You sat there, frozen, panicking with your phone hidden behind your back. You were, as they say, up poo creek with out a paddle. And you just hit the rapids. Arthur was looking at you, confused and possibly a little terrified. You didn't say anything. What could you say?
"(Name)" he said, breaking the long silence that filled the room "Wh-What was that???" he asked, looking more confused then an old person trying to figure out how to work the Comcast T.V remote. You bit your bottom lip in panic.
" you tried to think of something, anything to say. But all that was going through your mind was 'Whatwereyouthinkingyouidiotnowyou'vegoneanddoneit!' You were trying so desperately to think of an explanation. But in the midst of your deep thought you failed to notice Arthur advance toward you and take the phone from your hand. When you realized the phone missing from your hand you panicked even more. Looking right at Arthur.
"Hey! Give that back!" you said, sprinting off the bed and heading for him. Arthur just stared at the strange device. When you tried to grab it he maneuvered himself so you wouldn't take it from him.
'This strange device is shiny
very shiny. Almost like steel.' he thought, observing it from all angles. But it wasn't anything like steel, the texture was so different. So light. He could not figure out what to make of the small device. He marveled at its gleam and color. It wasn't until the phone rang that Arthur got startled, dropping the phone on the ground. You groaned internally. 'I just got that not too long ago!' you yelled in your head. When Arthur pulled out his pistol and pointed it at your phone you panicked again.
"What is this demonism!?!" he shouted, sounding scared. You couldn't help but giggle at his reaction. You walked over and picked up your phone, carefully keeping an eye on Arthur and his pistol, hanging up on Alfred once again. When Arthur saw it glow he then pointed his gun at you. You noticed his pistol was shaking slightly in his gloved hand. His eyes showed fear and could you blame him?
"Wh-who or what are you?!?" he asked with eyes locked on you, demanding an answer from you.
"Are you a witch???" You looked from the pistol pointed at you to Arthur.
..I-" you started to say, but Arthur turned on his heals and was about to head out of the room, probably to tell everyone else. You couldn't let him do that. You quickly, quicker then you thought you could, moved in front of him and closed the door, locking it and pressing your back to the door, preventing him from leaving.
"Captain. You cannot tell anyone about this." you said, looking him dead in the eyes. Arthur backed up from you. This was honestly the first time he looked scared. And you were the cause.
"I should have known something was afoot. There was always something strange about you." he said, still backing up. You had to calm him down, and in order to do that you had to tell him the truth.
"Tell me truly. Who are you?" he said, demanding more then asking. You sighed and opened your mouth, about to protest but he cut you off.
"And don't you dare tell me you can't! Or I will tell everyone what I saw!" he said in a raised voice. Well darn. Now you were really stuck. You had to tell him
you had to.
"The truth?" you asked, shifting nervously. Arthur narrowed his eyes and gave a short nod, pointing his pistol at you again. You sighed
"The whole truth?" you asked again. Arthur was getting impatient with you.
"Stop stalling! I command you to tell me!" he shouted. You jumped a bit and decided to just get it over with. How exactly were you going to do this? You sighed and looked at him again.
"Okay fine. I'll tell you. But!" you said, pointing a finger at him and looking at him seriously.
"You have to promise me that you won't tell anyone anything that I am about to tell you. Promise me!" Arthur lowered his pistol a bit but still kept it pointed at you.
"It depends on what it is." he said. You shook your head and took a step toward him.
"No, you have to promise me! This is serious! Peoples lives are at stake because of this!" you said. Arthur's expression softened a bit when he realized the worry in your voice.
'She seems worried' he thought before returning his pistol to it's rightful place, on his hip.
"Alright love, I promise. But tell me everything! And don't leave anything out!" he said. You sighed and rubbed the back of your neck.
'Alfred was right
someone was bound to find out.' you thought, looking off to the side, planning out how you were going to explain yourself.
'I could always make up something
oh who am I kidding, I'm no good an lying!' you thought, mentally slapping yourself for the idea.
"(Name)" the Captain said sternly, jolting you out of your thoughts. "I'm waiting."
You looked at him and sighed again. It seemed like sighing was becoming a habit for you. Oh well, you could worry about bad habits later.
You ran your fingers through your hair.
"Captain." you said finally "I would tell you
but you wouldn't believe me." you said, looking off to the side again. The Captain just continued to stare at you, still puzzled and bewildered.
"I want you to tell me everything. That's an order. I will believe you." he said. You closed your eyes and shook your head, letting your hand fall to your side.
"That's just it." you said, looking at him "You wont. No matter how I word it or try to explain it you wont believe me." He took a small step toward you before speaking.
"And why is that?" he asked.
"Because the truth will sound unbelievable." you said, still unsure if you'd be able to tell him or not.
'I wonder if all these mysteries about her are connected' he thought, trying to piece together what he knew about you.
"(Name). You said you were in trouble. But you wont tell me why. Your from a distant land that you refuse to tell me where." he said, grabbing your left wrist, pulling your sleeve up. "And it has something to do with this bracelet. Now tell me the answers to all these mysteries." he said, never leaving his eyes from you for a second.
'I just seem to be digging myself in deeper don't I?' you thought. You looked away to think, unable to think with the captain staring at you the way he was.
'How do I do this?' you thought. Your thoughts were interrupted when you felt his hand grabbing your chin and turning your head to face him. Now you couldn't think again. Fantastic.
"(Name) he said a bit more gentler "Tell me."
You sighed in defeat. If you had any chance of leaving this place you had to hope that telling him wouldn't effect it.
"Alright fine." you said backing up a bit, causing his hand to leave your face "I'll tell you. But you have to promise that no matter how crazy it sounds
that you'll believe me." you said, holding yourself for comfort. The Captain nodded and waited for you to start explaining. You took in a deep breath.
I'm not from here" you said. The Captain nodded.
"I know that already love. That has been well established already." he said. You huffed a bit and shook your head.
"No. I mean I'm not from 'here'. From this time." you said, trying your best to keep yourself under control as best as you could. The Captain furrowed his brows in confusion.
"Your not from this
time?" he asked, confusion written all over his face. You sighed again and nodded.
I'm from a different time." you said, getting more and more uncomfortable.
"A different time?" he asked again. You nodded "How so?" he asked.
"The future?" you replied, making it sound more like a question. You didn't expect him to start laughing. But he did. This really ticked you off. I mean, come on! What's so unbelievable about that???
"Y-You must be joking." he said, trying to contain his laughter "I told you to tell me the truth, not some made up story about something as ridiculous as time travel! Now tell me the truth." he said. That did it. Something inside of you snapped.
"I already did! I told you the truth! And you promised you would believe me no matter how crazy it sounded!" you practically yelled. The Captain was taken aback by your outburst.
"Now look here! I'm not going to stand here all day listening to you make up stories-" he started to say, but you cut him off.
"-Oh come on! Think about it Captain" you said, slowly advancing toward him.
"I speak differently then anyone you know. I wear clothes that are 'strange'. I know information that no one else does. I go to school without being wealthy. I act different and this!" you said, pulling out your phone again.
"Have you ever seen something like this before?!?" you said, almost shoving your phone in his face. He just stared at the device in your hand, unsure of how to respond to your questions. Although all of his answers would be a resounding 'no'
"N-No." he managed to say. You glared at him a bit and pulled your phone away.
"You want more proof? Here!" you said, taking a picture of him. He wanted proof? Well he was about to get some. You stood at his side and showed him the picture.
"See that?" you said. The moment he looked at the picture of himself his gaze was transfixed to the phone. He had never seen anything like it. He couldn't help but take the device in his hands and hold it himself. You watched as his eyes were glued to it.
moment capturer." he said quietly, unable to look away. You smiled and took the phone from him.
"It does a lot more then that." you said, scrolling through your music and choosing "Forever" by Chris Brown. As soon as the music started playing Arthur was looking around the room, as if trying to find the source of this strange new music. The people playing it. But he found none. You knew the instruments in the song were new to him and you wanted to prove without a doubt that you were telling the truth. He was startled a bit when the voices started singing. You thought his reaction was cute. It wasn't until you tapped his shoulder and pointed to your phone that he got the message. But he still couldn't believe it.
"I've never heard music like this before." he said, gazing right into your eyes. You smiled back at him and stopped the music. Arthur seemed a little disappointed that it stopped. But you had to save all your power from it.
"Now do you believe me?" you asked. He sighed but didn't stop looking at you.
"Tell me about this?" he said, pointing to your left wrist, which still had the sleeve pulled up.
"This?" you asked, lifting your wrist up to his eye level before cradling it with your other hand.
"This is my only ticket home." you said, looking down at it, tracing the metal grooves with your index finger. You were really homesick right now, oh what you wouldn't give to see your family again, your friends or to take a nice hot shower. A slightly sad expression crossed your features. The Captain placed a hand on top of your left wrist.
"(Name). Will you tell me where your from and what sort of trouble your in? I'll believe you
I swear it." he said. You looked up at him and looked him dead in the eyes, as if to see if he was telling the truth. Much to his relief you nodded.
"My friend Alfred, you remember him. He's the one you heard talking on my phone." you said. The Captain cocked an eyebrow
"Phone?" he asked. You nodded and showed him the strange device that could capture peoples pictures and play music.
"This is a phone." you said, holding it up. "When another person has one they are given a certain set of numbers. Then they push the numbers here." you said, pointing to the number pad on your phone. "And if they push the numbers in correctly it will connect to the other person's phone and it allows them to talk to each other. No matter how far away they are." you said. He looked at you in confusion and astonishment.
"How is this accomplished?" he asked astounded. You sighed and shook your head.
"It involves more devices from the future. It's difficult to explain." you said. He simply nodded and continued to listen to what you had to say.
"Anyways. Alfred got this time traveling device from another friend who is sort of a braniac. Now when you step into it you can travel back in time and this-" you said, showing him the bracelet once more "-allows the user to return to their normal time." you said. The Captain looked down at your bracelet.
"So then, if it allows you to go back
" he said, meeting your gaze "Why have you chosen to stay here instead of returning home?"
You sighed heavily, already tired.
"That's just it. I can't just leave any old time I want. The bracelet only activates on a full moon....so cliché." you said, looking off to the side. The Captain nodded, somehow comprehending all of this.
"So then, you will remain here until the next full moon?" he asked, slowly looking back at you. You looked at him and nodded.
"I see." he said, looking away from you. This was going better then you thought it would. That was a slight relief to you.
"So then tell me. How are you in trouble?' he said, looking back at you. You crossed your arms and looked off to the side.
"Well. No one was suppose to find out about this" you said, slowly looking back at the Captain. "So the future doesn't change" He nodded. You wondered if he really understood all of what you were telling him. You really wouldn't blame him if it was difficult.
"I have to be very careful that what I do doesn't change the future in any way." You added. He looked at you curiously.
"Why do you say that?" he asked. You looked up in thought, recalling all the warnings Alfred had given you about time travel, being careful, not getting into trouble, yada, yada, yada.
"If I do something that changes the future. Certain events could not happen or new events could happen, totally changing history." you said, looking back at him. He looked at you in thought.
" he said. Then there was silence. Then more silence and then guess what? Even more silence. The silence was killing you. What was he going to do now? Would he keep his word? Would he rat you out? You didn't know. He simply nodded again and started walking toward the door.
"Captain!" you called to him. He stopped at the door and turned his head to look at you.
"Yes love?' he asked. You bit your bottom lip and fidgeted again.
do believe me
right?" you asked, a little afraid of how he would answer. He looked back at the door and grabbed the knob.
"Yes." he said quietly before turning the knob. But you had to stop him again.
"Captain wait!" you said, grabbing his shoulder to stop him.
"You can't tell anyone what I just told you. Please, promise me." you said, sounding more pleading then he had ever heard you sound before. He was still in shock from what had just happened, but he could tell you were serious about this. And he knew you were worried as well. He sighed and turned around to face you, taking your hand in his.
"Don't worry, love. Your secret is safe with me." he said, giving your hand a gentle squeeze. Your face lit up with happiness. You were so happy that you couldn't help what you did next.
"Thank you so much!" you said, pulling him into a hug. That's right! You hugged him! You didn't start making out with him so get over it! Now, women hugging men who weren't family was a bit unusual in this time. So The Captain was taken by surprise by this action. He had never hugged or been hugged by another woman besides his mother before. So he was just frozen there, letting you hug him. But for you, this was no big deal. You were a hugger and would hug anyone you liked. So wait, were you staring to like him? Well
he was really the only other person who now knew about your predicament and he did promise not to tell anyone. So the answer was yes. You were staring to like him a little.
'What are you doing you idiot?! Hug her back!' Arthur yelled at himself in his head. But no matter how much his mind yelled at him, his arms wouldn't comply. He was just about to move his arms around you when you let go of him. He was slightly disappointed. You smiled big at him. The room was too dark at the moment for you to notice the slight pink dusting his cheeks. Even if you did notice it, it wouldn't have phased you. All you could think of at the moment was 'Woohoo! Not busted!' The Captain cleared his throat and turned to the door again.
"W-Well I really must be getting back now." he said, opening the door, gesturing for you to go first. After all, he was raised to be a gentleman. Or so he kept saying. You complied and slipped past him.
"Yeah, I'd better get back to work too. I'll see you later Captain." you said, giving him a little wave before beginning to walk down the hall way. The Captain watched as you walked away from him. He had a different view of you now. He had all of his questions answered. And any that he still had he was sure you would tell him. He felt like he had learned so much about you in that small time. He felt as if you were a little bit closer to him as well. Perhaps he should be a little closer with you also.
"Arthur." he called back to you, causing you to stop and turn to look at him.
"What?" you asked, curious what he meant by that. He smiled at you and rested his hand on his hilt.
"Call me Arthur." he said "But only when were alone." You were surprised at first but slowly smiled back at him and gave him a little nod.
Arthur." you said, trying it out before turning around again and heading back up to the deck. Once you were out of sight Arthur placed a hand on his chest and furrowed his brows. Trying to steady his slightly quickening heart beat. The interesting just got more interesting. This pirate was getting into quite the predicament.
You were back up top, mopping and laughing with Ian and a few other crew members. Ever since you told Arthur the whole enchilada you felt better. Almost like a weight was lifted off your shoulders. You had to admit, it was nice that someone knew. You hated having to be so secretive. You just hoped he would be the only one who would find out. It was almost time for dinner and you were getting hungry, as was the rest of the crew. Guys are always hungry, aren't they? Arthur was back at the helm, which was silly being that his ship was still connected to the other one.
'Why is he at the helm if he can't steer the ship? That's weird' you thought. Ian gently tugged on one of your locks of hair to get your attention.
"Hey lass!" he said. You turned around to face him.
"Yeah Ian?" you said, leaning on your mop. He grinned at you and pointed his thumb behind him.
"Ol' Jamison here just stepped on yer freshly mopped deck" he said, grinning ear to ear. You cocked an eyebrow and picked up your trusty wet towel, which you had named the 'Crackinator', and rung it out slightly.
"Oh did he now?" you said, smiling deviously and looking at Jamison. Jamison made eye contact with you and shook his head.
"I did not! Ian is lying!" he said in defense. But it was too late, you were already advancing toward him, his fate laying limp in your hand. Once he realized you meant business he high tailed it out of there. News of your deadly aim spread fast. But you chased after him. Feeling more steady on your legs then you did a few days ago. You only almost slipped once or twice. But much to Jamison's disappointment you didn't let up. You kept chasing him around the deck, while the rest of the crew started laughing hysterically. As you were running you would hear "Poor Jamison." and "He doesn't stand a chance". This made you grin even more. The crew was finally semi accepting the fact that you were on the ship. And your little stunt a few days ago didn't hurt either.
"Amigo, how much artillery do you have? Antonio asked, standing next to Arthur who was standing at the helm, looking straight ahead. Arthur was trying his best to focus on what Antonio was saying, but he kept replaying what you had told him over and over in his mind. Needless to say he was a little distracted.
"Hmm? Pardon?" Arthur said. Antonio rolled his eyes but repeated what he had said.
"I asked how much artillery you had." he said, leaning his back on the railing and getting a better face to face look with Arthur. Arthur glanced over at Antonio for a split second before returning his attention back ahead of him.
"I have plenty, don't you worry." he said. But Antonio noticed that Arthur seemed a bit distracted. He sighed and stood up straight.
"Amigo, are you alright? You seemed distracted." Antonio said. Arthur shook his head, still keeping his eyes ahead of him.
"I'm perfectly alright." he said, sounding less then convincing. Antonio clicked his tongue at Arthur.
"Artur," he said, leaning in close to Arthur "you're a terrible liar" Antonio smirked as a slight scowl crossed Arthur's face. Hey, just because he was allying with Arthur for a while didn't mean he wasn't going to give him a hard time every now and then.
" 'E's been that way since 'e went to talk to (name)" Francis said, standing behind Arthur and smirking while holding a rose. Where does he keep getting these roses??? Arthur scowled when all three of them started snickering. And he didn't appreciate Antonio slapping him on the back.
"So amigo. Did you have a little fun?" he said, winking at Arthur. Arthur shoved his hand off of his shoulder and glared at him.
"For your information. No." he said, turning his attention back toward the front of the ship. Antonio chuckled while Francis walked up on the other side of Arthur.
"Then tell me amigo. Why are you at the helm when the ship isn't moving?" he said, leaning his head over to the side to get a better look at Arthur's face. Francis piped in before Arthur could speak.
"It is to keep an eye on 'is little vixen, non?" he said, smelling his rose that one could only guess where he got it from. Arthur scoffed.
"That is absurd." he said, quickly glancing down at you, who were mopping the deck at the time and looking happy. Antonio slung his arm over Arthur's shoulder.
"Is it really amigo?" he said, getting really close in Arthur's face. Arthur turned to glare at him, and glare at him he did. All the while Antonio just grinned at him. His broad grin made Arthur want to punch him right then and there. But before he could even get the chance he was jolted out of his rage by Gilbert and Francis laughing. Arthur and Antonio glanced over at them.
"What is so funny?" Arthur asked, cocking an eyebrow. Francis laughed his signature laugh while Gilbert pointed a finger down below. All of a sudden the whole ship was in a fit of laughter. Arthur and Antonio looked down to see what was going on. There you were, chasing one of his crew members around with your trusty weapon. Antonio started laughing hard. Arthur couldn't help but laugh as well. This was the third time you have chased one of his crew around with that wet towel. Apparently his crew hadn't learned.
It wasn't until you finally got Jamison that the laughter really started to grow. Gilbert and Francis were holding each other up from laughing so hard while Antonio was leaning over the railing with his head down, unable to keep it up with all the laughter. Even Arthur was loosening up and holding onto the helm from laughter.
"Th-This frau is great!" Gilbert managed to say through his fit of laughter. In fact the albino was red faced from laughing. Arthur laughed and nodded.
"This is a regular occurrence on my ship these days." he said, following you as you ran around the deck. Antonio was losing it with laughter.
"L-Lets j-just hope sh-she is as good with a sword as she i-is with that towel of hers!" Antonio managed to say. Arthur suddenly stopped laughing. He knew he had forgotten something! They would meet Captain Cruz in just a few weeks and he still hadn't taught you anything about fencing. And if what you said was true, truly true, then he would have to squeeze months and years of training in just a few weeks. This was going to be a challenge. Little did he know, it would be more of a challenge then he could realize.