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    Haul the Main Brace and Hoist the Jib!

    Cain was sitting in a corner booth with his back to a window. His hand was full of cards a pair of jacks and a deuce. He had a smile on his face much to the frustration his opponent. The game was a pirates game based on skill and deception, it was taught to Cain by one of his most clever Midshipmen. Clever hell! Mr. Midshipman Agon was a lying, conniving, blackguarded, piratical scoundrel of an ex-smuggler and it was a skin of the teeth paperwork exercise that kept him just on the right side of Naval law... Mr. Midshipman Agon was one of Cains most valued crewmen and he took the time to teach his Captain how to win this game.

    The first step was to have keen eyes which Cain had in spades, the next step was to keep your back to a light the brighter the better. The light and keen eyes provided you with plenty of evidence to detect a bluff while masking your own bluffs in the glare. It all took a little practice but Cain had his opponent by the lee and it was hard to hide the grin of victory. Over the course of the half day Cain had won from his opponent (A foolish captain who was a glutton for punishment.) all of his pocket cash, a cook book, two prime able seamen and now there was a pause in the play.

    Cains opponent having ran out of money and other goods had produced a map, more specifically a portion of a map that he was willing to ante up.

    Cain shook his head "No deal, real money or better."

    Cains opponent slid the map on the table "It's a genuine piece of the map to the Dragons Heart! The largest blood ruby known. It's worth this entire pot ten times over. Please you gotta give me a chance to win back that pile."

    Cain scratched his chin and leaned back at the end of the day he had won a nice pile of money, two able seamen and a cookbook and he wanted to finish the game. If that meant winning a worthless piece of paper along with the pile than so be it. "Sure" he nodded in agreement and the piece of paper was placed on the pot. The final two cards were drawn and a second deuce was laid on the table. The best Cains opponent could do was a high pair.

    Cain had won the pot, the money was placed in a pouch, the cookbook under his arm and the orders for the sailors plus the map stored neatly in his pocket. That was the last the Cain would think about that map for several map.
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    It was a few months later Cain was once again in port. That was the thing, when your ship is privateer with out an enemy to capture as a prize you spent a lot of time in port. The Peregrine still caught pirates from time to time and there were always the private contracts and transports but compared to a full fledged war. But at the end of the day, it was about midnight Cain had found himself in port heading back to his ship when the sound of shuffling and a shift of movement caught his eye.

    "You have a map that my captain would like to have." Said a voice in the shadows.

    Cain could see clearly in the dark he eyes being better than average and could make out the details of his potential attacker; it was sailor possibly a boatswain, he had a belaying pin in his hand and his sennit hat had the name "Raven" embroidered on it with the slogan "never more" following it. Keeping his cool the Privateer replied "I am sure that your captain has all of the charts that I do."

    The man in the shadows tightened his grip on the belaying pin "Not one third of a chart which would lead to the Hear of the Dragon."

    The man in the shadows said too much, the Heart of the Dragon was a large ruby a little bigger than an ostrich egg. It was a legend but at the end of the day most legends have a nugget of fact within them. To add further credibility Cain did have what the man in the shadows was looking for.

    It was time for Cain to put the conversation to a close. It was an instant a flash of steel that brushed against the cheek of the man in the shadows causing it to flow blood down his cheek. The man in the shadows dropped his head and belaying pin defeated. Cain then lead the man in the shadows to the Peregrine and made the order "Weigh anchor and get us under way with coarses and lower top sails.. and don't be quiet about it."

    The Peregrines raucously climbed the ratlines and sails were unfurled causing the Peregrine to slip through the wine dark sea under a small spread of sail. Cain wanted the Raven to follow him out into open water where he could gain the weatherguage easily and have a "talk" with the Raven's captain.
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    Cain had knew of the Raven, knew that she was a heavier brig and her captain had a reputation of getting in close and hammering his enemies with eighteen pound carronades. Not the heaviest smashers out there but they were formidable. What really bothered Cain was the further reputation, the Raven on paper was a privateer like the Peregrine but the captain of the Raven tended to pray on anything even on allied ships.

    The Raven sprang to life more like waking up from a drunken stupor rather than an eagle spreading its wings; but under way she got. It was all Cain could do to to keep the Peregrine from outstripping the heavy and clumsy Raven. He ordered the topsails reefed and barrels tossed over the rail to act as a drag.

    Eventually the Raven did catch up with the Peregrine and as it did Cain ordered "with my complements please desire our guest to come up on deck." That was the genteel way of telling ordering the man from the shadows to be brought up on deck. The Cain turned to his boatswain "Mr. Grimand clear for action just in case this goes sideways." The drum beat and Peregrine was cleared for action with bulkheads being knocked down and guns being ran out. Cain himself donned his number one sea coat, a tricorn hat that had seen many years of service and his weapons belt that held his pistols and cavalry saber.

    The captain of the Raven looking through his glass saw that his boatswain was on board the Peregrine and questions began running through his mind. "What does the captain of the Peregrine know? What has my boatswain told him?" The captain of the Peregrine asked himself as he looked out over the water at his captive crewman. There would only be one way to find out and the captain of the Raven ordered "Signal the Peregrine I wish to parlay."

    An hour later the captain and their respective boat crews were both landed on a near by deserted island.

    The Captain of the Raven opened up negotiations "You have one of my men. I would like him back."

    Cain countered "Your man tried to rob me in the night. Clumsily too. If you want him back I can arrange it though for a price."

    The Captain of the Raven flushed "Well what do you have in mind?"

    Cain smiled and replied "Your third of the map your crewman tried to rob from me last night."

    The Captain of the Raven grew angrier "What would keep me of just attacking your ship and taking your third by force?!"

    Cain remained relaxed and answered "The fact that the instant your ship fires on mine I'll burn my third of the map before dropping the remains to the bottom of the sea and the Heart of the Dragon will remain lost for time in memorial." Cain let the point soak in before continuing "Not to mention if you attacked my ship I would have every right to take the Raven as a prize and pay my entire crew a bonus." The last statement was matter of fact and really sunk the teeth into the dialogue. Cain was in control of the situation. Then to hammer things home Cain played a hunch "Do things this way and you'll still have a third of the map and thus control."

    The captain of the Raven paled "How did you!" Then seeing Cain smile he realized that Cain did not know until now.

    The parlay continued for a few more hours until a deal was hashed out. Both ships would sail in consort for one another with Cain and the Peregrine taking two thirds of the treasure while the Raven had first selection of any unique items. The captain of the Raven agreed a bit too quickly for Cains comfort.

    Almost imediatly after setting foot on board the Peregrine once again Mr. Grimand asked "Well how'd it go?"

    Cain smiled and replied "They're going to betray us as soon as they get the treasure. Set course East, by south east a half east. Give her tops and courses and pipe the men to dinner. Keep a watch on our friends."

    With that both vessels were underway to a potential pay off.

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    Time at sea flowed different than time on land, time was ruled by the bell, the pipe and the drum. Every time the bell rang a half hour passed, every time the pipe pippiped the watches changed and every time the drum beat meals were ready. Watches normally ran for fours hours except the ones on either side of noon which ran for two hours and thus changed when the watches changed so the crew would not burn out. There was of course time on deck for games, songs, some drinking and dancing.

    It was during one of these nights when the crew was enjoying them selves when Cain noticed an incredible disparity between the crews of the Peregrine and the Raven. The Ravens even when on duty had at least a warm buzz, and when not on duty were completely plastered. But the real disconcerting thing Cain noticed was that there were no capers. The Peregrine had sailed in consort with ships before and during the evening out of a sheer sense of pride the two crews would normally compete against one another racing up the shrouds and sliding down the back stays. But the Ravens barely acknowledged the Peregrines. The best case scenario was that the Raven was not a "happy ship" the worst was the ship was on the very edge of mutiny. The Raven was in for a nightmare sooner or later.

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    Silently the two ships passed the days near one another but barely talking to one another. Eventually though both ships arrived at the island with the calls "On deck there! Land! Land Ho!" If there ever was a place to hide valuable treasure this island was it. The island had no named so one of Cain's crew men named it "Saw Tooth island" so named for the jagged peaks that rose up out of the water around the only approachable bay. It was dangerous and the first ship to pass through the maw on its way out would have every advantage in the world if it came to a ship to ship battle.

    The Peregrine lead the way with two midshipmen one on the larboard the other on the starboard side taking depths as fast as the lead would drop in an even cadence "By the half eleven! By the deep twelve! By the mark ten! Bay the mark eight!" The Peregrine's master and pilot worked vigorously to keep up guiding the corvette through the crystal blue water toward a black sand beach.

    As the two ships began to drop anchor Cain let his eyes focus across the bay at the Ravens captain. He was talking with his second in command and Cain recognized the lip moments of "ready the guns".

    Cain had already realized that the Raven would betray them about five seconds after meeting with their captain this just confirmed it. Leaning over to Mr. Grimand his own boatswain he ordered discretely "Keep the Peregrine at single anchor while we're ashore." Then to Mr. Agon "It would be a boon if one could come up with a caper of some kind for when we get back."

    Mr. Agon nodded and started to pass from the Holy quarterdeck to the forecastle as he did he would pat a crewman on the shoulder in a silent signal. When he reached the forecastle he stood up on the rail and hollered loud enough for the Ravens to hear "All right men! An extra ration of grog to the first man on the beach!!" With that Mr. Agon pulled his shirt off and dove into the water swimming like a mad man to the shore followed closely to the men that he had patted on the shoulder.

    Cain for good show shouted "You all have liberty until the we weigh anchor!"

    Soon after a shore party for both ships had lowered a jolly boat and were on shore in a much more dignified fashion. The captain of the Raven had the portion of the map for the island itself so it was his turn to take the lead.

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