NYWC Weekly Prompt: Mutiny Amongst the High Seas

By Juan G. Rodriguez

The daylight emerges from its slumber sorrowful and cold. Like hands beating upon a drum, the treacherous waves pummel the wooden freighter. The ship’s black sails flutter back and forth in the unsympathetic and icy breeze as the small ship ushers on fearlessly through the seemingly infinite sea. Amid this furious and frenzied display of nature, stood the ship’s captain, a mean-spirited drunk with a one-track mind. And his mind is always focused on treasure. Oh’ the life of a pirate!

“The Golden Age of Piracy” took place in the Caribbean from around 1650 up until the mid-1720s. Almost all films, television series, and video games depicting pirates and their high seas shenanigans take place during this fabled era.

One of history’s most infamous pirates was Edward Teach, better known as “Blackbeard.” Teach captained a refashioned French merchant vessel named, Queen Anne’s Revenge. According to About.com, the ship was equipped with over 40 guns and helped Blackbeard establish himself in pirate lore. Blackbeard wrought havoc around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. But according to Encyclopedia.com, “his reign of terror lasted only two years.”

Robert Louis’ novel, “Treasure Island” influenced many  popular perceptions about pirates and introduced several fundamentals of pirate fiction, including treasure maps and tropical islands. In modern media, there recently has been a great renaissance of pirate tales — from Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, to Edward Kenway’s tale in the Ubisoft video game, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which features an appearance by the aforementioned Blackbeard.

For Today’s writing prompt, you are a pirate  and your captain has taken the crew on a suicidal mission in search of a mythical treasure. Mutiny is on the mind of every scoundrel on this dastardly vessel. Write about what happens next. Do you join the mutiny or quell the rebellious attitudes of your peers?

The "Jolly Roger" Symbol aka a Pirate flag