I was washing the deck when it all happened. The captain noticed a dingy heading for us, so we stopped. As they threw their rope to climb aboard, I stood back. "We need a piece of wood." said the sailor that climbed aboard. "What kind of wood do you need?" asked the captain. "It is on the hull of the ship." said the pirate. "Well if I give it to you, won't my ship sink?" asked the captain. "Yes, but pirates must make sacrifices." said the pirate. "Give my captain what he wants, or he will sink this ship." "He is a very short-tempered man." said the pirate. "Look mate, I have plenty of wood in the back." said the captain. "But why do you need that piece in particular?" asked the captain. "We need it because it looks appealing to the captain." stated the pirate. "Well, I'm not giving it away!" yelled the captain. "Then prepare to be attacked and sunk!" yelled the pirate. The pirate climbed back into his dingy and went off. A few minutes later, Cannonballs were flying past the ship. "Man the cannons and sink the vessel!" screamed the captain. Seconds later, I was in charge of a cannon. We fired our first shot, and the enemy cargo vessel started sinking. We fired some more, and the enemy ship was no longer in sight.
"I am proud of all of you, especially you!" said the captain. "Sir, why are you proud of me?" I asked. "Well, you were the one to sink the pirate ship!" "You knew were to aim, and you shot with great accuracy!" exclaimed the captain. A few crewmen came out from the lower deck. "What is it now, matey?" asked the captain. "Well sir, we ran out of sealing tar and there is a big hole in the ship.”How could we be out of sealing tar!?" screamed the captain. Then, someone noticed that we were slowly sinking and screamed. Then at that moment, someone named Dan dove off the ship. He went swimming towards the rubble of the enemy vessel, and found a barrel of sealing tar. Then, a few of the crew helped him bring it to the lower deck. A few minutes later, we were back up and running. Soon enough, they made it to port. Then the whole crew and captain drank their weight in rum.
Written by Bill Ding