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Title: I Will Not Look Away
Author: voleuse
Fandoms: Pirates of the Caribbean
Characters: James & Anamaria
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: I will not even blink.
Notes: Spoilers for DMC



This island isn't Tortuga, but it's close. James wouldn't normally have stopped here, especially not when the Pearl is disappearing over the horizon, but his quartermaster respectfully insisted.

He disembarks, intending to gather information, but walks not towards the scuttling docks. Instead, he finds himself at the end of the pier, staring into the open ocean, the grey of the gathering clouds.

There are footsteps behind him, light ones. When they stop, he smells saltwater, guava, and sweat. Not one of his men. He turns, and it's a woman. Specifically, the woman from the Pearl. She smiles.

He starts to reach out, grab her wrist, then hesitates. "What are you doing here?"

"And not there?" She jerks her chin towards the waves. "I left the Pearl three months ago. Found a ship of my own."

James leans closer, smells rum on her breath. "And why shouldn't I arrest you right now?"

"You won't catch him if you stop for me." A laugh spills from her lips. "And you want the Pearl."

There's a shout from the docks. The bargaining is over; the provisions are being loaded onto his ship.

He turns back to the woman, wanting to scowl. "I hunt pirates," he tells her. "No matter who they are, or what ship they sail."

She tilts her head. "Then you should sail, before the tide turns."

"Yes." He turns on his heel, pauses and looks back.

"Anamaria," she responds. "I look forward to meeting again, Commodore." She touches a finger to the brim of her hat, an echo of a gesture.

And by the time James is halfway up the gangplank, she's disappeared from sight.


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Originally posted to stoic_honorable.

Comments

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sarkastic
Aug. 9th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I liked this. A good explanation for why Anamaria disappeared without a trace.
moodfic
Aug. 15th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
neongreenleaf
Aug. 11th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Interesting. I like it a lot. Nice work.
moodfic
Aug. 15th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Also, that is an awesome and mesmerizing icon.
bantha_fodder
Aug. 11th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
this is AWESOME.
moodfic
Aug. 15th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
cupiscent
Aug. 11th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
OK, needless to say, I delight in this, because I love these two, and just them meeting is a wonderful thing. What I particularly love:
- the quartermaster respectfully insisting. For some reason, this is just perfect. Possibly because James allows himself to be bound by the logistics and we'd like to think Jack wouldn't.
- scent. So powerful; should be used more but should be used WELL, like it is here.
- she makes him hesitate. It's a powerful thing. *G*

In short: bwee!
moodfic
Aug. 15th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Yay! I am THRILLED you liked it. Thank you!
hetfic_recs
Jul. 20th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Ohhh I love this. Do you think you might ever write more of them?

I dunno why, but this particular pairing has always nagged at me. They are so SO opposite and... it would just be sparks and snarky banter, you know? He'd probably insult her in some hoity-toity language and she'd hit him over the head with something. :)
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