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By the Hand of Jack Sparrow

Just a Horizon Away

I woke up to find myself engulfed by Jack's presence. He was sleeping, curled against my back, his face nestled in my hair. He had draped his left arm and leg over my body. I lay there, unable to move, listening to his breathing, wishing I could see him as he slept. The gauntlet of scars on his arm caught my eye. I touched the delicate skin ever so lightly with my fingertips. I reached my hand over his, entwining our fingers, drawing his arm close so I could kiss the inside of his wrist. Then I took a deep breath and sighed.

"That's a big sigh for so early in the day," Jack murmured behind me, "Something troubling you, luv?"

"Nothing at all," I answered, "Just happy and contented."

"Mmmm…I don't think I've ever felt this content in my entire life," Jack mentioned, sleepily.

I felt him move and then I felt his breath on my neck. "And where did you learn to do those wickedly delicious things you did to me last night?" he growled by my ear.

"Oh, here and there," I replied, giggling softly. We lay there, snuggled together in silence for a few minutes.

"Eeeeeve," Jack said in a low voice, drawing out the sound of my name.

"Yes, Jack," I responded, wondering what to expect.

He propped himself on his elbow, kissed my neck, then whispered, "Do it again."

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We dressed and began tidying up the cabin. The debris from Jack's venting the night before still littered the floor. We were both picking up maps, rolling them carefully and putting them away, when there was a knock on the doors.

Jack opened the doors and spoke briefly to Gibbs. I noticed Gibbs peering into the cabin. "Holy Mother of God, what'd ye do in here?" Gibbs exclaimed. I looked up at Gibbs, smiled and waved.

"I had a little pent up energy to get out, Gibbs," Jack explained, then he glanced at me and smirked, "And my darlin' Eve was most accommodating in helping me out with that, weren't you, luv?"

My eyes widened and I could feel my skin begin to heat. I was obviously blushing. Damn him! How was he able to do that?

Gibbs nervously shuffled his feet in the doorway, quickly finishing his conversation with his captain.

Jack closed the doors and walked toward me, sliding his hands around my waist. He smirked at me, commenting, "You are an enigma, my love! Engaging in such wonderfully depraved activities one moment, then blushing like an innocent virgin the next!"

I tried to push him away, but he held me firmly. "You're embarrassing me, Jack."

He grinned villainously at me, his gold teeth winking in the light. "There is nothing you should be embarrassed about, darlin'!" he declared, the expression in his eyes quickly becoming lustful.

"Jack, you're insatiable," I told him, removing myself from his embrace.

"Cut from the same cloth, luv," he reminded me, "And I know you can never resist my charms." He had a very self-satisfied smirk on his face.

I had resumed rolling maps and responded vaguely, "I'm sorry, Jack, what was it you were saying?" I glanced at him. When I saw him smirking at me, I had to quickly turn away, so he wouldn't see me start to smile.

Jack came to stand behind me, snaking his arms around my waist, as he pressed his body against my back and kissed my neck. "God, I love you," he growled before he pulled away. "C'mon, luv, the crew's requested our presence on deck," he said, pulling me toward the doors.

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Jack stopped at the doors, leaned close and whispered, "Gibbs told 'em." He then flung open the doors and we stepped out onto the deck. We were greeted with cheers, shouts of congratulations and well-wishes, and a few somewhat descriptive remarks aimed at Jack regarding the amount of time we spend locked in the cabin.

I smiled as I watched Jack, grinning from ear to ear, soaking up the adulation from his crew. They were all gathered around him, congratulating him and patting him on the back. A few of the men lamented that they weren't able to have a bachelor's party for him.

"What would I need a bachelor's party for, when I'm married to such a comely lass as this, eh?" he responded, gesturing in my direction. To which the crew erupted in cheers, and some rather bawdy comments.

"Shut your mouths, you scabrous dogs! That's my wife you're talking about!" Jack shouted at them, unable to repress a smirk. He looked at me and winked.

"Miss Eve," Gibbs said boisterously. I turned my attention away from Jack reluctantly, to look at Gibbs.

"I know the elder Cap'n Sparrow already welcomed ye to the family, lass. But ye know as well as I do that Jack's crew is his real family. And on behalf of the rest of the men, I wanted to officially welcome ye to the family of the Black Pearl," Gibbs said as he enveloped me in a hug and patting me on the back.

"Thank you, Gibbs," I said smiling, then I kissed him on the cheek.

More cheers and catcalls ensued, causing Gibbs to blush.

Mr. Cotton was next to wrap me up in a hug, to which his parrot wolf-whistled. When I kissed Cotton on the cheek, he parrot squawked, "Shiver me timbers!"

"Drinks all around!" shouted Jack's voice exuberantly from somewhere. I'd lost track of him. Several of the crew members brought up large barrels of rum from the cargo hold.

I smiled, watching everyone celebrating. It wasn't exactly how I ever would've imagined my wedding reception. But then, nothing about my life now is as I would've imagined.

"Rum, darlin'?" Jack draped his arm over me, handing me the bottle. I took it, drank deeply, and handed it back to him.

"You know, luv, we're supposed to be celebrating. Why do you look so pensive?" Jack asked, concerned.

"Things never seem to turn out the way you'd imagine they will," I mentioned.

He smiled and kissed my forehead. "Of course they don't, Eve, that's what makes life so exciting…such an adventure!" He watched me for a few moments, then took my hand, "C'mon, luv."

"Where are we going?" I asked, as he tugged at my hand.

"To the helm," he said, inclining his head in that direction.

We climbed the steps and headed toward the wheel.

"Go have some fun, Gibbs, we'll take over," Jack said to his first mate.

I smiled and looked at Jack questioningly. He was holding onto the wheel with his left hand, grinning cheerfully, his gold teeth shining in the bright afternoon sun.

"C'mon, Eve, it's time you got to know the Pearl!" he said, pulling me to stand in front of him.

I turned to look at Jack, an uncertain smile on my face.

"Well, go on then, luv, grab a hold of her! She's not gonna bite you," he said, enthusiastically.

I lifted my hands and put them on the spokes of the wheel gingerly. I could see Jack smirking in my peripheral vision. He laid his hands over mine, saying, "Hold her firmly, and with confidence, my dear," he leaned his head close to mine and continued, "Like most females, she responds quite readily to touch." His voice was low and seductive.

I rolled my eyes, smiling. The asked, "There aren't any reefs or anything here, are there?"

"No worries, luv, nothing but deep water," he replied, shifting his weight and pressing his body closer to mine. He let go of the wheel with his left hand, instead sliding it around my waist. I could feel the warmth of him through my clothes, his warm breath on my neck a sharp contrast to the cool breeze.

He let go with his right hand and reached up to move my hair away from my neck. He began kissing my neck, as I was steering the Pearl.

"So, how do you like it?" he asked huskily, as he continued kissing and nibbling my neck.

"It's very, very nice," I replied, leaning my head back against his shoulder.

He tightened his arms around my waist, nibbling my earlobe.

I gasped and flinched, causing the ship to lurch. I snapped my head up to see the crew looking up at us, a few of them grumbling at being knocked off their feet.

"Sorry, boys," I shouted at them, as Jack chuckled against my neck.

"She is quite responsive, Jack, isn't she?" I mentioned.

"Mmm, yes, she is," Jack remarked, as he nuzzled against my neck.

I shifted my footing slightly, purposefully brushing my backside against him.

Jack made an odd little sound in the back of his throat, quickly clearing his throat in an attempt to conceal his reaction.

I smirked to myself, and happily steered the Pearl.

"You and the Pearl have a little something in common, luv, did you know that?" he mentioned.

"I didn't, Jack. What do we have in common?" I asked, intrigued.

"At one time, before I re-christened her the Black Pearl, she too was a Wicked Wench," he remarked.

I laughed softly and replied, "Guilty on both counts, Captain."

"Wouldn't have it any other way, darlin'," he replied, his tone giving away his smirk.

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As I sailed the Pearl, under Jack's watchful eyes and wandering hands, I thought back to the night of the meteor shower. Jack and I had sat on the deck, watching the shooting stars, and he told me he thought he could make all my dreams and wishes come true.

And I thought about all that has happened since I met Jack. How he'd taught me the basics of wielding a sword and shooting a pistol. How I'd learned first hand about 17th century wound care. My very first pirating adventure, an unexpected tragedy.

But there was so very much more than simply the events that had taken place. I had discovered that I am capable of so much more than I ever would've thought. I learned that I can stand up for myself and have confidence, and that even when I don't have confidence, I can fake it well enough.

And I have grown to know and fall in love with a complex and intriguing man. A man I can trust enough to be completely real and genuine with, and who trusts me to accept him the way that he is. A man I know I can rely on to always be there when I need him. A man who has the courage, strength of character and confidence to disagree with me as intensely as he loves me.

And so, there I was, sailing the most beautiful ship I'd ever seen, with the man I believed could make all my dreams and wishes come true. My man, my husband, my pirate.

And happily ever after was just a horizon away.

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A/N:Well, there it is, my final chapter! Hope you all enjoyed it. Many thanks to everyone who's read and reviewed! You guys are the BEST! It's been so great reading all your reviews and comments, and getting to know all of you! I've started to write the sequel to this story, and it will be posted soon. Yes, there will be many more adventures! The title is: "A Sparrow's Shadow on the Sea." Hope you enjoy it as well!