THE ARRROGANT DESTROYER(Based on one of my favorite jokes my father would tell may he rest in peace)
Dwight was gleaming with pride as he sliced through the seas, doing everything he could to show off for his crew and captain during his first of many maneuvers. He loved his captain and crew and could tell they shared this mutual respect as well. His captain could be strict at times however, but it was more out of concern for the young battleship. Though the one thing the captain never believed in was tying a ship to a dock; that was because the man came from along line of ship mages.
Captain, I see a light up ahead. The lookout called to the captain through the tubes that were used for communication throughout the ship.
What should I do, captain? Dwight asked.
Tell that other ship they need to turn. The captain said, Youre on maneuvers, they know to turn.
Dwight shouted to the other ship, EXCUSE ME BUT I THINK YOU NEED TO TURN, MY CAPTAIN TOLD
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Nimble was slowly beginning to loose hope. Itd been a year of tight binds, little or no food, and Steels cruelty. The only thing that seemed to raise her spirits was Dragos help, that and one day she might see her friends. Lady Zoith, I beg you. Nimble prayed as tears were forming in her eyes, Just let me see my friends once more, if only in passing. Just once more is all I ask. It was then she could hear the sound of the cell door being unlock and then screeching open. Nimble turned her head as best she could to see who it was. Good afternoon, Nimble. She heard Drago say. Oh go away. Nimble sadly said. Now is that any way to talk to your friend. Drago asked, I brought you dinner. I'm not hungry. Nimble sadly said. Now you must eat. Drago said in a motherly tone of voice, You havent touched a bite of food in over a week and youll need it for ton
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1 Year Later
WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE SEARCH IS OFF? Carpathia shouted, her eyes burning with anger Britannic saw only one time before, when Titanic first sank, HES STILL OUT THERE! I KNOW HE IS! It is Californians orders. Britannic said, Hes in command until Titanic returns. Britannic knew his brother very well and knew that there wasnt a salvager alive that could break him so he never spoke as if Titanic was truly gone for that fact. Of all the ships. Carpathia snarled, It had to be that coward. I dont like it any more than you do. Britannic said, But he gave strict orders to abandon the search. You and I both know hes alive. Carpathia said, Theyd never kill such a valuable ship. That is why I, Bismarck, and Hood are going to go look for him. Britannic said, However I think its best yo
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Hersheanna smiled to herself as Herman held her closer with his large black wing. The sunrise sure is pretty. Yea. Herman said, lost in thought. Whats wrong dear? Hersheanna asked as she looked at him. Nothing. Herman lied as he then looked at the tombstones that surrounded them in the small cemetery behind the funeral home. You seem troubled. Hersheanna said, Cant you tell me? Herman merely sighed as he said, Well its Nimble. You miss her dont you? Hersheanna asked. To be honest. Herman said, I do. He pulled away, looked to the ground, and said, I've always been there to help her. I watched over her when the mantacore attacked, I helped her save the Titanic from the salvagers, I've been there when shes needed me. He snorted in disgust and said, And when she was sold off to that brute of a penguin in Numa harbor, I
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Nimble wiped the sweat from her brow, lifting up her black undertakers hat, as she set aside yet another split log for steels fireplace. She was glad Steel made her go into the forest for the wood; she could rest when she wanted to, though she would have received quite a beating for it. She hated this slavery she was in but she knew if she refused shed end up back in the basement. She still ended up there any because Steel thought that she was still a bit wild, he had her kept in irons all day and tied up at night. Finally se threw the ax into the pile of wood and sat down to smoke a cigar Drago stole from Elprezs stash. She knew if she was caught doing this shed be beaten, she didnt care. Giving up so soon, dear heart? Nimble heard a familiar voice say. She whipped around to see who it was. It was the spirit of Sleanok. Nursemaid Sleanok. Nimble said in shock. Sleanok chuckled and said, Hello my de
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I WONT ASK YOU AGAIN, Titanic! Lusitania bellowed, WHERE HAS THE FLEET MOVED TO! I wont tell! Titanic weakly said. Big mistake. Lusitania said as he closed his eyes while whispering a spell. Several rogue waves pounded him over and over again. None of the tugboats, Lusitania, or Nadir was harmed. Titanic coughed and spat out the water that was mixed with his oil that was dribbling down from the sides of his mouth. He didnt know how much longer he could survive this torture. Hed been beaten, torn apart, shot, stabbed, and any other horrible act towards a vessel had been inflicted upon him. However Titanic was still not ready to sentence his whole fleet to a fate worse than death, just so he could have some slight comfort. Im not like you. Titanic said as he slowly looked at him, I dont BETRAY my kind! "Hmm. Lusitania sneered, Maybe a few days
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Carpathia sat on the edge of the harbor as the sky was beginning to darken. Oh my poor Titanic. Carpathia said, Where can you be? It was then she could hear the sound of another ship, much larger than her, pulling up from behind. She looked back and softly as Britannic, Titanics younger brother, stopped next to her. Once he had stopped, she went back to looking to the sea. You cant keep doing this to yourself, Carpathia. Britannic said, It wasnt your fault. Then whose fault was it! Carpathia said, tears beginning to fall, I should have stayed and fought. My mate needed help and I did nothing. Im no better than the Californian. Britannic only chuckled, recalling the stories of his brothers death and how the Californian only stood by as he called desperately for help. Dont worry. Britannic said with a determined look, Titanic will be freed and those gra
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Herman was talking to an ambulance that was about his age named Alex. Herman was telling him all about how he and Nimble first met when he stopped dead sentence and asked, Who is that beautiful vehicle. Passing before him was a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood 3-way hearse that was black with silver trim and a white roof Shes Jeddahs hears. One of them anyways, her name is Hersheanna. Alex said. Herman continued to stare at the hearse until Alex pushed him up to her so they could finally talk. Herman gave her a nervous smile. Hello. She said as they began to talk...