Sonja was a bit surprised by the question but she knew it would come sometime sooner or later. She stared at him with a half-smile and nodded her head.
"I'll tell you William Turner. You've proven you are trustworthy. I escaped the clutches of Barbossa because he took me out on one of his trips for a medallion," she started.
"What has that got to do with...?" began Will, becoming slightly confused by the statement.
Neither of them noticed Jack stirring beside them. Neither of them noticed that he was now listening in on their conversation as he kept his eyes closed.
"It has everything to do with my escape from Captain Barbossa, dear William. You see, while the crew was plundering a town some distance from here, I managed to find my way off the ship without anyone seeing me," she explained as she turned and walked a few steps away from the blacksmith.
"How do you know you weren't seen?" wondered Will as he sat down in a chair.
"No one came after me, that's how I know. They treated me like I was a queen and they wanted to continue to treat me like a queen. They knew I didn't have a medallion but it was the simple fact which remained that I was a pirate and a woman all rolled into one. I even managed to keep the ring that Barbossa gave me when he showed me that cave, as you already know," she replied before heading over to the nearby window.
Will was a bit stunned to hear this news. He looked at the floor, the thoughts of what he was just told going through his mind.
Elizabeth was searching the decks for Will. She wanted to talk to him about something but even on a ship like the 'Black Pearl', she still couldn't find him.
"Where is he?" she muttered to herself.
"Are you looking for Will?" wondered Gibbs from nearby.
Elizabeth stared at the man and nodded.
"Yes, I am. How did you know?" she asked him. "Where is he?"
"I just know. He's down below decks, checking in on Jack. Sonja's down there as well. He's probably talking to her," Gibbs replied.
Elizabeth was a bit surprised to hear this news as she looked towards the cabin that Jack lay in. She wondered what Will would have to talk about with Sonja. She knew he found the pirate quite curious because of what she had been looking for. He thought the two were quite alike even before he found out about Jack and Sonja's connections.
'Could he have possibly asked her something about that?' she thought to herself.
Elizabeth walked up to the cabin and peeked in the window. She saw two figures standing in there and she could also make out what they were saying.
"You mean you managed to get off the 'Black Pearl' without anyone seeing you? Incredible. I never expected Barbossa to let his guard down like that," Will mused.
"Well, he did that time. Ever since then, I've been traveling on board ships, looking for the 'sparrow' my mother told me about just before she died. You see Will; I don't remember Jack being around much when I was younger. He was around, believe me but I was young when he finally left and never returned. He always came back to see how we were," Sonja told him. "I've been on my own since I was quite young, ever since my mother died. I was naught but a child. I remember my mother saying one day saying that my father was out sailing a ship and that he wouldn't be back for a long time."
"Did she say anything else besides that? Nothing that could help you in your search?" Will asked her.
"She did not. All she told me was to look for sparrow. No wait, I do remember her saying something about the 'Black Pearl' to me. She said that he was out sailing for pearls that were not white," she told him.
Will sighed, not knowing what to say at the moment. He began to head towards the door but stopped a few feet from it.
"Ever since then, I've been traveling on ships disguised as a man, hoping I could find answers before I was found and the punishment of death was brought upon me," she told him in a quiet voice.
"And that's what would have happened if Norrington had gotten a hold of you that day just before we left Port Royal!" Will gasped as he turned to face her. "He doesn't like pirates and would send them to the gallows if given the chance."
She nodded, knowing he was right. Her stare set upon Jack, who surprised her by turning his head towards her and opening his eyes. She gave a gasp and placed a hand over her mouth.
"I'm glad of that news. You would've never gotten your answers and I would have never gotten mine. I was marooned when I left your mother that time. If only I had known that would happen, I would have never have left. She must have died soon after that from grief, leaving you on your own," Jack whispered to her. "I wondered how you dealt with others after I left that last time."
"I listen to no one but my family. To be honest, there have been more people listening to me than I have been listening to others," she replied,
Will sighed and decided to leave the room, giving them the privacy they needed to have.
"If I had known you were alive, I would have come back for you," Jack told her.
"I somehow know that but you could not have known," she whispered back.
Jack looked at her and smiled with a smile that was saying there was something on his mind.
"Listen luv, there's something I'd like you to do for me," Jack told her before painfully climbing to a sitting position.
She looked at him with a keen intent on listening.
Will walked out of the cabin and saw Elizabeth sitting next to the window. It was as if she was waiting for him. It appeared to Will as if there were tears in her eyes.
"If only he had known. If only she had known. If only things were known. If things were only different," she told him, the tears shimmering in her eyes.
Will walked over to her and gave her a hug. He leaned towards her ear.
"But we cannot help that, can we? I believe that some things are meant to be," he quietly told her.
She nodded her head before they headed out onto the deck.
Jack walked out of the cabin, with Sonja at his side. She could sense his need for someone to lean on because of his recent injury.
The crew noticed that he was outside the cabin and looked at him as if they were waiting for orders.
"Alright. Listen and listen carefully! At the moment, I am temporarily incapable of performing my duties as captain. Until I am, you will listen to what Sonja has to say," he ordered them.
Some of the crew appeared to be a bit uncomfortable with this news. Jack sensed this and he could also see it as well.
"And if I hear of anyone disobeying a direct order from the temporary captain, they will be thrown overboard!" Jack added before starting to head back inside the room.
Will hurried over to him in order to help him back inside.
Anamaria walked over to Sonja, who had a bit of a surprised look on her face. She wasn't expecting all of what he had said.
"I think he made the right decision," Anamaria told her, placing a hand on the younger woman's shoulder. "Who else would be best to take on duties as captain than someone he knows is capable."
Sonja nodded as she looked over the crew before walking over to the wheel. She glanced over at Elizabeth and Gibbs.
"Alright everyone! Let's take her out! We will take Ms Swann and Mr. Turner back to Port Royal before heading out onto our own!" she cried as she looked over at Elizabeth and Will.
Everyone hurried to his or her places before taking the 'Black Pearl' out onto the ocean.
Jack and Will looked over at her just before they reached the door.
"I think she takes after her father," Will told him.
"I think she does as well but I never expected a sparrow and a raven to be flying together in the same flock," Jack replied.
"And I guess even after sparrows and ravens fall, they get back up for one of their own," Will said with a smile.
Jack looked at Will with a disbelieving look on his face but soon shook it off before looking around at the crew.
"This will be the day you will always remember as the day that Captain Jack Sparrow lived to see his daughter," muttered Jack before heading back inside the cabin.
Author's Note-I know, sappy ending. But I couldn't think of anything better. :P Also, I do have a story in mind. It occurs after this one and its a Lord of the Rings/Pirates of the Caribbean crossover. Don't know if anyone would be interested in it though.