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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
a girl who was raised as a double assassin finds love and finds away to escape her old life

Submitted: March 02, 2017

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Assassin
 Fifteen year old Skyler Hawkins strode into THE HOWLING WOLF TAVERN AND INN with her usual air of confidence. She quickly found the five men she was supposed to kill,now all she had to do was wait for the right moment. Skyler walked over to the bar,"I'll have an ale." As she stood there drinking she felt a arm snake around her waist. She turned and there stood a young man about 20 years old,more or less,with beautiful forest green eyes and hair the color of a clear midnight sky. "Get your filthy hands of of me,pirate."she said. He smiled at her obviously drunk,"Aww,come on,honey,we could have some fun." Sky grabbed the man by the wrist and with hardly any exertion flipped him on his back. As if she hadn't done anything he stood up and started throwing punches. Even though he was as drunk as could be he sure put up a good fight,but in the end Sky had him on the ground. Sky turned back to the bar as if nothing had happened,finished her ale then walked up to her room.
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 Skyler had just finished up the last of the men when she heard a noise in the room. She turned and there stood the last person she expected to see. "Miranda."she choked out. Miranda came out of the shadows and walked up to Sky,"I know what you have to do now,so you better do it quick." Sky shook her head,"There has to be another way." Miranda smiled, "You and me both know that's not true." Sky hardened her face and looked at her life long friend and nodded, "Okay, but I want you to know you're one of the only people I love." Sky and Miranda walked to where Miranda was staying and when they got inside Sky and Miranda grabbed each other in a tight hug and cried. After a few minutes Miranda looked at Sky and nodded. Ten minutes later Sky looked at the body dead on the bed, hardened her face and walked off into the night. 
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 Hunter walked slightly less drunk into his woman's house where he stayed when he was in town. After drinking a cup of water he walked into the bedroom. It looked as if she'd been sleeping a while so he laid on the covers by her. He turned to kiss her good night when he felt something sticky. Hunter turned on the lamp and started screaming. There lay Miranda,face mutilated beyond recognition,throat slit, and a sword carved in her chest. Hunter grabbed her and cried til he fell asleep.
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Skyler made it back to Paladin headquarters a week later and sat in the meeting room. "Mission done."she said quietly. Joseph looked at Sky and said," No witnesses?" "There was one but I dealt with it."responded Sky. Joseph nodded, "Good." "So, Sky, we have a new mission for you. In the Caribbean there's a threat we need dealt with."said the Supreme Leader. "I can do it as long as I make sure I can get off of my other job."replied Sky. "You don't know what it is yet."he replied. "That doesn't matter I'll do it." Sky responded. The Supreme Leader smiled and said,"You get to eliminate Davy Jones."
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 Two years have come and gone as quick as could be. Sky woke up from her state of unconsciousness and heard someone coming down the stairs into the brig. One of the crew walked in and unlocked her cell, "Finally you're up. Get your sorry carcass on deck. We're about to have a sea battle with THE LEGEND." Sky dragged herself into a standing position and nodded. THE LEGEND was a name everyone in the Caribbean feared. A known pirate who people called after his ship because he was a legend in his own right. When Sky made it on deck the battle had already started. After killing a few men she stopped for a breather and she saw an older man looking at her. He was obviously from the opposing side. He looked at her in question. Sky took hope and mouthed, "Please, help me." The man fought his way over to her and when he reached her he grabbed her arm and pulled her after him. When they made it to the other ship he shoved her into what appeared to be his cabin and said, "Stay here."and he locked the door behind him. 
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 Bridges couldn't believe it. The dreaded Davy Jones had been killed by the captain and his ship destroyed. The captain had been injured,but he'd be fine in a couple of weeks. What intrigued him was the girl who had looked lost and cried for help. She was the only one on that ship who had looked half way decent. Bridges made his way back to his room. What he saw startled him. The girl was unconscious on the floor with her back facing out. Her shirt was a bloody mess and her  midnight colored hair covered her face. He grabbed his knife and slit the back of her shirt open, and what he saw made him cringe. Her back was covered in scars,old and new. He grabbed a bowl filled with water and a clean rag and began to wash her up. When he had cleaned her left shoulder blade he stopped and went white. There branded was the intricately designed Sword of the Paladins. The Paladins were a greatly feared assassin group originated in England. After he finished cleaning and wrapping her up he put a fresh shirt on her he stopped and looked at her closely. For some reason she seemed vaguely familiar. Bridges couldn't think of it at the moment so he shrugged and walked out. 
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 Sky winced as she tried to get out of the bed. "Be careful now. You don't want to open those wounds back up."said the man who had rescued her from that nightmare she'd been living in. She nodded and decided it would be better if she stayed in bed. "I'm Bridges by the way."he said. Skyler looked at the man and saw something there that she trusted,"Skyler,but I mostly go by Sky." Bridges nodded, "Well, if you were wondering Davy Jones no longer exists and neither does his crew or ship." Bridges saw the look of relief cross Sky's face. "Sky, did he do that to you? The whip marks." Sky nodded. "Were you captured or something?"he asked. "Naw, I was a crew member."she replied taking a piece of bread and the bowl of soup Bridges handed her. "He treated his crew like that?"he asked, "How long were you a member?" "Two years." Sky replied. Bridges' eyebrows went up at that,"Two years." Sky nodded, "Yeah, but I don't really wanna talk about it." Bridges nodded. "So, what do you do on board?" Sky asked. "Well, I'm the first mate."replied Bridges smiling," My full name is Keaton Bridges Royal,but I just go by Bridges." Sky nodded,"That's a nice name." Bridges looked at her intently and Sky started to feel self conscious,"What is it?"she asked. "I feel like I've seen you before." Bridges replied. Sky shook her head a little bit to quickly,"No I don't think so." Bridges all of the sudden laughed," I know where from. You're that girl who took down the captain when he was drunk a few years ago." Sky smiled and nodded,"That was me,and so that means I actually beat The Legend in a fight." Bridges laughed then grew serious,"Was it you who killed those five officials that night?" Sky looked up at him quickly," Why do you think it was me?" "There was a Paladin sword carved into their chests. The same that is tattooed on your shoulder blade."he replied. Sky nodded and looked down at her empty bowl. "How could you do something like that? You're just a kid." Bridges asked grabbing her hand. Skyler looked up at Bridges and said,"When you were raised the way I was you would know why." Bridges saw that she wasn't gonna say nothing more and that she looked ashamed of what she was. Bridges walked over to the bed and sat down by her and pulled her into a hug. Sky had not felt this kind of love in a long time and it broke her. Sky didn't even try to stop the tears that she had been holding back for far too long. 
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 It had been two weeks since Hunter's victory over Davy Jones and he was healed from all his wounds. He needed to go ask Bridges about something so he walked into Bridges' cabin,"Bridges..." Hunter stopped his sentence when instead of Bridges there sat a young beautiful woman sitting in a chair with a chess boar across from her. "Who are you?"he asked. The woman stared back at him," The name's Sky. Who are you?" "I'm the captain."he replied. The woman stood up,"Sorry,sir. I didn't realize." "Where did you come from and how long have you been here?" Hunter asked. "Bridges rescued me from Davy Jones two weeks ago." Sky replied. At that moment Bridges walked in with food and when he saw Hunter he stopped. "What's this all about?" Hunter asked. Bridges handed the food to Sky and said,"The girl needed help and so I gave it. She would've died if I hadn't helped her." Hunter looked her up and down," She looks real fine to me." Bridges shook his head,"If you touch her you'll regret it." Hunter nodded, "Can I talk to you outside." Both men went out the door and Hunter turned,"Dad, when were you planning to tell me there was a woman on board?" Bridges looked at his son," Today,and for your information I don't need your permission. I'm your father." Hunter stared down at his father,"Yes, but I'm the captain." Bridges nodded,"That you are. She needs to come out of the cabin. Tell your men not to touch her." Hunter huffed,"Will do,sir." The two men walked back inside and Sky sat smiling,"Bridges,you failed to tell me the captain was your son." Bridges smiled and shook his head. Sky walked up to Hunter and snaked her arm around his waist,"We could have some fun." Hunter's eyes grew big and he threw her arm off of him,"That was you?" Sky laughed,"Oh,yes. It was me, pirate." Hunter looked at her grimly," That was the first beating I ever took." Sky smiled,"I know,but you should know you fight really good even when you're drunk." Hunter walked up to her real close and stared her down,"Wait until you see how good I am when I'm not." Bridges grabbed Hunter and pushed him out the door,"I don't know if you would win still. I'm serious. Now get out of here." Hunter looked back in the room and Sky was smiling smugly at him. Hunter gave her a dirty look then turned around and walked away. 
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 "So what do you suppose we do with her?" Hunter asked Bridges. "Well, I was thinking to drop her off in Port Royal when we get there in a few days."responded Bridges. Hunter nodded then looked at his dad, "You said I wouldn't win. Why wouldn't I win?" Bridges looked at his son,"I just know." After a moment of silence Bridges looked at Hunter," When we get to Port Royal I intend to stay for good this time." Hunter whipped his head up,"For good?" Bridges looked lovingly at his son,"It's about time I watched out for your mother." Hunter smiled sadly and hugged his dad,"Yeah, she needs you more then I do. I just want you to know I love you,Dad." Bridges smiled and hugged his son.
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 Three days later they made it to Port Royal and Bridges and Sky were getting off the ship. Now all she had to do was find a ship back to England. She needed to let her family know she was still alive. Sky walked over to Hunter and smiled,"Thanks for the help." Hunter smiled back, "No problem, any time." Sky nodded and walked off. Standing in front of an inn she was about to walk in when she heard someone say,"Need somewhere to stay?" Sky turned and there stood Bridges. "What are you doin here?"she asked. Bridges laughed,"I live here. I'm quitting the pirating business." Sky smiled and nodded,"I'm coming." After a few minutes they walked up to a beautiful little cottage. Bridges knocked on the door and waited. "Coming!" Sky heard a beautiful voice say from inside. A second later the door opened and a lady in her forties stood there. Sky had seen many beautiful women in her life and this was one of them. "Keaton!"the woman cried jumping into Bridges' arms. Bridges spun her around and gave her a sound kiss,"Elizabeth, it's so good to see you." Elizabeth laughed then saw the young lady behind her husband,"Who's this?" "Elizabeth,this is Sky. Sky this is my wife,Elizabeth." Sky smiled,"It's a pleasure to meet you,ma'am." Elizabeth smiled, "The pleasure is all mine. Come in." When they were seated in the living room Elizabeth studied the girl, "You look like our pastor here in town." Sky laughed,"How so?" "Well,you have the same color hair and no one can forget those icy blues."she replied. Sky swallowed, "What's his name?" "Joseph Hawkins. His wife is a good friend of mine. Her name is Dawn." Bridges saw Sky go white, "They live here?" Elizabeth nodded,"Just down the road." Sky stood up suddenly,"Show me please." Bridges stood up,"Sky,what is the matter?" Sky looked at him,"That's my mom and dad." Bridges looked at her sharply,"Okay, let's get you over there."
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Dawn Hawkins stood looking out the kitchen window watching Joseph weeding the flowers. When Skyler had died they left their old life behind. They knew how to cover their tracks, they were trained to do that considering they had been assassins. She had been more then that but that was a part of her life she'd like to forget. Her and Joseph had had one of their secret get togethers when it had started raining and they took refuge in a church. There they had heard the message of Christ and their lives had been forever changed. Now they lived in Port Royal and had a church. All of a sudden there was a knock on the door. Dawn answered the door and there stood her friend Elizabeth,"Elizabeth, come in." "I can't. My husband just came home. I just had something to drop off." Dawn smiled, "Well, what is it?" Elizabeth grabbed Dawn then said,"Okay, honey." Dawn almost fell down from shock. There stood her baby girl, older and more beautiful then she remembered. Dawn grabbed her daughter and started to weep. Joseph came at the sound of his wife and stopped when he saw Sky. After a minute Elizabeth silently  slipped away as the family was happily reunited.
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Joseph looked at Sky for what was probably the millionth time. They had told her their story and return she told hers,but they could tell she left stuff out. She was a stunning looking woman but you could see that the last two years had made her hard.  "Well,I'm gonna go to bed now."Sky said standing up. After they said good night Dawn and Joseph stayed up to talk. 
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After a few hours Dawn and Joseph were about to go to sleep when they heard a scream come from Sky's room. They both ran in and they saw Sky thrashing in the bed screaming and saying, "Please,please!Just please stop!" Joseph grabbed his daughter and shook her awake. Skyler woke up and pulled her shirt off and went to the mirror and looked. When she saw no new scars she turned around and saw her parents. Dawn had tears in her eyes and Joseph's face was set like stone. "Sorry if I woke you up. I forgot to mention I have nightmares." "Did Davy Jones put the fresh ones on you?" Sky nodded. Dawn grabbed her daughter and sat on the bed and rocked her to sleep. 
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One year has passed and Sky was enjoying her life in Port Royal. Now she was at Bridges' house sewing with Elizabeth and some of her friends from church. They were all sitting around having fun when there was a knock on the door, "I'll get it."said Sky getting up. When she opened the door there stood Hunter. Hunter walked in shut the door and then grabbed her face gently between his hands and kissed her on the lips."Where's mom and dad?"he asked. Hunter turned when there was no answer. Skyler stood still facing the door. Hunter went turned her around and saw the beautiful blush on her cheeks,"Do I need to do that again to get you to answer me?" Sky shoved him back and said,"You're mom is in the living room with a room full of girls and your dad is in the garden out back." Hunter smiled mischievously and said, "That was fun. Thanks for the information,love." Hunter took his hat off and walked towards the main room. Sky looked at the beautiful midnight blue hair streaming down his shoulders. Hunter turned when he didn't hear her following and caught her staring. He smiled and said,"What are you looking at,love?" Sky shook her head and brushed passed him, "Shut up." Sky sat down and grabbed her sewing,"What the heck is wrong with me?"she thought. "Sky would you please get us some tea?" Elizabeth asked. Sky stood up,"Gladly."
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 Sky was making the tea when she felt someone tracing her Paladin tattoo. She turned hurriedly and there stood Hunter with a hard look on his face,"So this is what my dad was trying to hide from me." Sky looked at him, "Look, it's complicated." "Really, I bet you don't even know how complicated!"he shouted. Elizabeth walked into the kitchen, "Hunter, stop shouting. You finally met this beautiful girl that's like a daughter to me and you're fighting." Hunter turned to his mother,"We know each other already. Let's just say things are complicated between us." Elizabeth stared at her son and turned when Bridges walked in. He looked between the three of them,"I obviously missed something." "You knew she was a Paladin." Hunter said. Bridges nodded,"Yes, I did,and just so you know I don't have to tell you everything." "You just didn't say anything because of Miranda!" Hunter shouted. Elizabeth left to tell the girls it was time to go home. "That's right. You would've tried to kill Sky." Hunter and Bridges looked at Sky and she was as white as a ghost looked at Hunter then fled the house. Bridges looked at Hunter shook his head and went after her.
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 Bridges reached the Hawkins house and knocked on the door. Dawn answered and let him in. Joseph sat with his daughter at the dinner table holding her hand. Sky looked at Bridges and said, "Who's Miranda?" Bridges grabbed Sky's hand,"She was Hunter's women. She was a prostitute for a place called The Rising Sun. That's how they met,but eventually they fell in love. After some years we stopped where she was,which now that I recall was the night he got into that fight with you. Well,anyways that night he went to her place and when he lay down he felt something he turned the light on and there she lay covered in blood,mutilated,and the Paladin mark carved in her chest. Ever since then he's hunted them wherever he goes." Bridges looked at the Hawkins' faces and saw how white they all were and saw tears streaming down Sky's face. Sky let go of his hand and rolled up the sleeve on her right arm. On her arm was a tattoo of mountains and a sun rising behind them,"Miranda had the same tattoo."he said. Then he looked at her,"Wait, The Rising Sun is a part of The Paladins?" Dawn shook her head,"They are worst enemies." Bridges looked curiously at the family. Joseph started the story," I was a part of The Paladins. One night I wanted company so I went to The Rising Sun just to see if they'd realize I was a Paladin. Well, I stayed with one of their eassassins named Dawn. Over time we fell in love and got married secretly. We were both master assassins so we knew how to cover our tracks. After awhile I went back and there was a little girl that was my child. So we decided she would train in both guilds. She did and excelled at covering up her tracks." Bridges looked in amazement at Sky,"So you knew Miranda?" Sky nodded, "She was my best friend and she knew all of our secrets. She helped keep them hidden. She was only a two years older then me." "It must've been hard for you when she died." Sky looked him straight in the face,"I'm the one who killed her." Bridges turned white, "What? Why would you do that." "I was on a mission for The Paladins."she replied. Bridges just looked at her. "Now you know why we had to get away. We'd had enough." Dawn said. Bridges nodded,"Well,I'm gonna go home." They all nodded and said good night as he left.
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Bridges walked into his house and sat at the dinner table and put his hands on his face. "What's the matter?" Elizabeth asked. Bridges looked up and said," That girl has been through Hell." Bridges told her the story he heard. Elizabeth had tears flowing freely. Hunter walked in and saw his parents' faces," What's the matter?" Bridges looked at his son, "You should probably ask Sky." Hunter shook his head,"That ain't happening." Bridges shrugged his shoulders and stood up,"I'm goin to bed."and walked to his room.
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Two weeks had passed and Hunter still hadn't talked to her and it was painful. She was on her way home from spending the night at a friend's house. When she walked inside all was quiet and something seemed wrong, "Mom, dad?" She knocked on their bed room door and when there was no answer she opened it. Laying on the bed were her parents. Their throats slit and the Paladin mark carved in their chests. Sky stood there in shock then commenced to clean up frantically. After cleaning their bodies and taking the covers and sheets off the bed and burning them he made her way to the Royal's house. Bridges heard a knock on the door and answered it. There stood Sky white and a look of shock on her face,"What's the matter,Sky?"she stumbled inside,"Blood...there was blood everywhere. I...I cleaned it up...it was everywhere." Bridges sat her down and called Elizabeth. "What happened,Sky?" Bridges continued. Sky looked at him then let out a wail. Hunter ran in after hearing the cry of pain. Elizabeth and Bridges were trying to figure out what was wrong. Hunter grabbed her from his dad and started rocking her and whispering in her ear. Sky stopped crying and then whispered,"They're dead." Hunter looked at her afraid he knew what the answer was to his next question, "Who,love?" "Mama and Daddy."she whispered.
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 After the funeral Sky grabbed her pack and hugged Bridges and Elizabeth,"Thank you for everything."she said. "Can't you stay,dear."asked Elizabeth. Sky shook her head, "I need to get away for awhile." Bridges nodded, "We'll be praying for you." Then kissed her on the forehead. Sky smiled and turned around to board the ship that would take her anywhere but here. Hunter was standing behind her and grabbed her and hugged her fiercely,"Be safe,love." Sky nodded,"Will do,captain."and walked off.
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 Skyler got off the ship in St. Vincent. She looked around and let out a deep breath. Here is where her new life started. She walked to an inn and got some food. After she was done eating she walked out and started walking around the town. After a few minutes she saw a boarding house named Randie's. Sky walked in and looked around at the comfortable atmosphere. A woman walked in and saw Sky, "How can I help ya',lass?" Sky smiled,"If I could please get a room." "Well, let me ask Ms.Thomas. Please wait here." Sky sat down and sighed happily. "How can I help you?" Sky heard a beautiful young voice ask. She stood up and turned,"Miranda."
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 Skyler and Miranda just stared at each other for a couple of minutes then Miranda grabbed Sky and hugged her fiercely,"What are you doing here? How did you find me?" Sky backed away from her friend," I needed to get away from home and this is where I got off. I didn't know you were here." "Well, obviously you can stay if you want. If you decide to live here you can just help me out here." Miranda said. Sky smiled, "I'd like that." "Oh,by the way here I'm known as Randie." Sky laughed, "Yes ma'am." After they were sitting in the kitchen Miranda asked,"So how's your mom and dad?" Sky's smile disappeared, "They died a couple of weeks ago. Paladins." Miranda's eyes filled with tears,"Oh, I'm sorry. They got found out?" Sky nodded,"They left their guilds after I disappeared on a mission and they thought I was dead. They ended becoming Christians and moved to Port Royal. Dad became a pastor." Miranda nodded solemnly,"Well, I'm glad they had a good ending." Sky smiled,"Yeah." Miranda smiled mischievously,"So you got a man yet?" Sky looked down,"No." "But you like someone. I can tell by your face." Miranda smiled. Sky smiled back and nodded. "Well, what's his name?" Miranda asked. Sky looked her straight in the face, "Hunter Royal." Miranda's face showed shock then cleared up,"So y'all officially met then." Sky nodded,"His dad saved my life. Plus, I don't think he even likes me since he figured out I'm a Paladin." Miranda smiled sadly. At that moment Sky saw a man with jet black hair and silver colored eyes walk in quietly and motioned for her to keep quiet,"So you got any man in your life?" Miranda smiled excitedly, "Yes, his name is Pierce Fletcher. He's a..." "Pirate."the man finished. Miranda sood up and turned around. Sky had never heard a shriek come out of her friend before but she shrieked. Sky smiled at the couple and went and made a plate of food for Pierce. When she set the plate in front of him he looked at her and held out his hand,"Pierce Fletcher,but you already knew that." Sky smiled and nodded,"Skyler Hawkins." Pierce smiled and said,"Sounds like the making of a good friendship."
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 Two weeks after Pierce had got there he sat down between Randie and Sky,"So you two ladies seem to know each other from way back but Randie has failed to say anything about you,Sky." Sky looked at Miranda and Miranda looked at Sky. Miranda let out a long breath, "It's a long story,but here it goes."and Randie told Pierce their life story. After she was done Pierce pulled both girls into his arms,"Wow, I'm in love with an former assassin slash prostitute and friends with a double assassin slash prostitute." Randie looked at him,"You love me?" Pierce laughed then kissed her,"Of course I do."Randie smiled and snuggled closer. All of the sudden Pierce stood up,"By the way, I am leaving tomorrow and Hunter will want to leave early so I need to go,but Randie before I leave, will you marry me when I come next time?" Randie and Sky stood there smiling then Randie nodded,"Yes, yes I will." Pierce smiled and pulled out a ring and put it on her fingers.
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 One year has passed and Sky sat on the porch holding 3 month old Pierce in her arms. After Pierce left Randie found out she was pregnant and they had finally made it through that. Also Sky was happy to say that Randie, Tillie the maid, and Hildy the cook all got saved. It was a good life. She was sitting there singing when she heard someone walking up the stairs. She looked up and there stood Pierce,"Pierce, it's so good to see you." Pierce smiled and hugged her,"Who's the little guy?" Sky smiled, "This is Pierce Fletcher Jr." Pierce stopped and looked at her. Sky laughed and handed him the baby. Pierce looked in wonder at the baby then walked inside. When Randie saw Pierce she ran over to him and hugged him."You like my present?"she asked. Pierce smiled and touched her face,"He's beautiful." Randies smiled then took the baby. At the dinner table they started talking about the wedding,"We should do it tonight because I gotta leave in two days. I tried to get Hunter to come but he said not this time."said Pierce. Randie nodded. Sky looked at Pierce,"I meant to ask last time but you left, this Hunter..." Pierce smiled," same one from you two's story. He's my captain.". Sky nodded,"He doesn't know that I know you two. I will say I'm a little scared to tell him." Pierce said. Sky and Randie nodded and continued with the planning. The next two days flew by and it was a blast but Pierce left and the house went back to their normal routine.
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 One more year had come and gone and Pierce finally made it back home,"Well, you gonna come home with me this time? You could use a good meal and a bed." Hunter smiled,"Yeah, I'll come. Plus I want to meet your wife and son." Pierce smiled tightly then said,"Well,let's go." When they made into the house Pierce yelled out,"I'm home!" At that Hunter heard some squeals and then feet rushing down the stairs. A woman flew into Pierce's arms and a little boy followed. When the woman let go and Pierce grabbed his son she turned towards him and time stopped. Skyler. She stared at him in shock,"Hunter..." Pierce stood up and saw the two of them, "Hunter, you know Sky. She's been staying here with my wife and boy." At that Pierce saw a relieved look come across Hunter's face then he rushed forward and grabbed Sky and kissed her with what seemed like relief. After a second he pulled back and put his forehead against hers," You're a pain in the butt,you know that right." Sky laughed in between her tears,"Yeah, well so are you." Hunter smiled then saw Pierce rush behind him. Hunter felt Sky stiffen and turned. When Pierce pulled back and Hunter saw who he knew was Pierce's wife he almost passed out,"Miranda?" Miranda walked forward and smiled,"Hi, Hunter." Hunter looked confused,"You died...I saw you." Miranda called Tillie and asked her to take Pierce and asked the rest of them to sit. When they were all seated she said,"That wasn't me. We faked my death for mine and Sky's protection." "Wait, I'm so confused. How is Sky a part of this?" Hunter asked. Randie looked at Sky,"You never told him." Sky looked at Hunter,"He never asked."Hunter all of the sudden knew what they were talking about,"Wait,you were the one who apparently didn't kill Miranda?"he said looking at Sky. Sky nodded,"Yup,but she was my best friend and fellow assassin so I couldn't do it." Hunter turned and looked at Randie,"Assassin?" She nodded,"The Rising Sun was an assassins guild." He turned and looked at Sky again,"So you were a double assassin?" Sky nodded,"Yup." Hunter shook his head then walked out the back door onto the porch.
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 Pierce walked out on the back porch and saw Hunter standing on the far end looking out towards the sea. "So did you know all that?" Hunter asked him. Pierce nodded,"They told everything last time we were here." "Why didn't you tell me that Sky was here or about Miranda?"asked Hunter. "Because I knew you wouldn't come if I told you."replied Pierce. Hunter nodded and smiled,"Yeah, you're right about that." "So,if you don't mind me asking,how long has this thing between you and Sky been going on?" Hunter looked at him confused," Who said I had a thing for her?" Pierce chuckled,"You, when you kissed her kind of passionately at the front door earlier." Hunter's face filled with horror,"I forgot you were there." At that Pierce let out a full on laugh. Hunter smiled," I've had a thing for her since she was on my ship about three years ago. I met her before that though at a tavern where she knocked me on my rear." Pierce smiled, "Well, you should probably let her know how you feel." Hunter looked at his friend," I don't know if I can after all the things that she withheld from me." Pierce smiled sadly," She did it to stay alive and to protect her only friend she had in the hell hole she lived in." Hunter looked at Pierce and smiled," It's gonna take me some time." Pierce slapped Hunter on the back,"Let's go back inside before the ladies start worrying." Hunter nodded and they went inside.
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 It had been a few weeks and things were going smoothly. Hunter had never felt so happy. He was sitting in the living room with Randie and Pierce one rainy afternoon while Sky put Fletcher,as they called little Pierce, down for a nap when Randie asked,"Hunter do you remember the first time you met Sky?" Hunter nodded,"Yeah it was at a tavern about five years ago." Miranda shook her head,"Wrong,you met her two years before that at The Rising Sun." Hunter looked at her confused,"I did?" Randie nodded, " You were waiting in the main area for me,and there sitting on the couch was a young girl. You told me you sat down and you knew just by looking at her that she worked there and it made you mad because she was young. Her customer came and when she was leaving she smiled at you and you smiled back. When I came in you asked me about the girl with the pretty smile." Hunter looked at her shocked," Now that you mention it,her smile was familiar. I didn't realize it was her." Randie smiled," You need to talk to her." Hunter nodded,"I was already planning on it." There was a few moments of silence then Pierce said,"Hunter, I'm gonna quit pirating and find a respectable job to provide for my family." Hunter smiled,"Me too." Pierce and Randie looked at him in shock."What?"he asked. "You're gonna quit pirating?" Pierce asked. Hunter smiled and nodded,"I'm gonna go back home and find a job there." At that they heard a gasp from the stairs. They turned and there stood Sky with tears in her eyes,"You're really gonna quit?" Hunter walked over to her and grabbed her hands,"Yes,and I'd be honored if you would be my wife and come home with me." Sky looked at him hard trying to discern whether he was being sincere and all she saw was love. Sky nodded with tears running down her face,"Yes." Hunter laughed and kissed her head. When he looked at her again he pulled out a beautiful silver band with twelve little diamonds embedded in it and slipped it on her finger,"Well, here we go."
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 Two years have come and gone and the Royals were finally having a beautiful life. Pierce and Randie had moved with them to Port Royal. Hunter and Pierce owned a blacksmith and helped Bridges with the church, for he was the pastor now. Bridges and Elizabeth happily adopted Fletcher as their grandson and had just recently rejoiced at the births of ReynaReyna Royal and Cimarron Cimarron Fletcher,two beautiful little girls. That night Hunter sat on his front porch with Sky sitting on his lap hold little Reyna,"ReynaWell, it's been a beautiful couple of years don't you think,love." Sky smiled and kissed her husband on the lips,"Yes,thank You Jesus, it's been a beautiful couple of years. You and Pierce have gotten saved and quit pirating and we got married and had a beautiful little girl." Hunter smiled and returned his wife's kiss then rubbed his daughter's head,"Thank You,Jesus."


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