Marie sat with Elizabeth as they rowed across the river. Marie didn't waste words with Elizabeth but sat silently looking out for any danger. She looked over as she heard Elizabeth begin to sing an all too familiar song,
"Some men have died and some are alive and others sail on the sea with the keys to the cage and the Devil to pay we lay to Fiddler's Green. The bell has been raised from its watery grave; hear its sepulchral tone? A call to all, pay heed the squall, and turn your sails toward home!"
Marie joined in softly,
"Yo ho, all together, hoist the colors high. Heave ho, thieves..."
"Thief, and beggar, never shall we die." A stranger interrupted. He was joined by another man and they approached the women, "A dangerous song to be singing, for anyone ignorant of its meaning. Particularly for women," he said in thought. He looked them up and down, "particularly two women alone."
"What makes you think she's alone?" Barbossa said as he approached.
"You protect them?" He asked Barbossa, which made Marie snort and Elizabeth grow angry. Elizabeth quickly put a knife to his throat and asked testily,
"And what makes you think I need protecting?"
"See, now you've gone and made her angry…" Marie said.
"Your master's expectin' us. An unexpected death would cast a slight pall on our meetin'." Barbossa interjected.
At this Elizabeth released the man knowing Barbossa was right. They all jumped when they heard British soldiers pass by and they quickly hid. They followed the men and
Elizabeth asked Barbossa,
"Have you heard anything from Will?"
"I trust young Turner to acquire the charts, and you two to remember your place in the presence of Capt. Sao Feng."
"Is he that terrifying?" Elizabeth asked,
"He's much like myself, but absent my merciful nature and sense of fair play." Barbossa said,
"Wonderful…" Marie said rolling her eyes.
They came to the entrance of the hideout and one of the men gave the apparent password,
The door was opened and they quickly came inside where they were instructed to leave their weapons on a table. Marie handed over her pistol and saw Barbossa do the same. Elizabeth placed a small pistol on the table, which made Marie cock an eyebrow at her, knowing full and well, that Elizabeth had brought as many weapons as humanly possible. Apparently the man had seen the exchange for when Elizabeth tried to move past him he stopped her and said to Barbossa,
"You think because she is a woman we would not suspect her of treachery?"
"Well, when you put it that way." Barbossa replied.
"Remove, please." He commanded Elizabeth.
At this Elizabeth pulled out all of her weapons which took a few moments to do. When everyone saw how many weapons she had brought and where she had placed them they looked at her in astonishment. She shrugged nervously and tried walking by again. The man stopped her once more and said with a Cheshire cat grin,
Marie was thankful he hadn't instructed her to do the same,
Well, she is prettier than you. She thought to herself.
Elizabeth did indeed remove to Marie's dismay and she made sure Barbossa was a gentleman about it. They finally entered the bathhouse and were led to Sao Feng himself. Barbossa bowed and motioned for the women to mimic the gesture,
"Captain Barbossa. Welcome to Singapore." He then spoke to a servant, "More steam." He continued to Barbossa, "I understand you have a request to make of me."
"More of a proposal to put to ye. I have a venture underway and happen to find myself in need of ship and a crew." Barbossa said.
"This is an odd coincidence." Sao said thoughtfully.
"Because you happen to have a ship and a crew you don't need?" Elizabeth asked,
"When is it ever that easy?" Marie asked.
"No." Sao replied to Elizabeth, "Because, earlier this day, not far from here, a thief broke into my most revered uncle's temple and tried to make off with these." He held up a rolled up bamboo chart, "The navigational charts. The route to the farthest gate. Wouldn't it be amazing if this venture of yours took you to the world beyond this one?"
"It would strain credulity at that." Barbossa said.
Sao Feng made a motion at his men and they pulled up Will Turner from a well. They all three grew very serious when they saw this. He pointed at Will and said,
"This is the thief. Is his face familiar to you?"
They shook their heads quickly. Sao Feng pulled out a blade and pointed it at Will saying,
"Then I guess he has no further need for it." He moved to stab Will. Marie and Elizabeth both involuntarily gasped, causing Sao Feng to pause. He then turned to them and said,
"So, you come into my city, and betray my hospitality."
"Sao Feng, I assure you, I had no idea..." Barbossa started trying to appease him,
"That he would get caught!" He shouted, "You intend to attempt a voyage to Davy Jones' locker. When I cannot help but wonder, why?" he asked quietly,
Barbossa tossed a coin at Sao Feng, who caught it quickly,
"The song has been sung. The time is upon us. We must convene the Brethren Court. As one of the nine pirate lords you must honor the call." Barbossa explained,
"More steam." Sao Feng said, "More steam!" he shouted when the steam did not immediately fill the room. "There's a price on all our heads, it is true. Since it seems that the only way a pirate can turn a profit anymore is by betraying other pirates..." He said glancing accusingly at them.
"The first Brethren Court gave us rule of the seas. That rule has been challenged by Lord Cutler Beckett." Barbossa said,
"Against the East India Trading Company, what value is the Brethren Court? What can any of us do?"
"You can fight!" Elizabeth said angrily. A man tried to hold her back "Get off me! You are Sao Feng, the pirate lord of Singapore!
Marie listened and she heard a soft snicker under the floor. She recognized Pintel and Ragetti, and bit her lip hoping they wouldn't give them away,
"...would you have that era come to an end on your watch? The most notorious pirates from around the world are uniting against our enemy, and yet you sit here, cowering in your bath water!" She shouted.
"Elizabeth Swann, there's more to you than meets the eye, isn't there? And the eye does not go wanting. But I cannot help but notice. You have failed to answer my question. What is it you seek in Davy Jones' locker?" he asked once again,
"Jack Sparrow." Will said, "He's one of the pirate lords."
"The only reason I would want Jack Sparrow returned from the land of the dead . . . is so I can send him back myself!" Sao shouted kicking something over,
"Jack Sparrow holds one of the nine pieces of eight. He failed to pass it along to a successor before he died. So we must go and get him back." Barbossa said,
Sao looked over at someone and Marie followed his gaze. She saw a man with a tattoo dripping from sweat. After a moment she realized that he was a spy. He said angrily,
"So, you admit, you have deceived me. Weapons!" He shouted to his men who pulled out there weapons.
"Sao Feng, I assure you, our intentions are strictly honorable." Barbossa said once again trying to stifle his wrath. Though as he said this swords from under the floorboards were thrown through the cracks and the three of them caught the swords and smiled bashfully at the irony of the timing.
"Drop your weapons or I kill the man!" Sao said putting a sword the spied throat.
They looked at the man curiously and Barbossa said,
"Kill him, he's not our man."
"If he's not with you, and he's not with us...who's he with?" Will asked,
Just then men from the East India Trading Company burst in. The fighting began and Marie rolled her eyes in frustration knowing she only had swords. She looked over and saw Will was still tied. She went over and quickly cut the ropes. Elizabeth shouted quickly, "Will!" as she tossed him a sword.
Will caught it and began to fight. Marie punched a few in the face but froze when someone caught her from behind. She felt them fell her up for a moment as she struggled. She froze when a blade was put to her throat. She heard him yelp in her ear and he fell to the ground at Barbossa's feet.
"Thanks." She said quickly. Sao ordered his men to run and they all made they're way to their ships. Marie followed Barbossa until she saw Tia went with her. They found Will who was accompanied with some men,
"You got the charts?" Barbossa asked,
"And better yet, a ship and a crew." Will replied.
"How'd you manage that?" Marie asked. Will didn't reply but Elizabeth asked,
"Where's Sao Feng?"
"He'll cover our escape and meet us at Shipwreck Cove."
"This way, be quick." One of the new crewmembers said leading them to a ship. They climbed aboard and Marie stayed at Tia side while Elizabeth joined them,
"There's no place left for Sao Feng to cower. Do you think he will honor the call?" Elizabeth asked,
"I cannot say. There is an evil on these seas that even the most staunch and bloodthirsty pirates have come to fear." Tia replied.