My guest today is Earl. He is a sailor on Queen Dorinda Gold’s flagship, The Scarlett Mermaid.
Author: Welcome Earl. How long have you been a sailor?
Earl: Since the first day I set foot on a ship. I was a nubbin of about six.
Author: You’ve work on a ship since you were six?
Earl: No. Of course not. My Pap and Mam were traders. Had a wee store in Dune Town. Pap brought me on a trip to pick up some wool from Shepherd’s Hook. That’s a little island off the coast. Lots of sheep and goats, not much else. Anyhow, soon as I stepped on to the boat, saw the power of the waves tossin’ the ship about, I knew what I wanted to do. I started on fishing boats when I was big enough to pull my weight. I was twelve or so, I think.
Author: Some call you pirates. What do you think of that?
Earl: Nothin’ wrong with pirates. Some may call us whatever they please. I serve at Queen Dorinda’s pleasure. She makes the law. We mostly trade. Sometime we plunder. But never do we kill nobody that don’t need killin’.
Author: I see. What’s it like being a sailor?
Earl: Hard work. Long days. Discipline. Good grub. Fair pay. That’s enough talkin’. (walks away)
Author: Wait. Okay. Thanks for the interview.