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The Mindcrackers as pirates on the high seas! Woo!

Eventually, it's going to be K/Z, but it's a slow build. So until then, enjoy the slightly historical inaccuracies! But seriously, any historical inaccuracies are only made because they need to be in there. Pirates were actually pretty diplomatic, but that makes for a crappy story.

So anyway, enjoy!

EDIT: Oh my god, I'm such an idiot. I forgot to thank the lovely Vou for all the help. :)

Contrary to popular belief, a pirate's life isn't all pillaging and plundering. There's a lot more sailing and drinking and bartering and drinking and waiting for ships to pass and... was drinking mentioned?

Currently, The Mindrack was drifting through the Atlantic after dropping off to port to pick up supplies. Zisteau, the ship’s carpenter and doctor, was lounging around on deck, with nothing else better to do than idly polish his equipment and gaze out at the ocean.

The water was a dark blue, but was still relatively clear. From where Zisteau was situated, he could see large schools off fish nearing the large pirate ship then quickly swim away in fear of the shadows it cast.

Zisteau grinned at the thought. Yes, The Mindcrack and her crew were a force to be reckoned with. They were certainly not the most fearsome pirates, no, that honor felt to Queen Anne’s Revenge and, in a close second place, The Emerald. Even so, The Mindcrack was known for being ruthless in stealing from merchants and other less fearsome pirates. All goods of importance were taken and rarely any survivors left.

At that thought, Zisteau toyed with the scabbard at his side.

And anyone who is left… is never the same.

However, today was not a day for pillaging or whatever. Today, Zisteau thought with a small smile on his face, was a day for relaxing, as would the next couple of weeks would be.

But... I would like a bit of action. Nothing big, just something to keep us on our toes.

Anyway, point being that a pirate's life isn't always filled with action.

So when Baj, who was situated in the crow's nest, yelled out, "Oi! There's a guy in the water! Starboard side!" everyone on the deck of The Mindcrack ran over.

Zisteau was one of the first people to get there and after a second of looking, he spotted a figure in a white shirt, lying on what looked to be a scrap of a ship's siding. He was about 30 yards from the ship. His head was down so it was unclear whether or not the man was alive at all.

"Should we bring him in?" Avidya asked from Zisteau's right.

The crew the erupted in to murmurs of whether to bring the person out up onto the ship or not. Just by tuning into a few people's conversations, it was clear to Z that the men were divided on the issue.

This won't get resolved until Captain Guude gets here... but who knows when he'll get on deck.
Looking around to see if anyone was paying attention to him (no one was), he shed his dark brown leather vest, shirt, and leather boots and carefully placed them on deck. Double checking that no one noticed him, he leaped over the side of the ship and into the calm ocean below.

Shit! The water was much colder than he had expected. It felt like a thousand needles pressing on his chest and head and he was thankful he became numb to the feeling quickly.
Really hope my gut is right about this. As he surfaced, he heard the last bits of "Man overboard."

He chuckled to himself as he swam toward the figure. Now THAT will get the Captain's attention.

When Z finally reached the figure, he was able to tell that the person was a man and he was alive (Thankfully) by the rising of his chest, but completely knocked out. The man had brown hair that was clumped up and matted down by the salt water, and all in all looked more fit to work on a merchant ship than a pirate ship (Please let he not be a member of His Majesty's Navy). From this angle, the man didn't look very buff, but Z had learned from experience not to judge people by their looks. What was left of the man's ripped shirt was dirty and it was clear that there were long scars running up the man's back. Zisteau shook his head, dispelling any images he had conjured up of how the man could've gotten those scars. Just get him on deck, maybe he'll tell you how he got them when he wakes up. He hooked the man's arm around his shoulders and his arm around the man's waist just as Pause and Doc came up in a rowboat.

"Took you long enough!" Zisteau called out to them, a smirk on his face. The first mate, Pause, smirked for a second, then quickly wiped it off.

Lighten up guy, seriously.

He hauled up the unconscious man first, and then allowed himself to be pulled up. Pause and Doc shared a look before bringing the man up and laying him half on one of the benches in the small boat. Once Z was seated, he quickly got cuffed in the back of the head. Hard. By Pause.

"Hey! That actually hurt!" Zisteau exclaimed, rubbing the spot on his head Pause had hit.

"Oh, I'm sorry, maybe next time you shouldn't jump off the side of the fucking ship to save some mystery man! Geeze Z, I thought you had more sense in that brain of yours!" He made a move to smack Zisteau again, but he put his hands up and was able to block it.

"Okay, okay I get it. I just... had a feeling in my gut," Z mumbled the last bit, looking at the bottom of the rowboat.

Pause looked at him with his eyes wide and jaw slack. "You-you had a feeling... in your gut?! Why would you risk your fucking life over some man you just saw in the water?! On a fucking gut feeling!"

Zisteau ignored him and instead grabbed a length of rope underneath the bench he was sitting on. They were nearing The Mindcrack and he knew he would get no help from Doc or Pause with helping the man on board (In their defense, I did just jump over board). When they reached the ship, there was already a ladder waiting for them. As his crew mates climbed up the ladder, Zisteau loosely tied the man to his shoulder (wow this man is skinny), so he wouldn't have to worry about dropping the unconscious man. With the man secure, Zisteau made his slow decent up.

When he finally reached the deck, he was greeted with glares from most of the crew. The most menacing came, of course, from Captain Guude who was standing front and center of the crew. He was dressed in his usual dark green coat with gold trim surrounding the buttons and pockets. The black tricorne that was usually tilted on his head in a half-hazarded matter was not there at all. Instead the blue bandanna that was usually peeking out of the hat was all that was on the captain's head. Zisteau had to bite down a smile because that was a dead giveaway he had caused Guude to panic and rush out of his quarters. The smile went down when he realized that Guude's belt, that usually held two pistols and two cutlasses, was missing a sword... because it was gripped firmly in his hand. A brief flash of possessiveness toward the man on his shoulder coursed through him along with thoughts of No way you're getting your hands on him.

"Captain," Zisteau nodded in his general direction, "I will collect whatever punishment you plan on giving me as soon as I take care of this man."

Not waiting for Guude's approval, Zisteau untied the man and set him on the deck. It wasn't the most sanitary of places, but his shoulder was aching now. He could feel the crew lean in over him as he rubbed his shoulder.

Really need to get him to sickbay so I can check on his vitals.

He was jerked from his thoughts of how to get the man down to sickbay without being seen when Mhykol knelt down and pointed to the unconscious man's left sleeve.

"What's that on his arm?" he asked.

Zisteau carefully rolled up the wet sleeve revealing the most intricate tattoo work anyone on The Mindcrack had ever seen. By his shoulder, there was a large sun with runes outlining the edge. The rest of his forearm was covered in the most vibrate blues and violets in the most interesting swirls and patterns. Near his wrist, white clouds faded into black ruins and illegible words.

Zisteau absentmindedly rubbed his own tattoos as Captain Guude knelt next to him.

"Shiver me timbers," the captain mumbled as the crew drew closer. There was no denying it, only one person was known to have such an extraordinary sleeve of tattoos...

With a sudden clap on Zisteau's shoulder, Captain Guude smiled and looked to his men, "Well look at this, Zisteau here has caught us the navigator of The Emerald, Kurt J Mac."

Fun fact: if you can't tell, the title is based off of the pirate poem:
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest--
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest--
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

But I changed rum to scotch for Team SMS!

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scaredykitty
Eeeeee pirates!

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] challis_2070
Oooo, intriguing! I like it.

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nekofan
Ooooo! I'm looking forward to more of this! :D

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] celestepastore



More! I demand more!

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anonymousrose
Woah... good thing you had that felling in your gut, Zisteau! Mindcrack as pirates :) Gives me a funny image in my head.

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anonymousrose
:3 I totally see them singing while doing stuff around the ship. Sorta like a cartoony type of show. haha it's adorable :D

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dracanea
Too cute! I love the thought of the mindcrackers as pirates. <3 Seems like a good start, can't wait to see how this story develops. ^^

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sunsetmondays
Ooh. I am heavily intrigued.
Now then, what has this "The Emerald" got to do with things? *Ponders*
Moar please?

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Eh, the Emerald? Who'd be in that, I wonder? Maybe the B-team? Or Kurt's friends? :P

Interesting concept, can't wait for me! :D

Also yay for Sleeve!Kurt <3

Date: Friday, July 12th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dread_pirate_mumbles



*is intensely excited and cannot wait for the next chapter*

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ajain1224
Very intriguing story. Can't wait to see what Kurt's reputation is

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] deathbysandblk
Oh my goodness! This is adorable! I love it!

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yamina_chan
First thought uppon reading this was set in a Pirate Universe was: "One Piece!", followed closely by "Pirates of the Caribbean!"
Then I noticed the poem and went "Treasue Island!" "Blackbeard!" "Yar!"
...As you might have noticed, I enjoy Pirate sotries in many forms XD So I am curious about what you have brought uppon us here. (I'm really itching to steal this idea now XD)
Nice introduction and allthough I think this could have been a little more spread out: this IS just the beginning after all XD
It definately fulfills it ourpose and makes me curios, so I am looking forward to more chapters =)

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yamina_chan
Nah, I won't. =)
I want to see where you're going with this after all, not be a rival in posting. ^-°
I simply really enjoy the idea *laughs*

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halcyonlioness
I am very much pleasantly surprised! Now, while I am not looking forward to the aforewarned slashiness coming later in the story, the roundness of the lore and the vivid descriptions in this opening chapter has me wanting to learn more about this piratical universe. Please keep the text coming, Kappa-San! <3 ~Lioness
Edited Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] voufreail
Aww <3 it was fun to help you and I love this story can't wait to see where it goes :D


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