For Eleanora however, it was nothing but an uncomfortable evening. The enormous room was packed like pennies in a jar. One could not move without brushing up against someone else. Too hot by far, she rubbed a forearm over her damp brow and just wished for a cool damn breeze!


Just as she wished it a fearsome gust blew through the veranda doors near where she stood blowing out the candles near that entrance where people lounged watching the rain trying to catch a cool breeze. The frigid air felt amazing against her warm skin. She closed her eyes to the feeling, thinking, how she hated when that happened. When, she idly had a thought and by some strange coincidence of fate, it happened.

"Ah there you are cousin!"

Eleanora cursed her luck as she opened her eyes, praying it wasn't who it sounded like. The thoughts of strange coincidences washed from her mind replaced by immediate danger of the predatory kind.

"Franklin." The name was more of a complaint of her lips than a greeting.

"Eleanora my dear, I've been looking all over for you."

"It appears you've found me." She smiled through gritted teeth. "How?"

"Oh I bet you thought your disguise was too good to be rumbled cousin. But I'd know you from the other side of the room." He carried on happily, closing the gap between them slowly. "Cousin . . ."

Eleanora knew exactly what he was going to ask her. She took a step back, matching his step forward only to hit the wall. His closeness disgusted her. Something about him just turned her stomach. There was something about Franklin Langley that had always set her on edge.

"You owe me a dance." He grinned knowing he had her cornered.

"I er that is . . ." Eleanora rushed through all the excuses in her head getting desperate knowing she could not escape a dance with him but that also she couldn't stand to be in his company for so long, with his licentious and wondering fingers all over her. "I've promised the next dance to someone else!" She blurted out, lying and wishing with all her will and might. "Y-yes, I'm sorry cousin but he'll be right here in a moment."

Clearly, Franklin did not believe her as he squinted and narrowed his gaze upon her, obviously not pleased with her answer. "Who!" He demanded.

"Errr . . ." Lady Eleanora wished someone would come and save her . . .


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The ocean waves crashed against the dark wood of his ship. A storm was brewing, a bad one. However, they would be on the shore by the time it hit. Hector stood at the helm of the ship, The Red Wind. It wasn’t a large ship, but what it lacked in size, it made up for in speed. With the wheel in his hands he sung the main part of one of his favorite shanties, Roll boys roll, while his crew joined in to sing the secondary parts together.

“Sally Brown, she's the girl for me, boys
Roll boys, roll boys roll
Sally Brown, she's the girl for me, boys
Way high, Miss Sally Brown

Oh way down South, way down South boys
Roll boys, roll boys roll
Oh bound away, with a bone in her mouth boys
Way high, Miss Sally Brown.

By the time they reached Rutland, all the men were in good spirits. They were laughing and carrying on, so much so that Hector had to quiet them down. “Listen up boys, we’re here on a mission that requires secrecy.” He already had them take down the pirate flag, and The Red Wind now appeared to look like a cargo ship. “Therefore, we need to remain cautious and not bring any unnecessary attention to ourselves. Hobbes, Ridley, Finn, you’re coming with me to the ball.” The three men cheered, while the rest started cursing him. “Calm yourselves! Once we get the map, there will be plenty of balls for us to crash, not to mention a plethora of women.” The women part sold the rest of them and they went about their places on the ship.

Hobbes, his quartermaster, came up to him. “You ready Cap’n?”

“Ay, as soon as you and the other two wash off. We want to look like pirates, but we don’t want to look like pirates.”

As they went to wash off, he pondered over the plan. A few weeks ago, rumors of a map were spreading around and after some investigating, if you call kidnapping and torturing English soldiers  investigating, and were told that the Duke of Rutland was protecting it. So naturally, Hector did what any respectable pirate in his position would have done, he concocted a plan to steal it.

They were to make their move tonight during the extravagant masquerade ball that was taking place in the Rutland house. Hector suspected that while the place would be heavily guarded, there would be too many people there to take notice of them. The costumes would only further their success as they could all go as pirates and still blend in perfectly with everyone else. He would have taken the rest of the crew, but he needed them to watch the ship and too many pirates would bring too much suspicion.

Therefore, Hobbes, Ridley, and Finn were the only ones he could risk having with him. The story they had decided on was that they were brothers on the search for wives. They had decided on the last name of Wilkinson and had varied their own names. Hector was going as Henry, Hobbes was going as Harrison, Ridley was going as Robert, and Finn was going as Fredrick.

Hector was to sneak off and go look for the map, while the others were distracting the people near him. It was a simple plan, but it was foolproof. He took great pride in his plans. His cleverness and quick hands always being helpful to carry them out. He could steal anything and everything in the snap of a finger. It had almost become a compulsive habit, but that was what he was taught to do. He was raised by pirates after all.

His adoptive father, Richard Voss, had found Hector when he was only a newborn. He had been tucked inside a crate sitting near the Red Wind. Rather than leave him there, Richard raised him as own, wanting an heir to pass his ship on to. His father’s crew had quickly taken a liking to him as well and often watched him when he was young.

Being on the sea the first 6 years of his life, he learned to walk on a ship. When he first stepped on land, he struggled to walk correctly because of the constant swaying of the ship. He would stand straight up and slowly begin to lean until he fell to the ground. After a few hours on land, he adjusted and was able to walk normally though.

Of course, he grew up, learned the ways of pirates, and became a valuable member of the crew. When Hector was a mere 16 years old, he became Captain of the Red Wind. Richard had been murdered by another pirate captain making Hector the new captain. It took him several weeks to track down the other captain, but once he did, he avenged his father’s death. The crew held him in high regards after that and did not pay attention to his young age. Now, at 20, he was still one of the youngest pirate captains to ever sail the seas, and he loved it.

Hobbes, Finn, and Ridley came up to him, their faces now clean of the grime that covered them earlier. “Let’s go steal a map, boys.”


The ball was extravagant all right. Hector had never been inside so fine a place. His men were in awe as well, so much so that he had to make them snap out of it. "This," he gestured to the grandeur of the ballroom around them. "Is normal to us, remember?" They slowly broke out of their dazed states to nod their heads. "Now, go make nice with the rich people."

He watched as they eagerly went off to mingle. They would steal the map later, first they had to act like proper guests. Looking around, he noticed all the interesting costumes. Some had gotten into the full spirit of dressing up, while others simply had their finer clothes on.

Hector was clad in a pair of laced up leather trousers, and a loose white shirt that he had rolled up to his elbows. On his feet, he wore a pair of black bucket boots. He had left in the small golden hoop earring in his left ear to make it seem more like a costume and planned to claim that it was a fake if anyone asked. He let Hobbes wear his dark brown waistcoat and his hat, so he looked more like a crew member in his outfit. The only strange thing he wore was the black piece of cloth he had tied around his face. He cut out holes for his eyes and wore it as a mask.

His eyes scanned the fine women in the room. They were much cleaner than the ones he was used to and most of them were wearing large wigs. There was one woman in particular that intrigued him though. She wasn't dressed as a Harlot as so many were, she was adorned in flowers, taking on an magical appearance. An unbearable flirt by nature, his feet were walking towards her before he even knew what he was doing.

He stopped near her however, when a man started talking to her. Unashamedly eavesdropping into their conversation, he was quick to realize that this Eleanora, as he had heard, did not want to dance with Franklin who was her cousin. Seeing her lie from a mile away, he was quick to help her out.

"Me." he stated firmly as he moved in between the two of them. "Now, if you'll excuse us." He grabbed Eleanora's hand and led her to the center of the ballroom where they began to dance. Unfortunately, this kind of dancing was not what he was used to so he fumbled a bit, stepping on her toes a few times.

Looking down at his feet he said, "Your welcome, Eleanora." Hector's voice was always clear and smooth. He had been told on more than one occasion that he had a captivating voice. "The name's Henry Wilkinson, and since I saved you back there, I think it would only be fair if you reserved the next dance for me as well." His lifted his head up to meet her eyes, which stood out against her mask.

"A creature as beautiful as yourself has no room to be dancing with anyone but me anyways." He grinned playfully at her.


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It all happened so fast. In a stupendously lucky heartbeat. Eleanora peered over her saviours shoulder to the belligerent figure of her cousin. If looks could kill . . . This stranger would be dead. Franklin stood at the edge of the dance floor watching them . . . Watching her. It was relief mingled with curiosity that washed over her that was until . . . "Ouch!" Eleanora frowned up at the masked angel who'd saved her from a fate worse than death. Or should she say the devil? She regarded him as he looked down at her through piercing eyes.

Whoever he was, he was a danger to her feet. Eleanora's frown deepened as he continued to speak. Oh his voice was certainly honeyed, like buttered milk but his words lacked conviction. Conviction enough to impress her. He wasn't the first man who'd try to impress her with a glib tongue and listing of their prowess. Yet, the Lady noticed, as clear and precise was his way with the language, there was an unusual lilt to it. Almost exotic in manner.

Eleanora straightened her spine, jutting her chin out as she slapped his solid upper arm and gestured for him to watch her feet and follow her lead. Well, at the very least, he could take direction it seemed.

"A creature am I? Like a ferret? Or a badger? A parrot maybe?" Eleanora replied haughtily. She would not be taken in by that roguish grin of his, trying her best not to sigh. When she had been snatched away from her cousin, for the merest of moments she had the feeling that this dark stranger would be different but he was turning out to be just like any other man of the ton. "I don't recall thanking you?" She added at his earlier audacity to assume she was grateful - she was - but the arrogance to presume! "And that's Lady Eleanora to you Sir, but . . . Thank you." Deciding to be gracious after all, looking back up into those strangely familiar eyes when she deemed her feet were safe at last. "All the same." Eleanora shivered visibly in his arms at the thought of the alternative.

"No, actually, really, thank you." She shivered again as she caught Franklin's eye and looked quickly back up to Henry, her saviour, deciding to focus on him for fear of catching her cousin's eye again. Anyway, even with the band across his eyes, Henry was far more better to look at than Franklin. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be so coarse, it was just that . . . family." As if that word was explanation enough, she laughed uncomfortably, hoping he was gentlemanly enough to take a hint to drop the subject. However, just in case and seeing as she was stuck with him for at least this dance - the next depending on his conversational skills - Eleanora questioned. "Henry Wilkinson you say? How come I've never seen your face around here? I know every single face around here- Wait! Wilkinson? . . . You must be the mysterious son of the Earl of St. Merryien?" Wilkinson . . . Yes. That was the family name of the Earl. "You've been the talk of town for a few weeks now. Everybody said you were back but no one had seen you."

Eleanora began to laugh at his cleverness and her own as she believed to have deciphered it all in her head. "And you've come dressed as a . . . a bandit! Right here in the middle of all these people and they don't have a clue as to who you really are. Very clever my Lord- Lord . . . Oh shoot! What is your title again . . . Viscount Hartford! Yes! I remember."

Truly it was marvelous disguise. She sensed he had a twisted sense of humour. Not in a devious way but in a ingenious way. Eleanor'a thought's were cut short as the orchestra were coming to the end of the set and over the diminuendo she could hear . . .

"Eleanora! Eleanora!"


He was coming to claim his dance. To claim her. Even from a distance she could hear the terseness in his voice. The truth was, it frightened her to be alone with him. He was becoming more and more bold in his actions towards her and altogether more possessive. Without realising it, Eleanora clasped Henry's shirt in a tight grip looking up at him with alarm in that innocent hazel gaze.

"You can have all the dances." She told him feeling an odd safety in his presence. Even though it wasn't proper to dance with the same man more than once, Eleanora did not care. Yet, it was completely possible that Franklin would call Henry out for having designs upon her if he kept dancing with her. It wouldn't be fair to this man who had saved her to be launched into a dangerous duel because of her. Guilt rode her, so Eleanora forced herself to untangle her tight grasp in his shirt and smiled up at him thought it looked completely miserable. "But I think I-I owe this one to my cousin."

"Eleanora!" Franklin roared before arranging his tone to a more suitable level when he was upon them and with barely contained rage declared. "This dance is mine, I believe."

Much to her dread, it seemed there was no amount of wishing that could get her out of this one . . .

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