“This is a right mess, Cap’n,” his first mate said. He stroked the grey stubble of his beard. “Those pirates marooned us here, wrecked our ship, and stole all our cargo!” He stomped his boot in the sand. “And them pirates was just women!”
Captain Saunders sighed. “They stole more than our cargo, Smitty.” He
touched the ragged hole in his chest and smiled.
“She stole far more than that.”