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Night descended onto London. Smoke and fog cleared the skyline as rain clouds moved towards Ireland and the Americas. Stars dotted the sky like jewels on black velvet, the moon a majestic circle on the horizon. Noises from the day dissipated into echoes on the streets.
In the distance, a child ran. His bare feet pattered on the cobblestones as a commotion raced behind him. In tow, gruff men in tight fitting clothes and overcoats gasped and wheezed after him, their slow bodies stopping them from catching up. Their swords glistened in the moonlight as the child stopped running after encountering a dead end. The child has not shed one tear, nor frowned one bit. Instead, he held in a laugh as he faced them.
“Before we start,” he joked. “Can I at least learn of your names first?”
The pirates stop in confusion, their worn shoes sliding on the street. They look at each other as if willing the others to speak instead of him.
“Well, won’t somebody answer his question?"
"But the Captain said we can’t come back to the ship without him or he’ll kill us."
"Yeh, he said we must not talk with the boy, It wovn’t be good form."
"To cats wit' good form, let’s tell him wha' our names are, T'EN we KILL him and take over t'e ship once we chuck t'e ugly, red-coated self-ri'teous brute."
"A mutiny?! That’s awfully bad form."
"Do you even know what bad form is?!"
"Err, well, no."
The child stared with smug eyes at the whole conversation, his legs crossed as he sat against a wall.
So how can you tell me what bad form is without even knowing an iota of what it is?!
"I-I don’t know sir, maybe we should ask Smee."
"Yes! Let us go right to Smee and figure out what good form is!"
NOW?! But what about the boy, let us gather him in first, stuff him into a sack, THEN we can talk about good form!
Okay, fine. While we’re here, why don’t you say you’re name first, little boy?
The child sat up and brushed his hair with his hands.
I’m Peter. And you?
"No! I’m done with taking orders! Now let’s follow Captain Hook’s orders and take him in!"
Peter shook his shoulders and stood in the middle of the street, his fists clenched at his waist.
“Alright, then. Who’s first?"
One of the men reached him and lunged at his skinny frame. The boy unsheathed his dagger at him in time.
Peter ducked down underneath his jump arc and slashed at the man’s arm, landing on his right forearm and slicing hard. The blade whizzed so fast he heard it whistle before striking true. The man tumbled awkwardly behind him, gripping his bloody arm.
The other slightly leaner but more patient man unsheathed his own sword and reached the boy. Meanwhile, the boy's dagger had grown into a sword in order to face this new threat.
Their blades met in a thunderous collision, reflecting the streetlights like lightning.
genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...
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Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!
ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...
maewilde25: I am so in love with this story!!! captivated me till the very end, there wasn't a dull moment. Didn't particularly enjoy the lay out and some bits of info was missing along with how a 21 year old man amassed so much wealth that needed to be explained other than that and a few spelling errors, th...
Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...
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Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...
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