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Captain Elizabeth Turner ([personal profile] try_corsets) wrote2016-06-10 07:14 pm

Ten years later...

Ten years. One hundred and twenty months. Three thousand six hundred and fifty days.

The first time Elizabeth counted, it seemed an insurmountable number no matter how she measured the time. Now, with only a few hours left of the thousands she and little Will had waited, time seemed to speed up and then slow down to a snail's pace by turns.

As they had so often over the years, months, hours, minutes, her eyes drift to the chest holding Will's heart and she feels her own skip a beat. How will he look, back in this world? Happy, whole, alive?

"Will we have to put it back in?" her son asks, his small arm snaking around her neck so he too can stare at the chest, an evening time indulgence they each had frequently allowed the other. Elizabeth slants a look at him, a smile in her eyes, and he gives her his sweet lopsided grin.

An uncharitable voice in the back of her head wonders if they will still have this time when the reason for it is gone. Whether or not her son will transfer all his time and affection to Will once he's home, the way he'd quickly forgotten her existence whenever the Dutchman dropped anchor in the Milliways lake. She knows that won't be the case -- Will would never let it be -- but a different part of Elizabeth thinks it would be all right even if it did. Both of them deserved it, after all. And she knows they'll always come back to her in the end.


Elizabeth refocuses on Will Jr., smiling at the light in his eyes. Oh, how excited he is. How excited they both are. She pulls him up beside her and looks again at the chest, pretending to think about this irreverent, almost funny question he has asked so many times before.

"And if we do?" she asks, lowering her voice and widening her eyes. "Will you raise the lid... scoop up his heart... feel it beating, beating, beating in your hands... and..."

"No, no! Mother! Stop!" Will protests, starting to squirm with mock disgust. "Nooooooooo!" He pauses. "You do it."

She smiles. "If I must. For that, my very dear boy, is how much I love your father."

"You must," he exhales, starting to laugh. "You really, really must."

They both quiet down and listen to the waves beating against the shore. Not long now. Only a handful of hours.

Elizabeth leans against Will Jr and starts to tell him the tale of how she spotted a boy drifting in the middle of the ocean and all that followed.

It is their favorite story, and soon it will have a new chapter.
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[personal profile] turned_captain 2016-06-28 01:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Ten years. One hundred and... um? Three thousand and... something?

It's hard to count years when you don't feel the cold. Hard to count months when you sail on the moonless waters of the world Between. Days are irrelevant when you see the sun so rarely, and even seconds are meaningless when you don't have a heartbeat against which to measure them.

For Will, even with a crew and a duty and the bar to escape to, it has been an infinite, immeasurable eternity.

Nevertheless, with that same creaking yearning of the sea that rolls around the ship and tells him where and wherever there are souls to take on board, so he feels the call to this port. He feels it like he has felt nothing for ten years. Not the gentle, kind pushing towards a soul that needs him, but a deep, urgent hunger that refuses to be ignored.

The ocean surrounds the Dutchman from all directions and thrusts ship and captain with the unrelenting momentum of the angriest rolling wave. For the first time in ten years, Will feels pain - a physical ache from his left breast, contracting and spasming over an empty hole that drags him up. Pull from within, push from without. Still, he smiles, speaking softly from the helm in the knowledge She'll hear him despite the roaring water.

"I'll miss you too."

(But Norrington will be a truer, more dedicated Captain. James will fulfill his Duty with an obedience a pirate never really could, and would put his dead heart into it, rather than leaving it with another woman.)

For the last time under Captain Turner, the Dutchman breaks surface into the rising Caribbean Sun, and Will turns his face East to bathe in its still cool light. He turns about with barely a thought; no need for magic compasses here: he knows exactly where he's to go.

In a wooden chest, in a cabin on land, a heart stops beating.
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[personal profile] turned_captain 2016-07-06 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
The day feels different to all others. The air smells sharp, bright, dirty. The sun beats hot but the wind blows cold, and Will marvels at everything he hadn't even thought to miss. The light fades as the sun sinks, and he realises he needs light to see - no more effortless night sailing for him.

His mouth feels dry, and he grabs a flask of rum just for the wetness, marveling at the taste as if brand new to him.

His crew are watching him closely, and he grins at them. "Have you never seen a man come back to life before?"

Maybe the rum is going to his head, but maybe that's just the blood pumping through his body. Pumping with a beat.
Maybe it's the thought of seeing his wife and son - of holding them and breathing them in, and being alive around them both.

When land appears on the horizon, he can already hear the song. They're too far away for a voice to carry, he knows. Nevertheless, he hears it, the voice of a young child looking out over the sea, searching for him.
Elizabeth Swann, as was.

The first words he ever heard from her.

Yo ho,
Yo ho

"Your gig is ready, Captain."

Will shakes his head, not looking at the Boatswain who readied the boat for him. "That's Norrington's gig now, Boatswain."

He didn't plan a formal goodbye. He's not sure anyone is expecting one. But as he stands by the side of the deck, pulling his boots off, he scans the faces of the men before him.

"I'll never sail with a better crew."

"Three cheers for Captain Turner!"

On the third "Huzzah!" Will dives off the side of the Dutchman into the ocean, and swims towards his family.

A pirate's life...