Captain Teach and the Montgomery Ruby
by Isaac Moore
BOOOM! The starboard cannons were sent flying backwards from the force of the gunpowder. The lead cannonballs pierced the enemy ship’s hull and caused the boat to creak and strain under the loss of weight. The ships were side by side, pirates of both sides running amuck over the ships with one goal. Wipe out the enemy. The two Captains were right in the middle of it. Fencing off with swords in hand, the two most famous pirates of the era, Captain David Teach, and Lieutenant Roger Angus were at each other’s throats. The band of pirates had been at it for hours. Swords swinging, they jumped and ducked, trying to dodge the other pirates’ attacks. Teach found an opening. The two parrying out in the South Atlantic Ocean were fighting for control of the Spanish waters perimeter. The band of pirates had been at it for hours. Swords swinging, they jumped and ducked, trying to dodge the other pirates’ attacks. After a long period of fighting, Angus began to weaken. Teach had found an opening. He spun around, whipping Angus around the eyes with his long, blonde ponytail, blinding him. The Lieutenant tripped over his own feet, causing him to stumble and fall. Swords and cannonballs were flying through the air, and bullets were raining down on both ships. Teach was on the verge of killing him then and there, when suddenly the two ships collided, causing wood splinters to join in on the downpour of debris. Multiple pirates were thrown overboard by the force of the two vessels. The stern of Teach’s ship was sent flying upwards, causing the ship to ultimately flip onto its top. David leapt over to the other ship just before the mast came crashing down on top of the capsizing boat. David peered over starboard and saw his enemy being crushed by the weight of David’s own falling ship and being forced into the deep, black water. He did not surface again.
“Well, that’s that. This new ship will need a bit of a fix up, but it’ll do….” The captain muttered under his breath.
“C-c-captain!” Joe, David’s second in command came running across the decks of his new ship. He seemed to be almost tripping over his own bodyweight, and his small stature did not help at all.
“All th-th-the opposing shipmates have been captured-d-d sir.”
“Good. Have all the un-loyal shipmates thrown overboard and the others will work for me. Now back to your stations!”
Now it was time to focus on the main mission: find the Montgomery Ruby. There was a rumour that the Montgomery Ruby was hidden somewhere in Namibia. The crews were busy making the final touches to the new boat. David marched into the captain’s quarters, checking out his new place.
It wasn’t much, same as the rest of the ship. Splintered but polished wooden boards made up the walls, a velvet red bed sat in the corner, and a desk was situated in the very middle just behind a dark oak chest. Suddenly he spotted something glinting through a crack in the floorboards. He creeped over to the bed and stared into the old, mouldy board. He ripped it out and he found a handful of cold coins and two pieces of parchment inside.
One was a map of some sort, which was marked with an x on the coast of the country pictured on the map. The closest settlement to the x was a place called ‘Walvis Bay’. Teach had never heard of that place before. The other piece of parchment seemed to be something of a diary entry in scrawled handwriting:
December 16th, 1669
I have found from a source that the Montgomery Ruby has been located inside a large cavern along the coast of Namibia. This source also gave me the coordinates for quite a hefty price, but once the Ruby is mine money will mean nothing to me. I have plotted the coordinates on this map so if I forget the coordinates, I will still know the way. Hopefully it will be I, Roger Angus, that is the one to find the Montgomery Ruby.
This diary entry was written that day, so the info would prove useful.
The captain yelled,
Joe, David’s second in command, came rushing in, puffing and panting.
“I need you to deliver this letter about the Ruby to my uncle, Blackbeard. He must know about my achievement.”
Teach wrote a letter down on a piece of parchment and handed it to Joe. He took it gleefully and set off to get his wooden rowboat ready. The rowboat looked so silly in front of the majestic sails of The Unicorn, a name David had christened the boat with. Soon Joe was off to his Uncle’s place, slowly making his way into the evening horizon.
It was a long and painful journey, but it was almost worth it just to admire the view that greeted them.
It was beautiful. A massive 40 metre granite cliffside was beginning to appear before them. A gargantuan cave mouth was carved inside, and it was an easy fit for the vessel. Inside was just as beautiful as the outside. Glow worms hung from silk on the ceiling, treating the hard-working pirates to a beautiful aqua-coloured lightshow. Around 200 metres into the cave, a red sparkle glinted under the glow worms. The ruby was suspended on top of a pillar that was protruding from the lake. It was as tall as their own ship. The pirates docked the Unicorn next to the pillar and Teach reached out and snatched the Ruby. It was even more beautiful than he could’ve ever imagined.
Joe was almost there. He was almost in Spain and would’ve completed his mission for his beloved Captain. He felt very good about himself.
A horn sounded in the distance. Looking through the shadows, Joe’s eyes widened in horror. A Royal Navy ship was approaching him. When it came to patrolling, they were even more ruthless than the pirates. Joe was forced up out from his boat and onto the ship. He was shackled and sent into the Captain’s quarters.
A high and cold voice sounded from the other side of the room. “I am Captain Sandro Alvarez of the Royal Navy.” Joe stared up at the man. The navy officer was a tall and skinny human but seemed like he did have some good muscle on him. The silver buttons on his blue and white Navy coat gleamed in the dim light. His embroidered hat sat on his desk and he was stroking it, like a beloved pet. He glanced at Joe’s piece of parchment. “It seems you need to be sending an important message. Let me see that.”
He snatched the piece of parchment from out of the Private’s clenched fists. He started reading the letter with great interest, and his eyes glinted in the lamplight.
“It seems like this David Teach would really like that Ruby. Say, I’ve been quite short on money lately, and this gem would certainly help me financially. We set off to Namibia today! Oh, and thank you Private, you have been much help to me, although this emerald may have to cost him his life.”
Joe flung himself forwards and pounded the Captain’s chest with brute force.
The captain stumbled backwards, gasping for breath.
“You’re going to have to pay for that…” He sputtered hoarsely, and drew his gun.
BLAM! A gunshot rang out through the decks. The private slumped on the ground, no signs of life. It seemed that the Captain had a pretty good quick-draw.
“We leave tonight.” His hoarse voice croaked triumphantly.
The Royal Navy were soon in pursuit of the Pirates. They had the latest ship model, so they were a lot faster than the pirates, and covered the distance to Namibia in less than 2 days.
The pirates had been partying for more than 2 days, and only a handful of the people on board were still sober. The rest had been shut in the hull as they had started to get aggressive.
Life was good. Sitting under the glow worms was a wonderful experience.
Suddenly a loud sound echoed throughout the hollow. Brrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap!
A Navy ship had entered the cave.
The noise of the horn seemed to shift the cave in some way. The cave shook and flew everyone off their feet. The Navy ship drifted as close as it could to the pirate ship, and Captain Alvarez spied the Ruby that Teach was clutching. Teach ordered for the rest of the sober crew to their battle stations, and in seconds all the cannons were armed. Alvarez, on the other hand, was feeling very happy with himself. He could almost see the tax-free life that would await him if he could get his hands on that Ruby.
“Give me the gem! That’s all we want! If you cooperate, there will be no harm done to any of you!” he yelled. Teach noticed the parchment that Alvarez was holding.
“Hey, is that my letter? Wait…. Where’s the private?”
“He’s dead. He got a little rash for my liking, so I gave myself the liberty of executing him myself.” He answered. No questions were asked.
“FIRE!” Teach screamed. 4 massive cannonballs pierced the hull of the Navy ship, causing the cave to shake again. Teach jumped upon the other vessel. He charged at Alvarez. Alvarez tried to shoot him, but the captain deflected the bullets with his swords. He slashed at the pistol, knocking it out of the skinny man’s small hands. Alvarez whipped out his swords, and the two were fighting furiously. They made their way down into the hull, still trying to overcome the other with sheer force. From the noise up above it sounded like the cave was rumbling again and the two crew groups were still having it out. The hull was full of two things: gold and gunpowder. It was dim and was only illuminated by two hanging oil lamps. The tide turned quickly, every second someone was on the losing side of the fight, but after a ton of sword-swinging and clashing, Alvarez tripped Teach up. He dropped his swords, leaving him weak. Alvarez had cornered Teach, left, right and centre. Sword to Teach’s throat, he muttered…
“I’m going to finish you off once and for all, and then bathe in my winnings after this ruby is in my possession.” As he swung his other sword straight towards Teach’s clammy neck.
Risking everything, David ducked as low as he could. Alvarez couldn’t stop. His sword sliced into one of the oil lamps. The candle inside hit the ground and rolled towards one of the TNT stashes. The fuse lit and while Alvarez looked on in shock, Teach grabbed Alvarez’s sword, tripped him from his heels and cut a deep gash into the Navy Captain’s leg. He slumped to the ground, unable to stand.
Teach didn’t look back. His ruby was still in his pocket. Phew. He raced back up to his ship, grabbed the wheel and steered his ship towards the cave opening. Suddenly a massive explosion came from the other ship. It sent The Unicorn flying forwards. The pirates made it out of the cave and were bathed in the morning sunlight. Behind them, the cave entrance crumbled, completely sealing the carved out grotto.
They had the Montgomery Ruby. The sun shone through the beautiful gem. A ray of sunlight shone onto the decks the ship, and it created a bright red map. An X marked the spot on the country named ‘Costa Rica’.
“Boys, it looks like a new adventure awaits us!” The captain yelled.
The crew cheered. All was good.