Tin Man: Pirates of the Nonestic

Chapter Fourteen

The strangest things reminded Cain that DG was a princess. Who would have thought her innocent offer to help would trigger the thought she was above cleaning after a group of grubby men. She got him over it when she started comparing the experience to the work she'd done on the Other Side.

The crew came down for lunch in shifts, and if they were hungry. He was learning the names of the men that joined him and DG in the galley, and they treated DG and himself respectfully. Hodges and the three men who had attacked them yesterday didn't come down until supper. But by then, nearly the entire crew was in the room.

Jenkins with his guitar sat next to those four at the end of the table farthest from the stove. Drake, the crewman with a going-grey goatee, brought a tall drum that hung from a baldric across his chest.

DG gestured to the fiddle Spencer held when she passed him a plate. "What's with the musical instruments?"

"We always sing for supper, Mrs. Cain."

Hodges elbowed the dark-skinned man with the braided hair sitting beside him, his pal Benavides, one of the men who had attacked Cain. "How 'bout you start things off, Mrs. Cain?" he asked with a smirk.

"I doubt you guys know the same songs I do," DG smiled at the musicians. "Maybe after some practice."

"You don't think we can learn songs from the Outer Zone, Mrs. Cain?" Hodges laced his fingers together as he leaned his elbows on the table. "Most of us have been singing shanties for your entire life."

DG's deep blue eyes glanced at Cain with a plea, but he didn't see how he could rescue her. Jenkins broke in. "Now you put her on the spot. Maybe Mrs. Cain can't sing."

That was the wrong offer of an out by the way DG's eyes narrowed. "I can sing; I just prefer to sing something everyone knows. But if you insist." She picked up an unclaimed mug of water and looked apologetically to Cain while taking a sip.

Why the hell was she sorry about singing? The answer dawned on him as soon as he thought the question. The only Zone song she knew was the lullaby about the two princesses. Whatever she was about to sing must be from the Other Side.

She put down the cup and held her hands behind her back.

"One Year of Love" by Queen
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"Just one year of love,
is better than a lifetime alone.
One sentimental moment in your arms
is like a shooting star right through my heart.
It's always a rainy day without you.
I'm a prisoner of love inside you.
I'm falling apart all around you - yeah."

Her strong clear voice filled the room and the sailors stopped eating to listen.

"My heart cries out to your heart.
I'm lonely but you can save me.
My hand reaches for to your hand.
I'm cold but you light the fire in me.
My lips search for your lips,
I'm hungry for your touch.
There's so much left unspoken.
And all I can do is surrender,
to the moment just surrender."

Jenkins looked at her wide-eyed. DG's eyelids drooped as her voice grew even stronger.

"And no one ever told me that love would hurt so much,
oooh yes it hurts.
And pain is so close to pleasure.
And all I can do is surrender to your love,
just surrender to your love.

Just one year of love
is better than a lifetime alone.
One sentimental moment in your arms
is like a shooting star right through my heart.
It's always a rainy day without you.
I'm a prisoner of love inside you.
I'm falling apart all around you.
And all I can do is surrender."

She opened her eyes. The pirates stared back at her. DG blushed. "Okay, not a love ballad crowd. Maybe I should've tried 'We Will Rock You.'"

Jenkins lost his surprised expression as he pulled his guitar onto his lap. "It reminds me of a queen I knew once." He fell into a chord that was familiar to the crew as they started tapping feet and Spencer started the same song on the fiddle.

"Queen of Argyle" by the Bedlam Bards
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"Gentlemen it is my duty to inform you of one beauty,
though I ask of you a favor, not to seek her for a while.
For I own she is a creature of character and feature,
no words can paint the picture of the Queen of all Argyle."

All the men started singing the chorus.

"And if you could have seen her there, boys if you had just been there!
The swan was in her movement and the morning in her smile.
All the roses in the garden would bow and ask her pardon.
For not one could match the beauty of the Queen of all Argyle."

They fell silent, letting Jenkins have the verse all by himself.

"On the evening that I mention I walked with light intention
to a part of our dear country known for beauty and for style,
being a place of noble thinkers, of scholars and great drinkers!
But above them all, for splendor, shone the Queen of all Argyle."

The crew sang again and DG joined in with them.

"And if you could have seen her there, boys if you had just been there!
The swan was in her movement and the morning in her smile.
All the roses in the garden would bow and ask her pardon.
For not one could match the beauty of the Queen of all Argyle."

"Now me lads I needs must leave you, my intention not to grieve you.
Nor would I deceive you, so I'll seek you in a while.
I must find some way to gain her, to court her and to tame her.
For I fear my heart's in danger of the Queen of all Argyle."

Sprite bounded into the mess ahead of Betsy and joined the last chorus.

"And if you could have seen her there, boys if you had just been there!
The swan was in her movement and the morning in her smile.
All the roses in the garden would bow and ask her pardon.
For not one could match the beauty of the Queen of all Argyle."

The Captain smiled at the young Viewer while skirting around the group toward Cain at the stove.

Jenkins and Spencer finished the music with a flourish. The dark-skinned boy pulled the fiddle from under his chin. "Eating with us, Captain?" He grinned before eating.

"Aye, like I've never done that before." Betsy took the filled bowl from Cain and found a seat made out of a barrel against the wall.

Jenkins's lips curled in a smile under his bushy white moustache. "We're singing for our suppers tonight, Captain." Betsy groaned and his smile widened.

Sprite jumped. "Sing, sing!"

"Cooky's suppers were never worth singing over." Betsy took her first bite and chewed thoughtfully. "My apologies, Mr. Cain, this is worth singing over." Cain nodded and DG grinned for him. Betsy turned to Sprite. "What do you want me to sing?"

"Dark Lady!" She clapped her hands.

"Couldn't go for anything cheerful, could you?"

Sprite cocked her head. "But I like 'Dark Lady.'"

"Then 'Dark Lady' you shall have. Now go feed your belly." Betsy set her food aside. Sprite bounded up to Cain, grabbing her meal with a huge grin. Spencer started the song on his fiddle and played for a few measures before Betsy blended her strong voice with the melody.

"Dark Lady" by the Bedlam Bards
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"A fierce one-eyed man named Baron LaBonne,
a meaner pirate had never been known,
and he sailed on the Dark Lady.
A ship strong and sound with a perilous crew,
and high on the mast the skull and bones flew.
Fleet and swift was the Dark Lady.

And every night the Baron would drink a toast.
He'd say, "Here's to my lovely lady host!
My one true love."

The entire room called out, "Hear, hear!"

And Betsy continued the song, "the crew replied.
And the Dark Lady sighed.

A rich Spanish galleon was spotted one night.
The Dark Lady's crew prepared for the fight.
Clash of swords.... No Spaniards survived it.
Except for the maiden with dark eyes so bold,
found in the hull with the jewels and the gold.
LaBonne laughed and took her for ransom.

And every night the Baron would drink a toast.
He'd say, "Here's to our lovely lady host!
My one true love."

DG joined in the call this time. "Hear, hear!"

"The crew replied.
And the Dark Lady sighed.

The girl Carlotta was a beauty quite rare.
With each passing night LaBonne couldn't bear,
his empty bed. He brought her to it.
The Baron soon found he felt more than desire.
His love for her grew and his soul filled with fire.
He proclaimed that they would marry.

That night the Baron drank with jubilee.
He said "Here's to my lovely bride to be!
My one true love..."

Cain noticed Betsy's voice caught on that, but no one else reacted. Maybe it was part of the song.

"Hear, hear!"

"The crew replied.
And the Dark Lady cried.

The following night a storm brewed at sea.
The Dark Lady saw her chance to be free,
of her rival, the beauty Carlotta.
The ship steered herself to the heart of the gale,
where a wave swept the maiden out over the rail.
Sweet revenge on an unfaithful lover!"


Betsy sang that line with gusto, laying her hand on the hull behind her.
"That night the Lady drank a toast.
She said, "Here's to your lovely lady host!
Your one true love.."

DG started to sing it, but none of the other crew joined Betsy's voice.

"No voices replied.
And the Dark Lady smiled.

And now any night when a storm fills the sky.
They say that a ghost ship sails in its eye.
Fleet and swift is the Dark Lady.
A ship strong and sound with a perilous crew.
And high on the mast the skull and bones flew,
while the captain gazes out to sea.
And every night the Baron must drink a toast.
He says, "Here's to our lovely lady host!
My one true love."

The crew called out again. "Hear, hear!"

"The ghost crew replies.
And the Dark Lady smiles."

Betsy picked up her bowl again as Spencer stopped fiddling. "Pick something cheerful next," she ordered with a smile.

Sprite dropped her empty bowl in the crate collecting the used utensils and ran to Spencer's side. "Johnny Jump-Up, Johnny Jump-Up!"

His white teeth gleamed against his dark skin. "You're going to help clean up?"

"Yes!" She snatched up his used plate and ran it to the crate.

Spencer laughed before he started singing.

"Johnny Jump Up" by the Bilge Pumps
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"Come and listen, I'll tell you what happened to me,
one day as I went down to Cork by the sea.
The day it was hot and the sun it was warm,
so says I a quiet pint wouldn't do me no harm.

I went in and I called for a bottle of stout.
Says the barman, I'm sorry, all the beer is sold out.
Try whiskey or paddy, ten years in the wood.
Says I, I'll try cider, I've heard it was good."

The entire crew helped him sing the chorus with clapping to keep the rhythm.

"Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again.
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten.
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up.
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up."

They made the background vocalizing as Spencer continued with the lyrics.

"After downing the third I went out to the yard,
where I bumped into Brody, the big civic guard.
Come here to me boy, don't you know I'm the law?
Well, I up with me fist and I shattered his jaw.

He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up.
But it wasn't I hit him, 'twas Johnny Jump Up.
The next thing I remember down in Cork by the sea,
was a cripple on crutches and says he to me.

I'm afraid of me life I'll be hit by a car.
Won't you help me across to the Celtic Knot Bar?
After drinking a quart of that cider so sweet,
he threw down his crutches and danced on his feet."

"Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again.
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten.
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up,
after drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up."

"I went down the lee road, a friend for to see.
They call it the madhouse in Cork by the Sea.
Well when I got there, sure the truth I will tell,
they had this poor bugger locked up in a cell.

Said the guard, testing him, say these words if you can.
Around the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
Tell him I'm not crazy, tell him I'm not mad.
It was only a sip of the cider I had."

"Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again.
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten.
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up,
after drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up."

DG and Sprite roamed through the singing men, gathering the dirty dishes. DG moved gracefully, taking the dishes without distracting the men. Sprite wasn't as graceful since she tried to jig to the song.

"A man died in the mines by the name of McNabb.
They washed him and laid him outside on the slab.
Well after the parlors measurements did take,
his wife brought him home to a bloody fine wake.

T'was about 12 o'clock and the beer was high.
The corpse sits up and says with a sigh,
I can't get to heaven, they won't let me up.
Till I bring them a quart of the Johnny Jump Up."

"Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again.
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten.
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up,
after drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up."

"So if ever you go down to Cork by the sea.
Stay out of the ale house and take it from me.
If you want to stay sane don't you dare take a sip,
of that devil drink cider called Johnny Jump Up."

"Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again.
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten.
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up,
after drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up.

Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again.
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten.
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up,
after drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up."

Cain scrubbed the dirty dishes with the cooling boiled water. The crew shifted away from the mess, laughing and talking now that the singing was done. DG brought the last bowls to the wash basin. "So what's on the schedule now?"

"Bank the stove and go to bed." Her face fell at his answer. "You had a different idea?"

"You haven't gotten out of here all day. Let's go see the ocean before bed." She pulled out her pleading eyes.

He shook his head. "Alright, alright, you can show me the ocean."

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