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    Stede is like a walking nest.

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    Sailors call them watermarks. A gift from the sea, a name or symbol written on your chest, meant to guide you to your own true love.

    But Stede Bonnet's mark doesn't look like anything at all. Not really. And it certainly doesn't look like 'Edward' or 'Teach' or 'Blackbeard' or a black beard and that's fine. Completely fine.

    Ed's absolutely fine with it.

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    Stede teaches Ed how to play piquet.

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    20 Sep 2022

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    “Sometimes, the moon looks so pretty on the ocean I cry,” Stede admitted, looking across the room at the silk curtains that put his books to bed each night.

    There was a fire crackling low in the mantle, casting strange shadows across the floor and wall. It crackled halfheartedly, trying to sound its best against the crashing, unending beat of the waves against the side of the ship. The wood of the hull creaked and groaned like a great beast made of dry bones stirring into life out of the wet sand. A low fog of smoke settled along each crease of Stede’s quarters, smelling mostly of the thick, sour scent of tobacco with just a hint of the musky clean earth smell of cannabis.

    Edward sat still as a rocky cliff face in the chair just in front of the fire, the long stem of his pipe held a smoldering flame of lighthouse spark amongst the fog.

    “Fuck, man,” Edward whispered, rolling each vowel quick and stucco with his accent off his tongue. “That’s fucking beautiful, mate. You oughtta write that down.”

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    “And you aim to correct that, do you? You’re going to show me the ropes?” Stede says. It’s a funny thing, the atmosphere aboard a pirate ship. In many ways it’s done exactly what years of bullying and abuse never could: taught him to stand up for himself a little better, given him some rudimentary skill with a sword, and most importantly, given him a taste of how it feels to rise to a challenge. He feels that static charge in the air, now, for all that Ed’s body language is relaxed.

    Ed is smiling, a little, behind the crystal edge of his glass. “I don’t think we should get ropes involved on your first time round,” he says.

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