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Elda is curious, outside often enough, and the Pearl is quite hard to miss.

Jack dealt with one sea monster recently, and did have a tendency to shoot at zombie undead monkeys when startled.

To forstall one outcome that could happen when taking in all of these factors, as soon as Wellard spotted Elda next in the bar, he grabbed her to head outside to the lake.

(There is also the much more important factor that two of his very good friends should meet, anyways.)

Thus, one former british midshipman and griffin, standing on the lakeside.

Date: 2006-09-04 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
"It's a lovely ship," she says a bit dubiously. "But it does look a little rough around the edges. What happened, and how did it get on the lake?"

Elda lashes her tail. "Well. That is a rather silly question, I suppose. Magic?"

Date: 2006-09-04 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"Ah- well. Have you ever heard of the kraken? A huge sea monster, that can wreak ships?" Wellard bites his lip, looking at the Pearl.

"That's.... rather what happened to the ship. As to how she got here... I'm guessing its quite one of those things that happens here at Milliways. So one sort of magic, rather."

Date: 2006-09-04 02:28 am (UTC)
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"Goodness." Elda stares at the ship. "I wouldn't want to face one of those on my own. Your friend must be very brave."

She glances at Wellard. "You could fight a kraken properly in a flying ship."

Date: 2006-09-04 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard blinks- and glances at Elda.

"... You rather could. Of course, all it would have to do is dive, and then you couldn't reach it any more. But at least your own ship wouldn't be at any risk, depending on how high you stayed, and how far it could reach."

Now there are quite a few ideas- and he will be noting them down later. Now, he gives Elda a bit of a grin, then cups his hands around his mouth to call to the ship.

"Captain Sparrow!"

Date: 2006-09-04 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
He strides out of his cabin and toward the rail, calling back,

"Hello, lad--"

Jack stops mid-word, staring at the creature by Wellard's side. Black eyes gleam with sudden wary interest.

"... son, you've a beastie with you."

Date: 2006-09-04 02:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
Elda has had enough of people calling her things like 'creature' recently. 'Beastie' is not an improvement.

"EXCUSE ME?"

Her voice is quite loud. It carries a long way.

Date: 2006-09-04 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard facepalms, then quickly puts a hand on Elda's shoulder.

(Not as if he could really stop her from doing anything, but hopefully for some sort of calming reassurance.)

"-he just doesn't know. Hold on-" He mutters to her, then turns back towards the Pearl, giving Jack a bit of a look.

"Hardly, sir- this is Elda, one of my friends from the bar here."

Date: 2006-09-04 02:59 am (UTC)
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"Ah."

Jack reassesses the situation very quickly, and spreads his hands wide as he offers Elda a charming grin.

"Apologies, luv. 'M afraid I've never had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of someone as distinctive as you, savvy?"

Date: 2006-09-04 03:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
After a huff and a rustle of her feathers, she calls back: "It's all right, sir. It's only recently a rather sensitive subject!"

Elda turns to Wellard. "You said there's a raft, but I doubt I would fit properly. Would you like to fly?"

Date: 2006-09-04 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
.... Right. The raft is Completely Forgotten, as Wellard stares at Elda.

"Fly? Just... fly over-?" One hand waves and motions to the ship. "With you? That- its alright?"

Date: 2006-09-04 03:15 am (UTC)
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"Of course it is! You're not heavy at all-" this is delivered with a bit of scolding, perhaps- "so I shouldn't have any trouble, especially for a short distance. I'll just carry you if you don't mind. Having someone sit on my back is very awkward."

Date: 2006-09-04 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
He shakes his head, grinning.

"You're the one that flies- you know how things work out best for you."

Wellard grins, looking back to Jack on the Pearl.

"We'll be over in a minute, sir!"

Date: 2006-09-04 03:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
He's watching this with quite a lot of interest, by now.

"Take your time, son." With an elaborate wave, Jack indicates a cleared area on the main deck.

"Might want to aim for there, aye?"

Date: 2006-09-04 03:35 am (UTC)
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Several moments of shuffling around for the right position follow, until-

"All right! Here we go!" With her claws carefully folded around Wellard's middle, Elda launches up into the air, heading towards the spot Jack indicated.

Date: 2006-09-04 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard has never been flying.

On board ship, he was up in the rigging as much as possible for an officer. The wind and open sky had his respect, but not his fear.

Flying is quite completely different- even if it is just a short trip from shore to ship. If there ever was something to help his resolve to put a ship up in the air-

Now being able to say that he has flown- that would be it.

Wellard is grinning when the two of them reach the deck of the Pearl.

Date: 2006-09-04 04:00 am (UTC)
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"Permission to come aboard, sir!" Elda calls down to Jack. That was something her father pounded into Elda and her siblings. When landing on ships, always call out when you're coming down. Even if you aren't really asking for permission.

She carefully sets Wellard down on the deck and lands lightly next to him.

Date: 2006-09-04 04:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
"Permission granted!" he calls back, unnecessarily or not, then strolls over.

Both hands are resting at his belt, and if one's near his pistol, it might be a coincidence. Jack looks relaxed enough, anyway, as he says to Wellard with a quick grin,

"Awfully fond of the air, you are. Going to reintroduce me to your friend here, son?"

Date: 2006-09-04 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard grins at Jack, then gives each a half-bow.

"Elda, may I introduce Captain Jack Sparrow of the Black Pearl, who's from my world, though quite a few years earlier than myself. Jack, if I may also introduce you to Elda of Derkholm, who is studying to be a wizard in her own world."

Date: 2006-09-04 04:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
"Wellard has spoken about you to me, sir. I am pleased to meet you in person."

It hasn't been nice to meet him yet. But he's allowed one mistake at least. After all, he is one of Henry's friends.

Date: 2006-09-04 04:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
"Delighted to meet you as well, luv," he says, giving something of a swaying bow-- and sending the compass at his belt swinging with the motion.

"Never met someone as ... feathery... as you before, savvy?"

His grin is cheeky and unrepentantly so, but it's clear from his manner he's not meaning insult.

Date: 2006-09-04 05:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
"Few people here have," Elda says, suddenly distracted by the compass.

It reeks of magic.

"At least not someone who can talk beyond 'Polly want a cracker'.

Date: 2006-09-04 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"I don't quite think Cotton ever taught his parrot to say that, actually." Wellard blinks.

Date: 2006-09-04 05:40 am (UTC)
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"Even if he had, the bird's ornery enough to not say it out of spite," Jack growls.

His keen glance is rather intent on Elda as he adds,

"See something you like, luv?"

Date: 2006-09-04 05:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
"I didn't expect to see magic on your ship, is all. Many sailors I've met are quite superstitious, even if it is benevolent magic. And yours is no simple charm."

Elda blinks wide orange eyes at him, tilting her head.

Date: 2006-09-04 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard glances to Elda, then to Jack- eyes dropping down to the compass.

("But I can tell you that the Company wanted something of his: the compass that he carries. (http://community.livejournal.com/milliways_bar/14122684.html?thread=578950844#t578950844)")

"There are bits and pieces of magic on my world, Elda. Or perhaps even more than that, but they aren't quite common, or much believed in. I've only quite learned that there was any truth in the stories of such things, recently."

Date: 2006-09-04 06:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
"All sorts of treasures to be found on the sea," Jack drawls-- but he makes no move to offer the compass for examination.

There's a very subtle sort of tension about him, now.

Date: 2006-09-05 03:24 am (UTC)
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She would love to get a closer look at it. But griffins are not wise in the ways of pick-pocketing, and Elda is honest.

"That is true on any world with an ocean, I'd imagine." She nods.

Date: 2006-09-05 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"You'll have to tell us a bit about the oceans on your world, Elda- and what the places are like on it." Wellard nods, glancing between her and Jack.

"Maybe while we show you the ship? A few of us have been working on repairs."

Date: 2006-09-05 03:48 am (UTC)
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He looks a little dubiously at the size of the griffin and says,

"Best we stay with seeing the work on deck, aye?"

Date: 2006-09-05 03:58 am (UTC)
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"Yes," Elda replies, a little sheepish. "That would probably be best. Actually- is there any repair work in the masts that I could help with? I have a rather unique perspective."

It would be a shame to leave such a pretty ship in a sad state, if she could help.

Date: 2006-09-05 04:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
"So you do, luv."

Jack tilts his head back, looking thoughtfully up the mainmast, then glances at Wellard.

"Lad, what say you? You've made the sails your personal project before."

Date: 2006-09-05 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard glances at Elda, then looks up to the masts and the tangle of broken yard arms, black sails and ropes. There had been some vague plans on how to get all of that sorted to begin work-

Plans which he quickly mentally revises with the idea of Elda being able to help from above.

"Some of the clearing was going to take us quite a lot of time, as a lot of the lines to get up to work on the sails are... well. No longer there." Wryly.

"If you don't mind helping, Elda- that would quite do a lot for us to start on. All you would have to do, is the rope and sails, whatever's tore or lose, just get it free and let it drop. ... Provided we aren't right underneath at the time."

Date: 2006-09-05 04:58 am (UTC)
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She tilts her head back to look up. "Easy as pie. But how will you get back up to fix it? I couldn't tie your knots, or hang it correctly."

Date: 2006-09-05 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"Once we get all the tangled ropes and sails out of the way, it will be easier for us to get up on the ones that aren't broken, and start re-stringing the rigging." Wellard nods.

"And if most of the lines are gone on a section-" He grins. "The way will quite be easily clear for you to take up some ropes and fasten them for the rest of us to get up there."

Date: 2006-09-05 06:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
Jack's been listening to all this while a slow grin spreads across his face at Wellard's confident assessment.

"And we'd be glad of the help, luv," he interjects. "Have no doubts of it."

Date: 2006-09-05 06:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
"Then if you're ready, gentlemen? Have either of you some sort of blade I could borrow? I'd prefer not to use my beak on salt encrusted rope."

Date: 2006-09-05 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"-of course-" Wellard carefully offers Elda his dirk, then steps back to look up at the masts.

"From what I can see here, the main mast may work best to start from- though depending on how you see things up there-"

Date: 2006-09-12 05:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
He tilts his head to the side, and beaded braids click quietly as they swing.

"Have a care for your wings-- I'd not want to see you get caught up there, savvy?"

Not to mention what it'd to do his precious Pearl's sails.

"Mainmast's got the most space and gives best support, aye; better to start there."

Date: 2006-09-12 05:38 am (UTC)
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She accepts Wellard's knife and tilts he head up to scout the best path up.

"I wouldn't like it much myself, sir. Warn me if I'm doing something entirely wrong?"

Elda carefully spreads her wings and launches upwards, causing sails and dangling rope to sway in the breeze she creates.

Date: 2006-09-12 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"We'll warn you." Wellard nods to Elda, then steps back as she takes off.

Its a tricky bit of maneuvering, to figure out where best to stand to watch Elda, and yet not be hit by bits of rope and rigging that soon come falling down. Even trickier is Elda having to maneuver her wingspan about and around the torn remnants of black sails.

But, carefully, and bit by bit, Elda manages to free the loose ropes, letting them drop down to the deck below. The main topsail and course both took too much damage to stay up-

They both come fluttering down.

Date: 2006-09-12 06:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
It's funny, really, how the rippling sound of cloth falling swiftly through the air is eerily like the sound of wind in the sails.

Until, that is, they crash heavily to the deck, draping a little over the starboard rail in the process.

Jack's ashen under the deep brown of his skin, and one hand makes a quick helpless motion before clenching into a fist at his side-- and then in the next moment, he's moving with quick sure steps to where the black canvas lies, torn and marked with burn and char from the explosion he triggered.

Slowly, without a word to either Wellard or Elda, he takes hold of one end of the fallen sail and begins to gather it up.

Date: 2006-09-12 06:23 am (UTC)
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Elda carefully lands on the very top of the main mast, with much hovering and fluttering of wings. She leans into the slight breeze and poses like an absurd figurehead.

"I can lower some ropes from here," she calls down to them. "So when they are repaired, people without wings can climb up to put it all back in place!"

Date: 2006-09-12 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
Wellard watches Jack for a long moment, then looks up to Elda.

"Good idea- specially for us to get these back up. I'll have to see what we have here that will work, for you to fasten up there, though."

He heads over to the pile of rope, seeing what pieces are long enough to work, then sets about tying some slip knots in the ends.

"If Cotton didn't leave his repair kit behind, sir-" With a glance over to Jack. "I can get one from the bar. Certainly more dye as well, to get those in top shape so we can get them back up as soon as we can."

Date: 2006-09-24 03:26 am (UTC)
pirate_jack: (him precious pearl - looking down)
From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
"I'd be obliged," Jack tells him. "Kit's -- well, most of the things that were in the crew's -- it's probably gone, son."

He's steadily working on the sail, not looking up yet.

"Heavier equipment was stored further down, and the tools with it, so I've still got that."

Date: 2006-09-24 03:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conglomerelda
Elda is oblivious to their conversation and any subtleties therein.

"Hurry it up, Henry! Or must I come down and learn how to magic rope faster than you can tie it?"

She gives a griffin cry of glee and launches off the mast do do a flying circuit around the ship.

Date: 2006-09-24 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"Was going to need one myself, anyways." Wellard nods to Jack, with a faint, though more than likely unseen, smile.

He glances at Elda, and makes an amused face. "Figure out how many yards from the top to down here, and that's how much I have to get together!"

Which, Wellard rather knows exactly, so there.

Date: 2006-09-24 04:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pirate_jack
He looks up, then mutters to Wellard,

"Want I should give the details, or let her fly with it?"

A thoughtful beat.

"The lass looks like she's having fun."

Date: 2006-09-24 06:04 am (UTC)
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The figure she calls out to them is somewhat garbled by the wind, and the fact she is still quite high in the air.

But after a few moments, Elda comes in for a landing on the deck. Carefully avoiding sails and piles of planks, she sets down next to Wellard with a thunder of wings.

"Teach me the knots, then. It is a nice enough day to sit, just as much as fly."

Date: 2006-09-24 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] politestpirate.livejournal.com
"She'll figure it." Wellard grins at Jack, then nods at Elda.

"Rather close- and we'll want extra length on the lines for other things as well. And... Its probably easier to learn the knots then how to magic them, really."

They are not trying to send the Pearl to the Moon, really. Or even Mars. Wellard picks up some of the longer sections, and settles down on the deck to start going over splicing.

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