Chapter 2 - The Story

Okay, so I realise I've been rambling a bit. My story doesn't matter, it's the Boys' we all care about (Sharkbait is looking away now, content with what I'm writing). The reason they took me to write a book for popularity is because that's the way things get around: by word of mouth and by books. Admittedly, they get soggy...

"Get writin' about us!"

Fine! Fine. Sharkbait's a nasty character that one. It is important to establish a connection with the reader, otherwise they won't be as attached to you throughout your adventures. They won't feel the fear, or the respect -

"I'm comin' back in 10 minutes. If you're no writin' 'bout us by then, I'm kickin' ye out!"

Or worse. So I'd better get started then. The Boys have a long history of tormenting the people that come into their area. But often, they try to extend that area. You see, the Boys have always wanted a Country. A place to call their own. Their Hideout is a bit... stuffy, shall we say? I think Sharkbait, their new leader, is a bit rosy-eyed, but his heart's in the right place. Every time their leader dies, or gets too old, they elect a new one. This is usually done by fights, so that the winner - and therefore the new leader - is often the least hurt after all the bouts. I tried to explain democracy to them, but they didn't seem to like the idea.

They've tried invading a few Countries, one called France and another called Germany, both to no avail. And they've alerted the other Country's governments about them, making each one harder than the last. For this raid, they've prepared more than ever. And the target is Britain. And they're taking me along. Good luck with that then, how am I meant to record events if I'm taking part in the raid. Although, I would have to be there to note events...

So I've decided I'm going. But the other Boys don't seem to happy they'll have to share a sub with 'Writer'. The other Boys' names are usually names of, or relating to, fish: Sharkbait, Oyster (the map-reader), Blowfish (the tactitian), and Swordfish (leader of the 1st regiment). Swordfish seems to be the only one to make sense, but that's pirate logic for you. I'm called Writer. There is a fish called writerfish, and it's known for being able to project ink in tiny streams at exact points, sometimes giving the illusion that it's written something intelligible. There's a whole group of people devoted to reading their squiggles. The most they've gotten out of them is 'sex', and even that's a bit fuzzy.

I mentioned the Boys use subs. They actually look more like an octopus with a drill-bit for a head. Which is basically what they are. The bridge and hold are in the head, while the 'tentacles' are used for propulsion. I've never been in one before, but I've seen a lot as they've appeared in the docks over at the far end of the Hideout. I've often asked Killifish, the technician and all-around mechanic, what kind of engine they use, but he won't reveal his secret. The drill-bit is used for drilling into the hulls of other ships, especially Countries.

Sharkbait is a new leader among the Boys. He says that they should try to take a Country as fast as possible so they can terrorise the seas a lot easier. But the other Boys don't seem to approve of these barmy ideas, they seem rather set in their ways. "This way has worked for years now," they say. "Why change?" I don't really approve of the idea, but I suppose I need to because otherwise they'll get me. The other Boys don't like Sharkbait's ideas, maybe, but they definitely won't try to overthrow him. He's been their leader for a few months, and already several changes are setting in...

But I think I've talked enough about the Hideout and it's interesting politics, I think it's time for the actual adventure...

The End

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