I would like to dedicate this book to my father, may he rest in peace. Also to my mom, sister, grandparents, and last but not least, my friends on deviantART.com who, I hope, have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
This book is also dedicated to the 2,220 passengers and crew of the R.M.S Titanic as well as the people who helped to build her.
Thank you all!
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The Next Day
Nimble and Herman were both standing before Zoith in the chapel of her temple. They were both standing before Zoith and her high priest, Marquiest. Well done my child. Zoith said cheerfully, You have passed the first test. Nimble looked shocked. What do you mean my lady? Nimble asked with a start, I was captured and was unable to protect my friends. But you did protect them, you went back to save Titanic and countless others. Zoith said, You and Herman. Nimble and Herman smiled. You have the makings of a fine guardian. Zoith said, You have proven yourself able to protect the ghost ships. Now you must protect them and all ships from the horrors of the Rauber, a breed of ship eating planes. I shall do my best, my lady. Nimble and Herman both bowed to her. Now if youll excuse me I must speak with Titanic. Nimble then walked off to the dock w
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(PLEASE READ MY REASONS BEFORE COMENTING ON THIS CHAPTER...lol)
One Week Later
The harbor that once was full of joy and laughter was now a cold and miserable place. Since Titanics capture and Californian became flagship, things had really gone down hill. Californian became so afraid that the salvagers would attack the harbor that he forced Hudson, Sarah, Titanics grandkids, and any salvager that had rejected their roots and come to live in peace with the ghost ships into exile and had a barrier put up that stopped all salvagers from getting in. As, what he saw was, an added measure of safety hed decreed that no ghost ship would be allowed to leave the harbor for any reason. If they were caught theyd be tied to their dock and never allowed to leave again. Every search party that had attempted to leave was caught and tied up as well. Most ghost ships however could tell that deep down he wasnt an evil ship but merely was trying to correct the bad p
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Titanic was slowly sailing behind the other ghost ships as Nimble and Herman were keeping watch for salvagers or Lusitania. Nimble was standing at the bow, Phantasm scythe in hand, while Herman was standing at the stern scanning the seas for any enemies that might try and attack Titanic from behind. Herman was just about to drift to sleep, weary from the long journey, when his tired headlights stopped on a spot that was growing on the horizon. Herman looked closer at the spot and his oil ran cold. He shot into the air like a great bird and flew forward shouting, LUSITANIA! THE LUSITANIA IS HERE WITH TWO SALVAGERS! RUN! RUN NOW! The other ghost ships started to sail faster, fearful of getting caught again. DONT PANIC AND STAY TOGETHER! Titanic shouted, his hull throbbing with pain from doing so. Titanic knew full well that if they were to panic and split, the salvagers would have no problem picking them off one by one, he felt like a gazelle bein
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Titanic turned and looked to the voice. It was the Lusitania. Quick! Get away from here. Titanic whispered to Queen Elizabeth, I'll try and hold him off. Queen Elizabeth nodded at Titanics words and sailed away, hoping to safely make it to her home port of ghost ships. Lusitania merely chuckled at this as he said, Thatll do no good. Either way, a prisoner or dead, youll never leave this harbor. Youll have to fight me first. Titanic growled as he and Lusitania circled each others like dogs in an alley, Because I'm NOT going back! WELL SOON SEE ABOUT THAT! Lusitania snarled as he lunged for Titanic, his massive pointed teeth bared in great anger. Titanic quickly backed up just enough for Lusitania to knick him. Now it was Titanic who lunged for Lusitania and bit him just under his eye. Lusitania pulled away, his hull tearing open as he let out a great snarl of pain. He then tu
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3 Days Later
Titanic was tired, tired of the salvagers, and tired of the tortures they put him through every day. Hed often thought about giving up and joining the Call Of The Broken. Hed tried to escape several times but it was to no avail. The only thing it resulted in was tighter binds and more beatings. Titanic growled a deep and baritone growl at the Lusitania as he headed towards him. Lusitania only chuckled at him as he said, Are you still hoping your friends will escape. No. Titanic said, I know they will escape. And what makes you so sure? Lusitania sneered. Because I know those two. Titanic growled, They are strong and reproachful no matter what you do to them. No they wont. Lusitania said, The people who were taking them to Numa were ordered to kill them if the didnt sell. Lusitania started to turn away as he said, You and I both know that