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Five Months From Now-Epilogue: The Call of the Sea
Jack stared out the window, a sigh resting on his lips. Down below, the dark waves of the ocean waved to him, the sea-foam rolling up on the sandy shore. It beckoned to him, called his name and challenged him for a game, but Jack Sparrow was unable to answer the call.
A slight gurgling noise drew his attention from the roving sea, his head tilting down to peer into blue eyes. Dark lashes fluttered as a brown hand rose in the air, the fingers clenched tightly to Jack's own. His daughter stared up at him, her bright eyes burning his heart with guilt and pride.
He had almost lost Anamaria because the girl had decided to be stubborn, her father's daughter to be sure, he chuckled thoughtfully. The regret of the pain Ana endured washed over him and he frowned, the small girl's grip wavering as her lips puckered upon sensing the new expression on Jack's face.
"Now, now," he gently soothed her. "There'll be none of that young lady. Can't have your mother thinkin' that I'm scarin' ye on purpose, aye?"
The girl's face scrunched up as tiny tears pricked her eyes and began to slide down her cheeks, her wailing echoing in Jack's ears. The pirate captain quickly adjusted her in his arms like Ana had shown him- the baby nestled to his chest, her head rested against his shoulder- and gently swayed back and forth, the small girl quieting down at the soothing motion.
Soon her crying had ceased and Jack tenderly patted her back, a sigh breaking the silence. He looked back out the window at the waters below, the setting sun casting it in an orange and crimson glow, the rippled surface sparkling. He closed his eyes for a brief moment, envisioning himself back on the Pearl, the wind running through his hair; the sun on his face; the smell of salt in the air; the feeling of something wet dripping down his arm?!
Jack opened his eyes in alarm and pulled the small girl away from his chest, a look of content on her face as she blew a spit bubble at him. He arched an eyebrow at her actions, a grin slowly forming on her tender lips as she watched him. Looking down at his arm, he saw a fading white spot on his black shirt, the remainder of the girl's lunch rolling down his sleeve as he grabbed a small pink clothe from the table to clean the mess with.
Dabbing at the soiled spot on his shirt idly, the door suddenly opened as a shadowed figure stepped inside.
Tossing the rag aside he glanced up. "Aye?"
"I heard Rae crying; everything okay?"
Jack turned an accusing eye to the baby in his arms. "Aye," he answered pulling a face at the girl. "We're just fine and dandy."
There was a chuckle from the shadowed person as they moved forward, the fading sunlight bathing them in a golden afterglow. Ana smirked at him, a skeptical expression on her bemused face. Jack blinked at her curiously. She stood stout, a hand propped lazily on her hip; tendrils of dark hair framed her face, a few of the ringlets hanging loosely around her ears.
Ana's spirit hadn't faded any and if he riled her just right, the fire that was the structure of her personality showed itself. The past month's events hadn't dampened her fiery spirit in the least, proving that the dark skinned woman was tougher than she was given credit for. Although she had a quick brush with death, she had recovered nicely- the only reminder of her endeavor, a thin scar stretching across her abdomen.
Stepping toward the pirate captain, Ana gently took the contented girl into her arms. The small girl cooed at her, her tiny hand trying to grasp the charm of her mother's necklace in her chubby fingers. Ana chuckled at her daughter's effort before she placed the baby into a nearby crib.
Running her fingers over the smooth wood railing, Ana smiled, her daughter smiling back at her. She traced the girl's cheek and kissed her forehead before turning around to look at Jack.
He grinned at her and took her by the forearms, drawing her close. "Have a nice trip to the market with Elizabeth?" he asked teasingly.
Ana pulled back slightly and frowned at him. "You should try going to market with her and then you'll have your answer," she replied sticking her tongue out at him.
Jack laughed as he nodded, the woman laying her head against his chest, the faint sound of his heartbeat reaching her ears. A few moments of silence passed between them, the embrace saying the unspoken words. Resting his chin atop Ana's head, he closed his eyes allowing himself to exhale as he hugged the woman tighter.
After a minute or two, Ana shifted in his arms and wrinkled her nose asking, "What's that smell?"
The pirate captain groaned, his head lolling backward as he muttered, "A gift from your daughter."
Ana shook her head stifling her laughter as she whispered, "Oh."
Jack rolled his eyes and silently mimicked her, his head turning to catch the last rays of the sun slowly disappearing behind the Caribbean waters, the churning waves and caressing ocean once again calling to him. He tightened his grip on Ana as a muffled cry echoed in the silence, a small grin coming to his lips.
The beckoning sea would just have to wait.
Author's Note:Originally, I wasn't going to write an epilogue for this; I didn't think I'd need one to be honest. But upon request from a reviewer (stand up and take a bow, Molly) I've decided to go ahead and throw in a gap-filler, free of charge.
It's not much, and I know it's extremely short, but it's all I could come up with at the moment. My mind has so many rushing thoughts and plans churning inside, I'm unable to think clearly. -_-;;
I'd also like to thank you all in advance for reading/reviewing since I'll be out of town for the next week or so. Thanks! You guys/girls are awesome! And for your faithfulness to continue to read the rambles of a mindless dim-witter, a gift:
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And Now a Letter to our Sponsors: (And What a LONG Note It Is Too!)
Dear Reviewers, on behalf of my sound mind, I bequeath to you all, this-
Starrynight265-Thanks for your continuing support and let's not forget your faithfulness in posting updated chapters to your story Find Your Way Back¹. And hopefully your writing will occupy you at least until you read all of your lovely reviews! I love your story; it's beautifully written and every bit as good as mine as well as others. So to you, I also say, never doubt your abilities and talent; it's not worth loosing a dream over. ^_^
Blue Wolf2-Sorry I scared you, but it was a great scare, yes? (laughs) Allow me to explain, I had originally wanted to explain more about Gill's apology; here's as follows: His whole reason of apologizing was not because Ana hadn't made it, it was going to be because Jack's fantasized about having a son. (Which can be clearly seen in pervious chapters) however, turns out, he had a girl. It was just going to be evil teasing on my part, and I'm sorry. (grins)
Amber Myst-Thanks for the feedback and the compliment. I too think the name is beautiful (and I have future hopes for it in my life as well.) It (the name) represents everything the daughter of Jack and Ana is and will be.
Cal-Wow, I think that's the longest review in history for me! You're great! I always look forward to reading your reviews; they are so helpful at times, funny and comforting at others. Where to begin… First let me say, I never mean to make you cry, honest. But you are a true Jack/Ana shipper with every tear you shed. (notes each tear cried) You sum up everything I depict in my chapters that sheds new light on even me. (Re-reading the story sometimes gets old, especially after having written them, proofread them and then finally posting them and scanning it to make sure everything is ok. Phew…) Thanks for making my work so much more enjoyable!
Rat-Great job on the latest chapter of your story, Caveat Emptor. ² As for future plans with the Sparrow's, well I'm gonna sleep on that a bit. Temporary hiatus so to speak. Although I have plans for one last story in my epic tale, I must refrain from jumping at the chance to write it immediately. As a fellow author, I'm sure you understand. I will say this much for the parenting of little Sparrow, it'll be a mutual agreement between Jack/Ana- pirates and landlubbers, at least for a little while.
Spooky152-I'm thoroughly glad you enjoyed your trip through my world and the eyes of a wannabe. It might be an end, but that doesn't mean the book will stay closed forever.
Kungfuchick-I was worried too, wondering just how well people would like me after reading this, but from the looks of things, I came out okay. Thanks a lot for your support!
Captain Sparrow- (tosses out wooden spoon and sighs) There goes a perfectly nice wooden spoon with teeth marks in it. Oh well. So, hypothetically thinking, do you have any fingers left with which to type? I mean, you did say you were biting them… just curious. And no go me, go you! It truly is reviewers like you who keep us going.
Gothic Guardian-Wicked cool pen name (winks) I hope you got the email I sent you in reply to your review, (hopefully it was more helpful than offensive, didn't mean it to come off that way if it did, my apologies.) And I'm sorry to hear you missed the bus on my account. -_-;; Buses can be such a nuisance, aye?
Special Eddie-Molly, you are the soul of my support as the tune is to my rubber ducky lyrics. (snickers) Sorry… but I seriously do thank you for your compliments and undying encouragement. I'm glad I wasn't way out on a limb with Jack's thoughts of rather having Ana than the baby. I too feel that way- as hard as it would be to lose a child, I'd rather have my spouse because I could not see raising a child alone; I'd want my partner there with me, come the end of the day. I'm also glad to hear you are back online, but don't rush writing your story, these things take time. Until then, I'll be waiting. Lata Sista ^_~
LeeAna-I'm all for happy endings. Except on the rare occasion, but then, I write those sappy, angsty little one shots and I usually feel better. (hehe) The purpose of Jack leaving is simple: he may be a rough-tough pirate on the sea, but being strong doesn't always mean in strength. Even a pirate with emotional barricades and a cool exterior can only handle so much. Thanks so much for reading!
And that concludes our long progressed note to our Sponsors. Thanks again, everyone!
¹ Be sure to read Find Your Way Back, if you have not done so already.
² Also be sure to catch the latest chapter of Caveat Emptor by Rat.