Middle Watch - Verecunda - Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Pairing: Doctor Livesey/Squire Trelawney

Rating: General

Word count: 2043

Summary: There is nothing quite like the threat of imminent attack by pirates for unburdening one’s soul.

Starting off the New Year (more or less) with a new fic. I hope that’s a good sign. :)

Talking Treasure Island headcanons with @pizzerchickenpicnics convinced me to polish off some of the fic fragments I’ve written about these two. So here’s one of them, anyway.

Madi and Silver rant and my Treasure Island thoughts with Black Sails in mind.

All this talk about Madi and Silver’s relationship. It is so confusing.

Seriously i’m beginning to think people don’t exactly know how marriage works. Marriage requires commitment, commitment requires compromise, compromise means forgiving your partner their flaws and their traits that are different from yours, even those that are disliked by you. It isn’t a one way relationship, both parties are equally involved. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to be angry, hurt or feel betrayed. Time and an open mind is what is needed to work things out.

If a person truly loves someone, yes they would respect them and their wishes. But don’t expect them to just sit around and do nothing when they see their loved one walk on burning coals to reach their dreams no matter how valid those dreams may be. They are going to do everything in their power to protect the one they love even if it means going behind their back.

And that is exactly what should be expected! What is the point of having a true partner if they can’t figure you out and save you from yourself. No body is perfect. People saying that even though Madi accepted Silver back into her life, she wasn’t able to truly forgive him or they were never able to get over their differences, I have a hard time believing that and

ALL YOU PEOPLE sound like Squire Trelawney.

I’m done reading TI. And now i have head cannons and thoughts with reference to Black Sails.

First of Silver owned an Inn in Bristol, that he ran with his POC wife AKA Madi. Why would Madi willingly live in Bristol if their relationship was that broken or irreparable. She could have easily stayed behind. The Maroon Queen did when Mr. Scott worked in Nassau to provide for the Maroon Island. Wouldn’t Madi(like MQ) be safer on the maroon island instead of in Bristol.

Anway, so This is what the squire said about Silver,
“I forgot to tell you that Silver is a man of substance; I know of my own knowledge that he has a banker’s account, which has never been overdrawn. He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and as she is a woman of colour, a pair of old bachelors like you and I may be excused for guessing that it is the wife, quite as much as the health, that sends him back to roving.”

Thoughts: Truly! A couple of bachelors like you have no idea what Madi means to Silver and this trip has nothing to do with getting away from her.

Then here is the conversation between Silver and a ship’s hand,

‘Well,’ said the other, ‘but all the other money’s(the money Silver saved throughout his life) gone now, ain’t it? You daren’t show face in Bristol after this.’

‘Why, where might you suppose it was?’ asked Silver derisively.

‘At Bristol, in banks and places,’ answered his companion.

‘It were,’ said the cook(Silver); ‘it were when we weighed anchor. But my old missis has it all by now. And the Spyglass(the inn Silver owned) is sold, lease and goodwill and rigging; and the old girl’s off to meet me. I would tell you where, for I trust you, but it’d make jealousy among the mates.’

‘And can you trust your missis?’ asked the other.

‘Gentlemen of fortune,’ returned the cook, ‘usually trusts little among themselves, and right they are, you may lay to it. But I have a way with me, I have’. After this Silver talks about himself and Flint and his crew, totally ignoring the trust question.
Thoughts: I love how he called her Old girl(always loved this part, even before Black Sails). Yes, you idiot, he totally trusts her to handle all these things. And then meet him back at Maroon Island. Also Silver said that pirates trust little among themselves and we all know Madi is not a no-good-pirate.

There is also this paragraph at the end,
“Ben Gunn was on deck alone, and as soon as we came on board he began, with wonderful contortions, to make us a confession. Silver was gone. The maroon(Ben) had connived at his escape in a shore boat some hours ago, and he now assured us he had only done so to preserve our lives, which would certainly have been forfeit if ‘that man with the one leg had stayed aboard.’ But this was not all. The sea-cook had not gone empty- handed. He had cut through a bulkhead unobserved and had removed one of the sacks of coin, worth perhaps three or four hundred guineas, to help him on his further wanderings.”
Thoughts: If Silver was only after the treasure, he would have taken more, but i think at this point he only wanted to leave with enough to be able to get back to Madi. It seems Ben Gunn always knew what madi means to Silver. My head cannon is that Ben Gun helped him because he remembered the fate ful day they defeated Rogers and what Silver did to end the war and he knows he wants to go back to Madi and would do anything to make it so.

This is what Jim Hawkins says at the end,
“Of Silver we have heard no more. That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life; but I dare say he met his old Negress, and perhaps still lives in comfort with her.”
I hate the use of that word. But Yes, that is also what all us Silver x Madi shippers believe as well.

There is also this littlw tid bit,
“Wait is what I say; but when the time comes, why, let her rip!’
‘John,’ cries the coxswain(Hands), ‘you’re a man!’
‘You’ll say so, Israel when you see,’ said Silver. ‘Only one thing I claim—I claim Trelawney. I’ll wring his calf’s head off his body with these hands.”
Head Cannon: Silver claimed Squire for his own because the squire disrespected his wife. He may have shared his thoughts that Silver wanted to leave for an adventure because of her. Silver can’t stand anyone disrespecting Madi.

Anyway these are my intial thoughts regarding TI.


Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson:

When a mysterious sailor dies in sinister circumstances at the Admiral Benbow inn, young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map among the dead man’s possessions. But Him soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map’s existence, and his bravery and cunning are tested to the full when, with his friends Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey, he sets sail in the Hispaniola to track down the treasure horde.

With its swift-moving plot and memorably drawn characters – Blind Pew and Black Dog, the castaway Ben Gunn and the charming but dangerous Long John Silver – Stevenson’s tale of pirates, treachery and heroism was an immediate success when it was first published in 1883 and has retained its place as one of the greatest of all adventure stories.

This beautiful edition for 50p is the reason that I love charity shops.