Disclaimer: I do not claim to own any of the characters from PotC, just Josh Harris (I use that name a lot in my stories)
Let The Adventure Begin
Josh Harris awoke gasping for breath as he threw up seawater all over a wooden floor. Josh shivered, he was cold, to cold. The boy felt a hand push him onto his side and he threw up again, the hand began to pat his back.
"Easy there lad, I got you," said a low voice with a slight English accent.
Josh began taking deep breaths and he felt himself becoming warm again as the sunlight warmed his body. The hand on his back slowly lifted him up and sat him on a dry wooden seat. Josh looked down at a pair of black boots standing in water, looking closer josh realized he was on a boat and it was filling up with water fast.
"Are you alright lad, not still sick, eh?" asked the voice again.
Josh looked up to see the man's face. He had long black hair, black-rimmed eyes, braided beard and the deepest brown eyes he had ever seen. The man smiled and held out his hand, which Josh took.
"Captain Jack Sparrow, at yer service lad! What name do you go by?" he asked.
Josh just stared at the man for a few minutes with his mouth hanging open, Jack cleared his throat and Josh shook his head.
"Your Captain Jack Sparrow? The most famous pirate in all of the Caribbean?" asked Josh.
Jack smiled at the words.
"Well, famous, yes but not the whole Caribbean, lad. Again, your name?" the pirate asked again.
"Josh, Josh Harris, pleasure to meet you captain!" the boy said with a salute.
Jack laughed at the boy's antics but then his attention was caught by something. Josh looked in the direction the pirate was looking and he stared with wide eyes at three skeletons, hanging from a rocky formation. The captain removed his hat and Josh, for some reason, reached for his head only to come in contact with a bandana.
Josh paused and then looked down at his clothes, he let out a silent gasp. He was wearing a white, long-sleeved cotton shirt, a leather vest that went down to his knees, brown pants and a pair of black boots. Around his waist was a black leather belt and hanging from it was a steel cutlass.
The boy was broken from his shock when Jack turned back to him.
"One question mate, what were you doing out here all by yer lonesome, eh?" he asked.
Josh thought back to what had happened and then looked up at Jack.
"I was sailing my boat out in the bay when I accidentally struck a rock, or something. That's all I remember," lied Josh.
'I can't really tell him that my small motor boat died in the middle of the day and a storm threw me into the sea now can I!' the boy said to himself.
Jack looked at the boy who was just a foot shorter than him.
"How old are you, lad?" he asked.
"I am, 16, captain," said Josh.
"Well Josh, what say you to join me as the start of me crew, the pay is good and the adventure of yer life! What do ye say?" asked Jack.
Josh stared at the pirate in amazement and saluted.
"I am in your debt Captain Sparrow! I will serve ye!" he said.
"Good, first order of business is to bail out this water and make for Port Royal, think you can do that lad?"
Josh stared down below his feet as he and Jack stood at the very top of their boats mast. They had to abandon trying to bail her out when the water started to come in faster and Jack told him to climb up the mast. He and the pirate waited until the dock was near and they both leapt easily onto the dock.
"Follow me, Josh, and stick close," cautioned Jack.
"Aye, cap'n!" said Josh with a smile.
Jack winked at him.
"I will make you a good pirate yet, now off we go," and they headed down the docks.
"Excuse me!" called a voice behind them, "It's a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock, and I need a name," said a man with a book in his hands.
Jack leaned closer to the man and placed three coins on top of the book.
"What do ye say to three shillings, and we forget the names?" asked Jack.
Josh raised his eyebrows.
"Welcome to Port Royal, Mr. Smith!" said the man.
Jack smiled and led Josh into the city. Josh stared around at the shops and the many different types of people as they walked around.
"I believe our first stop shall be the gunsmith's shop, ye do need another weapon, lad," said Jack.
Josh nodded and they entered the shop. The man behind the desk stared at the two of them and then began to talk business with Jack. Ten minutes later they left and Josh had a pistol hanging on his belt and some shot and powder. They stopped when they came to the center square.
"Where to next cap'n?" asked Josh.
"Now to get us a ship and I have seen a good one when we came in. Let's go have a looksy," said Jack and they headed back toward the docks.
As they were walking past a blacksmith's shop, a young man came out, holding a long box. Jack walked past without even looking and Josh wasn't paying attention, he then bumped into the young man.
"Oh, pardon me sir!" said Josh as he quickly caught up with Jack.
The young man looked at the two of them curiously and then he went off on his errand.
Jack and Josh arrived at the docks and the pirate pointed toward a small ship.
"That's her, " he said with a grin.
Josh looked at the ship and grinned, he then followed Jack down toward the ship. They past a raised dock and the two soldiers standing under it.
"Hey!" one of them shouted, "This dock is off limits to civilians!"
"Im terribly sorry, I didn't know! If I see one, I shall inform you two immediately," said Jack as he tried to step around the two soldiers.
They stepped in front of Jack again and Josh tried to keep a straight face.
"Apparently there's some sort of high toned and fancy to do up at the fort, how could it be that two upstanding gentlemen such as yourselves didn't merit an invitation?" asked Jack.
The two stared at each other.
"Someone has to make sure this dock stays off limits to civilians," said Murtogg, one of the soldiers.
Josh rolled his eyes.
"Was that all they told you?" he asked them.
Jack smirked at their dumb looks and then tried to get around them again.
"Its seems to me that a ship like that," said Jack pointing to the big warship out in the harbor," Makes this one here a bit superfluous, really,"
"The Dauntless is the power in these waters, true enough, but there's no ship as can match the Interceptor for speed!" he said.
Josh looked at Jack and before the pirate could speak, Josh spoke.
"I've heard of one and its supposed to be fast, the Black Pearl!" said the boy.
Jack looked back at Josh with a raised eyebrow but didn't say anything. The other soldier, Mullroy, spoke up.
"Well, there is no real ship, that can match the Interceptor!"
Murtogg looked at Mullroy.
"The Black Pearl is a real ship," he said
"No, no its not," said Mullroy.
"Yes it is, I've seen it!" declared Murtogg.
"You've seen it?"
"No you haven't seen it"
"Yes I have"
The two soldiers then got into an argument and both Josh and Jack snuck around them. They went aboard the ship and Jack stood behind the wheel while Josh leaned against the rail.
"Hey, you! Get away from there and you to!" shouted Murtogg.
"You don't have permission to be aboard there mate!" said Mullroy.
Jack raised his hands as did Josh.
"Im sorry its just its such a pretty boat!" said Jack.
"Ship," said Josh.
"Ship!" repeated Jack.
"What's your names?" asked Murtogg.
"Smith, or Smithy if you like!" said Jack.
"Josh Harris, but just Josh," said the boy.
"What's your purpose in Port Royal, Mr. Smith?" asked Mullroy.
"Yeah and no lies!" said Murtogg.
Jack winked at Josh again and then looked back at the two soldiers.
"Well then I confess, it is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer my weasely black guts out!" said Jack with a smile.
Josh had to keep himself from laughing.
"I said no lies!" said Murtogg.
Mullroy leaned over.
"I think he is telling the truth," he said.
"If he were telling the truth, he wouldn't have told us!" stated Murtogg.
Jack cleared his throat, gaining their attention.
"Unless, of course, he knew you wouldn't believe the truth even if he told it to you," he said.
Josh let himself fall to the deck in silent laughter as the three began to talk and argue. Soon their conversations turned to stories and both of the soldiers were fascinated by the ones Jack told. They had been talking for the past thirty minutes and Josh was just starting to dose off.
Josh leapt his feet and leaned over the rail. Jack and the two soldier's ran to his side.
"Will you be saving her then?" Jack asked them.
"I can't swim," said Mullroy and Murtogg shook his head.
Jack takes all of his stuff off.
"Pride of the kings Navy you are. Don't lose these!" he said as he handed his stuff to Josh.
Jack then dove into the water.
Josh turned to the two soldiers with a look of disbelief on his face.
"You don't know how to swim?" he asked them.
Before either could answer, Jack appeared near the docks with a woman in his arms. Josh and the two soldiers ran toward them.
"She's not breathing!" said Mullroy.
Jack grunted and drew his knife. He then sliced through the corset and the woman began to cough and gasp for breath. Jack then handed the corset to Murtogg.
"Never would have thought of that," said the soldier.
"Clearly you have never been to Singapore!" said Jack as he watched Josh help the woman sit up.
"Are you alright, my lady?" asked the boy.
The woman looked up at his young face and nodded, the movement shook loose a gold necklace. Jack leaned forward and held up the gold coin that was connected to the necklace near his face.
"Where did you get that?" he asked the woman.
Josh heard footsteps behind them and he turned around.
"Jack…" was as far as he got before a sword was pointed at his and Jack's necks.
"On your feet, both of you!" said the man that had his sword pointed at Jack.
Josh swallowed in fear and slowly stood up. The woman looked at the boy and realized he was shaking in fear. Suddenly a man wearing a wig came to her side.
"Elizabeth, are you alright?" asked the man worriedly.
"Yes I am fine father," she said.
Josh turned a shocked look at Elizabeth and then he looked at his feet.
Governor Swann, Elizabeth's father, see's Murtogg holding the corset, the soldier drops it and points at Jack and Josh. The Governor narrowed his eyes at the two.
"Shoot them!" he said.
"Father! Commodore, do you really intend to kill my rescuers?" asked Elizabeth.
Commodore Norrington withdrew his blade from Jack's throat and the other man did the same.
"I believe thanks are in order," said Norrington.
As Jack reached for the hand, Norrington grabbed his arm and pulled up his sleeve revealing a P, brand on Jack's arm.
"Had a brush with the East India Trading company, did we pirate?" asked the commodore with a sneer.
The other man reached for Josh's arm and also revealed a P. Josh stared at it in shock. The Governor looked at both of them with anger.
"Hang them," he said.
"Keep your guns on them men, Gillette, fetch some irons!" shouted Norrington.
He then stared at the tattoo of a bird on Jack's arm.
"Well, well? Jack Sparrow, isn't it?" he asked.
"Captain, Captain Jack Sparrow," said Jack.
"I don't see your ship, captain!"
"He said he'd come here to commandeer one!" said Murtogg.
"I told ya he was telling the truth, these are his sir! The boy was with him as well," said Mullroy as he handed Jack's effects to the commodore.
Another man took Josh's weapons away and then pulled him closer to Jack. The commodore was examining Jack's weapons.
"No additional shots nor powder, a compass that doesn't work," he then pulled out the sword, "I half expected it to be made out of wood!"
He then sheathed the sword.
"You are without a doubt the worst pirate I've ever heard of!"
"But you have heard of me!" said Jack and Josh stomped on his foot.
Norrington then turned to Josh.
"Now for you boy. Lets see if we can guess your name?" he pulled the sleeve up higher, but there was no tattoo.
The man glared at the boy.
"What is your name, boy? Speak up!" said Norrington.
"Josh Harris, Commodore," said Josh as he looked at the ground.
Jack stared back at Norrington with anger in his eyes.
"Leave the boy alone mate! He has done nothing to you," said the pirate as chains were strapped to both of their wrists.
Elizabeth couldn't stay silent any longer.
"Commodore I must protest!" she said.
Norrington turned toward the prisoners.
"Careful lieutenant," he said.
Elizabeth stepped in front of him.
"Pirates or not, these two saved my life!"
Norrington shook his head as he looked down at the Governor's daughter.
"One good deed is not enough to redeem a man of a lifetime of wickedness!" he said.
"But it seems enough to condemn him," said Jack.
"Indeed," said Norrington.
"But the other is just a boy!" exclaimed Elizabeth.
"Guilt by association!" said the commodore.
Josh looked up at Elizabeth with tear filled eyes.
"I thank you miss, for at least trying," he then looked down at his chained hands.
Elizabeth turned to her father.
"Father please, stop this!" she said.
"I am sorry Elizabeth, but there is nothing I can do!" and then the Governor walked over to Norrington.
Gillette moved away from Jack and the pirate smiles.
"Finally!" he said as he threw the chains around Elizabeth's neck and pulled her to him.
Josh stared in shock for a moment, but then ran to stand behind Jack.
The soldiers raise their guns.
"No, don't shoot!" shouts Governor Swann.
Jack leaned in and whispered into Elizabeth's ear.
"I knew you'd warm up to me and Josh," he said
Josh glared at Jack.
"Leave me out of this, I didn't even know you were going to do it!" said Josh.
"Commodore, my effects please, and my hat! Oh and the boys effects as well! Commodore!" said Jack.
Jack then turned to Josh.
"Go get the stuff," and Josh walked up to the commodore.
Josh didn't even look up when he took the stuff from Norrington's arms. He then handed Jack's effects to Elizabeth and then strapped both his pistol and sword to his belt.
"Elizabeth, it is Elizabeth?" Jack asked her.
"It's Miss Swann, if you would be so kind?" and Elizabeth strapped the gear onto Jack.
"You are despicable!" said Elizabeth to Jack.
Josh also saw her eyes stared at him and he looked to the ground in shame.
"I can't believe you are even helping him," said Elizabeth to Josh.
Josh slowly looked up and looked in Elizabeth's eyes.
"He saved my life, and I am a part of his crew, so I am sorry," and Josh lowered his head again.
Jack spun Elizabeth back around.
"Gentlemen, my lady, you will always remember this day as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!" and Jack shoved Elizabeth into the soldiers.
He then grabbed a rope and kicked at out the brace.
"See you around Joshy boy!" he shouted as he was flung up into the air.
Josh glared after the pirate.
"Traitor, scumbag, pirate!" shouted Josh as he turned to run.
"Now will you shoot them!" shouted the Governor.
"Open fire!" shouted Norrington.
Josh ran down the dock as bullets whipped past his head. Suddenly he found himself running beside Jack Sparrow.
"You were going to leave me back there! And after I said I was with you!" shouted Josh as he ducked a bullet.
"Pirate, lad, that's what we do!" said Jack.
Josh Growled and continued to run.
Norrington raised his pistol to aim at the boy when one of his men accidentally bumped his arm, the shot missed.
"After them!" he shouted.
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Dunedain Ranger of the North