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By Susanna Valent

Lucy Russell dreads her upcoming marriage to the boorish Canadian dealer her guardians have settled upon, however the fright of her wifely tasks pales compared to the fright of the tough and hazardous lifetime of an Englishwoman in 18th century Canada. Lucy simply is aware that she'll be carried off through childbirth, Indians, or perhaps a undergo, and be lifeless earlier than her twentieth birthday. whilst she's carried off by way of pirates as an alternative, Lucy unearths herself in much more dire straits than she may have imagined. Lucy is compelled to choose she by no means in her wildest goals inspiration she'd be requested to make: publish herself to the Pirate Queen…or die.

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She nodded, chuffed. “Good. ” Her Spanish-speaking sailors got the log to translate whereas the remainder of the team ready to move the spoils to the Femme Fatale. They discovered that the Spanish Susanna Valent The Pirate Queen ninety eight send have been vacationing with a convoy, started to leak and headed for an island to make maintenance. at the means, she had foundered at the reef the place the Femme Fatale had taken them The holds, it became out, have been filled with gold. real, it used to be a tiny send, and carried below a 10th of the worth of the whole day trip, besides, it used to be extra wealth than St. Honore and her workforce had ever dreamed of. Jean-Marie needed to supervise this for herself. “We are rich,” she gasped, squeezing Lucy’s hand. “What lets do? ” Lucy desired to comprehend. “How will we promote it? ” “There are ways,” Jean-Marie stated. “But we needs to go away this sector instantly, as they might come trying to find us. ” She raised her voice and gave a number of quickly instructions, and the sailors moved urgently to complete their paintings and scuttle the galleon. “Hurry, hurry,” Jean-Marie ordered, a watch at the sky. “I are looking to be good clear of right here through darkish. don't burn her, yet gap her with shot. i don't need a column of smoke marking this reef. with a bit of luck the tide will elevate her and he or she will sink. ” every body raced to obey and shortly they have been away at the wind, making as a lot pace as they can regardless of their heavy shipment. “It doesn't topic the place we move immediately, so long as we cross far,” Jean-Marie informed her group. “With this cash, we will be able to cease pirating if we would like. i cannot argue with someone who needs to go away the group. ” “What now, even though, Captain? the place do we promote this booty? ” Claude requested. “We needs to take it to Port Royal finally and promote it via, lets say, sure retailers? this can lower into the earnings, but when we attempt to cast off it ourselves, we'll be stuck, or we are going to don't have anything. What do the remainder of you're thinking that? ” she requested. They became to each other in lively dialogue as their Captain waited patiently with Lucy. “Will you supply the twins a percentage? ” Lucy desired to recognize. “I will provide them sufficient to shop for passage again to their God-forsaken Georgia, or at any place else they wish,” Jean-Marie determined. “They have earned not anything else but. ” Lucy felt sorry for them yet forbore to claim whatever extra, lest she anger her mistress. in addition to, she notion i'll quickly have Jean-Marie all to herself back as a result of it, so why argue? Jean-Marie listened to a few of the discussions, consulted together with her pals, and introduced her selection. “We won't cross instantly to Port Royal. this is often what could be anticipated via any gurus who come searching for the send, after which for us. we've adequate offers now so we'll lay low for a time, and fish. permit a month or move by way of. Then we will be able to cross into port and promote a few items off. If it arouses suspicion, these folks who desire to achieve this can depart and conceal back, or visit Freeport. And we are going to grab not more ships. as soon as in Port Royal, those that desire to stay pirates can locate new berths.

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