Jim Hawkins gripped the strap of his bag as he stepped aboard the pirate ship, The Damned. His mom had forbidden him from sailing until he was eighteen. The day after his eighteenth birthday Jim was hired as a cabin boy on The Damned and today was the day he had been waiting for his entire life; he was finally going to live a life at sea.
Jim stopped to look around the deck but as soon as he did, someone ran into him. He spun around, ready to snap at whoever it was, but he was completely taken aback to see a young woman standing behind him. She was a little taller than him, skinny and had long brown hair pulled back in a high ponytail. She put her hand on her hip and glared at him with her purple eyes.
"Are you just gonna stand there?" she asked, more than annoyed.
"Sorry, I..." Jim was still a little surprised to see a woman aboard the ship. He had never heard of a female sailor; in fact, he had always heard it was bad luck to bring a woman on a ship.
She rolled her eyes and pushed passed him. Jim watched her walk away and realized that among all the men on the deck there were also two other women.
"You must be Hawkins."
Jim looked up to see a tall man walking towards him. "Yes, sir."
He nodded. "My name is Phoebus, I'm the boatswain. The captain asked me to show you to the kitchen and introduce you to the cook."
Phoebus looked distracted, like he was trying to figure out a thousand different things at that moment. He motioned for Jim to follow him and they made their way below deck. The kitchen was dark, but it was a bit bigger than Jim had pictured. There were a couple pots scattered on the counters and stove, but the rest of the kitchen was clean and organized.
"Tiana!" Phoebus called out.
Suddenly a young woman popped up from behind the counter in front of them. She was holding a small pot and a wooden spoon, but she set them down when she saw Phoebus and Jim.
"What brings you down here, Phoebus?" Tiana asked, giving him a small smile.
"This is Jim Hawkins; your new cabin boy," Phoebus said.
Tiana nodded. "Right, of course. Thank you, Phoebus."
Phoebus immediately turned and left the kitchen. Tiana stepped out from behind the counter and extended her hand out to Jim.
"I'm Tiana," she said.
Jim shook her hand. "Jim."
Tiana was beautiful and classy looking; Jim couldn't help thinking she didn't look like she belonged on a pirate ship.
Tiana noticed Jim was staring at her and she frowned. "What is it?"
"Sorry," Jim said. "I just wasn't expecting so many women to be on the ship."
"Yes, well, our captain is a little...unconventional." Tiana started untying her apron. "Anyways, we're about to launch. Set your bag down anywhere and then you can go up to the deck to watch. Meet me back down here afterwards."
With that Tiana walked out of the kitchen and Jim was left alone. He dropped his bag on the floor next to the wall and hurried up to the deck. There were a lot more people on deck now, including a couple more women. However, the men still outnumbered the women. Jim walked over the edge and scanned the crowd on shore for his mother. He had a little difficulty finding her at first, but as they pulled away he spotted her at the end of the dock. She saw him at the same time and waved. Her eyes were filled with tears, but she still managed a small smile. Jim waved back and kept his eyes on her until the ship was too far from the dock and he could no longer see her.
Jim sighed and turned to go back to the kitchen. But, when he turned around he nearly crashed into a man and woman who were standing behind him. The man stood up straight with a stern expression on his face. The woman had perfect tan skin and white hair that fell over her face as she looked Jim up and down.
"You must be the new cabin boy," the woman said, crossing her arms over her chest.
"Yes, ma'am," Jim said. "My name is Jim Hawkins."
"I'm aware of who you are," she said. "I'm Princess Kida, the captain of this ship. And this is my first mate, John Smith."
Tiana wasn't kidding when she said the captain was unconventional. Never had Jim thought a princess would be the captain of a pirate ship.
"Report back to the kitchen," John said after a few moments. "And try to stay out of everyone's way."
"Yes, sir." Jim slipped passed them and hurried down to the kitchen.
Tiana was already down there, waiting for him. She looked around the kitchen, then back at Jim.
"I don't have anything for you to do now," Tiana said. "Bring your stuff to the crew's sleeping quarters. I'll have you mop the deck while the rest of the crew has dinner. Afterwards, I'll need you to clean the kitchen and do the dishes."
"It's not necessary to be formal with me, Jim," Tiana said. "You can call me Tiana."
Jim nodded as he picked his bag up off the floor.
"Be on the deck in a half an hour," Tiana called after him.
Jim turned to acknowledge he had heard her, but she was already cooking dinner so he continued on to the sleeping quarters. When he got there, no one else was around. He set his bag on a hammock that looked like it was unoccupied, then sat down on it.
Jim was startled to see Kida and he stumbled to his feet. "Sorry, Captain, I didn't see you there."
"Cabin boy, I need to see you in my office immediately." Kida turned on her heel and started walking away. Jim followed after her.
It was a bit of a walk to the captain's office and when they reached it, Kida waited for Jim to enter before closing the door behind them and locking it.
"We don't know each other very well, cabin boy," Kida said as she sat down on her desk. "So, let me tell you something; when I see something I like, I take it. Fight or no fight; I always get what I want. That being said, cabin boy; I want you."
"Captain, I don't-"
Kida cut him off with a sharp look. "Don't you talk back to me, boy. Not only am I your captain, but I am also a princess. So you will do as I say, do you understand?"
Jim stared at her for a moment, but then responded hesitantly. "Yes, ma'am."
"Good." Kida slid off her desk and slowly walked over to Jim.
She stopped when she was only a couple inches away from him. She tilted her head towards his until he could feel her breath on his neck.
"Kiss me," she whispered.
Even though Kida was a beautiful woman, Jim had no desire to kiss her or do anything physical with her. It just felt wrong to him. But the way Kida was looking at him told him she didn't care what he wanted. So, he gave in and kissed her. Once their lips met, she sighed and then pushed him against the wall. Before Jim knew what was happening, Kida was taking off his clothes and throwing them aside. She then stepped back and removed her own clothing. Jim felt uncomfortable and awkward as they both stood their completely naked. She smiled seductively at him, then walked over to her desk and sat down on it again. She wiggled her finger at him, beckoning him to come to her. Jim did as he she wanted. She wrapped her arms around him and then pulled his body into hers.
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When Kida was finally done with Jim, he quickly put his clothes back on and headed towards the door.
Jim slowly glanced at Kida over his shoulder. "Yes, Captain?"
"I will see you again."
"Yes, ma'am." Jim lowered his head and hurried out the door.