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*Stares at the comments of the last chapter
*Simultaneously freaks out due to excitement and nerves

Wow! I did not expect to get that much of a positive response! Thank you to all!

The only bad part about this is that I have a feeling I'm going to crash and burn soon and I don't want to do that because I want to give my idea justice and at the same time, make you guys happy. *sighs

Anyway, here's Chapter 2 (which has not been beta'ed by the way, so apologies for any gross mistakes). Enjoy!

The crew suddenly erupted with noise.

The Kurt J Mac?”

“The one known as the Iron Kurtain? The Farlander?”

“From The Emerald? The ship we just fought a month ago?”

“I heard his compass was enchanted by Calypso!”

“They say he has such a vast knowledge of the skies that he’s actually from up there.”

As the men continued to talk about the mysterious man, Zisteau was able to redress. It was only when he turned his collar up in his usual fashion that he noticed the captain was still looking at him, arms crossed over his chest.

“Like what ya see?” Zisteau joked as he shrugged on his vest.

Guude rolled his eyes. “So,” Guude started, completely ignoring his comment, “wanna help me drag this guy into the brig?”

No. No, no, no, no way this guy is going to the brig... But he’s from the most feared pirate ship on the seven seas! He’s a criminal! … So are you! You’re probably worse than he is. He’s just the navigator of the ship. You’ve killed people!

Zisteau shook his head, pushing the bad thoughts to the back of his head. He hated when the self-deprecating thoughts resurfaced. It always meant he would never get to sleep that night.

As Zisteau cleared his mind, a thought popped up, possibly the most rational one he had all day.

“No,” he finally said.

Guude raised an eyebrow. “No?” he mimicked.

“He’s been in open water for at least a day. I need to check up on him first.”

Zisteau did have a point. He was the ship’s surgeon. Even though that didn’t mean he was at all qualified to do anything but saw off limbs, he was the most qualified to do anything related to anything medical out of everyone on the ship.

“Why can’t you just check up on him in the brig?”

Zisteau scoffed, “Have you seen it lately? It’s filthy. We never use it, we’re not the sort that does that. No one ever bothers to clean it because we’d rather throw the bastards into the sea! No, I’m not examining him in there.”

Guude eyed him up and down, but Zisteau didn’t back down. Guude finally let out a sigh, “Fine, I’ll let you check him out, but I’m gonna get Jsano to clean the brig, so he’s going in there… unless you have good reason for him not to.”

Zisteau nodded, “Aye aye capt’n!”

Guude nodded and grabbed Kurt’s feet while Zisteau grabbed under his arms. They lifted him easily and were able to maneuver through the crew, who were still talking amongst themselves. When they reached the bottom of the first set of stairs below deck, Guude set down the still-unconscious man’s feet and made motion for Zisteau to stay. He then ran up the steps, green coat flowing behind him.

Zisteau winced as he heard Guude roar, “GET BACK TO WORK YA LAZY SEA DOGS!”

Guude came back down, smiling, “I’ll never get tired of doing that.”

Zisteau rolled his eyes as Guude grabbed the m- Kurt's legs again. It was obvious to anyone who had been aboard The Mindcrack for a long time that no matter how much the captain screamed or threatened, he was willing to lay down his life for his crew. Likewise the crew was willing to do the same for each other and the captain.

Of course, if any member did end up saving him, Guude would have to, as he put it, "Save your sorry ass from trying to save my sorry ass."

Zisteau was dragged out of his thoughts when his back finally hit the door to the sickbay, which was also his room. Using his elbow, he was able to open the door without jostling the m- Kurt too much. Kurt, his name is Kurt. You might as well get used to calling him that.
The room was a relatively small one, with most of the room being taken by the wooden table in the center that was bolted to the floor. An “L” shaped counter with cabinets on the bottom hugged the left wall and the wall in front of the door. In the cabinets was all of the equipment Zisteau needed as well as his own personal belongings. The well worn-out hammock he slept in every night was in the right corner closest to the door.

It was easy, placing Kurt onto the table since he was so light, so Guude left shortly. However, he reminded Zisteau of their “deal”. The surgeon simply waved him off.

Now alone, he turned to Kurt, whose limbs were dangling off the sides of the table, and mumbled, "He's gone. You can wake up now."

Nothing. No movement what so ever.

Dammit. I wish that would've worked.

He knew there wasn't much he could do without the man awake, so he flipped the man over and hiked up the remains of his tattered shirt.

I aught to just cut the rest away, there's barely anything left of it.

But he didn't. Any and all thoughts were dispersed from Zisteau's mind when he saw the scars on Kurt's back.

There were three long, deep red lines running down Kurt's back with a half dozen faded lines as well, all about the same thickness. Even though a whip had never been used on The Mindcrack, it was easy to tell that’s what had created the scars. Before coming on to this ship; Zisteau had worked with other people who had plenty of scars from whippings, brandings, or even the one person he had met who had survived a keel hauling and had a back full of red, angry scars to prove it.

Rubbing the back of his neck, he had the sudden urge to be thankful he ended up on The Mindcrack and not on The Emerald.

It took him a moment, but eventually he got back on track, wrapping any fresh cuts in gauze. Most of the cuts were sterilized, but irritated by the salt water.

Finally, when he had done all he could do while Kurt was still unconscious; he took a seat on his small hammock and waited.
By the way, if anyone wants to beta for this story, just tell me in the comments. I'd really appreciate it!

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] challis_2070
Lovely. I like the shouty!Guude, it's nice.

And doesn't Zisteau know, it's never going to be that easy? Heh.

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anonymousrose
XD "Save your sorry ass from trying to save my sorry ass." sounds like something Guude would say. I really love this ^_^ also didn't see any gross mistakes, but I'm not observant so better take others opinions in case haha :P

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dread_pirate_mumbles

but yes this is a great chapter. I love the way you've written Guude- i can practically hear him talking ;D
I eagerly await the next installment!

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dread_pirate_mumbles
I think you're still maintaining their personalities well enough, so yes, while pirate-y, they're still the mindcrackers we know and love.

keep up the good work :D

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] deathbysandblk
I love this! It's great! I'd be willing to beta if you still need it, just tell what I can do to help :)

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] deathbysandblk
I can do that! I'm happy to help! :)

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halcyonlioness
I know that feeling... (*Is approaching that same threshold in UHC: Foundation*)

Anyways, I'll just echo the sentiments of the previous posts here. I'm again very impressed with your work here, establishing more of the world and the reputations of the characters involved thus far. And I'll also agree that it's really not a stretch to fit the voices of the associated characters to their avatars in this universe.

You've earned yet another bravo from me. :3

Oh! And let's do each other a favor and actually take our time writing these stories. Wait for me, and I'll wait for you, savvy? I want to do the guys as much justice as you do, too. :D



Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lurkey_dfw
i...am so pleased this fic is a thing. love it, can't wait to read more uwu

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sunsetmondays
The more I read it, the more I love.
And is it just me, but when I was reading this, the room started swaying a bit like I was on a ship.

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nekofan
Ha! I may have laughed a little too hard at the 'Like what you see?' line, but I think that's good...

Anyway, looking forward to more!!! :D

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] voufreail
Oh no Kurt that's not good :/ I love pirates I think I forgot to mention this but I do love them and their way of speech :D

If you still want my to beta then I will but if not then I will wait for the next chapter :)

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lemonzest
Really liking the story so far :3
Keep it up!


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