Legal Theft: The Old Whore

They untangled, him with a soft pleased sigh, her with a stretch.

Vael reached an arm down and blindly felt around the damp floorboards. Her fingers landed triumphantly on the glass bottle. She twisted onto her back, settling again on the hay stuffed cot. Vael took a deep sip and then offered the same to Tanner.

He took it. “Not bad.”

“Not at all.” Vael stretched again so that her leg hung off the cot, bare toes brushing the floor. She stood with a slight sway. Beneath them she could hear the soft roar and clink of the common rooms. Quieter than normal, her people were gone then. That gave little time to get back to her ship before they did something stupid. Vael swore and began looking for her breeches.

“Ahh.” Tanner said, eyeing her search with a knowing smile. “You’re one of those.”

Vael stopped, one pant leg on, and looked at him. She scowled at his fond expression. The man didn’t have any right to look at her like that, it hadn’t been that good. “Huh?”

“I’m the same. You and I, we have salt water in our veins.” Tanner swung his feet onto the floorboards as he spoke. Vael was only half-listening, fondly remembering when Tanner was putting his tongue to a better use. He continued, unaware of her disparaging thoughts. “Can’t wait to get back on a ship, back out there. She’s a harsh mistress, but we love her.”

“Who?” Vael found her shirt.

“The sea.” He said, frowning at her.

“Oh.” As close to praying as she ever did, Vael wished respite from every young sailor who fancied the sea a personal muse and their ship a creaking disease-ridden wife. Vael grabbed her boots and coat. She’d put them on downstairs. “Well no offense, but your mistress is an old whore. Men have been in and on her for centuries.”

His lip curled in disgust. Tanner reached for his pants and pulled them on huffily. “Just another crude gob then.”

Vael grinned, pausing half out the door. “Pirate actually. Stories are for fancy hatted pricks and children, what the whore and I have is a business arrangement. And the bitch is waiting.”

This is the Legal Theft Project…. and this week I wrote a thing. This page will tell you if anyone stole the line “You and I, we have salt water in our veins.” from it. 

 

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6 responses to “Legal Theft: The Old Whore

  1. Pingback: December 10 2016 – “You and I, we have salt water in our veins.” – Legal Theft Project

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