Once Every Decade @elementianhero22
Chapter 1

Once Every Decade, a series of PotC vignettes by Tsunami Storm

Chapter 1

-A few months after the EITC battle-

"Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me!

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle an' loot,

Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!

We kidnap an' ravage an' don't give a hoot,

Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!

We extort, we pilfer, we filch an' sack,

Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!"

"Maraud and embezzle and even- Hi, Jack!" came a new voice from among the crew of singing pirates aboard The Black Pearl.

"Wait, Will?!" The aforementioned captain sputtered as he nearly choked on the bottle of rum he was currently guzzling. The immortal Lord of the Sea beamed as he waved heartily to his best friend in the world of the living, threading his way out of the still-singing crew members and making his way over to his fellow captain.

"The one and only!" He laughed as he put an arm around Jack's shoulders in a highly uncharacteristic manner. He'd never been this friendly with others before.

"William, are ye- are ye drunk?" Jack nearly chuckled as he looked quizzically at his friend.

"Nope. I'm immortal, and alcohol can't affect me anymore. I'm just really happy to see you're doing okay." Will grinned a bit more soberly than earlier. "Last I'd heard, Barbossa had marooned you and Gibbs on Tortuga." He chuckled. "I see you got her back." He added a tad unnecessarily, looking around fondly at the iconic ship.

"Aye, that we did." Jack grinned, remembering what they'd done to Barbossa for revenge. It wasn't anything too cruel, but let's just say that the former First Mate of The Black Pearl wouldn't have nearly as much of a taste for apples anymore as he used to. [Inaccurate according to movie 4, I know, but I haven't seen that one yet.]

"Oh, I've jus' remembered." Jack exclaimed after a moment, not sharing any of the thrilling details with his fellow captain. He was a pirate, after all, and pirates didn't share. Not if they could help it. "While yer here, I may as well give this to ye." He grinned as he produced an empty rum bottle from his coat. The bottle was corked, and it looked like there was a roll of parchment inside.

"She told me ta give this to ye when an' if I next saw ye. She figured I'd have a better chance a' bumpin' inta ye than she would, her bein' on land an' all." Jack explained as Will carefully uncorked the bottle and removed the paper, handing the bottle back to Jack absentmindedly as he unrolled it and began to read.

"Dearest Will,

I do not know when this letter will reach you wherever you are, if at all, but I had to contact you somehow. I just could not hold it in any longer.

Something amazing has happened, Will. I am with child. Our child."

Will gasped loudly as he read that last sentence, and he would have dropped the bottle had he been holding it. As it was, he nearly dropped the letter in his shock, his whole body suddenly going numb.

"Wot's wrong?" Jack asked. "Somefin' wrong wiv Lizzie?"

Will couldn't speak for a full minute. But then he finally found his voice again. "Apparently I'm going to be a father."

Jack's jaw made an audible clunking sound as it fell as low as it could go from his mouth without dropping off his face. Then, slowly, it morphed into a mischievous grin.

"Well, seems I was wrong about ye, lad." He grinned, and Will looked at him in confusion for a moment before it dawned on him. "Jack." He sighed exasperatedly, rolling his eyes. With a shake of his head, Will returned his attention to the letter.

"I was so surprised when I found out, but then an immeasurable joy burst from my heart and flooded every part of my being. We are going to have a baby, Will! Is it not incredible?!"

"Yes it is." Will breathed in answer, even though he knew his wife couldn't hear him.

"This may sound a bit strange, but I want to have the baby back in Port Royal where we grew up. I know a lot of good people there, and I know that it will be a relatively safe environment for our child to grow up into a fine man or woman. Actually, I'd really like to have the baby aboard a ship on the water so that you can be there too. It would mean the world to me if you could be with me.

I love you, William Turner. Always and forever. My heart will always belong to you."

Elizabeth Turner, Pirate King

"I'll be there, Elizabeth." Will breathed solemnly. "I promise. No matter what it takes, I will be with you when you have our baby." He vowed. He smiled wryly at the last line, knowing that- in her case- she meant it figuratively. But in his case, it was both figurative and literal.

"Tha's gonna take some finagling wiv Calypso if ya wanna do that, mate." Jack interjected thoughtfully. "But- fer some reason or another- she seems ta like ye. Maybe she'll give ye a night off. Ye never know wiv goddesses."

Will nodded, then rolled his eyes again at his best friend. Jack knew exactly why Calypso liked Will, he just didn't want to admit it. Although, that had probably lessened now that he was married. Then again- as Jack had said- you never knew with goddesses.

"What're ye doin' 'ere anyway, Will? Slow night?" Jack asked jokingly as Will carefully rolled up the letter and tucked it into his shirt.

Will chuckled. "You could say that. Surprisingly, there seems to be a lull tonight in the waves of lost souls we have to ferry over. Perhaps it's like you said and Calypso is giving me a night off." He joked, looking out one of the portholes thoughtfully.

"Is tha' you, Will?" The Black Pearl's First Mate gasped, and Will looked up with a solemn smile to the older gentleman.

"Good to see you again, Mr. Gibbs." He answered, suddenly feeling a bit bashful when he noticed that everyone was looking at him in various states of disbelief and awe.

"Ye don' look all tha' diff'rent." Ragetti observed, confused. "How come ya didn' get all- tentacl-y?" He asked, putting his fingers to his chin and miming a tentacle-beard.

Will laughed at that. "Because I'm actually doing my job. Jones didn't, and that's why the Curse turned him into a monster."

"Oh. I'da thought tha' wiv goin' underwater all th' time, ye'd end up like- y'know." He trailed off awkwardly, and Will shook his head, amused.

"It doesn't quite work that way." He chuckled. "Traveling between worlds isn't what turned the crew and previous captain- and the ship for that matter- into sea creatures. It was the Curse. If I were to abandon the Duty- as Jones did- the same fate would befall me. But I've no intention of doing that." Will stated with conviction. Then his expression softened. "Someone's got to guide those poor souls to Fiddler's Green. God knows they've been stranded for far too long." He added softly. [Inaccurate according to Movie 5, I know, but I don't like that they still cursed Will like they did. Why? He was doing his job, right? He shouldn't have been cursed!]

"Spoke like a right hero, mate." Jack grinned as he put an arm around the younger captain's shoulders and rolled his eyes. "Jus' wot I've come ta expect from ye."

Will shrugged and smiled at his feet, the tips of his ears turning a bit pink in embarrassment.

"Did- did ya really 'ave ta cut out yer heart an' stick it in tha' chest?" Pintel asked disbelievingly, and Will grimaced and pulled the left side of his shirt aside, exposing his scar. "I didn't actually cut it out myself, but- aye. At the time, I was- incapacitated, so my father did it. It's not too neat, but oh well. It'll heal. Eventually." He added, not too sure of the last bit.

"I fink it looks pretty cool, actually." Jack argued. "Makes ye look dangerous, an' fierce." He laughed at the conundrum. "Heaven knows ye needed it." He laughed harder.

"Hey, I can be fearsome when I want to be!" Will shot back, slightly offended. "I seem to recall easily defeating a certain captain when he broke into my blacksmith forge. That is, before he cheated and pulled out his pistol." He smirked, crossing his arms.

"Pirate." was Jack's witty reply, causing the whole group to snicker. Will kept frowning at his friend for a moment, but then shrugged and laughed too. It had all worked out all right in the end, right?

"Speakin' a' Jones, ye didn' find 'im yet, didja?" Jack asked, and Will shook his head. "I haven't found Beckett yet either. I'm starting to get a little worried. I found everyone else from that maelstrom battle, and most of them were actually quite grateful for my help- despite the fact that we were previously on opposite sides. Perhaps they realised what was happening on some level. Who I had become." He mused thoughtfully.

"Mayhap Caly' decided ta give ye a break an' chucked those two in th' Locker 'erself." Jack shrugged, and Will looked thoughtful at this. "Could be." He answered. "But she didn't need to do that if that was the case."

"Well- as I said before- she likes ye, mate. Mayhap she was tryin' ta lessen th' burden a bit, 'least until ye get somewhat acclimated ta th' job." Jack shrugged, and Will smiled. That could be true. "She's jus' a gem like that." The Lord of the Caribbean added with a smirk.

"C-Captain Turner?" Another one of Jack's crew members stammered, paling slightly when Will looked over at him. "Mr. Mulroy! I didn't know you turned pirate!" He laughed, honestly shocked but pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face.

"Well, yes. We decided it would be best to join with the winning side. We didn't agree with Lord Beckett's methods from the start, but duty is duty." He answered. "But, I wanted to ask- you didn't happen to find- the Admiral, did you?"

"Admiral?- Oh! You mean him. I'm afraid not." Will answered, thinking of the man's brave sacrifice. "I'd wondered how Jones had got his claw on that particular sword, but I haven't found its owner yet. I'm sure I will soon, though." He amended, smiling apologetically at the former Royal Naval officer.

"Oh, you don't have to apologise, sir!" Mulroy stammered, waving his hands. "I just-"

"When I find him, I'll be sure to tell him that you're both well. I'm sure it will ease his spirit." Will smiled to Mr. Mulroy and his friend, Mr. Murtogg. Then he noticed the unintentional pun he'd made and smiled to himself. "And you don't have to call me 'sir'." He added.

"Then, Captain Turner?" Murtogg asked, and Will nodded. "That's fine. Though it may get a bit confusing when Elizabeth's around as well."

Everyone chuckled at that, and Will spent his 'night off' with his mortal friends and brothers-in-arms, glad that some things at least never change with time. Like friendship.

End of Chapter 1

Well, here's my take on what happened during the '10 years at sea' curse thing at the end of AWE. I know it's been done to death already, but I wanted to jump on the bandwagon too! Or should I say 'band-ship'? XD

I was always a bit miffed that they didn't show more of the friendship between our two favorite pirate captains, so now I'm doing it. I hope I got everybody as close to their characters as I could. It doesn't sound right when our beloved characters are OOC.

See you next chapter!

God Bless!

Tsunami Storm

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