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Blue Sails
June 9, 2021|Short Story

Blue Sails

Blue Sails

Very few know the edge of the Earth… beyond the maps that are shown to the crowds; beyond the idea of ​​a floating sphere in the void. At the true end of the known world, saling the dark and turbulent icy waters, doing everything possible to maintain their ship afloat━Ivan and his crew struggled to survive.

“Captain…” Tledine exclaimed before throwing himself to the ground and dodging a loose rope.

Ivan maneuvered the steering wheel as the ship passed next to giant icebergs. Enventuraly, the currents carried them towards a thin layer of ice. Aren’t they going to lower the sails?

The Land Lover broke the ice with its keel, almost going over it. The pirates managed to hold on until a sudden force sent the forward; the captain held on tight to the wheel until the ship came to a stop.

Ivan looked up… moving carefully—listening to the squealing of wood. “Is everyone okay?” he asked.

“Aye Aye…”

“I think we are in trouble.” Ivan said as he walked down the ladder.

“What are we going to do captain?” Jostas asked. “We’re trapped.”

“There will be time for that…” said the captain. “For now, I need to cool my throat.”

“But…”

Ivan covered Jostas’s face with one hand. Then, he reached for a wooden cup and filled it with liquor from a keg. The rest of the pirates approached, watching their captain drink. “We are alive… right?”

“It’s going to be very difficult to get out of this place,” Grimoul said with her arms folded in front of her chest. She was clearly the taller of all the pirates.

“We could wait for the ice to thaw…” Jostas said before receiving a blow to the head.

“Any other ideas?” Ivan asked before continuing to drink.

“I think…” said Apolinios, “we could reverse the boat with ropes.”

“The Land Lover is not a boat,” said the captain. “But it’s a good idea, you’ll be in charge. In the meantime I need a team for an expedition.”

“He must be crazy,” Jostas whispered to his side.

“We have a volunteer,” Ivan said, putting his hand on Jostas head. “Someone else?”

Some of the pirates around the captain raised their arms, but Ivan knew exactly who he was going to take. He chose his team and they got ready for an expedition into the icy lands at the edge of the world.

“Something tells me this is going to be boring,” Sherina said, “but I’d rather come with you than drag the ship out of this mess.”

“You better bring your weapons,” said the captain.

Sherina spun… showing two pistols and a knife on her back. “For you captain… I’m always ready.”

Ivan looked from side to side. “Well… the plan is simple. The legend tells of a treasure two hours from here—it will be an easy trip. We get there, find something to bring back and return. We have to be back by sundown.”

Jostas looked at the captain suspiciously… until Grimoul pushed him. “Look where you’re going,” he demanded.

“Sorry… you are not in my sight range.”

“Easy,” said the captain. “Let’s save this for later… Tledine, ready to run?”

Tledine nodded and they all ran after him.

Running for two hours wasn’t difficult—at an expert pace, of course. The pirates ignored the cold of the snow. Tledine knew the terrain and avoided the soft snow. They crossed through the icy breeze, certain that they would be the only ones crazy enough to travel the forbidden lands—eventually captain Ivan Three Eyes’ men caught a glimpse of a shadow in the distance.

“Impossible,” said the captain, stopping the group.

“There are no clouds in the sky,” Tledine said.

Grimoul looked up, not understanding what was happening.

“It’s not a shadow,” Sherina said.

“She’s right,” said the captain, looking through a telescope. “It’s a black structure.”

“I want to see…” Jostas said, lifting his arms.

Ivan held the telescope out of Jostas’s reach—he watched him jump a couple of times before tucking it into his backpack. “We found our goal.”

Tledine couldn’t believe what they’d found, even worse that the captain guided them to perfection.

“Take us to the crystal cube,” Ivan said.

Tledine ran in front of the group again.

“You have been warned…” the words sounded inside Ivan’s mind. “These lands are off-limits to his kind.”

“What’s that?” Tledine asked as he stopped and noticed the rest of the group passing by.

“Continuing will cost your lives,” the voices spoke again inside the pirates’ minds.

“Focus on the objective,” said the captain.

Before long, they got close enough to see the immense crystal structure. A perfect cube with six hundred foot high walls. The pirates descended a snowy hill before the cube was within reach. The smooth walls appeared to be made from a single piece of marble. Although its color was too perfect.

“You two over there,” Ivan said and pulled Jostas to join him.

Tledine watched the pirates disappear to the opposite sides of the cube and he froze. Where did this come from? he wondered.

Ivan continued running. Looking carefully at everything around him. There must be something we can take. When he reached the corner of the cube, turned and stopped abruptly.

“What happened?” Jostas asked after crashing into the captain.

“Look,” Ivan whispered.

A door opened on the fourth face of the cube. Ivan, like the others, saw two humanoid-looking beings come out. They did not seem ready for the cold, their naked bodies exposed their blue skin.

“This place is beyond the limits of your land,” said one of the beings. His voice was heard in the minds of everyone present.

“TO THEM,” the captain yelled and the four pirates charged.

Sherina took a shotgun from her back and was the first to fire. Then, she threw it to the side and reached for her pistols.

Grimoul was ready to shoot what appeared to be a small bazooka. The explosion forced her to stop, as Sherina ran past her.

One of the blue-skinned beings began to spin a black warstaff in front of him and deflected the projectile. The other humanoid turned to face the captain.

Ivan shot.

Jostas paused, aiming a shotgun for an instant before firing. Then he ran after the captain.

“Your efforts are futile,” the pirates heard inside their heads, and continued running towards the blue-skinned beings—watching them defend themselves with their warstaffs.

Then, the metal net shot by Sherina fell on top of the humanoids… the spinning warstaffs got entangled, causing the beings to lose their balance and fall. Another metal net fell on them, just in time for the pirates to secure the corners with metal stakes.

“Make sure they can’t move,” Ivan said, driving a stake into his corner of the net.

The blue skinned beings looked surprised.

“Speak in my mind now,” Ivan said before grabbing a warstaff from the ground. The captain was surprised to see it shrink in his palm, then he took the other one and easily placed them in his backpack. “We’ve got what we came for. We’d better get out of here.”

The pirates runned towards Tledine and back to the ship with their treasures.

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Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • June 9, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Enjoyable read. Very unique and relly interested. Kept me engaged.

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:32 am

      I wanted Ivan to live in a magical land. That is why this story is a recreation of Flat Earthers beliefs.

  • June 9, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Wow it’s a good read.

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:36 am

      Just a magical version of a Flat Earthers tale.

    • Levi
      June 12, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      ☺️

  • June 9, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Yolo girls, eh?

  • June 9, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Good story. Being ex-navy, I must mention that ships don’t have stairs, they’re called ladders. LOLGB+

    • June 9, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Lol, you sound like my ex-navy corpseman dad-very particular about ship terminology 🙂

    • June 9, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Yea, we swabbies a bit particular about terminology. Thanks! LOLGB+

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

      It’s been fixed… let’s discover the secrets together.

    • June 12, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      You didn’t have to, but my comment did get several replies and likes. Hope it wasn’t under pressure. Ha! Just posted today’s message. OH! Starting to get the hang of this blogging thing! LOLGB+

    • June 12, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Please support my blog🙏🏿

    • Levi
      June 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      https://bit.ly/3pUx0ew

  • June 9, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    AAAhhhhh!! I still feel the sea breeze. Thank you.

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:42 am

      You had to see all the papers flying around as I was writing the story. Chilly!

  • June 9, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Wait! Is the captain a good guy? I think he is, and then I don’t and most importantly, how can I find out?? I love it, for the record 🙂

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:45 am

      I think the captain is neither good nor bad, but is just an opinion. We’ll see more of him in the future.

    • June 17, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      I can see how he wasn’t meant to be good or bad. He is just only focused on his main goal in mind, regardless of the risks. Not that he is malicious in how he cares about his crew, he just only cares about getting the money. Which doesn’t necessarily make him evil, but it’s still not a good quality in a captain.

  • June 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Great imagery. They must be mighty powerful weapons for them to make that much effort.

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:46 am

      I really hope so… no one is allowed to venture into the forbidden lands of the flat earth without consequences.

  • I found my voice
    June 9, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    So mysterious 🦋

    • June 10, 2021 at 4:45 am

      yes!!!

    • I found my voice
      June 10, 2021 at 7:16 am

      💃💃💃💃

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:22 am

      🕺🕺🕺🕺

    • I found my voice
      June 13, 2021 at 5:25 am

      Love the dancing…oleee

  • June 9, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    I really like your web format 🙂 what theme are you using?

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:56 am

      It’s beautiful… we’ll have to thank the webmaster.

  • June 9, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    You have a beautiful blog. I really enjoyed reading your work so far. It’s like seeing your transcendental meditation catch a large fish you’re sharing with the world. Love the art too. Very inspiring stuff.

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

      Brooke, I’m glad to have you here. Enjoy my discoveries.

  • June 9, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Show and tell in this story. That’s good.

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:02 am

      That’s the only way to properly describe the world in which Ivan lives.

  • June 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    very good

  • June 9, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Hmmm… So the Captain as been there, and encountered them before…
    🇯🇲🏖️

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:06 am

      More proof of life beyond the forbidden lands on the edge of the world.

    • June 13, 2021 at 3:34 am

      Ha… ha…
      🇯🇲🏖️

  • June 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, you’re writing is super compulsive, it feels as though I am on the ship.

  • June 10, 2021 at 1:38 am

    superb

  • Opeyemi Ali
    June 10, 2021 at 2:14 am

    “speaking in mind now,” permit me to quote Ivan, Seb, you are great in fictions. Keep them coming,. Thank you for your likes in all my published posts.

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:14 am

      I’ll make sure to continue writing stories that speak to your mind.

  • June 10, 2021 at 2:53 am

    👍❣️

  • June 10, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Your first paragraph was especially good to read. I like the idea of ‘knowing the edge of the Earth’ and putting your characters in an unheard of and isolated setting in a poetic way.

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Ivan and his crew have the courage to discover for us the secrets of a forbidden land.

  • June 10, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Beautiful read I like it

    • June 10, 2021 at 6:31 am

      Thank you. Dont forget to subscribe. We are on the same page.

    • June 10, 2021 at 6:36 am

      Surr

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:21 am

      Just a taste of the stories to come.

  • June 10, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Many Sailer’s stories are relied to death, it is quite sad it did not stop even in front of some nude blue humanoid on earth. – Lack’s and missals of own projects should not drive any discoverer to neglet the eventuallity of scientific – variable rich data collection and recollection, that’s where a Pirat’s recovery only covers some sporadic and ponctual gains of warstaffs and humanoid prisoners. I thought I might want to denounce the Pirats and cry in reason of theire lack of delicacy, or let’s say precarious policy of secure distance to be maintainen towards foreign Natures, as to unhook a shelling security-recovery in opposition to the steady natural rejection, by wild Nature they have to endure, and that subdues them – even when having made a trofy of some surrounded blue Prisoner.

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:27 am

      I hope that Ivan avoids the wrath of civilization at the end of the world and leaves the prisoners trapped under the nets.

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