July 30, 2014 Leave a comment
[[ Vellira can’t actually write very well, so I’ve titled this as “Thoughts” rather than an actual journal. ]]
Everyone here is so different. I guess I expected that, but it takes some getting used to. Know what else takes getting used to? Being on the bottom of the pile. I admit I’m not used to that, and I don’t exactly like it. People are easy to read though — way easier than books. Sometimes I get one of the captain’s books and sit and pretend to read it. I’ll hold it open (the right way!) and look at the page, and turn it every once in a while. But I’m actually figuring everyone out, that’s an important thing to do if you’re going to be around them for a long time.
First there’s the captain. It almost seems wrong to call someone else that, but he’s a totally different sort of captain, so I have to remind myself of that. Although maybe it’s really not so different, except our ship is a building in the middle of a sea of trees. He’s a little older, though not too much — not as old as Captain Redblade. He has enough scrapes and scars that he’s probably seen a fair amount, but he’s also a huge softie. You can tell when he’s around the little baby, and also if you just look at our crew. I think he’ll believe just about anyone’s sob story and give them a chance — heck, he took me in. I don’t think it’s bad, I’m just saying he should be careful that no one takes advantage. His crew are pretty loyal too, so he must be doing something right. I asked Crankyfoot if he’d correct the captain’s shooting and he said he wouldn’t. That either means he’s afraid of him, or he likes him.
Crankyfoot is the newest guy, even newer than I am. Talk about your hard luck stories! He has a wooden foot and a bum shoulder, but the captain put him in charge of shooting practice. He’s pretty much an insufferable jerk when it comes to that. He shouts at everyone all the time — hold your chin up! Point your toes forward! Your arm isn’t straight! If the target gets hit, does it really matter? I think he’s just trying to prove that he’s useful, and I get that, but he doesn’t need to be so obnoxious about it. I talked to him a little bit at dinner, and he was almost as bad there. I get that you’re sad about what happened to you, but don’t think you’re the only person who’s ever lost somebody. I bet every elf here has gone through something just as bad, but they aren’t taking it out on everyone else. I found out he doesn’t like guys, and he doesn’t want to go up to the school to visit the mages. Can’t tell if he hates mages or not.
Ty is close to my age, so he’s a lot easier about practice. Last night I was practicing my daggers instead of with the bow. I just like them better, and I’m a lot better with them too. Like I said before, if the target gets hit, does it matter what I use? Ty really seems to like Sunashe though, even though he yells at Ty too. Or maybe he was just trying to get us to stop talking about him, I guess that could be it too. He also seems to like Lin, or he’s afraid of her, I’m not sure which. He told Pero and I about a painting that a kid at the school gave her, it sounds pretty funny but he’s not sure where it is. If I ask her about it, she’ll know that he told us, so I’ll just have to look for myself when she’s out on patrol. She usually goes with Gaelardrim, he’s quiet and doesn’t talk much. Ty also told us he’s not single, which only leaves himself and Grumpyfoot. Not very good odds!
Lin had already filled me in about that, though. She says all the kids at the school are way too young, and the people in town are mostly undead. That’s going to make things a lot more boring! We had an undead on the Fortune’s End, though he never went below deck. I guess because he didn’t really mind the wind and rain. There’s a pair that patrol overnight, Orledin and Sorrowmoss. Then there’s the one out in the yard, I guess he’s supposed to be a guard but I question whether he’d really even notice if something came in. Sometimes he’ll just stand and look at one corner for hours unless someone notices. To be honest, I’m really not sure why the captain has him here, and no one’s been able to tell me very much about him.
Perothis is okay, he’s a kid but he has to suffer through Crankyfoot’s yelling with me, so at least I can complain to him. He’s fresh from the city, he moved out here to train and to be closer to the girl at the school that he’s seeing. He’s easy to give ideas to, which is kind of funny too.
Last is Nessna, she’s the captain’s girl and the mother of the little baby, Rylad. Except Lin said that Rylad isn’t actually the captain’s son, he was a different ranger who died in Kalimdor. I guess several of the rangers here had to go, I’m just glad they all made it back safely. Anyway, I like when she teaches, but I don’t usually see her too much because she has early patrol and then usually goes back to their house. Sometimes she comes and brings Rylad for dinner though. The food here is pretty good, but most food tastes good after you’ve been at sea. Supposedly the stuff at the school is even better, so I’m curious to try that. They can’t possibly have a better baker though, Orledin makes muffins and cookies and things every day.