“What do you want from us?” I asked in fright since I’m the only girl there.
“Your captain of course,” He held my chin while replying my question.
I struggled and struggled but the Cannibals still won’t budge. Marcell just gave me that weird look of his and stated, “You need a full-man’s strength to lure yourself from their grasps.”
“At least I tried than letting myself still being in your hold,” I shouted madly.
He held my chin again and gazed at my eyes, “No wonder you are allowed on board. Such a hard-headed girl as hard as him...” He smirked and let go of my face. “I wonder what the two of you might be in the future.”
“It’s none of your business. A girl like me will never fall for that kind of man!”
“I doubt it. Your lips are still pure. A girl as old as you should have at least receives her first,” He mocked.
My face flushed with embarrassment, “Who cares, as long as I’m giving it to the right person, I won’t regret it!”
“Is that so? What if I stole it from you? That’ll make you regret, right?” He drew his face nearer towards my face.
I was completely speechless. Tears started to water my eyes as I tried to jerk backward away from him. He laughed for my oddly reactions and held his head while saying, “You’re one interesting lady. What’s your name?”
“I’ll never give my name easily towards a phony,” I replied.
“Is that so?” He drew his face nearer and was trying to kiss me again when finally; a masculine voice out of the blue prevented it.
“Get you dirty face away from my ‘she-male’ crew!” Captain Kenny exclaimed furiously.
I was astounded to see his arrival with the rest of the crews. But, what’s with the ‘she-male’ crew? He’s so going to get it!
“Ah, finally Romeo has come to save his Juliet,” He smirked sadistically.
“I guess it’s Juliet who’s saving Romeo,” He gave out one of his sadistic grin.
“Marcell, you’re still alive?! But, the explosion? I see you’re trying to save sis from those Cannibals,” Chast’s merry voice was heard throughout the tense atmosphere.
“Do you wish for my death, brat? I’m sick of your immature behaviours,” His eyes somehow turned devilish.
“Don’t call him that!” I yelled.
“Why, foster sibling’s relationship? Pooh, you’re making me sick!” He pointed his gun at my head.
Captain Kenny dashed towards where we stood and slashed the gun into two parts and pointed his blade towards Marcell’s neck, “Traitor should be punished.”
“Is it me or you who are the real traitor?” He replied.
“By what am I titled a traitor?” He frowned.
“Our master is my father and that title should be passed generation by generation for the pure-blood descendants,” He explained briefly.
“No, you’re wrong. The origin of the technique is from the other clan and it came from the Orient. The one who can master the technique perfectly will attain the name The Devil of the Sea and how come you, the son of the previous Devil of the Sea, do not know such basic thing in bearing the knowledge?” He mocked with his eyes gleamed evilly towards him.
“No, you’re lying!” He took out his sword and swung the sword towards Captain Kenny.
“Why can you not bear the truth? You, who is way weaker than me cannot be the successor of the technique. It is given for those of a pirate captain and you can’t even conduct a man for a voyage,” He provoked him.
“Silence! You are not the rightful person to say such a thing!” He paused. “Let us prove who the rightful heir for the title is!”
“As you wish.”
Finally, the Scarlet Dance had begun and both of them took their position to attack each other, life and death. Marcell recklessly attacked Captain Kenny and made his first move by dashing on the nearby lake. Captain Kenny made a big wave using his sword to reflect his attacks and made a blow for a counter attack. The attack almost hit Marcell on his right ribs since he managed to dodge his attack from hitting him. It’s time for Captain Kenny’s turn. He used his sword to make a whirlpool around him and hid himself underwater and attacked Marcell beneath his feet. Marcell jerked away. Unfortunately, he was too late that the attack slashed his left shoulder, resulting a big injury.
“Still wish to continue this fight or have you change your mind to atone your mistake. Since that we both learned exactly the same thing from the same person, never once have I doubt your intelligence in foreseeing this world as what it is,” He muttered. “Your only weakness is you do not know how to plan a strategy to do so even though you know what is to be done.”
“Talk less and continue the fight. I have nothing to atone for and I am the rightful heir for the title!” He shouted as his black long hair was thrown backwards from his sudden dash towards Captain Kenny.
“You accused me for being a hard-headed guy. What a fortunate that you head is harder than mine.”
The Dance started all over again and this time, no mercy was allowed and literally, death and life fight. You’d live if you win and die if you lose. Now, they’re fighting a serious, deadly and fierce fight which I’d say, there’s not even a single bit of mercy shown by their eyes, murderous and sarcastic. Marcell took out another sword and attacked Captain Kenny with those two blades armed. Captain Kenny avoided the attacks and swung his sword upwards to give a final blow and before he could do so, my body automatically moves towards where they were and stopped him from killing each other. He managed to stop his blade from slashing me but still an inch from my forehead.
“This is not right. You guys shouldn’t be fighting,” I exclaimed.
“Eleanor...” Almost all of the crew were saying the exact same thing and kind of touched to see my sudden reaction.
“Out of the way,” He warned.
“No. I won’t! This is so not right!” I replied back.
“OUT OF THE WAY!” His eyes reddened with anger.
Suddenly, Marcell dragged me backwards and put his sword on my neck, “Foolish little girl. Do you not know how evil I am?”
“Kill me all you want but will you be happy in the future for doing so? Don’t you feel ashamed of yourself for killing a weak girl?” I uttered without hesitation.
“My dear, I have long forgotten what is regret from a long time ago incident,” He blew at my ears that gave me goose bumps.
“You’re disgusting,” Among all the words, was that the only thing that he was to say?
“Hahaha... You can be more disgusting more than I am now,” He mocked.
“Impossible,” He stated with that one single word firmly.
“Is that it?! Is that what you have to say instead of saving me you witless Homo?!” I shouted angrily towards him.
He hastily shoved away the sword that was pointed at my neck and got his hand bled while pulling me into his hold. He smirked and said, “You’re dead after this.”
I’d love to say, “Is that the only reason why you saved me?!” but only kept on being silent. Marcell remain speechless for Captain Kenny’s action for the moment. Instead of feeling astounded, all the crew cheered with applause for his quick action. What’s wrong with this crew? Sick-heads or what?
Finally, the Cannibals finally made their move and attacked the rest of the crew. Captain Kenny whispered towards me, “I can’t fight with you in the way and I can’t let you go either or you’ll be attacked by those Cannibals.” I gave a deep thought on what I should be doing and then an idea struck my head. “You don’t have to let me go. Just let me hang on your back.”
“You’re so going to fix me something good or else I’ll kill you for calling me a Homo in front of him and making me giving you a ride on my back. I’m no vehicle okay,” He said with an angry face.
“Deal,” I gave him my thumb up.
“Whatever you’re whispering, we still have an unfinished business to settle on,” Marcell finally lost his patience.
“Close your eyes or else you’ll have nightmares,” He ordered.
“Aye, aye, Capt’n,” I closed my eyes and let the darkness prevented me from seeing the fight.
I could only hear the sword fighting but I had no idea what happened. Minutes passed and finally, everything stopped. I slowly shifted my eyes open and saw Marcell on his knees, holding his pain from being stabbed by Captain Kenny at his chest. My eyes widened. I covered my mouth with my right hand to prevent myself from screaming. This was too much from what I could handle. I wasn’t sure but what I knew was that I was shivering from that.
“This will be our last meeting on earth. We’ll meet again on the other side of the world,” He gave a slight smile.
“I don’t die that easily,” He answered.
Final breath was exhaled, Marcell deRazi died due to the loss of blood. Everything was clear now and the Devil of the Sea remained the same person. My heart pounded heavily to see such a frightening scene and I was completely speechless from that. I, who was still hanging on Captain Kenny’s tall figure that was actually his back, was frozen stiff.
“Can you let go of me now?” He asked.
“I... I’m sorry...” I replied.
“You’re saying?” He asked.
“I’m too scared that I couldn’t move a muscle right now,” I answered.
“Is that so? You’re such a troublesome tomboy,” He said while carrying me off from his back and carried me all the way towards our ship after giving Marcell a proper funeral.
On our way, everyone was walking behind captain and gave that giggles of theirs from behind. I blushed and Chast kept giving that naughty grin of his. Captain Kenny acted as if nothing happened while carrying me all the way back.
“Uh, you can let me go now. I think I can walk on by my own now,” I uttered since that I could no longer tolerate with that embarrassment.
“Can you?” He asked a bit doubtful.
“Of course,” I replied.
He slowly put me down and we finally walked normally but I was a bit stiff since my muscle still refused to move due to the sudden shock. Captain Kenny had enough of my stubbornness and pulled me backwards to offer me a help but unfortunately, my ankle somehow twisted and I fell on him and worst, we accidentally kissed. Everyone was stunned from it and both of us were shocked with it and I pushed him away from me.
“Captain finally kissed a girl!” Chast shrieked in a shock.
Captain Kenny was completely speechless and wiped his lips with his right hand. My eyes watered that my first kiss was given to a wrong person. I felt like dying and everyone was trying to console me but it was too late, I cried all the way back to the ship. Geez, what a cry baby I was being that day. The whole day, after fixing them something for dinner, I locked myself in my room until morning. I was too embarrassed especially to face that no good captain! Oh, God! Why did I join this crew? I wonder. Every time when I sensed Captain Kenny’s stature was around, I would hide myself doesn’t matter where it was. Inside a cupboard, under the table, behind the other crews, at the kitchen and mostly, I locked myself inside my own room.
One day, my door was knocked. I opened the door and saw a recognisable figure standing upon my door and quickly flung the door close. Unfortunately, he was faster and stronger that the door didn’t budge an inch.
“How long do you plan on hiding from me?” Captain Kenny asked angrily.
I was speechless. Instead of answering him, I faced away, not looking at him. He frowned and finally left. I didn’t know how to react and just let it slipped just like that. I didn’t know how to face him but somehow he seemed very angry and agitated for my behaviours. Well, I couldn’t say a word nor look at his face. I didn’t know how long this would last. Just let it be.