First Steps

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First Steps

Postby Shakune on April 16th, 2015, 7:00 pm

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How many miles from home was she?

Shakune had lost count, but with every inch that spanned between the girl and Zeltiva, the weight on her shoulder lifted.

She had not expected the ship to dock so soon, but in truth she had no real idea how far Sunberth was from her home city. No, she corrected herself impatiently, that place is not my home anymore. But it taken less than twenty days for The Lady Luck to reach Sunberth. Shakune stood at the front of the ship, the bow as Pa Salt called it, and stared out to the city.

Was Sunberth like Zeltiva? She'd never even seen another place before, let alone visited one. The rest of the crew had warned her that Sunberth was a lawless city, and that she mustn’t run off. But Shakune couldn't wait until their backs were turned so she could explore. After all, she'd basically been self sufficient in Zeltiva, so she was well prepared to explore Sunberth as anyone. The confidence and naivety of a child had blinded her to ignore the advice of those who knew better. She would learn this important lesson eventually, but for now her ignorance was bliss.

And yet, a minute nibble of doubt haunted the child. She was nervous, but it was not the many warnings from her new family which played upon Shakune's mind. It was the many other possibilities that haunted her. What if her mother was waiting at the docks, to take her daughter back to Zeltiva? Common sense told Shakune this couldn't happen; there was no way Kinsha could have reached Sunberth before the ship. And yet the girl had visions of her mother's face, pinched in disgust and revulsion. She'd grab Shakune by the arm, like she used to when she was angry, and throw her daughter onto a carriage to drag her back home.

Shakune still remembered the last words her mother had said to her:

"Well, who will pick up my drugs now?"

She wondered whether Kinsha missed her daughter, whether the woman stared at the empty seat at their kitchen table. Possibly: in the very far reaches of her memory, she could recall her mother's kisses and hugs. But Kinsha had always been distant. Her hugs were loose and her kisses quick. She had used up all her affections with the man who had ejaculated Shakune into her womb.

But none of that mattered now.

As the ship approached the dock, the crew of the Lady Luck scrambled into action, Shakune included. She had spent the past twenty days doing her best to learn all she could about sailing. The majority of the crew were happy to answer her questions, but the most important thing Shakune had learnt was when to clear the deck to allow the professionals to do their job.
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First Steps

Postby Shakune on May 8th, 2015, 7:49 pm

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The crew began to tug at ropes and holler out orders. The scene was chaotic to the child's fresh eyes, but the men and women worked together like a slick machine. Every individual had a specific job to do, and they all seemed to know exactly where to be at the right moment. Shakune wished she could linger about to watch - she'd not yet watched the crew successfully moor the ship into a dock - but she knew she had retreat into the quarters.

Captain's orders, after all.

The Captain's quarters were massively luxurious to Shakune. The carpet alone was softer and plusher than any other carpet or rug she'd ever walked on. Back home, the floors were wooden save for an old rug that her mother used to fold up to rest her knees on when she was busy whoring herself out to strange men. But here, in Shakune's new home, the carpet was spongy, the furniture solid and not at all creaky or wobbly. She could jump onto the chairs without fear of them collapsing. There was a single table - a large thing filled with maps and other important looking documents. Pa Salt encouraged Shakune to investigate the papers on his table, but not to touch them. Their order and organisation was crucial, he'd said. And she wanted to stick to her promise that she'd obey all his rules.

Behind the desk, and facing the door through which Shakune had just walked, a row of narrow windows revealed Shakune the ocean path the Lady Luck had just traversed. The captain's quarters were at the rear of the ship, and a level lower compared to the bow, so all the girl could see was the open ocean. But judging from the cries from outside the quarters, they were nearly docked at Sunberth.

She lingered in the quarters for a chime longer, traipsing down the length of the narrow room before exiting through a door to the left. This led Shakune into her own private quarters - though in truth, it was more like an eighth. Her room included a bed, a small chest of draws, and a shelf that ran alone the wall opposite her bed. As a young girl, Pa Salt had promised Shakune that she deserved her own bedroom, a luxury she'd never experienced back home, and he too had kept true to his word. Her bedroom also had a tiny window, and after standing on her mattress, Shakune could saw the end of a deck creeping up to her right.

There! Her first Sunberthian native! A toothless old man peered up at the ship, and seemed to stare right up at Shakune. Breathless with excitement, she gave a tiny wave, but the old man was too busy scratching his armpit to return the gesture.

Shakune bolted out of her room, threw herself out of the captain's quarters and onto the bow of the ship. Her fellow crewmates were starting to disembark, each waiting to clamber down a latter onto the wooden deck below. Their captain stood at the side of the ship, waving down his crew one man at a time. He turned at the sound of a door slamming, and extended an arm out towards Shakune.

The girl rushed to his side. Despite his promises to protect her, she still felt skittish around him. It was still new for Shakune
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