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Chapter 22 – The Ties That Bind

LAST CHAPTER! Isn't that sad? Yet, happy too. (Jack) –hugs me- (Me) –shocked- You hugged me. (Jack) You finished. –kisses- (Me) –drools- Enjoy!


"Sambella nice of you to join us. Elizabeth you look gorgeous." Gianni said hugging Elizabeth and I.

"Thank you sir." Elizabeth blushed.

"Let us not sit here with out tummies rumbling. Let's eat." My other grandma, Sally, shouted. I laughed.

"Hello my dear." James smiled. I looked at him and smiled. He looked wonderful with his hair slicked back and he had a new suit on.

"A new suit?" I teased.

"Yes." He smiled.

"It is marvellous." He pulled out the chair for me and I sat down.

Meanwhile…(Jack's P.O.V)

"Jack, yer a fool." Ana piped up. I moaned in annoyance, frustration and anger.

"Ana, luv, I know it's difficult for ye but fer five minutes can ye please SHUT UP!" A pebble hit me in the head and I huffed.

"No, cause yer an idiot. God, Sam tried her hardest and ye blamed her for this."

"Did not."

"Did too."

"Did not."

"Did too!" She growled.

"ENOUGH!" Someone yelled from the stairs.

"Good job Ana." I whispered.

"Admit it ye daft moron, ye love her still."

"I may love 'er, but she sure as 'ell don't love me." I mumbled.

Dinner… (Sam P.O.V)

"I tend to see all pirates get what they deserve, a short drop and a sudden stop." Norrington smiled. The men, except Will, roared with laughter. I quietly imagined the steak was James' head and began stabbing it with my fork.

"I think pirates are respectable people who are just like us." Everyone grew silent and watched me stab my steak.

"How can you say that darling, a pirate kidnapped you."

"For the last bloody time he did not kidnap me. I agreed to go with him."

"Language." My mother warned. I nodded.

"They are just like us, except mysterious. Just because they are lower class, and aren't as rich as us or they don't dress like us doesn't make them any different. They chose that way of life."

"But, they are lying, cheating, stealing scum." Hugh said. I groaned.

"You share some similar qualities." Will began to choke on his meat. Elizabeth patted him on the back and made him spit it out.

"Sorry." He said hiding the smile that was on his face with a handkerchief.

"As I was saying, we are all the same inside."

"You are a woman, what does a woman know?" Hugh laughed. The men, except Will again, joined in.

"More than you." I hissed. I wiped my mouth, threw my fork down, got up and walked out onto the balcony.

"I'll go talk to her." James said. I groaned.

"What is wrong with you dear?" He asked putting his arm around my waist. I closed my eyes and imagined it was Jack's arm. "Dear?" I opened my eyes and the thought was gone.

"Hugh! He is what is wrong. I hate him." I shouted.

"Not so loud." Norrington shushed me.

"I don't care how loud I yell. I hope that pathetic asshole hears me. I hate him, I want nothing to do with him and I especially don't want him at the wedding."

"Then we will dis-invite him." I looked up at James, startled.

"You'd do that for me?" I asked.

"I would do anything for you." I smiled and kissed James.

"Thank you so much." He blushed.

"Um, let's go back to the dining room…shall we?"

"We shall." I smiled grabbing his hand. I had gained respect for James, right then and there. I am not going to deny that I used to have a crush on Norrington but I think a bit of me still does.

"Feeling better?" Hugh asked.

"Get out." I hissed. Everyone went silent and stared at James and I. Hugh used to be a good man. God only knows what happened to him.

"What?" He asked perplexed.

"You heard me." I said walking over to his seat. "Get out." I pulled his seat out.

"You don't know what you are talking about you foolish child." Hugh yelled raising his hand up and smacking me across the face.

"What is the meaning of this?" My father shouted. James walked over to Hugh and dragged him out the door.

"Your daughter is a childish fool." He shouted before the doors slammed shut.

"Are you okay?" Will asked.

"I'm fine. He hits like a woman." I laughed. It hurt, I won't deny that but, I was happy to see him gone that I really didn't care.

"He shall never set foot in Italy again." My father hissed helping me up. "Mark my words."

"I told you he was a bad apple." Grandpa Matteo said.

"I know." My father groaned. The doors opened again and in walked Governor Swann. He looked confused.

"What happened to…SAM! Are you alright?" He asked looking at my cheek.

"I'm fine." I said running my hand over it. He must have gashed it with one of his many rings.

"Thank God." Swann smiled softly.

"What a horrible man." Elizabeth said with a mouthful of pasta. I laughed.

"Have you no manners at all?" She narrowed her eyes and continued wolfing down the pasta.

"Sam….Samantha." A faint voice whispered. I moaned and turned over.

"Go away."

"Get up, today's the big day." I groaned into my pillow. The covers were thrown off me and I screamed at the sudden coldness.

"Up, now."

"Who died and made you Queen?"

"Samantha, please." I buried my head in my pillow and moaned. I threw it across the room and sat up.

"Happy Liz?"

"Very." I groaned and rubbed my eyes. Had it been that long? Was the day finally here? I had been dreaming of this day since I was a little child. But, I didn't feel the way I thought I would. I didn't have the emotions I dreamed I would have. I felt nothing; I lacked the love you were supposed to have on this day. And why you may ask, why don't I have this love? I don't love Norrington. Don't get me wrong, he is a nice, incredible man that any girl would be lucky to have but, there were no feelings there, at least not anymore.

I used to love James but most people would call that puppy love. Or, a silly girls fantasy. I'd always thought I would end up marrying a man like James, not James himself. I wouldn't have mind all of this if I hadn't of ran into Jack. Jack was the reason for all this. The reason for everything complicated, but, how I loved it so. The way he could make everything better…yes, he was the cause of all this but it wasn't intentional. Jack made me feel things, things I had never felt before. With him, it was like everything was fine. I could be myself around Jack. I didn't have to act any different. I could be me. With James, there would be the social events, meetings, balls, long trips and God only knows what else. All the women I'd have to meet with, I'd have to be like them. Fancy, snobby and hypocritical. It wasn't the life for me, I assure you.

I couldn't help but wonder what life would be like with Jack. Adventurous? Dangerous? Exciting? Dreadful? I would never know. My father was persistent on this. He'd rather see me married to a man of upper class and unhappy then with a pirate and happy. That's the way he was. After all, we are the royalty and it would just be dreadful for my families image. They have a 'reputation' to uphold. I walked over to the basin of fresh water and dipped my hands into it. The water felt cool against my soft, warm hands. I rubbed them together and gently pressed my hands against my cheeks and sighed.

In four hours, I was to become Mrs. Samantha Norrington. Even the name sounded repulsive. The fact that I am being forced to marry someone aggravates me even more and makes me think of running off somewhere.

I could leave this place, go far away from here but what good would that do. I heard the horses neigh and I looked down to see my father entering a carriage. The gallows. I gulped and held back some tears. Jack.

I was never going to see him again. He was going to be gone, no one would ever come across the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow again. This made a part of me sad yet, some of me didn't mind. To many emotions were running through my body that it was really hard to bear the past couple days.

"Miss Samantha?" I looked over and smiled at my personal maids, Fiona and Erin. "Your bath is ready."

"Thank you." I smiled gratefully. They curtsied and left me alone. I slowly undressed and dipped my foot into the steaming basin. I yanked it out and hissed in pain. The water was very hot. I grabbed a container of cooler water and dumped it in to my bath. Once again, I dipped my foot in and smiled. Not to hot, not to cold. I sat in the basin, took a deep breath and went under water. I slowly opened my eyes. They stung as the hot water circled around me. I looked around and remembered some things, things I had forgotten long ago.

"Samantha!" My grandfather shouted. "Get down from there!"

"In a moment!" 10 year old Samantha shouted back. Massimiliano groaned impatiently and grabbed the netting leading up to the crows nest. He quickly climbed up and scolded his grand daughter but, she completely ignored him. "You're ruining the scenery." She growled whacking him in the arm. He stared at her with his mouth ajar. She giggled. "You look like Piper." He laughed and picked her up.

"You miss, should not be up here!" She frowned and folded her arms across her chest.

"And why not?"

"Cause, you are the princess." She opened her mouth to argue but he tapped it shut. "Not an ordinary one Samantha, please darling, do not ever change. You may be the last one like us in this Godforsaken family."

"Last what?" She asked, puzzled.

"Oh…nothing." He smiled.

I shot up as fast as I could and took big breaths of air. Last one? What on earth had he been talking out? I tried to remember those words and what he had meant but as fast as the memory came it left. I growled in anger and cleansed myself.

"Samantha?" My grandmamma shouted. "Where are you?"

"In here!" I shouted, wrapping a towel around my body. She walked in and smiled. "Time to make you more beautiful then ever." I smiled meekly and a dozen women, including Elizabeth, ran in with things in their hands that even I didn't know the words to them.

Meanwhile…

The carriage ride was a bumpy and a talkative one. I hadn't seen William in quite a few years and what a charming, handsome, young man he had grown up to be. He still had his rebellious side but not as much as Samantha.

"After I met Jack." Will continued. "I learned that I should be proud of who I am, pirate or not, I am still the same William Turner but I have learned to stand up for what I believe in sir." William looked down and began to stutter. "And I….I…I'm still not quite good at it." I laughed.

"Go on…" I persisted.

"I think it's a horrible idea of what you are letting Sam do!" He shouted and sighed happily. I rubbed my eyes.

"We've been through this, I have been through this with Samantha a lot of time must I go through it with you?" William nodded confidently. I did admire his bravery.

"He is a pirate, no offence William, and she is a princess. They do not belong together."

"Sir, if you could see how happy they are together you would agree with me. I've never seen Jack quite as happy as he has been, and that is not how Jack usually is."

"From what I have heard William, he is a womanizer. I do not want my Sambella getting hurt. I couldn't bear to see her go through all that again." I said recollecting the memories. "Once was enough and what she went through was, pardon my language, pure hell."

"But sir…" The carriage stopped and the door was opened.

"The gallows sir." The coachmen murmured. I nodded.

"Thank you." I got out of the carriage and Will followed. We walked down the stairs in silence until I saw Jack. He caught my eye and groaned.

"Ye brought tha eunuch." I chuckled.

"Nice to see you too Jack." Will snapped. Jack snickered and looked at Will.

"I see tha pirate in ye more and more everyday." Will smiled.

"William here, was just telling me about how happy you and Samantha are….were together." Jack sat back down and looked at the bench.

"Aye." He muttered. All of a sudden he sat up and smiled. "But, the past is the past eh mate! We all move on and surely, I will." I nodded.

"Alright Sparrow, in exactly an hour you and your crew will be free but if you ever set one foot near my daughter…"

"I know, ye'll get tha entire bloody navy after me." Jack interrupted.

"No." I said walking towards the stairs behind William. "I will hunt you down and kill you myself." Jack's jaw opened ajar and I smiled and walked up the stairs.

"What king talks like tha?" A female voice yelled. "Honestly!"

Meanwhile…

I looked at myself in the mirror and groaned. I didn't look like myself. My hair was bunched at the top in little ringlets which sat behind my tiara beautifully, and only a single strand of my hair was sitting in front of the tiara in a tiny little wave. The wedding dressed hugged my curves and came out at the waist. The door opened and in walked my grandmamma.

"You look gorgeous." She smiled and wiped her eyes.

"Stop blubbering!" I laughed and gave her a big hug. She looked at me and sighed.

"It's time you knew the truth." I looked at her, perplexed.

"What on earth are you talking about?" She tip toed voer to the door and looked both ways before whispering something. I leaned in to hear but she stopped and nodded. The door opened a bit more and in walked...Herman!

"Herman." I whispered happily. "What are you doing here? I thought you were..." He put his fingers on my lips and told me to quiet down. I nodded.

"Samantha...it's wonderful to see you again."

"Same here luv, but, I need ta tell ye tha truth." He grabbed my grandmammas hand and smiled at her. "My name is not Herman but is Massimiliano." My eyes grew as wide as saucers and I was speechless. My grandfather Massimiliano...or Herman, whatever his name was now, was a pirate. It couldn't be true. That would make my mother half pirate and...I would have the pirate blood in my veins.

"No..." I muttered. "No! How can you tell me this now? The wedding can begin..."They looked hurt. "And you are not evendressed properly." They both looked up and Ijumped up and hugged him. "I'm so glad you are finally back." Isobbed into his shoulder. "I thought I wouldnever see you again." He stroked my head and kissed me on the forehead.

"It's alright now luv. Everythings going ta be okay." I nodded slightly happy and te angry. How could they keep a secret like this from me? Did my mother even know?

"I will be back later darling."He said, walking out the doorway and heading into another room accompanied by what looked like, William. My grandma smiled and clapped her hands together.

"It's time." I looked at her.

"Already?" She laughed and nodded. "After all this news. Do I have to do it?"

She nodded happily. "Your father is waiting." I nodded and walked out the door to see my father standing there, crying.

"Jesus." I muttered to myself. I smiled and took my fathers hand. The doors opened and the music began. We walked down the aisle slowly and I gasped at the décor. There was a silk white carpet leading down to the alter with red petals scattered all over it, from the flower girl. On the pews, a bouquet of wild flowers and daffodils were assorted in cute little arrangements. I looked up and saw James blushing and fumbling with his jacket. I giggled and kept walking until I finally reached the alter. James took my hand and the ceremony began. I looked around at everyone and smiled widely, when I saw my grandfather at the back of the room hidden behind his hat.

"Dearly beloved, we gather here today to celebrate the coming together of Commodore James Mathew Norrington and Princess Samantha Vittoria DiBattista." The priest said loudly. The ceremony went on for quite a while and then the vows came. James began.

"I, James, take you Samantha to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live." I looked at him lovingly and sniffled. I felt some tears stream down my face and I let out an awkward laugh.

"That was beautiful." I whispered as the priest told me to go. He blushed.

"I, Samantha, take you, James, to be my partner, loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know. I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the man you will become, and falling in love a little more every day. I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life may bring us." He smiled and mouth the word 'magnificent.'

"The rings please!" The priest called out. My face fell and I thought of Jack again. He was gone. The idea of that made me start to cry. Everyone must of thought it was because of the wedding cause they started crying and awing. The priest took the rings and looked up. "If anyone has any reason as to why these two shouldn't be married, speak now or forever hold your peace." Silence was all that was heard. I cried a bit harder.

"Now…" The priest began but was interrupted.

"Wait!" Everyone gasped and looked around for who had said it. I looked over and gasped. "I cannot let my daughter do this. No offence James but, it isn't right." My father stood up and walked out of the pew. I looked at him, puzzled. He walked over to me smiling and kissed me on my cheek. He put his lips to my ear and whispered.

"Go." I looked at him and realized what was happening. Jack was not dead. I smiled and hugged my father. I turned over to James and smiled at him.

"I'm sorry James." I handed him the ring and ran as fast as I could, hoping he was still there. Women gasped, my mother fainted and my grand mother & grand fathersmiled. I ran. Ran out into the town as fast as I could, running over people, bumping into little children until my feet hit the deck. I looked around and saw Gibbs untying the Pearl.

"Gibbs!" I shouted frantically and ran over to the ship. He looked up in astonishment.

"Miss Samantha. Aren't ye supposed to be at a wedding?"

"Where's Jack?" I asked ignoring his question. He looked at me and I sighed. "Gibbs! Honestly, do you think I would marry James over Jack!" Gibbs smiled.

"In his cabin. Ye best not be disturbing him though, he's rather sad." I smiled playfully.

"And why is that?"

"Seems some little spoiled princess broke the fools heart." Ana said. I turned around and glared at her.

"Now see here…"

"GO!" She yelled opening the doors. I smiled and ran into them, down the halls and stopped in front of Jacks door. I knocked.

"Go away." I knocked again. "I said, go away. I don't want to be bothered." I sighed and opened the door. Jack was facing the wall and drinking some rum.

"Gibbs, is it so hard to understand tha meaning of GO AWAY!" He still hadn't turned around.

"Last time I checked, I wasn't Gibbs." I whispered. Jack stopped drinking and rum poured down his chin and onto his shirt. He spun around and looked at me in surprise. I waited for him to get up but all I got was.

"Why are ye here?"

"For you silly! I couldn't marry James." Jack nodded but didn't say anything.

"So ye left him at tha alter?" I groaned impatiently.

"Basically."

"Yer wretched."

"You know what!" I shouted angrily. "I came over here to tell you I loved you and not him but fine! Be an ass and ask me all these stupid questions and…" I was cut off by Jack's lips connecting on mine. My eyes widened in surprise but I closed them accepting his kiss. He broke the kiss and grinned widely.

"Things are going to be different. Ye know that?"

"What do you mean?" I asked puzzled.

"Well, ye aren't going to be pampered anymore. Ye think I'm letting ye leave this Pearl? Ye aren't leaving me sight lass. Savvy?"

"Savvy." I giggled as Jack wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me up onto the deck. Things were going to change but my life had been changing for as long as I could remember. But this time, I knew it was for the better. I realized that from the moment I had met Jack. My life had changed wonderfully when I met him and now that I was with him, for the first time, my life was bearable and wonderful.

"Gibbs! We have a new crew member." Jack shouted. Gibbs waddled over and smiled.

"Miss Samantha, glad to see you'll be staying."

"Thank you." I smiled sweetly. The crew cheered and I laughed. They were like no other pirate I had ever read about.

"Now!" Jack began pulling me into him. "I am going to make our lovely guest feel right at home. If anyone comes to disturb us, I'll castrate ye...or throw ye overboard in an instant." The crew whistled and I laughed as I was pulled back downstairs.

"Now luv, this is a very silly wedding dress…" He said pushing the door open.

"Oh really." I smiled closing the door and smiled. Nothing at all was going to change the way I felt, and this moment. I was finally happy and I finally, I had found someone to love.

--Fin.


-cries- It's overrrr. –sobs on Jacks shoulder-

Jack: S'okay luv…

Me: No…ITS NOT! –sobs-

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