captain charles johnson

The Dark Horizon: Epilogue

summary:  AU. The Caribbean, 1715: Royal Navy Lieutenant Killian Jones and his brother, Captain Liam Jones, have just arrived to help pacify the notorious “pirates’ republic” of New Providence. But they have dangerous allies, deadly enemies, and no idea what they’re getting into when they agree to hunt the pirate ship Blackbird and the mysterious Captain Swan. OUAT/Black Sails.
rating: M
status: COMPLETE
available: FF.net and AO3
previous: chapter XLI


Savannah, Province of Georgia

August 1724

The small shop was crammed to the gills, people jostling in as the overworked printer and his pockmarked apprentice could scarcely pull copies off the shelves fast enough. Coins clinked, the smell of fresh paper and ink filled the sunlit air, and as Emma moved closer, she could see the book was handsomely bound in red buckram, pages edged in gilt and the title stamped across the front. A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates, by one so-called Captain Charles Johnson, and otherwise known as the General History of the Pyrates. It had first been printed at Rivington’s in London, and experienced such demand that its distribution had quickly been expanded to the Colonies. The civilized world was quite mad for stories of the pirates, for romance and swashbuckling adventure and the safety of their legend, now that that was what they were. “Charles Johnson’s” identity was not clear, though it could have been the novelist Defoe, who had published his Robinson Crusoe five years ago. Either way, however, he was clearly doing well for himself.

Emma snorted and put down her shilling on the counter, taking her copy as the apprentice passed it to her. “Quite a crowd,” she remarked lightly. “I hope you have more in the back?”

“Aye, mistress, we’ve got more. Not sure how long they’ll last, though, they’re going like hotcakes.” The apprentice mopped his brow. “What with the real live pirate they’re hanging today, said to be the worst of them all. Captain Flint.”

Emma gave him a closed-mouth, considerably colder smile, thrust the book into her pocket, and turned to go. She battled her way through the eager book-buying hordes, and emerged into the cobbled alley, hit by the thick blast of summer heat. She adjusted her hat and her sleeves – the fine lawn dress of a respectable gentlewoman, nothing at all to indicate that once she had been the cohort and consort of these scandalous sorts immortalized on the page – and set off.

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“Vane, the Captain, was for making off as fast as he could, alledging the Man of War was too strong to cope with; but one John Rackam, who was an Officer, that had a kind of a Check upon the Captain, rose up in Defence of a contrary Opinion, saying, That tho’ she had more Guns, and a greater Weight of Mettal, they might board her, and then the best Boys would carry the Day. Rackam was well seconded, and the Majority was for boarding; but Vane urged, That it was too rash and desperate an Enterprize, the Man of War appearing to be twice their Force; and that their Brigantine might be sunk by her before they could reach on board. The Mate, one Robert Deal, was of Vane’s Opinion, as were about fifteen more, and all the rest joined with Rackam, the Quarter-Master. [..] John Rackam was voted Captain of the Brigantine, in Vane’s Room, and proceeded towards the Caribbee Islands.
-Captain Charles Johnson, A General History of the Pyrates

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Adventures at Warped Tour 2014. It was the best day I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously I spent a day listening to incredible music, meeting cool people, and just having fun with one of my best friends. I never expected to meet some of my idols let alone take pictures with them and hug them. I’m also in the outro of Charles Trippy’s vlog and that’s insane. I also crowd surfed during Neck Deep’s show & went into a circle pit during Real Friends’. Plus I caught Danny Duncan’s guitar pick (even though he’s a drummer they didn’t want to leave him out) and Brian Blake’s drum stick. I wish I could go again because it was such a fun experience and I reccomend everyone to go. Also this is why my blog was so unactive yesterday I was gone the entire day and exhausted when I got home but managed to reblog a few things for you guys :)