Chapter 12 : Killing Walter- Robin Hood


New Friend- No doubt

Mind my own business, I'm on my journey
And I have enough old friends to keep me company
But you say "hey what's up, you want to hook up?
You wanna hang out with me?
Kick back, relax, feel happy and lazy"

You're sent to me one time
You come to me two times
Why me? three times
Well abracadabra now I've got a new friend

Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend
Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend

Mind my own business I'm on my journey

I against I on my journey
Happily interrupted extremes are extreme
So with my brand new friend we touch the boundaries
Like a little kitty's whiskers, cautiously

Experimental expressions and downward looks
You come sniff around, I'm not sure what to do
But like a big explosion, magically
Look at me I think I might have found a new friend

Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend
Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend
Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend
Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend

Mind my own business I'm on my journey
Mind my own business I'm on my journey

You're sent to me one time
You come to me two times
Why me? three times
Serial monogamy, I got a new friend

Let me introduce you to my new friend
I've got a new friend

Mind my own business I'm on my journey
And I have enough old friends to keep me company
But you say "hey what's up, you want to hook up?
You wanna hang out with me?
Kick back, relax, feel happy and lazy"

In my head
It's only in my head
In my head
it's only in my head
In my head

Will awoke abruptly when someone shook him roughly.

"Will! Get up! It's our turn to do the bailing again."

Will groggily opened one eye and saw Niklas standing in front of him. Slowly, he got up and followed Niklas.
They continue their routine from a few hours earlier. Hemming and Agne were there again. They too had been replaced at the same time as him, and now they would continue together.

But Will wouldn't have been Will if everything had gone alright.

After two hours or so, he made a grave mistake.

Still tired, and hungry, Will stumbled over a piece of rope and dropped a filled bucket. The wooden bucket cracked a little upon the impact. Water splashed to all sides. It hit Hemming's face, who had just ducked to fill his bucket. The bulky man immediately rose, wiping the water from his face. Oh no. He'd 'hit' Hemming, who wasn't a patient man, which Will had discovered earlier.

Could it get even worse?

It could.

Hemming whirled towards Will, who couldn't escape and stood frozen in place.

"Fool! Can't you even keep a bucket in your hands, boy?" He grabbed Will's arm in a dead grip.

"I'm sorry!" Will said panicked.

He tried to apologize, but Hemming had his hand already raised. Before Will could even do so much as duck, he was backhanded sharply. Will barely remained standing.

Will's head hurt, but he already saw Hemming's hand raised again. But before he could hit Will again, Niklas interrupted Hemming by standing in between them and pushing the raised arm down.

"Calm down, Hemming. He's new. He isn't used to this." Hemming snorted angrily, and prodded his finger in Niklas' chest. Niklas winced sharply at the jab, and tried to get away from the finger.

"That's no excuse Niklas, and you know it. And who are you to decide what I do or not? You're no Jarl. I do not have to listen to you! You can't stop me. Remember? " he sneered the last words so that only Niklas and Will could hear it.

Niklas opened his mouth to give him an angry retort.

"You-

A deep voice interrupted him.

"But you will listen to me."

Both men and Will whirled around only to face a frowning Edvard.

"What is the problem this time, Hemming?"

Hemming answered nonchalantly;

"The boy dropped the bucket , Edvard. He is clumsy and ruined a bucket. He needed correction."

Edvard raised one eyebrow. For one moment, Will saw Halt's face doing it. He quickly shook the image out of his head.

"You are not here in charge, Hemming, nor do you hurt any of who is under mycommand. Will serves me, and I don't want him to be hurt. He'd be useless if he was. Understood?"

Hemming looked darkly, but nodded.

"Good. And your time bailing here is up- Sigvard will take it over . You can replace him by the oars." Edvard said.

Hemming went without a word to the oars. But Will could see the smirk that was on Hemming's brutish face.

Edvard turned to Will, who's right eye was already bruised black and blue.
He stared at the boy for a few seconds, before he shook his head and shared a few quick words with his son. To make sure he was alright. Then he left for the main oar.

Niklas inhaled deeply, slowly releasing his balled fists. Then he looked at Will. Will had thought Niklas to be angry at him, but he didn't look that way.

"I'm sorry" was all Will could manage to get out.

Niklas sighed.

"I know. Next time, do try to be more careful." He said looking at Will's bruised eye.
"Especially when Hemming's nearby. He's not the one you want to make angry- in fact, my father only hired him because he owes Hemming's father something."

Will nodded mutely, and touched the bruise.

Then he looked up to meet Niklas' face.

"Thanks for stopping him."

Niklas laughed harshly and ran a hand through his hair.

" Well I didn't exactly stop him from giving you that, did I? Had my father not interfered, he would've hit me"

Will looked amazed.

"But Edvard's your father! He can't hurt you, right?"

Niklas stared at Will and saw the honest face. He said bitterly;

"He already has. Hemming only has respect for my father. Not for me. As I said, my father only keeps him on the ship because he owes Hemming's father money."

Then he realised he had said to much, and hastily added;

"Don't repeat that- damn, I wasn't supposed to say that, just-"

Will interrupted him.

"I won't say a word, Niklas, I promise. But, did he truly hurt you? Is that what he meant with ' Remember'?"

Niklas nodded slowly, upon seeing that Will was being serious.

"He did." He said softly.

Will pointed to his chest. "Did he hurt you there?"

Niklas looked strangely at him.

"How do you know? You can't see it right?"

Will shook his head.

"No, but I saw how you... reacted when he jabbed you there."

"Oh." said Niklas. Then, he continued hesitantly;

"You're right. It does hurt there."

Will looked sincere.

"May I see it?"

Niklas looked around quickly, to see if nobody noticed them. Sigvard was getting a bucket, and the rest was at the oars. Niklas' father was carrying out orders, and Torvald was helping him.
Nobody would see.

Niklas hurriedly pulled his collar aside.

Will paled at the sight of the gruesome scar, marring the skin and vanishing in Niklas' tunic. It was a fresh scar, the lines were still red and thick. But it wasn't infected.

"My God.." was all he could manage to say.

Niklas' look darkened.

"Father doesn't know about it- no one does."

Will didn't understand.

" Why?-

"As I said, father owes Hemming's family a lot of money. If he'd see this, he'd kick Hemming from the ship or worse. And then Hemming's family... Well... They're friends of Ragnak. The Oberjarl..." Niklas finished lamely.

Will nodded, sorrow written clearly on his youthful face.

"I understand. But you have to tell him. You can't just let Hemming get away with this!"

Niklas laid his hands on Will's shoulders.

"Hush, not so loud!" he said pleadingly.

"I know, maybe- maybe I'll tell him when we reach shore. But not now. Please, don't say anything."

Will sighed, but realised telling the truth now would not help Niklas, or any of them.

"Alright. But only for now."

Niklas nodded frantically and released Will before looking around.

"Good. Now, let's get one with bailing before someone notices us doing nothing."

Will nodded and was about to start when he realised he'd ruined his bucket.

"Will?"

He turned around at hearing his name.

Niklas held another, undamaged, bucket in his hands while grinning.

"You might want to use this one."

Will grinned back and took the bucket over. Already wanting to begin, he ducked.

Niklas pulled him back. Will looked confused at him.

"Oh, and Will; my friends call me Nik." he said while sticking out his hand.

Will smiled genuinely while gripping Nik's hand and shaking it.

"Then I'm very glad I can call you Nik."

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Lol, Will is making friends XD
I hope you enjoyed this chapter- it was really fun to write, but I hope I didn't make Niklas weird or something. Or that they're friends too soon. I just thought it fitted. And I hope you can forgive for making so many OC's. It's just that it would be very difficult to get Will on a ship without crew! Then it would be like the Flying Dutchmen! XD
Anyway, let me know what you think of my OC's ! And my story!

Also: An enormous THANK YOU to all my anonymous reviewers. I wish I could answer each and every one of you, but since you are all anonymous I can't. Sorry : /
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