I opened my mouth to let out a scream when I felt a hand cover it. I struggled against the arms the were holding me down, but the person didn't loosen their grip. I kept struggling, but it did me no good.

"Shut her up, will ya?" This came from the mate. He was still on the ship, his voice drifting down from above me. "There's nothing you can do 'cept put her out." I didn't have time to react when something hard him my head. Then everything went dark.

I woke up to the sound of shouting. My head ached, and I felt as if I was swaying back and forth.

"So yer awake." The first mate who was talking to me before gazed down at me. "He didn't kill ya. That's a good thing."

I frowned. "Where am I?"

He laughed. "Yer aboard our ship. You were out too long. We had a village to plunder. So we decided to pick ya up. You were still out cold when we got back, so we decided to bring ya with us."

My eyes went wide. "On a ship? A pirate ship?" I gasped. "So I'm stuck here?"

He grinned. "Looks like it. I'm Asher, but they way."

"Malika," I mumbled, wondering what to do next.

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