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sam_storyteller ([personal profile] sam_storyteller) wrote2005-07-02 03:19 pm
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The Queen's Pride. PG.

Warnings: None.
Summary: Elizabeth and Will tried domesticity. They got bored.

Also available at AO3.

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It had been tempting, of course, respectable wedded bliss and children and a sinecure post in the Governor's service. Elizabeth had been tempted too, Will knew; she'd had a taste of real pirate life and hadn't been as impressed with the hard, cold facts as she was with the legends as a child. Perhaps she did sincerely want children, as her father had told him. He did; he wanted a son. But not yet.

He'd told himself, when they sailed for England where there were more opportunities to sell his swords, that it wasn't because he missed the sea but because it was an opportunity to make his name. And that her wistful looks until he offered to take her along were because she would miss him, and not because she wanted to be at sea, as well.

They'd encountered pirates not three days out. The brigands knew a heavily defended military cruiser when they saw it and steered clear, but one never forgot the way a pirate ship ran. Elizabeth leaned so far out over the rail that she nearly fell, and when Will caught her waist, they looked at each other and made their decision.

It was half an hour's work to pack and lower a boat in the dead time when the watches were changing that night, and by morning they were passengers aboard the Fate's Liar, a sleek and decent vessel built for speed (like Elizabeth, Will said once).

It wasn't the Black Pearl or the Interceptor, both having already built up their reputations anew as vessels it was dangerous to cross, but it was adventure and duels, and they made a pretty penny by the time the Fate's Liar was sunk by a Navy ship that happened on it unexpectedly during a raging storm.

Fortunately, Will and Elizabeth knew enough of Navy ships to lead the pirates to victory over the troops. Though the Liar was lost, the Queen's Pride was gained.

Will Turner took the captaincy in a slightly mutinous turn of events and installed Elizabeth in high state as the queen of the Pride. He had his love and his blood sang in the rigging, and Will Turner was happy. Elizabeth herself had learned to fight and shoot and had never again been required to wear a tight corset, and if Will was happy, she was in ecstasies.

It was a bright day and the Pride was running with full sail across a sea so blue it hurt to look at when a fellow in piracy was spotted on the horizon, and flags of greeting were run up. There were no heroes among thieves, as Will liked to say, but there were brothers.

"Will!" Elizabeth cried, from the crow's nest. "Will, it's the Pearl."

"Our Pearl?" he called up. "Good Christ, do I pay you to scrub or to scrimshaw?" he asked a deckhand, who hurried about his business.

"What other?" she shouted down.

"Run alongside and salute," he commanded. "Best behaviour, boys; and don't let on your captain is Blade Turner."

Elizabeth, descending swiftly, laughed at him. "Blade Turner my foot. You're Bootstrap's Boy and always will be."

"Be careful; I'm dangerous to know," he answered with a grin.

They pulled near enough to the Pearl to give a proper salute and let their Mates exchange news; Will saw Jack at the wheel, capable fingers lovingly handling the old worn spoke-handles, and felt something warm and real fill him. Jack Sparrow was a scoundrel, an unwashed scallywag who would cut his own mother's purse and probably had, but he was responsible for what Will was, and Will's father had loved him.

"Doesn't he look dashing," Elizabeth murmured.

"HAIL THERE!" the Mate called. "BE THIS THE QUEEN'S PRIDE?"

"IT BE!" Will answered.

"UNDER WHOSE COMMAND?"

"BONNY QUEEN ELIZABETH!" Will shouted.

"AYE, SO WE HAD HEARD," the Mate replied, somewhat wryly, Will thought. Female pirates were not unknown, but they were vaguely disapproved of, like priests.

"BE YE THE PEARL UNDER CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW?" Elizabeth shouted.

"WE BE!"

"SWING OVER, MATE!" Will called, and the man obligingly mounted the rail and took hold of a swingrope, flying the short distance down to the lower-riding Pride.

"D'ye carry post for the Pearl?" the man asked, a standard question in a day when one gave a letter to an outbound ship in the hopes they'd stumble across the right person.

"We carry no post, but would speak with Captain Jack Sparrow," Will said. "My wife, the Bonny Queen."

The man bowed. Elizabeth offered her hand. He kissed it, appraising the large ruby ring on her finger as he did so.

"My wife has a fancy for pirate captains; we would have Captain Sparrow to dinner," Will said. "She so rarely encounters a chance to wear her finery, you see."

He could see the man's thoughts clear enough; if this silk doublet and brocade skirt, the gold and silver on her neck and fingers and at her ears was not her finery, how rich did the Pride run?

Apparently Captain Jack Sparrow wondered too, for word soon drifted back that the men of the Pearl would host the men of the Pride, and Captain Sparrow would be pleased to dine with the Queen.

***

"Do I look fine enough, do you suppose?" Elizabeth asked, for what it seemed must be the hundredth time. She had taken out a scarlet dress that would never do for ordinary piracy, and decorated her hands with Indian silver.

"You are a queen," Will said. "Presentable?"

He felt quite as nervous as she did; he knew Jack would only scorn a clean shirt on a man, but he had nevertheless found one and put it on. Jack did not know Bootstrap's Boy, only William Turner the swordsmith. Will was not sure Jack would approve of Bootstrap's Boy.

"Oh yes," she said. She kissed him, too, which was more reassuring. She'd told him about the night she and Jack had spent on the sandbar, drinking, and he was always slightly jealous of it somehow. Then again, he had been the man to sail alone with Captain Jack Sparrow ahead, and in defiance, of the English Navy.

He offered her his arm and she took it, and the ring on her finger meant that she had chosen him anyway; Bonny Queen Elizabeth could have had any pirate in the world, but she had Bootstrap's Boy.

They waited in the larger room that adjoined their small bedroom, filled now with food and decorated with swinging gold lanterns and the finest of their spoils -- mahogany trunks, brocaded settees and sandalwood tables, rattan chairs lined with silk.

Jack's bootsteps rang on deck and Elizabeth caught her breath; when the door opened, Will grinned. Same old Jack; he was preceded into the room by one of the Pride's own cabin boys, carrying three large bottles of rum.

"Milady queen," he said, sweeping off his hat and bowing before he'd gotten a proper look at them.

"Captain Jack Sparrow," Elizabeth said, eyes dancing. There was a pregnant pause. Jack looked up without leaving his bow.

Then he straightened and began to laugh, uproariously. The cabin boy fled, leaving the rum behind him on the table.

"Will Turner and the governor's daughter," he said, knuckling away a tear with one grimy hand. "If it isn't the princess and the pirate's son."

"That's queen to you," Elizabeth said haughtily. Jack seized her hand and kissed it, then executed a second overly-elaborate bow to Will, who clubbed him on the shoulder in joyful greeting.

***

Wanted, dead or alive: Female, age approximately twenty-eight, dark hair, olive complected, answering to Bonny Queen Elizabeth, in command of the Black Pearl, the Queen's Pride, and the Interceptor. Companions: Captain Jack Sparrow, Bootstrap's Boy, Black Annamaria. Known also as the Queen Admiral. May generally be seen to wear scarlet silk and large hats. Is known to be illicitly married to both Bootstrap's Boy and Captain Jack Sparrow. Wanted on charges of high piracy, misuse of a naval vessel, rum-running, smuggling, and impersonating a nun. She is believed to be one of the most dangerous pirates of the Caribbean.

END

[identity profile] fire-and-a-rose.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely.

Though my friend read the very last bit over my shoulder, and saw, "Impersonation a nun" and thought it was about Jack.

Which should so be a fic, really.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
LOL. Well, he's impersonated a priest...
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[identity profile] wildestranger.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely. Particularly like your Will, such a good sense of his charecter in so few words.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks. Will's tough to write. Orlando Bloom doesn't give much away, as an actor :D

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[identity profile] wtfbrain.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Heeeee! This is excellent. It really is what should have happened to Will and Elizabeth - I highly doubt either of them would be content with a peaceful life on the shore anymore.

And the wanted notice is a fabulous frosting on an excellent cake!

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I couldn't figure out how else to end it, to be honest :D

[identity profile] storm-petrel.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I have so much love for Bonny Queen Elizabeth, her illicit marriages, and her impersonating a nun, that I may in fact explode.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I feel the love! *beams*

[identity profile] dragongirlg.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Hehe, I love it - it's so ironic that Elizabeth is wanted. And the rumor that she's married to both Jack and Will is hilarious.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, that was a shout out to Juni, who ships Will/Elizabeth/Jack exclusively as a threesome :D

[identity profile] tenebris.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Gosh, Sam, you write such satisfying 'fic--I ended this with a giant grin on my face (and then there was the wanted notice, which widened that grin). I like your Will in particular; he seems to have a brain, and he knows his wife well.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I worry that Will is perhaps not clueless enough, but a few years at sea ought to have smartened him up...

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
*high fives*

[identity profile] josanpq.livejournal.com 2005-07-24 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Is known to be illicitly married to both Bootstrap's Boy and Captain Jack Sparrow.

YAHHHH! Atta girl, Elizabeth!

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
Her milkshake brings all the pirates to the yard. :D

[identity profile] mousapelli.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
illicitly married! *guffaws*

wonderful! you know elizabeth's plan was to be a pirate all along, and she is so completely in charge.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
*bows to the Queen Admiral*

[identity profile] lily22.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
xD That is awesome. I wish I could've seen the two of them at the beginning of their careers as pirates. I haven't seen PotC in a long time, but I feel like Will would be rather awkward until he got used to pirating.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I felt like I wrote Will a bit overconfident. Ah well. Look at the source material I had :D

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[identity profile] snottygrrl.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 01:09 am (UTC)(link)
truly wonderful. i like the bonny queen, i like even more that she is in charge of a fleet in the end.

There was a pregnant pause. Jack looked up without leaving his bow.

Then he straightened and began to laugh, uproariously.


how v. jack. lurve it. ♥

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! :)

[identity profile] stvincent.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
I don't read much PotC fic, but this is lovely. I didn't like Elizabeth particularly in the movie, but I love the image of her as a pirate queen, and so in control and powerful. The wanted bit at the end was particularly good.

I am now craving Elizabeth/Will/Jack threeway and it is YOUR FAULT.
watersword: Keira Knightley, in Pride and Prejudice (2007), turning her head away from the viewer, the word "elizabeth" written near (Brilliance)

[personal profile] watersword 2005-07-25 07:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Check out [livejournal.com profile] fabu's rec posts; she recs a lot of J/W/E polyfic.

And [livejournal.com profile] elspethdixon's A Pirate's Life, despite its title, is the most brilliant Pirates piece I've read. Sixteen chapters of goodness.

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[identity profile] amanuensis1.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, you. Celebrating Elizabeth like this! My heart sings. I loved it, especially the lovely postscript!

*wants to be a Queen Admiral when grows up*

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
I say, be Queen Admiral now while you're still immature enough to really enjoy it :D

[identity profile] kismeteve.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
I think I want to be a pirate queen when I grow up. ;)

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
Why wait till you grow up? *wink*

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[identity profile] juniper200.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
Happy birthday to me!

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
Indeed! Good timing, eh what?

[identity profile] madderbrad.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
My goodness. This wasn't a HP story, but I read it and liked it! New neural paths are being forged in my brain as I grzzzzt type ...

Pirates kill, murder and pillage, to loot their booty, do they not? I can't reconcile such 'evil' with our three supposed heroes, unfortunately.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
Well, I suppose if you haven't seen the movie it's a little harder to swallow the killing and pillaging. To be fair, I don't think Jack kills if he can get away with merely looting :D

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[identity profile] thespatz.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 06:44 am (UTC)(link)
Hee! Illicit marriages! Bonny Queen Elizabeth! So much fun, Sam. I like how Will and Elizabeth are written as pirates, all grown up and into each other. My one quibble (which is unfortunately large) is that the Interceptor was blown up in the movie, at the end of the big chase scene.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
Was it? BLAST.

Perhaps it was rebuilt?

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[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
*is joyfully glomped!*

[identity profile] burntcopper.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Go away. giggling. And pondering just what Norrington's thinking.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
*laughs* oh, poor Norrington! I think they captured him and keep him as a pet for Elizabeth :D

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[identity profile] secondsilk.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 02:15 pm (UTC)(link)
My first PotC fic, it is. Ye have corrupted me, scoundral that you are!
Nice story. A little bland in some of the discriptions (and I still have a problem with Orlando Bloom, what is wrong with me?), but I liked it very much.
The pirate talk was fab. And the mention of nuns. Love Female pirates were not unknown, but they were vaguely disapproved of, like priests.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I felt it was a little flat in the end, but I was just fascinated with the idea of it...

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[identity profile] acechan.livejournal.com 2005-07-25 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
You know, if Disney has any sense at all (not that they do) the sequel will be just like this. Well, they'd probably take out the threesome, but we'd all know it was there.

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
LOL! If they left subtext, I'd be happy....

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-26 02:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I always thought they could never settle down :D

[identity profile] lady81bird.livejournal.com 2005-07-28 11:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Wanted on charges of high piracy, misuse of a naval vessel, rum-running, smuggling, and impersonating a nun."

Oh, thank you for brightening up my day!
(and I will not ever again make the mistake of eating while I read your stories)

[identity profile] sam-storyteller.livejournal.com 2005-07-28 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed :)

[identity profile] hp-fangirl01.livejournal.com 2005-08-02 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
*snorts* LOVE IT. The wanted poster! SO AMAZING. You'd think I would be unhappy there was no smut, but it was just so great. Really well done!

[identity profile] go-aggies04.livejournal.com 2005-12-28 07:21 am (UTC)(link)
you know, I saw the new trailer for this movie and immediatly thought of this fic. nicely done :)

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