|The Famous Adventurer and the Famous Pirate
Author: R.J.North PM
Jade had been on her own for years. After finding out she was in trouble, she turns to Jim and the gang with a proposition. What will happen if her problem follows them on their new adventure? What will Jim think of Jade's horrible past?Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Jim Hawkins - Chapters: 4 - Words: 18,780 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 10-24-11 - Published: 08-24-11 - id: 7320717
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Jade had made her way back to the ship and went directly into the engine room. Most engineers on a ship lived in the engine room. They'd string up a hammock and live in there instead of staying in the cramped crew quarters. It wasn't a fun place to stay. It smelt bad and wasn't the cleanest place to stay. She was glad she was going to get a little privacy from all the testosterone on the ship.
After unpacking what little contents she had in her back and making sure everything was set up the way she liked it, she walked out of her little area and to the galley for dinner before they got ready for the launch. They had decided that it would be better that the crew had something in their stomachs before they took off.
Jade walked in and looked around the room. A lot of the tables were full of people and there wasn't a lot of room for her to go. Then she saw Peter stand up and wave her over. Unfortunately Jim and Patrick were sitting with him. She just took a deep break and walked over to their table. She put on a somewhat believable smile. She sat down after she gave Peter a quick hug.
"You know each other?" Jim asked.
"Yes," Jade said. She gave Peter a look that said she would come up with a story. "We met when we were all working on a ship a couple years ago."
"Really," Jim said.
"Yup," Peter said. He leaned closer to Jade and whispered in her ear so only she could hear, "Patrick wants to talk to you after the launch. Alone."
"Okay," Jade replied. She was very unsure about that, but she was going to have to. She didn't have much of a choice.
"How long have you been spacing, Jade?" Jim asked.
"Well," Jade said thinking of a response. She had to make sure it went along with her story. "I worked on various ships since I was ten. I got another job in a Montressor diner and I was there for almost three years."
"How long have you been on your own?" he asked a little more nicely.
"That's not really any of your business, Hawkins. I'm not prying into your life," Jade said. There I go again, Jade thought. He was actually being nice too. What is up with me lately? This isn't what I'm usually like.
"Whatever," he muttered. He sat back in his chair and pushed the food in his bowl around with his spoon. He seemed a little distant.
"Come on, Jade. I'll go with you to get your food," Peter said.
Jade and Peter got up from the table and walked over to the cook distributing the food. He filled a bowl and handed it to her rather rushed and she got some on her shirt. Jade gasped at the burning sensation that the stew caused on her arm. There was a rather large stain and banzabeast stew wasn't easy to get out of white clothing.
The crew noticed what had happened and stopped what they were doing to watch what was going on. Most likely hoping there would be a fight. It would be something entertaining to watch. And if the crew really wasn't trustworthy and were pirates they would really love to watch a fight. There were usually fights all the time on pirate ships. That also depended on who the captain was though. Most captains didn't care, but if you had a strict one like Jade's father, they would really be in deep trouble.
The cook looked at her a little scared. He wasn't the strongest looking guy. He was actually a little fuzzy purple guy with three very big blue eyes. He had six arms and two legs that were very short. He only went up to Jade's stomach. He eyes kept growing wider and wider as he looked up to the girl waiting for her response.
Jade wasn't really mad at the little Fuzorian. He was in a rush to get the food out and caused an accident. She couldn't blame him for that. He was trying to feed a crew of a ship. That was no easy task. If you didn't get the food out at once when they wanted it then they would get fussy and you didn't want a fussy, hungry crew. It wasn't fun.
Jade picked up her bowl and handed it back to the guy with a smile. "May I have some more? I didn't get filled up on the first."
The fuzz ball smiled at her and quickly but carefully filled it and handed it back to her. The crew went back to their conversations and ignored the cook and the two crew members making their ways back to their tables. Jade and Peter made sure to walk slower than they had to get up there. Peter knew she wanted to know about what Patrick wanted.
"I think he wants you to ask him yourself," he said in a hushed voice.
"Perfect," she muttered back. She wasn't going to enjoy it. "That'll be fun."
"I don't get why though," Peter added. "He hates you."
"Thanks," she replied. "I love it when I have people hating me. It makes me feel loved."
"You're welcome," he replied with a smirk. "But you get what I mean, right? Why would he want to talk to you if he didn't like you? I just don't get my brother sometimes."
"I didn't get mine either," she said more to herself rather Peter.
The two sat back down at the table and finished their food. Peter, Patrick and Jim seemed to get along very well together, which sort of worried Jade. What if Jim and Patrick got to close and Patrick told Jim about Jade? She couldn't have that. Jim already didn't like Jade, no thanks to Jade. She didn't give him any reason to like her.
She was really going to have to beg to Patrick. He could see she wasn't bad, right? Yet, if he had seen what she had done earlier with the pirates then he wouldn't have any reason to trust her again. Maybe he could just pretend she wasn't there?
This was giving her a head ache.
"Where was it you went, anyways?" Jim asked. "BEN hates to be left alone."
"I had to get something," Jade said. "Didn't he tell you that?"
"I was just wondering," Jim asked.
"All hands on deck!" Mr. Conway's voice rang. Then his little whistle blew giving Jade an even bigger head ache.
Most of the people scattered out of the galley quickly, that included Jim and Peter. Jade slowly stood up from her spot to see Patrick across from her doing the same, but watching her intently. Jade sighed as she looked at the person she used to call a friend.
"You wanted to talk to me?" she asked.
"Give me one reason," he said slowly. "One reason why I shouldn't have you sent back to prison where you belong."
Jade watched his expression for a moment before thinking of something to give him. What real reason did she have to give him? He was right. She was a pirate. She had done a lot of horrible things in her life and that didn't give her any exception from the law. She was dangerous. Who knew if she was really a trustworthy person? What if she was there just to take their ship and use it for her own pirating pleasure?
"You wouldn't have a job," she said. "Without me, this spacing mission wouldn't be underway."
"What reason do I have to trust what you say?" he asked. "You lied to me about who you were without a single regret."
"You think I like lying to people all the time?" asked harshly in a hushed voice. "Do you know what I would give to have lived a normal life? I've been trying to live like a normal person for years, but do you know what keeps stopping me? He does."
"Why shouldn't I just hand you over to him now, then? Save us the trouble of him coming to get you," he added.
"Pat," Jade said. She walked closer to him and looked him closer into the eyes. "I beg of you." Great, now I sound like Raptor. "I'm not here to do any harm. All I want is to go on this voyage, find a treasure and try to live the rest of my life away from what has happened in the past. I can't do that if you follow up on your threat."
He looked at her with narrowed eyes. It seemed like he wanted to say something, but was bighting his tongue. His jaw was clenched shut and his brow nit together. "Fine," he finally said, shocking Jade. "But I don't want you anywhere near me. And if anything happens to Peter, I swear I'll tell everyone."
"Deal," Jade said. Patrick started to walk over to the stairs, but was stopped when Jade added more to what they were talking about. "I may have lied about the past, but that doesn't mean who you got to know back then wasn't who I really am. I'm not a different person. I'm still me."
"That's what worries me," he muttered. He walked up the stairs and onto the deck.
Jade stood there for a moment just thinking. Maybe he was right. Maybe she couldn't stop everything from her past from coming back. Maybe she couldn't stop what pirate instinct she had. Maybe she really was a bad person. Maybe she was going to be running from her father for the rest of her life. Maybe she was bound to become a pirate again.
But that didn't mean she wasn't going to try and change all of that.
Launches were always interesting. The crew was all running around getting everything set for takeoff. Jade loved takeoff. The excitement, the adrenaline, the feeling of no gravity for a couple seconds made you feel free. Jade needed to be reminded about what being free felt like every once in a while.
Jade's job was done. She was free to enjoy the launch. Jade sat in the rigging watching everyone scrabble around. It was sort of funny seeing them all like that. The only other time you'd get to see them rushing around like that was when they'd be attacked and Jade didn't want to see that. No, that rush was something she'd be very happy to never feel again.
"All clear Captain," the man in the crow's nest yelled.
"All hands to stations!" Conway welled. After everyone was in place, he continued to yell orders next to Amelia. "Loosen all solar sails!" The ship slowly floated up into the air as the sails floated down and were tied off. "Brace up!" The gravity gave way as the continued to go up and the sails stored energy.
"Engage artificial gravity," Amelia said.
Jade loved the feeling of floating and having no strings attached, but she also like having her feet on something solid. Floating off into open space was not fun nor safe. In a matter of moments, you'd fly out of the air pocket around the ship and die. Jade rather liked living so she preferred the gravity.
"Due North," Amelia said.
The launch from that point on was rather boring. Nothing much happened. Once they were in space thing slowed down and the crew fell into shifts. Jade jumped down off the rigging and sighed. She was bored. She decided it would be best to go back into the engine room and do some work. At least then she'd have something to do and get her mind off of what Patrick had said.
Jade worked on one of the long boats for a while when she heard two pairs of footsteps same into her working quarters. She looked up from the engine she was working one to see Peter and Jim. They plopped themselves down on the bench in the long boat. They seemed to be making themselves comfortable. She shook her head and continued working on the engine. She had been working on it for a good fifteen minutes before she found what was wrong with it.
"Would you please hand me that wrench?" she asked. Peter picked up the wrench from the small tool box behind him and handed it to her. "Thank you."
"See," Peter said to Jim. "She treats me fine."
Jade stopped working for a moment and looked up at the two teenagers. "What are you getting at, Pete?"
"Me and Jim-," he started to say, but was cut off by Jade.
"Jim and I," she corrected.
"- were talking," he continued. "He said you haven't been very "civilized" with him. I told him you treat me just fine."
"That's true," she said. She looked to Jim and said, "Hawkins, I'm sorry for my behavior lately. Things have just been troubling me lately and I guess they were starting to get to me." He looked at her suspiciously as she pulled off the glove to the hand that wasn't branded and stuck it out for him to shake.
He looked at her hand for a moment before shaking it. She smirked as they let go and she slid the glove back on. She continued to work and said, "Now may we belay this business? I have bigger things to worry about."
"Aye," Pete said.
"I guess," Jim replied.
"Good," she laughed closing the hood of the engine and tossing the wrench into the tool box. "Now get out of my room, savvy?"
"What?" Pete asked.
Jade just laughed as she got out of the boat. "This is my room, after all. You don't see me barging into your room in the middle of the night."
Peter shook his head and got out of the long boat followed by Jim. "Are you sure you don't want us to stay? We could play a game or two. I have some things in mind it you're inte-," Jade cut him off.
"You're one of the biggest perverts in at least seven of the closest planets," Jade said pushing him over to the door. Jim following her with a look of amusement on his face. "If you think I'd ever 'play a game or two' with you, there's something wrong. Now get out." She shut the door in his face as she pushed him out of the engine room. She turned around and ran into Jim. She looked up at him, completely forgetting he was there. She opened the door for him as he laughed. He walked down the hall as she shut the door once more.