It was windy; of course it was windy, we were on a ship on its way to the island of English men, the ship captain had send one of his crewmen to let us know that we were going to arrive in 45 minutes. We were lucky to find him, I mean the captain he used to be a simple fish man that I helped long ago; I must admit, I was surprised to see him on that ship, not to mention to be a captain of it.
I couldn't wait to see the country of England, I learned my English from a good English friend, we got separated due to our situation, he always talked so much about his country it’s due to those talks that I decided England is a must-go country. I was so excited about this that I couldn't sit still; I wanted to get on the deck and have a fresh air.
"Guys, I am going outside for a fresh air so I see you lot later ok?" I told Adam and Dan who were fighting each other as always, "fine but just before you go, teach this brat a lesson too" Adam replied as standing on guard in front of Dan.
I simply ignored them both and open our chambers door, it was an old ship so as usual it made a funny noise, the noise attracted the four people outside who had swords under their coat (trying to hiding it) looked at me to understand what’s my motive of coming out, I've been in fighting life for way too long that I could instantly read their face that they were ready to attack and even lose their life doing it but they are not here for me or us, I could see it in their eyes as I was shutting the door behind me, they were guards, they were bodyguards for someone on board but I don't know who and I didn't want to know either. So I walked up the stairs, opened the door that was up the stairs that lead to the deck of the ship, I could sense the wind forcing the old door to stay shut and from the light I could tell soon sun would rise too; as a habit I headed right for the front of the ship, there were few boxes on the floor and some wooden cups left over from last night’s party, I could still smell a little of the drink they had, even with the smell I continued ahead and right in front of the ship there was a step stage and I went on top of it; the wind was a little harsh on my face, I was care full with my hat too so it won't fly away; I have always loved this about ships, it helps me to let go of all the useless thoughts in my head, as I was enjoying my time and had my eyes shut to enjoy it further, some one hit me from behind as if that person didn't see I was there, so I turned around and looked who it was, there was a girl, Ginger, around my age and was accompanied with military people because I could smell the scent of gun powder, those days guns were not too popular for anyone to have so if I had to guess I would say the four people I saw earlier outside of the room were guarding this lady; I have already took too long to speak so without thinking I asked "Are you running away from those four guards of yours?" She shocked; I could tell she was thinking how the hell I know? So she took a breath in to shout for help and by that I mean the girly scream of panic and I really didn't want to ruin my journey so I straight away put my hand in front of her mouth then said "please, I don't even know who you are but I can guess and trust me when I say this ‘I have no interest in you’ I am trying to enjoy my time here with the wind and then you hit, If I ever hit someone so recklessly I usually say sorry to other person but you didn't say sorry, I am not saying say sorry, all I am saying is shhh and enjoy the wind" paused "I am going to let go now, so please don't scream" and I let go, from her muscular tension I could tell she was angry and was about to nag so I just automatically face pawl then she started at the same time nagging
"What do you mean you are not interested? Are you trying to say I am ugly? And do you even know who I am? Likes of you don't deserve to get my sorry and don't you dare shhh me, no one lives to shhh me so take it back and I must admit, I think you are crazy! What wind are you talking about?" then she start to realise the wind hitting her face as if its washing her thoughts away and making her relax, "you can feel it can't you? Now close your eyes and let go of thoughts in your head, you will feel much better" said I and she starts to close her eye and starts to relax, she went to an extend that she almost fall over so I had to catch her but I didn't know why I felt a little blushed under my skin; a little after I let her sit slowly so she sat down and enjoyed the wind and the sound of waves of water driving over each other, the beautiful view when the sun is rising just above the ocean and mix of colours, the beautiful blue ocean into nice orange and red colour; it was around the same time that I was standing next to her when it all started, I heard a sword been drowned by some one behind me so I silently drowned mine without turning around and ready to attack, then someone behind us starts shouting "AHHHHHHH" and started to run toward me, but I was prepared I turned around and looked and saw he had his sword above his head swiping it down but I could easily tell he was what I call garbage man, garbage men are normal people with not much of skills but with weapon who are hired by rich to kill others. So I could easily take him out but in his eyes I could see he is doing it for the money not much of strong reason to fight I could tell he has a family he left because he couldn't protect, I felt sorry for him so I decided to take him down with the back of my sword so I raised my Japanese samurai sword up to midpoint so the tip of my sword was facing his heart then I stood in ‘L’ stand and swift forward at the right time just before he brings his sword down and knocked him out.
I put away my sword and walked up to him, picked his sword and threw it in to the ocean and left a note in his pocket with a little money in a bag attacked to the note paper. The princess saw it all and was wondering why I left money with a note in his pocket and what was written in the note, it was by that time when the second one attacked, as I was placing my note and money in the 1st persons pocket, I was sitting on top of my toes when I notice the second attacker, so I stood up, didn't need to turn and face him didn't even draw my sword, I just shift backward so I would be right in front of him with less than half of a step away with him so I raised my right knee up to my chest and back kick him and send him flying across the deck and hit the door for the steps toward the rooms, the impact of the kick was high enough to knock him out, straight after two others start attacking from both sides of the deck so both of them are behind me but one on left and the other on right and just before I take them out someone who had their face covered jumped down from above on the dude on the right and threw a wooden cup from the left overs of last night party that was nearby and hit the other dude on the head and knocked both of them.
"I was wondering when you would join the fight, from the coat you are wearing, I am assuming you are one of the guards and I could tell you are the most skilled man between them all" said I, "you are as skilful as I am" he replied and I laughed a little as If I am saying you wish. "And your majesty, you shouldn't just run away, I as your knight, have duty to make sure you are safe and comfortable, so please would you go back to your room?" he asked the princess,
"Wait, are you telling me she is a princess? No wonder why she couldn't shut up, all royal member just don't know when to shut it." said I, as soon as I finished saying that, the knight took his sword out and move it up pointing at my neck "Take back what you just said or I will cut your head, I won't allow a soul to live after saying that to her royal highness" he replied
"How are you going to do that? Is that your imaginary sword?" I asked because when he was moving his sword up to my neck I took his sword from his hand so fast and smooth that he didn’t notice it missing. So both the knight and princess shocked, I was already born with trouble and didn't want any more, so I just gave the sword back with my left hand and lifted my hat forward so I hid my eyes under its cup. "You know what, just forget it, you owe me an apology anyways so we are even now." said I and start walking off, but as I was walking I could read the knights face expression, he knew the gap between my skills and his are far apart, so I just do what I do best, disappear. When then knight and princess turned around to nag about how I should say sorry I was goon.
I went to a place that no one bothered to look, the captains sailing room, I walked in silently and I could see the captain is alone and sailing the ship with his back to the entrance door.
"You should think of hiring guards for this room, you know?" I said, when I was leaning on the door with my hand across and the hat were hiding my eyes,
"Jesus, you scared the shit out of me” He paused “well, I guess you haven't lost your habits, have you?" said the captain
"Well... What can I do? I like it when you jump two meters just for my sweet voice?"
"And there is me who thought you've changed, I thought you are kinder than you were,"
"What makes you think that?" said I as I started to walk in front of him and leaned on the table that was nearby,
"I saw what happen when you were in front of the deck"
"Wh....e.....e.....it… It’s not what you think....I......I....I was taking a fresh air when she hit me so I just told her what I was doing and she start doing it, it wasn't my fault she hit me..." said I as I was blushing,
"Heh, its funny, you hardly ever tell anyone what you are doing, as far as I know, you only tell Adam and Dan and that’s as little as you can so they would call it team work, and as far as I know she was the first girl that you told her what you were doing, and besides I was actually talking about when you got attacked, you usually hate garbage men but today you decided to help him out? I know the real reason; you didn't want to show how scary you can get"
"What? ....e......what do you mean? I already know how scary I can be"
"I was talking about the princess, I think you like her :P"
"WHHAAATTTT? That’s ridicules, a guy like me can't, not just can't I just don't have time to fall in LOVE with anyone, besides, even if I do" I paused and put my head down "she probably gets hurt because of me, you already know about Elizabeth don't you? She died because they wanted to get to me, all because of me" then it was complete silence then I continued "For that exact reason I suggest you to get yourself a bodyguard, usually people around me get hurt faster than they think" said I as I was in angry mood and left the room with anger and left the captain speechless.
I needed to calm down so I went to the highest point of the ship where there was a flag, somehow I managed to stand on top of the flag and close my eyes, I took a deep breath in and I jumped off and landed beautifully on the deck, went down the stairs, opened my door and went inside and quietly sat in the corner of the room putting my hat over my face "Oi, you two, keep quiet, I am trying to sleep here" I told off Dan and Adam "someone is in a bad mood" said Adam "it’s hard to see you angry" said Dan, "I am not angry, I am just thinking" said I, it was clear that I was using an excuse to shut them up, but it was the best I could do at that moment.
In no time we had already reached England and by that time I had already calm down and got excited again so we got ready to get off really fast and got on the deck.
They had already placed the gangway and they were unloading few boxes that belong to the princess and some for sales men
So we got off the ship and as soon as I stepped outside of the ship I could hear the captain shouting "OI YOU THREE, GHOSTS, I AM TALKING TO YOU DARK" said the captain as he was running toward us
When he caught up "you guys do deserve to be called ghosts, you were about to disappear weren’t you? Anyhow, I only wanted to say..." then I interrupted him by saying "Oh yes I forgot to pay you for the rid, should I pay it in gold coins?"
"No you silly, I only wanted to say thanks for the past and for not destroying the ship and also" he came close up to my ear and whispered to me in a way that only I could hear him "And about the talk we had: I said you ‘like’ her but you said you don't ‘Love’ her…" then he winked at me and continued "However I do believe she isn't good for you, she will bring you to your grave, so just let her go, don't think of following her"
"Who said I was going to follow her?" I replied with a load voice while I am blushing.
Dan and Adam whistled at me "someone is in love, I didn't know that stone heart of yours can fall in love with someone else!" said Dan "well, I think D can be the nice guy time to time” said Adam
I just couldn't take it anymore so I just step really hard on Daniels foot and smack really hard on Adams face, "Now it’s not a good time to chat bullshit so please respect the old man" said I
"Who are you calling old man? I am not that old, am I?" said the captain of the ship
"Dude, have you looked at yourself in a mirror? It’s all white" I replied
"oh these" plays around with his beard "these are my experiences not my age" he said it in a tune that you could tell he is trying to look cool, we couldn't resist not laughing; after a good laugh about it, I looked at the captain with smile on my face "you take care of yourself, ok?" I told him
"Thanks to you, now I have a bodyguard; where did you found him? You never got off, few minutes before we arrived he brought a note and said you saved his life and in return he wants to repay you by guarding me, don't tell me he is the one that attacked you and you used back of your sword, is it the same man?" he replied
“I don’t know what you are talking about!” Said I but it was clear I knew what he was on about; of course it was the same guy.
"WHAAAATTTTT? YOU FOUGHT SOME ONE ON THE SHIP?????" said Dan and Adam at the same time
"Well yes, I though you two wouldn't be interested so I didn't call for you" I replied
"But he is only 23 years old, he is just a kid" said the captain
"well that’s why I send him to you, teach him the way of sword, the style that I tough you, but make sure he gets to learn responsibilities, also in 2 years time help him find his family, he needs his family and his family needs him" said I
"Will do so, there is nothing for you to worry about, now shoo, shoo, shoo get on with your journey" captained shooed us
"Ok then see you around old man" said I
"Yeh don't go dying from old age, Yeh?" said Dan then captain hit his other foot,
"Now go and make sure you don't get lost" said the captain
"Yeh, Yeh, Yeh we be fine as far as we have D" said Adam and then he shakes the captain’s hand and starts to walk off
Dan puts his left hand around my neck and tap me on the chess as he is talking "don't worry old man, we are going to take care of this young friend of yours" said Dan as he is smiling "so don't worry ok? So see ya" then he tap the last one really hard and moves his right hand up and wave as a good bye then starts to walk off and then run up to catch up with Adam,
"you know D, I think you are what keeps this team together so far, That’s a spirit of a great leader, you know, I think they depend on you too much, you should make them do something on their own" said the captain with a blink in the end
I smiled back and tap the ship "You take a good care of my friend ok?" Said I as if I am talking with the ship
"So I guess this is it, Goodbye my friend, good bye" said the captain
"Dude, don't say it like that, I feel like I am going to die" I smiled then I moved my right hand up and across to make the shape of \\ and then the captain completed the shape with his right hand and make the ‘X’ with our hands as a sign of friendship as if we are saying goodbye without using words
"See ya" said I as we tap our hand to complete the X shape
"See you young warrior" he replied and I smiled as if I am saying what you on about!
Then I started to walk off to catch up with Adam and Dan, when I was not far from them but a quiet a distance between us and the ship, I could hear a voice, someone from the direction of the ship, behind me, shouting " Excuse me, you sir, the man with the hat, The guy in black, could you hold on sir?" the stranger shouted, even Adam and Dan heard him, So I stopped, put my hand on my Katana handle and ready to fight in case its needed, I am sure Dan and Adam were the same, then the stranger caught up with me and start to talk to me, "I am sorry sir, but I overheard that old man referring you as the ghosts," said the stranger, I just looked at him and to see what does he want from us but as usual I just hide my eyes behind my hat and wait "you are the legendary three, the unbeatable 3 bounty hunters that don't even bother to go around to find their targets, the targets finds you, you are my hero" said the stranger when I look at him I see he is not far from my age, " I am sure you got the wrong person kid" said I, he really was idiot because after I said that he went for his sword, grabbed it and was about to pull it but the thing is I was way faster than him so I had my sword already drowned and had shift forward and put my left hand on top of his right hand resisting him from pulling his sword out, so I put my sword in front of his neck "It’s not worth getting yourself killed, drop the explosives, I could smell it from the deck, you were waiting for us as if you knew we were coming, what do you want, I Know more about you than you think, you are too clean to be a criminal and your hand is not as soft as a knight or guard, if I had to guess I would say you are bounty hunter too. Am I right?" Said I
He start to laugh slightly then he start talking "I knew you were good but to outsmart me, that’s something else, and you said you know everything about me, well I have a news for you, I know all there is in your past" said him
I start laughing, I just couldn't resist not to laugh "you don't, if you did" I paused and made a serious face and without knowing, it seems that my voice changed to the scary voice I had never heard from myself, then pull my sword higher so the sword is forcing with his chin that if he resist his chin any longer it be cut "you would have try to kill me as soon as you could with no mercy" I continued, the boy was too terrified that he almost wet himself, Adam and Dan were in shock, they had always seen me scary when I was fighting a criminal, but for me to get this scary was surprise for them, I could tell from the sound of their breath that they are 100% sure that after this they don't want to know anything about my past, It’s too scary to dealt with.
After that, the boy just falls on his knee and slowly he said "All I wanted was to join your team" said him
"What’s your name boy?" I asked
"It’s David" said him
"Well, do you know your way around this country?" I asked
"Of course, this is my home country after all" Said David, I could tell the shock is wearing off from all 3 of them, so I decide to change the mood to what it should be, so I smiled and wanted to surprise everyone in good way.
"Then its decided, congrats, you are in, but you must prove that you are worth it so you are under a look until we leave this island, if you prove you are worth it then Ghosts will be the legendry 4" said I with smile, all three of them were shocked, I could read their faces like a book, David was thinking that he won't get in after what just happen, Dan thought after scary me he won't be seeing smiley me for long time, and Adam thought I would have test David’s skills before letting him join the group so they were all surprise but in a way happy.
"Guys, let me allow you to catch up, he is a pro in explosive and he is a good sword fighter too but he mixed the two in his fighting so if we place ourselves in scales, he is probably either same level as Dan or a little higher but far from Adam" said I, David was surprise that I had it all figured already, but then Dan just realised what I said
"Wait a minute, are you saying this guy is stronger than me, not a chance" said Dan while pointing toward Adam, but then he walked up to Dave and put his hand around his neck and using his other hand he start to tap his head couple of times "You almost shit yourself, didn't you? But don't worry, if I was in your place I would have defiantly shat myself" Said Dan with smile "but you know what I kind of like having newbies in the team" he continued
"Let the new guy go, he is way stronger than you, much cleverer too, he should teach you how to be logical" said Adam to Dan
"Oi guys let’s move on," said I, then I faced Dave "Well you should lead the way, we are going to London, the heart of this Island," I continued
“Boss? Hmm I like the sound of that" said I
"Hey I want to get called boss too” said Dan "well you are too little to be called boss" Adam replied
I just laughed a little and let him to take the lead even though I knew the way, I still haven't trusted him yet, there is more to him than it meets the eyes, when I went for his sword, I saw a bag of money, a bounty hunter never carries its money in a easy access place unless it just got paid and when it gets paid, he should head for somewhere who he knows it’s safe, us bounty hunters don't go for banks but to people who I call them the traders, people who I get my equipment from, they are easy access and I saw 17 of them at the deck, plus there are no place around the deck that you could get your price, so where did he got his money from or its better to say why did he got his money? My guess, he is hired by someone to do something, I am not sure if he is spy or he is here to kill us, but all I know is that I can't trust him at all.
With our new navigator we got to a city nearby, as we just got to the city's gate I could hear horses and carriage riding toward us, I could even hear the voices of the people on the horses, I recognised the voice, they are the same guards that were on the ship, they just got to the city, it doesn't seem right.
"Wait, this is wrong; they should have got here way earlier than us" Said I while I was looking at the guards and the carriage
"Well it just proves that our new navigator knows few short cuts; don't tell me, you envy him because you didn't know the root?" Dan replied
"No, that’s not it, there was actually a shorter way to come here but the problem is they are using horses and we are on foot, it’s as if their navigator is trying to make sure they arrive here on a specific time" I replied
"Well, there were royal members if I remember correctly you hate the royal families so why would you care" said Adam as he was saying that they just passed by, the window was opened therefore when it was passing through us I saw her again, she was looking out from the window and we were looking at each other’s eyes in one second then both of us at the same time turned our head "tsk" we both said
"Wait a minute, don't tell me the girl that the man was talking about was her" said Dan
"It’s strange for you to show reaction toward a royal family" said Adam
"What’s stranger is that she is going to where we are going" said Dave
" hmm that’s a problem, then we should change direction" said I "ok then after a week in this city we go to Blackpool and then we head to Bangor with a ship then we head to London" I continued
"Hmm I am ok with this what do you think Dave?" said Adam
"It’s doable and it gives her majesties some time to get to London, if boss say so, then I have no objections" said Dave
"You know her?" said I "Of course, its princes Margaret of Tudor, the daughter of the king Henry VII of Tudor"
"I see, any ways what do you think Adam?"
"I don't care as far as we get to fight some criminals, we need some money and I want some equipment too"
"Ah speaking of which, I have designed some weapons for you two and a explosive method for you Dave" Said I
They just laughed a little and walked toward the city without a respond, as if they don't believe in my designs, so I just followed them to city. (Don’t care) The city is actually not too bad, it had a nice sunshine and beautiful areas to hang around and thanks to that it attracts highly ranked criminals so we could actually start to save up so we head in and our journey in this beautiful Island, the island that I owe a life of a friend to has started. I wished I would have come here sooner so Elizabeth would have seen my reaction too, I sure do miss her, doesn't matter how much I hide it, with inside I know it was my fault that she died.
Heh I should had tried to enjoy my time, that’s what she would have wanted. Let’s see this Island and let’s TRY NOT TO SEE THAT PRINCESS, err *grins in anger* each time I think of Elizabeth, that princess just jumps in my thoughts, DAMN.
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