Tuesday, 21 August 2012

"Homemade Treasure"

Hoy Mates!

Welcome to the second week of "Red Shores and Pirate Anchors" on my blog, whether or not your just starting out with the story or you're reading it again for the second time...enjoy it! I hope all my readers from the Island are enjoying the second-last chapter of the story and that everyone is Ontario is getting into the excitement of a Pirate Battle!

For everyone who is reading from ABC Life Literacy, who do you think you're more like, Lilly or Jude? So far you've met these two important characters who are very different from one another and make unlikely friends!

I would have to say that I fall right in the middle between Lilly and Jude, I'm adventurous and yet a bit unassuming like Jude.

Chapter Two

"Homemade Treasure"

"Are you sure that there's treasure here?" Jude cried out behind Lillian as she nimbly climbed from rock to rock along the sand less shore end of North Lake beach. The girl looked back at him with a little smirk on her face. "Of course! I come here every day." Lillian said, watching Jude as he slipped with the rocks underneath his feet. "You're not very good at this you know." Lillian observed, giggling as she secured her hand on the edge of the Grotto's entrance and pulled herself into it with expert skill. Jude met her gaze as Lillian leaned over the edge of the little cave and reached down to help pull him up. The two struggled for a moment but just before a wave came to wash over Jude the two children managed to hoist him in. Jude gasped with surprise but Lillian laughed happily as if the whole thing were a game to her. "That was fun." She commented, getting to her feet and walking to the back of the grotto.

"Where's the treasure?" Jude asked, following her but Lillian didn't say anything; instead she looked back over at him and blocked his path to a sheet covered object at the back of the cave. "You have to cross your heart on an oath that you won't say anything!" The little girl said with much seriousness. Jude gave her a surprised look and shook his head, unsure of what to do. "You just do this." Lillian explained, making an 'x' over her heart and saying, "I swear I'll never tell where Lillian's Pirate treasure is, no matter how many times people ask or how hard anyone tires to make me tell." Smiling at Jude she looked at him expecting the boy to follow her example. Hesitantly and yet with nervous quickness Jude made an 'x' over his heart and sputtered out his own version of what Lillian had said. "I won't tell anyone ever where Lillian's Pirate treasure is." He looked at her apologetically but still in hope she would accept his oath. Shrugging, Lillian sighed. "Yeah, I guess that's okay. But you still better not tell anyone." The girl muttered as she went to the back of the Grotto and yanked the sheet off of her treasure chest. Once the cloud of sand and dust from the sheet cleared, Jude could see a large treasure chest with a big rusty lock, it looked sturdy and truly worthy of pirate treasure. Lillian was quite pleased as she looked back at the boy and his mouth was open in shock at the precious chest. "See, I told you I have pirate treasure." She said proudly, reaching into the neck of her dress and pulling out a chain with a strange looking rusty key. Jude was too surprised to say anything at all but watched as Lillian unlocked the huge treasure chest and managed to heave the lid open with her thin arms. The smell of mold and salt water came forth as soon as the chest was opened, it made Jude wrinkled his nose but the excitement of seeing treasure made him forget all about the smell. Leaning over and tipping herself half-way into the chest, Lillian wouldn't let him see anything. Instead Lillian pulled out an overused looking compass and held it out for her friend to see. "Take a look, it's a pirate compass!" She proclaimed, pleased with herself as Jude looked at the trinket, greatly impressed. "Wow! What else do you have?" He asked, going to pass Lillian who was still protecting her treasure chest. "I'll show you!" She said quickly, trying to block him. But Jude had already went to the side of the treasure chest and was looking in with interest. Chewing nervously at her lip, Lillian waited anxiously to hear what Jude thought of her treasure. He was silent for a little while and Lillian's cheeks started to go red as he looked at her. "This isn't real pirate treasure." He said, sounding purely annoyed. Lillian knew he was right, but she would still try to deny it. "It is too." She said back, reaching into the treasure chest and pulling out a piece of long floral cloth. "This is handmade fabric from across the ocean." Lillian lied. But Jude knew the difference and tugging on the cloth he shook his head. "No, that's Mrs. Bruce's missing fabric for her dressmaking!" He told her accusingly. Hastily Lillian put the cloth back into the chest and took out a big empty bottle that was milky in color. "And this is a special bottle that had a pirate captain's favorite drink in it!" She tried to make herself sound believable but Jude wouldn't accept her explanation. "No, that's Mr. Rose's bottle for his herbal medicines." As he said this, Lillian's eyes shifted back and forth, before she could do anything else Jude was pulling items out from the treasure chest. "What else do you have in here?!" He said madly, pulling out a quill pen, some parchment, more bottles, little glass figurines and even a few pocket watches. "You have been stealing things." Jude said putting everything back into the chest and looking at Lillian with great disappointment. Slipping the milky looking bottle back into the chest Lillian plopped herself down onto the rocky surface of the grotto and placing her chin in her hands the girl sighed. "It just looked like stuff no one needed." She tried to make an excuse. Looking down with his blue eyes shining sadly, Jude didn't look angry anymore but sympathetic. "That doesn't mean you can take stuff that isn't yours..." He explained. "But why'd you take it anyways?" Jude asked. At first, Lillian looked away with a pouting lip. "Because I need it." She said. "Why? Why do you need all this stuff?" He pressed the question harder.

After a moment of silence Lillian glanced at Jude feeling she could trust him and decided to explain. "I want to get enough treasure to trade it with pirates so they can tell me where my parents are." The reaction that Lillian got from was Jude pure shock, his mouth dropped open and he watched her oddly. "But I thought you were an orphan! You're here with a family on trial, aren't you?" Jude asked. "Well yeah, I'm supposed to be. But I know my Dad is a Pirate Captain and he's still alive! I'm sure of it! I'm positive!" Lillian sounded like she was trying to convince herself that it was the truth and seeing how sad her eyes looked, Jude knelt down beside his new friend forgetting about her stealing habit and how strange everything she was saying really was. "It's okay..." He tried his best to sound assuring, placing a hand on either of Lillian's shoulders. "I didn't want to take anything. I just didn't know what to do! I need to find my family..." Lillian said, looking down into her lap and avoiding Jude's eyes. "Lilly..." He started and she slowly looked up at him, interest in her eyes at how he had shortened her name. "Lilly...everything will be alright, I don't think stealing is good...but I guess you're just borrowing. How do you know you're family is still alive? I mean...you wouldn't be here if they were, right?" Jude didn't want to say it but he had to look reality in the eyes. "The mermaids told me..." Lillian said biting her lip hard as Jude gave her a weird look. "Well they didn't tell me but I heard them singing...they were singing in French and the words were about a Pirate from France who had to leave his daughter to the mermaids and they carried her to a strange land across the sea. A new land that was safe..." Lillian was entirely positive about this as she spoke firmly. "They said his name was Harlington Webbe the Crimson. See! Webbe! That's my name too...so it must be true. It must!" Jude looked from the chest to Lillian and back. He wasn't sure what to say and this was clear from the confusion in his eyes as he looked to Lillian's deep grey eyes. "I don't know what to say." He let go of her arms and slowly stood back up. "I mean...how do you know it's true? How do you know you weren't dreaming? I mean...there's no such thing as mermaids..." Jude said wandering back to the edge of the grotto, watching the water lapping up against the rocks. "There are!" Lillian protested, closing her treasure chest and recovering it. "I saw them. They didn't see me." Lillian came up beside Jude. "That's the trick; you can let them see you..." Before Lillian could say anything else, she saw Jude's face which was stormy with confusion. "I'll take you home. Sorry. You don't have to talk to me anymore if you don't want to." Lillian said, climbing back down from the edge of the cave. Jude followed behind her and the two bid farewell to the cave in silence as they scaled the red rocks back to the beach. "You probably think I'm crazy." She said, kicking around the sand in her toes as the two crossed the beach back to the North Shore harbor. "And that I'm a bad person because I steal things." Lillian was talking so quickly that Jude couldn't even get a word of his own in until he stood in front of her and stared at the girl with great intensity. She was silenced and Jude spoke for himself. "I don't know what I think of you right now, I'm confused but...I do like you Lilly." And before she could say anything else Jude ran off until Lillian couldn't see him anymore. Watching as the sun set on the beach and her new friend disappeared around its entrance, Lillian wrapped her arms around herself and shivered from the cool spring air. She could have swore that a mermaid tune was coming off the waves and Lillian hummed along while picturing a beautiful ship against the horizon.

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