Ch. 79. The Olive Branch

Captain Jean Lafitte III was directed towards the Castle Deck of the Marsh King’s Daughter. The ship had sustained a lot more damage than his own La Danse Calinda, it having done battle with not only the Spriggans but the creature from the cards as well, which was his purpose here.

He didn’t much like it, but his first mate had made his point, that good relations with the Prince of the Grand Navigators was going to be a necessity if they intended to go after the cards. And surveying the amount of repairs having to be done to the Daughter, his resolve to rid the seas of the things was strengthened further.

Upon entry onto the Castle Deck, he saw Peino signing documents, likely those having to do with the negotiations of pay to the labourers’ work on his ship. Lafitte returned the elf’s bow as gracefully as he could muster, and put on a smile, “As well as a night can, I trust yours went well too?”, Lafitte replied. Peino looked like he’d been working at that for awhile, a dedication Lafitte respected. He’d always preferred a captain who looked after the needs of his ship and his crew before his own.

Lafitte sized the Prince up, now that they weren’t at each other’s throats or fencing insults, he was able to get a good look at him. He dressed like a rich man, in the finest clothes of a popular style in Aeldreth, whereas Lafitte preferred his commoner’s clothes from Maurepas. But, looks could be deceiving, as Jean Lafitte was experiencing now. Peino might dress as a rich man(and very likely was one), but he lived like a sailor, and a Captain. Lafitte could tell by the way his cabin looked, and the meager, by comparison, accommodations such a place represented.

As they sat at a large, white clothed table, where their food awaited them, Lafitte decided it was time to offer the olive branch, and surprisingly found it much easier to do when on a ship, than in the dining area of an Inn. “I wanted to apologize for my behavior yesterday.  In my haste to uncover the truth about those cards, I neglected my manners, and the respect owed to a fellow captain,” Lafitte said, “I hope you accept,” he said, inclining his head slightly.


About Maurepas

I'm Charlie, aka, Maurepas, I write with Mura and Avayu in various RPs in Nationstates. I enjoy writing things, and the writing I do with them. I'm currently attempting to attend college, in pursuit of a Teaching Degree in History.
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