Lafitte had been slightly surprised by the warm welcome he received (warmer than one really should get in his position), but he was incredibly surprised by the implications of this line of questioning: Jeneyeru was attempting to solicit his ship’s services. Though he’d already eaten, he’d developed a powerful thirst on the way over, and partook of the offered tea.
“About three days, maybe less if we push ‘er hard and have a good wind,” he replied. Surprise or no, he was never one to under-sell his own vessel. “And thanks,” he amended after a sip.
It was around then that the girl, Lotye, shook a fist in the air and determinedly accepted the Wizard’s offer of employment. It was a good offer; Lafitte himself would’ve taken it had he been in her shoes. After all, being on the run and newly destitute held little appeal to anyone, even a career thief.
Lafitte offered a smile. As for the first question, though he’d been expecting it for some time, it was really unnecessary. Captain Jean Lafitte III was a man of his word, and wouldn’t be betraying his partners in this endeavor, should they endeavor to become such.
“It’s quite simple really. I am under contract to the Bull and Jackal Mercantile Society to defend their shipping lanes. If those lanes are swarmed in more of those ‘Blood Larvae’ things, or worse, then that business is going to be a lot more deadly. And a lot more costly,” he said, which was true, for the most part. Contrary to what some would say about Captain Lafitte, he was no fool, and he therefore chose not to mention that he as well hoped to obtain some plunder in the retrieval of these cards. Judging by the response he and the royals had gotten so far, he was feeling pretty confident the gamble would pay off.
“If those answers be satisfactory,” he said, finishing off his tea and removing the odd (to his mind) tricorn hat, “then I am, your humble servant”, he finished with a half bow. “However,” he said as placed the hat back on his head and poured a new cup of tea, “I would like to know where exactly you’re suggesting we take my ship to, if you don’t mind me asking.”