Chapter 6: The Escape

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As we sailed back to Port Royal from Isla de Muerta, Carrie and I discussed with Will and Jack what should happen at the gallows. I assured Jack that the Pearl would be there to pick him up once he fell over the wall, and Will assured us that his sword-throwing trick was not a Hollywood fabrication. Hopefully everything would go right, since I had no little sisters to speak of who might appear and screw things up, and Darla had already promised not to meddle in the plot anymore.

One night, Carrie, Darla, Will, Elizabeth and I were strolling about the deck discussing the future. We overheard Lt. Gillette ask Norrington, "Sir, if I may, what happened to your eye? It looks positively grotesque."

Norrington hesitated. "Ah. . . there was this big prisoner. . . huge guy, absolutely monstrous. He tried to escape but I put that bugger in his place straight away."

Elizabeth started cracking up. "Oh, shut up, Norrington, you filthy liar! That black eye was from a little girl, and an American at that!"

"Should I take offense to that?" I asked, unsure.

"Nah, don't worry about it. The Brits are just bitter because they lost the war," Carrie assured me.

"In that case. . . yeah, shut up, Norrington, you idiot. I gave you that black eye myself, and don't even try to say it didn't hurt. You were crying!" I taunted. Norrington's eyes welled up and he ran into his quarters, crying like a baby. He stayed there for almost the entire remainder of the voyage.

When we docked, Jack Sparrow was immediately led to the gallows. A large crowd assembled soon enough, and the hanging began.

"Jack Sparrow, be it known that you have been tried, charged, and convicted for your willful commission of crimes against the crown. Said crimes being numerous in quantity and sinister in nature. . ."

Carrie, Darla, and I watched fearfully as Jack stood on the gallows, noose about his neck. We had discussed the plan with Will so many times it was burned into all of our brains, but there was still the possibility that things would go wrong.

When the list of Jack's wrongdoings was complete and the drum roll began picking up speed, Will pushed his way through the crowd. Elizabeth faked a faint perfectly.

There was a heart-stopping moment when Will's sword was sort of stuck in the sheath, and I nearly fainted for real. But when the lever was pulled and the short drop began, the sudden stop did not result in Jack's death.

Carrie, Darla, and I let out a cheer of triumph. Will and Jack fought off a few soldiers and ended up in a circle of bayonets, just as in the movie. Elizabeth, Darla, Carrie, and I quickly followed the Commodore and the Governor to watch the proceedings.

"I thought we might have to endure some manner of ill-conceived escape attempt, but not from you," the Commodore said, holding his sword at Will's neck.

"On our return to Port Royal, I granted you clemency. And this is how you thank me? By throwing in your lot with him? He's a pirate!" Governor Swann said, looking hurt and betrayed, as if his puppy had run away.

"And a good man," Will argued. "If all I have achieved here is that the hangman will earn two pairs of boots instead of one, so be it. At least my conscience will be clear."

"You forget your place, Turner," the Commodore growled.

"It's right here. Between you and Jack," Will and I said, as I stepped between two guards and stood next to Will. I just couldn't help myself, it's one of my favorite lines. (Mostly because Will gets a juicy close-up when he says it)

This time, Jack actually smiled and winked at me.

"As is mine," Elizabeth declared.

"And mine," Carrie agreed.

"And mine," Darla chimed in.

"Lower your weapons. For goodness sake, put them down!" Governor Swann ordered.

"So this is where your heart truly lies, then?" the Commodore said to Elizabeth, looking ready to cry.

"It is," Elizabeth nodded. "I only liked you for your money. Will's much more attractive than you, and plus, he's a pirate, so we'll be rich in no time."

"Well! I'm actually feeling rather good. . ." Jack and I began.

"Do whatever you want to Will's lines, but you are not allowed to say mine! I am the up-stager here! I have to be the center of attention. Savvy?" Jack said to me. I was inclined to acquiesce to his request.

"Well! I'm actually feeling rather good about this. I think we've all arrived at a very special place, eh? Spiritually. Ecumenically. Grammatically," Jack said, before turning to the Commodore. "I want you to know that I was rooting for you, mate. Know that."

He then moved on to Elizabeth, interrupting the Kodak moment she was having with Will. "Elizabeth. It would never have worked between us, darling. I'm sorry. Now, as for you, Carrie. . ." Jack winked at her, offering his hand, which she accepted. They began to walk towards the wall, but turned around after a few steps.

"Will!" Jack called. ". . . Nice hat."

"But Jack, what about Darla and Liz? We can't just leave them!" Carrie said.

"Well all right then, come along, loves," Jack agreed.

I turned to Will and said, sadly, "Will, it would never have worked between us, darling. I'm sorry," before walking away. He chuckled.

"Friends!" Jack yelled. "This is a day that you will always remember as the day that-"

"You almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!" Carrie finished before the three of us jumped after him.

But instead of hitting water, we landed on the soft down comforter of Carrie's bed.

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Carrie wailed. "I was gonna be Jack's love interest!"

I patted her on the back comfortingly. "It's all right, dear, at least you got to kiss him! I didn't get anywhere with Will."

"Yeah, but I didn't even kiss him on the lips. And he smelled funky. So maybe it's better this way. . . I guess I would miss my mom's potatoe salad after awhile," Carrie sighed.

The three of us swore never to tell a soul about our adventure aboard the Black Pearl. But I just broke that promise by posting the whole thing on the World Wide Web. Oh, man, Carrie's gonna kill me if she ever finds this!!!

THE END

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A/N: There you have it, folks. "Teenagers of the Caribbean" has come to an end. *sniff, sniff* But don't worry, I've already got an idea for a new story, so check back soon!

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