Special thanks to Kris, charlotte-depphead-klausner and a Guest.
If I owned Pirates of the Caribbean I wouldn't be writing this now, savvy? Any familiar character belongs to Disney, so any unfamiliar character belongs to me:)
It was around noon when the Interceptor reached the island and carefully sailed towards it.
"Dead man tell no tales", Cotton's parrot said as Victoria leaned over the railing. As far as she could see, the bottom of the ocean was covered with wrecks, and Victoria shuddered slightly at the thought that they might end up there too if Jack made a mistake. Feeling a pair of familiar arms wrap around her, she sighed.
"Will, are you sure you want to go trough with this?"
Will's knuckles paled as he grabbed the railing tight, "Yes, I will do anything to Miss Swann."
Victoria sighed again as she leaned slightly backwards, resting against Will's warm chest and closed her eyes.
"Puts a chill in the bones how many 'onest sailors have been claimed by this passages", Gibbs' voice came above the sound of wood being splintered into pieces.
Gibbs turned around and moved to the other side of the ship, followed by Will a second later. Glancing behind her, Victoria glanced saw the two man talking while Will's expression became slightly angry. Looking towards Jack she noticed him walking over to her brother who stood with his back towards Jack.
"What'd he use for rope", she heard Will saying.
"Human hair", Jack said after a moment, "From my back"
Will and Victoria looked doubtful at Jack but neither him nor Gibbs saw it.
"Let go of the anchor", came Jack's command, "Young Mister Turner and I are to go ashore."
"Wait a minute", Victoria said as she walked behind Jack and her brother towards one of the long boats, "What about me? Am I to just stay back here on the ship and wait to see if you return alive from those pirates?"
Will turned around and placed both his hands on Victoria's shoulder, "You will stay here Victoria, it's not safe there."
Victoria crossed her arms and pouted, knowing that it might look silly for someone of her age but she didn't care about it at the moment.
"Will, you're not going without me", Victoria said, looking her brother in his eyes, "I've told you so many times before, you're only a couple of minutes older then me, but that doesn't mean you can tell me what to do and what not. I'm coming with you and Jack."
Will's fingers dug slightly in Victoria's shoulders before releasing her. Turning around he looked at Jack.
"Are you okay with it Jack?"
Jack shrugged, "She's your responsibility mate"
Turning back to his sister, Will sighed, "Fine, you can come, but be careful, those guys are dangerous."
"Will, you know I can handle a sword as good as you, don't worry", Victoria said as her eyes lit up before taking the hand Jack offered and climbed into the long boat..
"Captain! What if the worst should happen?" Gibbs asked.
"Keep to the Code", Jack sighed as he looked around the boat for the oars.
"Aye, the Code", Gibbs mumbled before disappearing in the crew.
"What code?", Victoria asked the man beside her.
"The Pirate Code", Jack said, "Whoever falls behind is left behind."
Before Victoria could open her mouth to say something, Will appeared and threw two oars into the boat before climbing in himself. It was only when the boat hit the water and Jack moved to grab the oars that Victoria realised that he still had been holding her hand.
As they reached the entrance of the cave, Will asked the exact same question as his sister had done a several minutes earlier.
"What code is Gibbs to keep if the worst should happen?"
"The Pirate Code", his sister answered before Jack, causing Will to turn around sharply and look at his sister.
"How do you know that?", Will said sharply
"She asked, mate", Jack said from behind her, "But she's right, the Pirate Code, any man who falls behind is left behind."
"No heroes amongst thieves, eh?", Will said darkly.
"You know, for having such a bleak outlook on pirates you're well on your way to becoming one. You and your sister. Sprung a man from jail, commandeered a ship of the Fleet, and sailed with a buccaneer crew out of Tortuga."
While Jack was talking, golden sparkles from the bottom of the cave attracted Victoria's and Will's attention. Glancing over his shoulder, Jack noticed the two Turners leaning over the side of the boat to have a better look.
"And you're completely obsessed with treasure."
Will's head shot up as he glared at Jack, "That's not true. I am not obsessed with treasure."
Jack shook his head slightly and grinned as the boat hit the shore, climbing over Victoria and Will his moved onto the shore before turning around.
"Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate."
Before any of the two Turner's could respond, Jack had turned around in moved into the cave, disappearing from their sights. Victoria glanced over to her brother, who sat shocked in his place, before hurrying after Jack.
"You coming Will?", she said before disappearing in the cave where Jack had disappeared into.
"Gentleman, the time has come. Our salvation is nigh! Our torment is near at end."
Barbossa's voice hung between the cave's walls.
"Elizabeth", Will whispered breathlessly as he caught sight of the women he loved.
"For ten years we've been tested and tried, and each man jack of you here has proved his mettle a hundred times over and a hundred times again!" The men around the cave started to cheer.
"Suffered, I have", Ragetti shouted.
"Punished, we were. The lot of us - disproportionate to our crimes! Here it is", Barbossa said as he kicked back the chest lid with his boot, before almost lovingly caressing the coins inside "The cursed treasure of Cortes himself. Every last piece that went astray, we have returned save for this."
As he pointed towards the piece that hung around Elizabeth's neck the men started cheering again, while Will tried to scramble forwards, knocking some of the golden coins near his hand over in the process.
"Will!", Victoria exclaimed as she pulled her brother backwards, "What are you doing."
"Getting Elizabeth of course!", Will said angrily.
"Not yet", Jack's voice came as the turned two the siblings, "We wait for the opportune moment."
Will looked at him confused, before Jack turned around and walked back the same way they'd come from. Scrambling to their feet, the Turner twin's followed him back towards the boat.
"And when is that", Will said loudly, trying to loose the grip his sister had on his sleeve as she tried to pull him back, "When it's of greatest profit to you?"
Jack stopped abruptly and stared into the space in front of him before turning around, "May I ask you something? Have I ever given you reason not to trust me? Do us a favour? I know it's difficult for you, but please stay here and try not to do anything stupid."
"881 we found but despaired of ever finding the last", Barbossa's voice came, "And who among us has paid the blood sacrifice owed to the heathen gods?"
"Us!" the pirate's shouted as one.
"And whose blood must yet be paid?" he yelled.
Victoria felt her brother stiffen up next to her as she watched Jack walking away.
"Will, it will all be fine", she hissed in her brother's ears, "Jack might be a pirate but I have the feeling he really wants to help us. Please listen to him!"
Letting go of her brother's arm, she ran after Jack. She didn't know why or how, but she knew that he would get them out of the cave in one piece, unlike a plan that her brother would have come up with. As she caught sight of him she heard Barbossa's voice again.
"You know the first thing I'm goin' to do after the curse is lifted? Eat a whole bushel of apples."
Catching up with Jack, she looked around one of the walls she saw Barbossa pushing Elizabeth roughly forwards.
"Begun by blood by blood undone."
"Jack", she said, causing Jack to turn around before his eyes widened, "What do we –"
WHAM. One of the oars hit Jack on the side of his head, causing him to all unconscious onto the ground. Drawing her sword, Victoria spun around to slice who ever was there into the piece, only to found he sword being blocked by an oar.
"Sorry, Jack. I'm not going to be your leverage", Will said as he dropped the oar. "Victoria don't you see it, he's only out for that what would benefit him. He couldn't care less about me or you."
Crouching next to her, he watched as Barbossa cut Elizabeth's hand.
"That's it?", she asked.
"Waste not," Barbossa said as he placed the medallion in her bloody hand before holding it over the chest and dropping it.
The cave became quite as everyone watched the bloody medallion slowly fall into the chest, only giving a feint tinkle as it hit the other medallions.
As the pirates stood in complete silence, waiting for something to happen, Will pulled his sister behind him.
"Will, what are you doing?", Victoria hissed as she tried to loosen Will's grip.
"To get Elizabeth of course!"
"Well, go on your own then", Victoria said as she snatched away her hand, "I'm going to see how Jack is doing."
Without waiting for a reaction she turned around and hurried back to the spot where an unconscious Jack Sparrow laid, while cursing her brother.
"That bastard, how he dares to decide what's good for me or not."
As she reached Jack she crouched down next to him while placing her hand on his neck, searching for his pulse. Feeling a strong pulse under her fingertips she sighed in relief, at least he was not dead, although he probably would have a headache when he woke up again. Moving her hand slightly, she pushed some of the braids out of his face. Her eyes narrowed slightly as she felt a scar in his hairline. Looking closer at his face she noticed that at least half a dozen smaller scars adorned his face. All of them were small and barely visible from a distance, but being so close to him they stood in sharp contrast with his weather beaten face. Tracing her finger along his jaw line, she heard the pirates on the other side of the rock started arguing again.
A shot suddenly rung trough the air, and Jack jerked upwards, grabbing Victoria's wrist.
Victoria gasped at the sudden movement of the pirate in front of her but before she could do anything she found a cocked pistol pointed at her head.
Realisation dawned over Jack as he recognised the girl in front of him, putting the gun away again he looked at her.
"Sorry 'bout that luv", he said, grinning slightly before rubbing his head, "What happened?"
"Will hit you on your head with an oar", Victoria said.
"The whelp hit me?"
Victoria nodded, but before she could say more Bo Sun's voice rung trough the cave, sounding really angry.
"You two! You brought us the wrong person!"
"No! She had the medallion. She's the proper age", Pinter defended himself.
Both Jack and Victoria looked over the rock to see what was happening.
"She said her name was Turner? You heard her!"
"You brought us here for nothing", Twigg shouted angrily.
"I won't take questioning and no second guesses, not from the likes of you, Master Twigg." Barbossa said firmly.
"Who's to blame? Every decision you've made has led us from bad to worse."
"It was you who sent Bootstrap to the depths!"
Deciding they'd seen enough, Jack pulled Victoria backwards and slid to the bottom of the rock where he said down. Victoria sat down next to him, trying not to think of the hand that was still firmly locked around her wrist.
"So, what do we do now?"
A/N I'm sorry for the long wait, but for a while I had lost interest in writing this story. That doesn't mean that I won't upload any more, but just that it will take longer. Balancing senior year of the IB with other things proved to be a hard thing, my social live was almost non-existent, and if I felt inspired to write something, it was for another fanfic of mine, Which Upon A Star. BUT... Seeing that I am done now with my exams and have at least 3 months of summer holiday ahead, I will have more time to write and will defenitely try to finish BTH this summer and probably will make a start with its sequel, Longing for Freedom.
A/N2, As always, thanks for reading and please leave a review with your thought about the story:)