Ahoy, me hearties! Yeah, yeah, my pirate is French, not English, so I should can the pirate talk. Just thought I’d offer up a teaser this morning for “Two Pirates of the Caribbean,” a little story that will be running on Friday, May 1, at the Dark Faerie Tales website as part of their “Fantastic Fables” monthlong event.
Here was the challenge: “Write a guest post about one of your characters immersed in a well-known fable, story, Disney movie, etc.” Well while I did play around with “Hansel and Gretel,” I decided instead to play with Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which gave me an excuse to rewatch the first movie, “Curse of the Black Pearl,” for the first time in eons. It took a while for me to figure out how to bring my characters into the movie set, so I decided to do a story instead of a post. Here’s a preview snippet:
“Hey, babe, I got an idea.”
Uh-oh. Cajun merman Rene Delachaise might be one of my best friends, but his ideas usually ended in trouble. The kind of trouble he enjoyed, which meant there was a high probability of me getting arrested or injured.
“No, I’m not going with you on the shrimp boat.” Last time I’d done that, I’d accidentally set half of Louisiana’s Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area on fire. Then I’d drowned and he’d broken my ribs giving me CPR. Mermen were strong.
“How about going with me to Faerie?”
I stared at him, wondering when he’d begun using drugs. Because he should know that answer: never.
“The fae are nuts, and so are you if you think I’m going there.” I’d never been to Faerie and had only recently met some of the fae leaders. The Faerie Queen was a nightmare and so were the two princes who were vying to succeed her if and when she finally went to the big fairyland in the sky.
He didn’t answer, and curiosity eventually got the better of me. “Why do you want to go to Faerie?”
Rene grinned, his teeth straight and even in his tanned face. He’d begun to let his jet-black hair grow out a little and it was starting to curl over his collar and frame his angular face, accenting eyes such a dark, liquid brown they might as well be black too.
“Since you’re asking, that means you’re gonna do it,” he said, confirming my suspicions that I’d been had. “It’s for the pirate’s birthday tomorrow. I thought of a great present we could give him.”
French pirate Jean Lafitte, a member of the historical undead, would be turning 230 years old, give or take a year or two. He wasn’t saying and I suspected he wasn’t sure himself—in fact, it might not even be his real birthday. But I’d play along.
“What can we give him in Faerie that we couldn’t give him here in New Orleans?”
“Captain Jack Sparrow.”
I stared at Rene, horrified. Yes, I knew there was an outpost of Faerie called Storyland, where fictional characters could be brought to life. I’d heard it described like Disneyland for the fae, who found human entertainment, well, entertaining.
“Jean Lafitte and Captain Jack Sparrow would be a disaster. Jean would kill him within a minute.” Not that Captain Jack was real or could be killed. Of course, Jean was also immortal. It might not get deadly but it could get ugly.
“He loves that first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie,” Rene said. “I been checkin’ up on it, babe. We can order one particular scene for us to be part of, and I know his favorite.”
It might be fun but…wait. “What do you mean a scene for us? I’d be strictly a facilitator.” I could create a transport and take them to Storyland, as long as I had some coordinates, but that was the limit of my involvement.
“You’ll do it. You won’t be able to help yourself.” Rene grinned. “I know you too well, babe.”
Heh. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long. It should be up in its entirety on Friday.
In the meantime, we have winners this week! If you see your name here, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the “Contact me” tab at the top of the page. If it’s a physical prize, I’ll need a snail-mail address.
Congrats to GALENA, whose name good old Random.org selected to win this month’s newsletter giveaway, which is a cool piece of art-on-slate from New Orleans!
From the blog this week:
BARB P. won the set of fleur de lis coasters!
VAMPEDCHIK won this week’s Readers Choice contest and chose PIRATE’S ALLEY 🙂
AURIAN won the giveaway last week and requested PIRATE’S ALLEY.
Stay tuned this week, where there will be a lot of new links to enter for the PIRATE’S ALLEY tour prizes. Tomorrow is a new Readers Choice, and I’ll be resuming my TBR giveaways both here and on my Facebook page, which you can find HERE if you haven’t already.
Have a great Sunday!