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piratesfan - I'm sorry you think my Jack isn't in character, but I'm putting it down to different interpretations of him. I've never thought of him as a man who doesn't care what he says. I've always thought of him as smart, and even when he rambles and doesn't make sense, I've always put that down to being clever and trying confuse the person into agreeing with him. So, yeah... I'm putting it down to viewing Jack differently. :D
Disclaimer - I don't own Pirates of the Caribbean.
You Ain't the First.
Grace immediately had to bite her lip in order for her to stay quiet.
She knew it was coming, and yet she was still so surprised. She didn't want Jack to make a deal with Del, and yet he did. He was shaking his hand, grinning like the cat that caught the canary.
Of course he would, he wanted to live forever. He would do anything to live forever.
Why does he want to live forever? A voice whispered inside her head, and she closed her eyes and heaved a sigh. She tightened her shawl around her shoulders, wanting the comfort that it seemed to bring.
'Okay, you've made your deal Jack, I want to go back to your father, I feel bad about running out on him.' Grace spoke up, moving over to stand in front of Jack.
'Oh, you don't want to celebrate?' Del asked, cutting off Jack's reply.
Grace turned her head to look at him, narrowing her green eyes at him threateningly. 'No, no I do not want to celebrate. I want to apologise to his father for running away.'
She sighed, and turned back to Jack. 'If you want to celebrate, you can, but I am going back to your father, and then going back to the Pearl. I'll see you when you get back.'
She made a move towards the door, when a hand shot out and grabbed her wrist.
Grace turned back to look at him, blinking back tears that were forming there, hoping to God he didn't notice them.
'See you tomorrow, Del. We leave at first light.' Jack informed, before heading to the door and taking Grace with him.
Grace didn't even say goodbye to Del, she just left the cabin in silence, and allowed Jack to lead her back to Shipwreck City, and to Teague.
They walked to Jack's old house in silence, though Jack did watch her from the side of his eye, wondering what was wrong with her. He didn't want to ask, however, and put it down to women being strange creatures.
Eventually though, they made it back to Jack's old house and they walked in.
Teague was still sitting in the same chair that he had been before, strumming his guitar again in a tune that Grace had never heard before.
'Teague?' Grace called softly, and his strumming stopped. As he looked up, Grace spoke again, 'I am sorry for running out before. I was just taken by surprise, 'tis all.'
He gave her a warm smile.
'Not to worry, my dear. It was a shock, I understand. Jack reacted the same way when he discovered his da' was a pirate.'
Grace turned to look at Jack for a second, before turning back to Teague again.
'You wouldn't believe it with the deal he just made.' She muttered, not exactly caring about what Jack thought now.
'What's the supposed to mean?' Jack asked, the same time Teague asked, 'What deal?'
She decided to ignore Jack's question and answer Teague's instead.
'He made a deal with Derek or Del as he likes to be known. He told Jack that he could help him find the Fountain of Youth, and this idiot here went and agreed.'
'Is this the same Derek Young that you used to run about with when you were a lad?'
Jack opened his mouth to respond, but Grace cut him off, 'Yes, it is.'
Teague stroked his beard, before moving his guitar from his lap. He stood up and walked over to stand in front of Jack. Grace had put distance between her and Jack, and had her arms crossed over her chest.
'I've told you before Jackie, the Fountain is made to test you. It's not always obvious in the way it does though.' He said, sending a sideways glance to Grace, who was purposely looking anywhere but Jack.
He followed his gaze, and fought back a sigh.
'It's up to you, Jack, do what you want to do. Just make sure what you're gaining is better than what you may lose in the process.'
With that said, Teague turned on his heel and picked up his guitar, strumming a upbeat song that did nothing to soothe the growing storm inside Grace's mind.
Once again, they were walking back to the Pearl in silence, but there was a difference this time. Grace was not content to be near him. In fact, she wanted to be far, far away from him, in fear that she may snap.
She was fine with the silence, but as soon as they were through the door to the cabin, all the patience she had vaporised.
She rounded on him, catching him just as he shut the door behind him.
'What the hell are you playing at?' She asked, her voice calm, but her eyes betraying the storm of emotion that was going on inside her.
'What do you mean?' He asked, walking past her, over to his desk and picking up the bottle of rum he had abandoned before he left to visit Del, before sitting down on his seat.
Grace was momentarily silenced as she thought of what happened before. How she sat in his lap until it was time to go. And now, here they were, apparently having their first argument since she told him she loved him.
'What do I mean? What do I mean?' She repeated, her voice getting harsher with each word. 'What I mean is, you just agreed to search for that stupid fountain, with that stupid fake Frenchman! That's what I mean!'
She stalked over to him, leaning her hands on the table and looking down at him.
'How can we trust him?' She whispered, her green eyes locking with his chocolate brown ones.
'I trust him. That's all we need.'
'But how can you trust him?'
He stood up.
'He's never gave me a reason not to.' He replied, and she immediately recoiled.
Her hands pulled away from the table as if it had burned her, and she stared at him with wide eyes. Her chest heaved as she breathed heavily. She stared at him for a few minutes, hoping that he would take that back, but when he didn't, she clenched her jaw and tightened the shawl around her shoulders.
'He hired the man that raped me Jack.' She said, her voice barely above a whisper, but full of hurt and anger that had Jack taking a step back. 'Or did you forget all about that?'
She didn't give him a chance to reply, she turned on her heel and stormed from the cabin, slamming the door behind her and not looking back to Jack once.
She wiped the tears that had spilled as soon as she was out the door, and walked to Ellen's cabin, hoping and praying that she was back from Shipwreck Cove.
As she stopped outside the door of Ellen's room, she looked back to her and Jack's cabin, and waited for a few seconds. Waiting to see if he would try and find her and apologise.
When it became clear he wasn't going to, she turned back to the door in front of her, and raised her hand to knock.
She knocked on it twice, her hand shaking furiously.
She wasn't going to manage to keep her composure for much longer. She knew it.
After a few seconds, the door opened and she was greeted with Ellen's kind face.
As soon as her eyes met those warm brown ones, she couldn't keep up her brave face anymore.
Grace allowed the tears to pour from her, as she stumbled forward and into Ellen's arms.
Ellen wrapped her arms around her waist, and pulled her close, moving her into the cabin and shutting the door behind her.
'Shh, what's up? What's happened, Gracey?' Ellen asked, stroking Grace's wavy hair in an attempt to comfort her.
'Jack and I had our first fight.' She wailed, pulling back slightly to answer, before she rested her head on Ellen's shoulder again.
Ellen didn't need to know anything else right now, as she comforted her best friend.
After Grace stopped crying, she told Ellen everything. Everything about her father, Teague, Del, the arrangement between Del and Jack, how Del had hired Carlton to track him… and how Jack didn't even remember that.
And when she was finally finished, she looked up from her hands and met Ellen's eyes again.
'Can I stay here tonight?' She asked, and Ellen said nothing and just nodded.
Grace nodded with her before she moved to get ready to go to sleep, she really needed to get some rest.
Ellen watched her with pursed lips, and before she moved to get a nightdress for her, she vowed to make Jack Sparrow pay for hurting her friend.
And just when you thought everything was going all right. xD
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