The Grand Cross: Forming the Shiro Pirates

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Chapter 3: The Pirate Reaper

SHIRO:

“That food was sooo good!” I said as soon as we were outside.

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining brightly as the leaves on the trees rustled in the now gentle breeze. Birds chirped as they flew over our heads. Dogs barked playfully at passers by and kids chased after each other, playing tag, and having water fights.

“I can’t believe you spent over half the money on food,” Ushio said, holding up the bag.

“Do we have enough to buy a new boat?”

“I think so, but I can’t be sure ’till we actually go and try to buy one.”

“Oh good. Let’s go get one and look for a map.”

“I said I don’t know for sure if we can!”

“I’m sure we can work something out.”

“I know, I only just met you but you’re a real pain in th-”

“GUARD THE TREASURE! THAT MAN IS A MEMBER OF THE PIRATE THIEVING DUO! THE PIRATE REAPER, SIRRACO!”

Ushio and I looked in the direction of the voice. It was coming from the docks.

“Sounds like something is going on over there,” I said with a hint of curiosity.

“Please tell me you’re not going to go check it out,” Ushio replied. There was a bit of a quiver in her voice.

“Why not?”

“They said ‘guard the treasure’ and ‘Pirate Reaper Sirraco’. That means there must be pirates over that way.”

“Who’s Pirate Reaper Sirraco?” I asked, confused.

“You’ve never heard of the Pirate Reaper of the Pirate Thieving Duo?”

“Hu-ah.” I slowly shook my head.


USHIO:

I sighed, “The Pirate Thieving Duo are a brother and sister duo who steal from pirates for a living. The brother, Sirraco, is a swordsman, who uses the four-swords style. He fights the pirates as a diversion. Meanwhile, his sister, Pirate Thief Sora, a swords-woman, who uses two sword style, sneaks into the ship and steals the treasure.”

“So if the guy only fights as a diversion then why do they call him the Pirate Reaper?”

“Because ninety-nine percent of his fights end with him collecting the bounty of the pirates that died in the fight.”

“Sooo he and his sister are strong?”

“They’re the best pirate thieves in the Western Ocean.”

“Cool! I need to talk to this Sirraco guy!”

“HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND? THERE ARE PIRATES OVER THERE!”

Shiro, ignoring me again, ran in the direction of the yelling pirates.

Sighing, I reluctantly followed him. “What did I do to deserve this?”


SHIRO:

At the docks, I spotted the pirates and the Pirate Reaper Sirraco guy.

“Look, pirates, I’m not here to steal your treasure. I’m just passing through.”

“Yeah right, Pirate Reaper!” Said one of the Pirates.

“You really think we’re going to fall for that trick?” added another.

Ushio walked up and stood beside me. The two of us watched and listened as the third pirate said, “We may be Pirates, but we’re not stupid!”

Pointing at Sirraco, I looked at Ushio and asked, “Isn’t that the guy who gave us this money?”

“You’ve got to be kidding! That guy was Pirate Reaper Sirraco?”

“I told you I’m only passing through.”

The pirates charged at Sirraco.

Sirraco sighed, “You asked for it...” He took out two of his swords then attached them together by the handles and placed them in his mouth. He then drew his other two swords and held them in each hand. “...Four sword style… Serpent twister!” he said, voice was muffled by the swords.

The pirates hollered in pain as his attack hit them. Scarlet began to soak their clothes.

Another Pirate made an attempt to attack with a sword, “You’ll pay for that, Reaper! Haaaaaagh!”

Sirraco then attached the other two swords like the first two and held both pairs in either hand. ”Reaper’s figure eight slice!”

The attacking Pirate fell face first to the ground into a puddle of his own blood.

“I swear you Pirates never learn,” Sirraco said as he placed his swords back in their sheaths. He then turned around and spotted Ushio and I.

“He’s sooo COOOOOOL!”

“You’re the travelers from the restaurant, aren’t you?”


USHIO:

“Pirate Reaper Sirraco! You’re so strong and awesome! Will you join my crew!” Shiro said, completely ignoring the question.

“Y-yes we are,” I answered, slightly stunned, having seen the strength of the Pirate Reaper first hand. But then I realized something. I quickly turned to Shiro, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN ‘CREW’?” I turned back to Sirraco, “Thanks again for buying us food.”

“No problem.”

“Mister Pirate Reaper Sir, join my pirate crew! You too, Ushio! You can be the sniper and he can be the swordsman!”

At that moment my rage took over. I shoved Shiro into a tree, and before he could even comprehend what was going on, I took out my bow and pointed it at him. My arrow was no more than an inch from his face.

“Ushio? W-what’s the matter?” I could hear a hint of fear in Shiro’s voice.

“You’re. A. Pirate?” I said as the anger filled my voice.

“Well sort of. I’m still looking for crew members and I need to buy a ship, so it’s not official yet.”

“I hate pirates! Why would I want to become one!”

The captain of the crew Sirraco just fought came up behind him with a knife. “I steal from pirates and I have a little sister to look after.” A rock fell on the pirate’s head and knocked him out. “Not to mention I have to go to Turtle Cove Island to pick up my sister.”

Shiro’s face lit up, “That’s where we’re going! Why don’t we all go together?”

We are not going anywhere! I’m not going to travel with a pirate!” I replied.

“But then how are you going to get home?”

“I’ll find a way. Besides, you don’t even have a map or compass!”

“You can have mine. I don’t know how to read a map so I really don’t need it,” Sirraco said.

“Do you have a boat?” Shiro asked Sirraco curiously.

“Yes, why?”

“Ours got destroyed in the storm last night, so I was thinking, you have a map, compass and boat. Ushio needs a ride to Turtle Cove Island. We’re all going to the same place, so why don’t we go together? And we can use the last of the money you gave us on food for the trip.”

“Sounds good to me,” Sirraco replied much to my surprise.


SHIRO:

Sirraco and I turn to Ushio.

She lowers her bow in defeat, “Fine. But I’m only going with you to get home. Don’t think for a second that I’ll change my mind and join you as a pirate.”

Unable to contain my excitement, I threw my hands up and jumped as high as I could in the air, “ALL RIGHT, CREW! LET’S GO!”


USHIO:

Sirraco and I turned to the pirate, “WE’RE NOT JOINING YOUR CREW!”

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