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Seas Of Erin > Cecilia > She's got a ticket to ride
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 01:40 AM
Sylvie approached the Valkyrie with a very overstuffed looking pack on her back, taking tiny, tentative steps as if she were creeping, and tilted her head back and forth to get the measure of the strange ship.
She was not doing a particularly good job of hiding her interest.
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 01:50 AM
Diogenes's deep tones drifted down to the docks as the big man crossed to the near side of the deck: "--not enough time this season, and by the time we get back we'll be picking up dregs. We'd be better off in the Wreath."
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 01:52 AM
The dark woman, nodding, paused to look out over the city. Her slim wrists crossed against the rail as she leaned down toward the dusky docks. Spotting Sylvie, her face twisted in curiosity--then brightened as she recognised the girl. She waved.
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 01:55 AM
Sylvie winced, and then let up a hesitant wave in return.
She shook her head, sighed, muttered something to herself, and started for the gang. "Um. Permission to board?"
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 02:04 AM
Immediately Diogenes appeared at Marie's side, his eyebrows knitted in consternation. "You again?" He seemed decidedly less pleased than he had been before. "Stay where you are."
He vanished briefly, reappearing on the gang itself to block her path. "What the hell are you doing here? Don't tell me your father's back in jail."
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 02:10 AM
Sylvie shook her head. "No,"she answered, and she set her pack down, giving him an earnest look. "I wanted to know if I could have a job?"
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 02:16 AM
The captain gave her a tired look. Something about that expression said that this was not the first time a teenager with a sack had turned up on his metaphorical doorstep. "No. Absolutely not. Get your arse back to your father before he comes looking."
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 02:20 AM
"He won't come looking," Sylvie answered. "He's got enough on his mind. Anyway, I can tie a bowline one-handed and I told you, I need to get back to Africa. My father's not going to Africa."
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 02:28 AM
"Child, you--" Halfway back up the gang, he growled, wiped his hand down his face, and half-turned toward her. "You have cash, or do you want to work your passage? We are goddamn full up as it is, and I don't want the Navy up my arse tracking down some papa's precious goddamn darling who wants to run away and be a sailor. Find yourself another ship."
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 02:31 AM
"I told you, I want to work," Sylvie answered. "I'll pay if you want money, but I'll end up working anyway because I'll be bored out of my--"
She made a face. "I'm not trying to run away and be a sailor. I'm trying to run away so I can go be a shaman princess. If I stay with my father, I'll have to keep being a sailor. And how many ships do you know with captains who know how to get anywhere close to Africa? I bet there are what, fifteen leaving today?"
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 02:46 AM
He snorted at her, fists on his hips. "Somehow, I highly doubt your father isn't going to be interested in where you've gotten off too, unless he's got about fourteen of you running around and can't keep track." He looked her over slowly, head to foot, finally pausing on her face, before his eyebrows knitted. "I'm giving you one--"
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 02:47 AM
Marie frantically stamped her feet and waved her hand over her head like a kerchief, trying to flag Mortmain's attention. Failing that, she scurried, barefooted, around and down the gang to stand beside him and pull on his arm. She gestured grandly to Sylvie, then made a series of long, sinuous gestures in the air before pointing at the girl once more.
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 02:48 AM
"Oh, what?" He glared at the woman in disgust. "Her father's a goddamn commandeur, darling; she's not worth it!"
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 02:59 AM
"He's got two of us," Sylvie answered. "And he's not a real Commandeur; he's just filling in to get the dogs off the streets. He's really a weapons smuggler."
She eyed Marie, then looked back to Diogenes. "I'm not worth what?" she asked. "What did she say about me?"
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 03:05 AM
Marie fell into an emotional barrage that surpassed a snit but did not quite make it to rage. She swatted the larger man's chest with the back of her hand--hard, judging by the strength of the clap--and stamped her foot. Then she quite simply tilted her nose in the air and bypassed him; she scooped up Sylvie's bag with one arm and put the other hand on the girl's shoulder.
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 03:05 AM
"What the hell are you doing?" Diogenes demanded, then looked to Sylvie, baffled, "I don't know what she's doing, really, except--oh, put her down! You are not taking her aboard my ship, woman, I mean it!"
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 03:08 AM
"One thing I've learned from my limited yet practical experience with men?" Sylvie asked cheerfully, as she grinned at Marie, "is that she is, so you might as well get used to it now. Where do you want me?"
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 03:12 AM
"She may be taking you, but I am not keeping you," Diogenes snapped.
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 03:12 AM
Marie shifted her hand to the back of Sylvie's neck and gave Diogenes a cool, unamused look from beneath sooty lashes. Then she gave a quick pat to coax Sylvie up the gang.
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 03:14 AM
Diogenes groaned and buried his face in his hand. "Marie! This is no goddamn place for a little girl, not to mention that I have no intentions of taking this rig anywhere near goddamn Africa for the sake of one person!"
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 03:17 AM
"You don't have to go to Africa," Sylvie assured the man. "You just have to drop me off somewhere in my own world. I can get to Africa on my own," she said cheerfully. "I just need a head start."
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 03:23 AM
At the top of the gang, Marie dropped Sylvie's bag with an air of satisfaction and stood waiting, arms crossed, tapping her foot as she looked down on Diogenes.
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 03:23 AM
He wiped his hand down his face again. "Who is running this show, woman?" Grudgingly, he stalked up after them. "You can keep an eye on her," he said sternly to Marie. "If you're so goddamn insistent on this you had damn well better keep her out of my way. If she makes a peep any louder than you, she's off, I don't care where we are."
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 03:24 AM
Marie blew him a kiss and nodded, then glanced down at Sylvie and wrinkled her nose.
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 03:25 AM
Sylvie mimed herself grinning triumphantly at Diogenes, and waggled her fingers at the man, all silently.
"I can work, you know. I'm a good sailor. I've been doing it my whole life."
Posted by: Diogenes Mortmain Apr 18 2008, 03:41 AM
Mortmain made a curt sound in the back of his throat, cutting Sylvie short. "That was a peep. No peeping." He gave Sylvie another dark look. "You're lucky I don't take out your lodgings in labour," he told her. "I might still do."
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 03:41 AM
Marie made a stern face and swatted him again.
Posted by: Sylvie Romain Apr 18 2008, 03:43 AM
Sylvie raised both eyebrows. "I already told you," she told the man."I want to work."
She shook her head, gave Marie a helpless look. "Come on," she said to the woman. "Show me where I should sleep."
Posted by: Marie Apr 18 2008, 03:46 AM
The woman chuckled, shaking her head no at Sylvie, before she sighed and gave up. Gathered the girl under her arm, she scooted them a significant distance around Mortmain as she took them both into her own little cabin.
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