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Volume I Chapter 2 Is It Really A Pirate Ship?
“Hey, young lady!” The woman and young man frowned immediately. Almost by impulse, Su Su was about to respond she almost forgot, she is a lad, but was able to restrain herself right away instead. Su Su shrewdly laughs aloud, “Thanks, Jiejie.”
Jiejie* Chinese word to politely address an elder sister
“Who’s your jiejie?!” The voice bellowing came from the ship, Su Su looked up to see a young man, half of his body was leaning out of the boat and his fierce eyes were looking at her. His face was childlike but the voice was not small, “Who are you calling Jiejie? You call Qian, jiejie?!” Qin Qian and Su Su cannot help but want to tease him. Slightly nitpicking her eyebrow, she yells back, “Calling her jiejie? This…not good, isn’t it?”
“Sister, Qin Jie look!” The young man becomes angrier, pointing and cursing at Su Su, “I am watching you, you smooth-talking scoundrel.”
“Ok, little Yan, do not say any more troubling words.” My goodness, this young man wanted to cry and hoot aboard, facing Su Su, Qin Qian whispered, “Embark.” With that, Su Su took the lead and climbed on the boat.
Qin Qian was really a gentle and kind-hearted woman. In just a few minutes, Su Su already has many favorable impressions of Qin Qian. Following behind her, Su Su sincerely said, “Thank you, Qin Jie, I will do well.”
Qin Qian smiled and does not say anything. As soon as they stepped onto the deck, they were greeted by the young man’s shout. Walking towards Qin Qian and the man beside her, the young man happily cried, “Jiejie, brother is over here.” The corner of his eyes drift off to Su Su’s body and does not forget to give her some condescending look and a humph, “My sister, who is this person?”
Qin Qian looked at Su Su, and it is only now she remembered she doesn’t even know the new hire’s name. She laughed and asked, “What’s your name?”
“I…” Su Su trying to turn and says, “At home, everybody calls me Xiao*Su.” (* this she meant, Little Su)
Definition of terms: Xiao means little or small; Lao meaning old and shu means tree. In conclusion, Xiaoshu means little tree or shrub.
“Xiaoshu?”As soon as Su Su was finished speaking, the young man laughed and ridiculed until his face turns dark, “This name is so strange, then in the future when you grew up and turn old, you will not be called Xiaoshu but Laoshu!”
The crewmen next to them who heard also laughed. Qin Qian in a whisper reprimanded his brother, “Qin Yan! Don’t be rude.”
After he saw his sister was angry, Qin Yan dared not say anything more and tried to suppress his laugh. Su Su smiled and generously replied, “It doesn’t matter, Qin Jie, but…I also feel like a little tree this time. This name really is a bit weird.” Laoshu, Xiaoshu or Xiao Su, like a boy’s name, a shrub, a tree, whatever, it will only be so for a month, she doesn’t really care if they called her that.
Qin Yan was still laughing but Su Su’s face doesn’t have the slightest displeasure or discomfort while being ridiculed and that allowed her to give a more good impression about her. After a few minutes, Qin Qian directs her to an old man and says, “He is not just old but he is very rich in experience about the sea and the helm of the ship.”
Su Su took one look at the old man; his old face appears to have survived the harsh weather at the sea, his straight back and his eyes reveal sophistication and shrewdness. Su Su bends down from her waist like giving a military ceremony, Qin Qian was satisfied and points at the old man saying, “Lao Yu, this Xiaoshu; she has just joined the crew.”
Lao Yu examined Su Su with one eye and said nothing. He just nodded his head and continued to busy himself with his own thing. Qin Qian was already accustomed to his attitude. Pointing to the men around him, she says, “This is Yu, Lao Yu’s son, you listen to his instructions.”
The man was in his early 20’s, dark, tall and of strong build, a look that resembles a vigorous person ‘who can expel winds from his body’. Although it looks like she was being ridiculed in front of the man, Su Su’s temper has always been straightforward. She doesn’t mind and generously gives a military ceremonial greeting and smiles, “Elder brother Yu, is there anything for me to do?”
Yu Si, his patience was good, for him not to be embarrassed he pointed at the sails in the distance and tells him, “You go, sort the out sails.” [Editor’s note: please understand that the author purposely breaks each point of view into paragraph hence the reason why Yu Si is referring Su Su to the male pronouns.]
“Okay.” Miss Su was happy; everything was going so smoothly! Finally, she gets her wish to set foot on a trip to the heart of the sea!
…Floating at the sea for more than 10 days and finally to the deep sea, but they have no catch. Every day, she was trapped on a small deck and before her eyes were the raging waves. Su Su thought this scene was plain boring, but today’s waves were much larger than before and there was a mass of clouds on the horizon coming their way. Looking at the sky, she thinks it can usher a heavy rain or even a storm.
Lao Yu was indeed a worthy experienced boatman and was very sensitive to weather changes. A quarter of an hour ago, he already asked the crew to lay down the canvas, fixed objects on the ship, and get ready to prepare for the storm. Many of the sailing crew members who have been working for so many years, when they saw the group of thick clouds surface, they have a worried look on their face and some even went down to the cabin early.
Su Su stood on the deck while the sea breeze was blowing. With a grand smile on her face, her heart was very excited and flowing with great anticipation. She was looking forward to seeing the magnificent grand sea but also wants to understand its fierceness and violence, what it was like when its frenzy? This kind of thing, for the restless and not so law-abiding Miss Su, it is a big amusement… a very big attraction.
Staring at the thick cloud spellbound, watching its unpredictable churning, inadvertently, she casts a sidelong glance at the sea in the distant horizon and two black sun spots attracted her attention.
Qin Qian walked out of the cabin and her eyes swept over the deck, and sure enough, she saw her little brother’s deathly paled look with both legs trembling, stubbornly clinging to the masts. Barely standing to look, her eyes also swept towards the bow, and bravely standing on it was the young man with the felt hat.
Qin Qian’s gaze fell on the boy called Xiaoshu. A few days ago, he appeared to be somewhat of a lazy person but at this moment, he actually stood in the front bow of the ship. She leaned slightly forward, watching his bright eyes looking straight ahead, don’t know what he was looking at but he had a very serious face.
Thinking that this was his first time out at sea, Qin Qian was worried and walked towards him, “Xiaoshu, are you all right?”
“Me?” Su Su was surprised and recovered back her sight, smiled and replied, “I am alright. My body is good, Qin Jie need not worry.”
Looking at him spirited and energetic, Qin Qian nods and doesn’t say anything more. She had no choice but to look at the face that was obviously blue and white. Standing unsteadily, however was Qin Yan who still need to dry the deck of the boat. Qin Qian sighs and advises, “Yan, it is really uncomfortable, why not go rest in the cabin?”
Bitterly staring at the young man standing by the bow similar to his own age, his body, compared to him was thin and weak, yet not at all affected by the waves and winds. Su Su was like thin silk thread stirred greatly by the moving storm and Qin Yan refused to accept it, he struggled to straighten his body, desiring to save face, he gathered his courage, “I am not uncomfortable!”
His expression shows a deathly face of suffering, Qin Qian doesn’t know if ‘she would laugh or cry.’*
*Meaning: to be in an awkward situation; something both funny and embarrassing
Su Su ignored the siblings behind her and once again, her attention fell towards the distant horizon in front of them. The two dark spots were gradually approaching and she could already vaguely identify…two ships. The hull seems to be bigger than their fishing boat, in the midst of the reckless strong winds, the full sail was moving fast unexpectedly, as if two threatened black hawks, speeding towards their direction, then swiftly revealing its potential trend which was very strange indeed
Su Su turned around, facing the Lao Yu who was directing people behind, and called out, “Lao Yu Sir, there are two big boats coming in our direction, what ships are they?”
The sea was not theirs but these were some strange ships. After hearing Su Su’s shout, Lao Yu turns his head and casts a sidelong glance. Only this one, his entire body was stunned for a moment. He gains back his composure and in a flash, wallops to the bow. He took the binoculars and his two eyes were wide open staring at the two black ships. Extremely panic-stricken and with the shaking voice nearly blown off by the sea breeze, “It…is…Pirate Ships?!”
“Pirate ships?” Su Su knitted her brows, since 20 years ago, Eastern Seacoast, there emerged pirates who killed and plundered the fishing ports and coastal towns. The Eastern Sea garrison forces were increased from its original 10,000 to 50,000, and yearly they were acquiring new warships, there were also a lot of naval and warfare skill training and her parents were required every year to inspect the Eastern Sea. She had never heard of pirates in Qiong Yue waters, today they suddenly appeared? Lao Yu can also recognize it? There was something suspicious!
“We sailed away from Qiong Yue territorial sea border, right ?”
Lao Yu was fearful and restless but hearing the youth’s calm voice, unconsciously replied, “Just recently, this piece of sea territory is peaceful during ordinary days, also we did not account this as other countries’ territorial sea because all these years we come to this piece of sea area to go fishing.”
“Have previous fishing boats encounter the pirate ships before?”
“Yes……” Lao Yu thought the young man was excessively calm and cool-headed. He turns to look, just in time to see his eyes, dark blue birthmark, coupled with the sharp meaningful glance; he can feel his heart was fair and reasonable.
Su Su brows tightly twisted together, “Why did you not report this to East garrison?”
The people listening on board about the pirate ship, their hearts were already restless. Seeing the two black boats push closer, the fear in their heart increased even more. Lao Yu and the young man were still continuing their idle talk and the people around Lao Yu hectically cries, “What do we do now? Pirate ships are coming towards us!”
“Quick, quick, quick, jerk the bow and put the sails up, withdraw!” Lao Yu gathers, to command the crew of the ship to set sail.
“Do not withdraw!”
End of the chapter
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