THE BLADE TO YOUR HAND
by M. C. A. Hogarth
Copyright 2010 M.C.A. Hogarth
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The sunlight shone sullen on the deck as a circle of pirates stared at two figures in their midst. It was the kind of smudged day that followed a storm, and the choppy waters smacked the hull in a steady rhythm. A thin lion with hair pulled into a tight dark braid and wiry body clothed in patchwork leathers sat on a crate, stropping a dagger while listening.
"And here's the latest of our captain's progeny," Lexander said. The tiger-striped feline grinned. "Donnik, picked up from shore on our last raid, along with that pretty cargo sitting belowdecks. Sixteen years ago, the captain visited his mum, and here he is. Thinks he can cut a pirate's life."