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A week after the meeting with Pandora, Bluebeard's ship awaits (open for Pandora or Howl or both)
Bluebeard had not been able to find Howl (mostly he'd forgotten how to call him) and ran out of time to continue looking before the set rendezvous with Pandora. He figured he'd have to wing and it and try to find a boat some other way.

As luck would have it he smooth talked his way into the captaincy of a boat about to mutiny. It was a common vessel sailing Lake Raienia. He charmed and oozed his way into the position and altered the course of the ship to point toward Estervale where he could pick up their lady passenger.

The crew was under very strict orders and should they treat the lady in an untoward fashion they could expect a short walk off the plank to be left in the lake to fend for themselves.

Now if only he could remember how to call Howl. He thought they could use his magic to get the vessel to the ocean in order to explore those excitingly uncharted waters. He could hope, and smiled vastly in his proper pirate garb while he waited for the lovely Pandora to arrive.

Tags: bluebeard, pandora

From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/02/2007 19:51:54  

Pandora was thrilled. Sailing was all she could talk about for the past week, and as such many of the lovely people who had been staying with her were quite glad to see her go. That's just how she was, though - once she got stuck on something, it was nearly impossible to get her to shut up about it until whatever it was happened.

Today just happened to be that day. She carried with her two simple bags (as she was unsure of how long they would be traveling for), but that wasn't what was unusual about her today.

What was unusual was her attire. Normally Pandora is the type of woman who loves to wear dresses and make herself "pretty." Today, however, she had on a pair of black tights, black boots that would probably go well up her thighs had they not been folded down at her knees, and a big white billowy top. A red sash-like belt is around her trim waist, and her hair is left down with a large black hat on her head. She had a big old feather sticking out of it earlier, but she wasn't sure if that meant something to other pirates or not, so she decided to not wear it...Just to be safe!

Upon seeing Blue, Pandora's features lit up brightly. "Here I am!" She called from a distance, not paying much mind to the fact that people were staring at her. Once she got close enough she set the bags down and did a little twirl to show off her idea of what a pirate's outfit should be. "I hope I didn't keep you waiting too terribly long?"
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/02/2007 20:32:40  

"Not at all my dear," he said proudly. "Look at you!" he exclaimed. "A true pirate if ever I've seen one." He grinned and pointed over his shoulder. "Our ship is at anchor not far from here. Are you up to a bit of walk?" he asked, his hands extending to take her bags.
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/02/2007 20:40:37  

"Wonderful!" Pandora grinned, and even giggled when Blue complimented her. "Do you really think so? I had this really big feather I wanted to wear in my hat, but I wasn't sure if that was "allowed" or not." She pursed her lips a bit and nodded, handing over her bags. "Of course! I'm so excited, I can't wait to get to the ship." There was even a little bounce to her step.
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/02/2007 20:52:30  

"A pirate need not worry what is allowed," Blue said brightly. "We make our own rules my lady." He took her bags and led her to the docks where the ship was waiting for them. "I am glad for your excitement," he said cheerfully. "I myself have been far too busy with preparations for the excitement to hit me yet."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/02/2007 20:58:32  

Pandora smiled at his answer, and for a moment the large hat hid her face before she looked back up at him. "Then, rules from here on out shall be forgotten by me as well!" She grinned at him. "Oh, maybe it'll hit you once we get to the boat -- the ship!" She pointed. "Is that one the one we're taking?"
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/02/2007 21:09:06  

He nodded. "That would be our ship," he said, leading her up the dock and closer to the gangplank which would lead them into the ship. "I must say, once we are on the ship we will set sail around he lake for what I am certain will be stunning adventure. Are you ready my lady?"
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/02/2007 21:16:35  

"Oh, yay!" Pandora actually clapped, and then realized that probably wasn't very "pirate-like" and settled herself down. She tilted her head and looked up at him again, offering a smile. "I'm sure it'll be wonderful. I'm quite ready if you are, Blue."
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/03/2007 22:51:27  

"I am always ready with a good wind and a ready crew," he said, boarding his ship with little fanfare. He introduced Pandora to the assembled crew. "This is our fair lady on board," he said grandly and sent the crew off to readying the ship for sail. "Shall I escort you to your quarters that you may make yourself comfortable my lady Pandora?"
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/05/2007 17:26:22  

"Wonderful," she beamed as they boarded the ship, and she took in the sight of the crew. It only made her excitement grow, and suddenly she wanted to know everything about the ship. She read some books over the last week, but it was much different actually being on the ship. "That would be grand, dear Blue." She nodded and slid her hand onto the nook of his arm with a smile. "I can't wait to learn everything about your ship."
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/06/2007 06:08:31  

"Our ship," he corrected warmly. "I would not have had such an urge to take up pirating in Pentamerone were it not for you." He patted her hand warmly and guided her towards the cabin's captains. Ordinarily he'd be bunking here, but in regards to the comfort and safety of Pandora he'd made the exception and outfitted the largest cabin of the ship for her use. "I do hope you like it," he said before opening the door for her.
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/15/2007 13:42:32  

Pandora's smile blossomed when he corrected her, and her eyes lit up. "Our ship," she said with a giggle. Her shoulders scrunched in the cutest way as they headed towards the cabin. "Oh, I don't know about that. The call of the sea's supposed to be grand, isn't it?" She peeked up at him and offered another warm smile. "I'm sure it'll be..." Her breath caught slightly as she stepped into the cabin and she was obviously pleased. "...Wonderful. You didn't have to do this for me." She squeezed his arm before sliding away from him to take a better look around...Which consisted of her peeking into every drawer or inside every door she could find.
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 10:50:52  

"It is grand," he said of the call of the sea. "But I am rather adept at deafening myself to her cries." Usually with a keg of ale, though he kept that thought to himself.

He smiled at her discovery of the cabin and he felt rather pleased. He was only mildly proficient at women, considering none of his wives have lived long enough for him to learn all of their likes and dislikes. "I did indeed my dear. You are the most charming woman in all of Pentamerone and you deserve the best sorts of things I can provide."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 13:41:34  

Once they were in her room Pandora took her big hat off and set it on the bed while they talked. "Why would you want to deafen yourself to her calling?" She asked curiously as she moved about the cabin, peeking in here and there.

His next words gave her pause, and she leaned back to peek at him from behind the door to the small closet. Her lips were again curled in a bright smile as she spoke. "That is positively the sweetest thing anyone's said to me in some time, dear Blue. Thank you." Honestly he could have stuck her in a box on the ship and she would have been happy.
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 14:17:11  

"Ah, well," Blue said. He wasn't sure he could explain the sea and it worked for him. It was home, more than any other place, but he was on a mission sent from god himself. "I have business on land these days and the sea cannot always have her way." And then he grinned. "You are most welcome lady. And most deserving."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 14:27:52  

Pandora stepped back from the closet and shut the door gently before she leaned against the wood and gave yet another soft smile. "I'm certain that if she's as fickle as other women that she'll forgive you for your business." She gave a gentle nod to him then, and even a soft laugh. "You best be careful or your compliments might make my head grow big." She grinned again, and put her hat on before taking his hand. "Come, show me the rest of the ship."
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 16:06:51  

"A pleasure," he said, taking her hand happily and leading her through the series of cabins, the cramped hallway that led to the deck. He was careful to show her every cabin and take her back out on deck to show her the little chicken coop (for fresh eggs) and all the little details that made a ship a home and a vehicle.
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 18:10:49  

Another bright smile popped onto Pandora's features when he agreed, and of course she wanted to peek into each and every nook and cranny of the ship that he showed her. When they were back out on the deck she giggled a little when seeing the chickens, but understood why they were there, of course. When it was all over, Pandora stood looking out over the water. "I'm so excited about all of this. Thank you so much for letting me sail with you."
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 19:03:46  

He grinned, pleased that she liked the ship. It had been a good find and at a very lucky time. He did like it when fate worked in his favor and this certainly seemed like it. "'Tis an honor, truly, to sail the seas with someone so lovely. Where would you like to sail to first?"
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 19:13:58  

Pandora was certain that she could spend the next few days going through and peeking in each and every place that she could possibly snoop find. Her eyes shifted to him and her smile grew once she saw how pleased he looked. "You flatter me so...Let's go to The Sleeping Woods." A pause. "No, Ozland! Wait..." Finally she tossed her hands up and laughed. "Why don't you pick our first destination?"
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 19:20:02  

Blue laughed, a contagious, hearty sound. "We can go to them all my dear," he said. "Why don't we strike up Ozland first? I'm sure there are many peculiar things we could find there. I haven't been in some time. It might be worth a trip back."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 19:26:01  

When he laughed, Pandora joined in even though her cheeks turned a little pink. She even clapped when he said that they could go to them all. "That sounds like a lovely plan. I'm just so excited I wouldn't even know where to begin."
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 20:25:49  

"We'll go to the wheel and tell our man we're setting sail for Ozland. Then we'll tell our men to raise anchor and set sail," he said. "Would you like to do the honor Madame Pirate?"
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 20:40:57  

It didn't take much to convince Pandora, because immediately after his question she gave a big, bright smile. "I'd love to!" Again she took his hand and lead the way to the wheel. Once there she let go of his hand and tried to look pirate-like by putting one fist on her hip and the other she used to give orders. "Set sail for Ozland, men." She pointed, but it was in a completely wrong direction. "Raise anchor and set sail!" The smile didn't leave her features.
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 21:16:32  

Blue held back the strong urge to laugh. Delightful though she was, Pandora clearly had no sense of direction. He nodded to the wheelman who set sail in the correct direction. He'd gone to the efforts to procure the proper maps and led Pandora to them now, on a small table set on the upper deck behind the wheel. "We can set any course we like," he said proudly. We can sail all of Pentamerone and set landfall when we choose. And you my lady, you pick the winds we'll follow and I will supplicate the sea to aid us."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 21:31:39  

A bright, beaming smile continued to stay on Pandora's lips because she had never been able to give such orders before. She wasn't sure where they were going, but Pandora followed Blue eagerly. Once her eyes were laid on the maps she gave an excited clap of her hands. "I love maps!" She exclaimed cheerfully as she looked over the maps. "It looks so small on paper, doesn't it?" She peeked at him with a grin. "So, we're...Here?" She pointed at the map and then looked around the map. "And we're going here?" She pointed to Ozland, having no problem with direction when it's right in front of her.
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 22:29:17  

"Yes," he answered on both counts. "And so long as there is water we can go anywhere you like. I didn't have much luck finding my wizard friend, but I can't for the life of me remember how to call him. If could we might be able to go other places. He is dreadfully helpful at getting around natural limitations."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/16/2007 22:59:49  

Her eyes went over the map and she pulled her lower lip into her mouth as she thought about where all they could go. They could go anywhere! "It's okay! I'm sure if it's meant to be we'll run into him on our travels." She grinned and peeked at him. "Let's go this way," she slid her finger along a path from where they were to Ozland. "Then we can see what's happening in Ozland and see where it takes us?"
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/16/2007 23:19:28  

He smiled, the path where her finger ran over the map glowed momentarily before becoming a dashed line on the map. "Note the route our co-captain desires to take," he said to the man at the wheel. "That map was a real find," he said to Pandora. "Makes navigation a breeze."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/17/2007 19:32:46  

Pandora's features seemed to light up all over again as she saw the line glowing, and she looked up at Blue with a bright smile. "It's wonderful! What a treasure to have."
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/18/2007 12:15:20  

"A lucky catch really. My how Pentamerone makes everything more... magical," he finished after a moment's pause. "If only I could find maps like this for the seven seas. We would have ourselves a most interesting venture."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/18/2007 13:28:39  

Pandora watched him curiously, though she smiled gently when he was finished. "Everything is magical if you allow it to be, dear Blue," she offered sweetly. "Do you think they made maps like this one for the seven seas? I bet if they did we could find them on our trip!"
From: [info]formerlyblue Date: 10/19/2007 19:12:37  

"Perhaps we will discover them on our journey, among other things," he said with a warm smile. "I imagine we will find our purpose the further we travel."
From: [info]curiosityslover Date: 10/19/2007 21:30:35  

"I imagine there will be plenty learned on our adventure," she nodded in agreement, still smiling. "I'm so excited!" She beamed and went to the edge, her eyes looking out over the waters. It was a sight she'd never get sick of.
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