INUIT LIFE

By: Malachi Martin Centennial 7th Grader

Non-staff Contributor

Life as a pirate wasn’t easy. I wasn’t a normal one, I was only 12 and doing the job of a 22 year old, but at least I had a knife or as Black Beard called it a cutlass. It was my job to man the cannons and boy oh boy  was I good at it, I could load one in about two seconds flat. Once I turned 14 I had the job of peeling potatoes in the kitchen and I overheard the captain speaking to his  first mate Barker.  Barker wasn’t a friend of mine almost everyday he threatened to shove me overboard (when the captain wasn’t looking of course). Once I tried to threaten him too I tried to slit his neck with my cutlass. That didn’t work out very well. The captain saw me and threatened to fire me out of the Canon. I tried to explain but the captain confined me to my barracks for the rest of the year. One day I heard cannons firing. It sounded like the Spaniards shooting everything that got at us. I heard a loud wham. As our ship started to sink, “They had hit us!” I exclaimed. Immediately water started flooding into my barracks and we were sinking.

I had to escape so quickly thinking I climbed through the hole that the cannonball had smashed in the wall only a few moments ago. I swam almost for a million miles. I thought I finally got to an island just as morning started to break. I climbed up the nearest tree and started to sleep.               

 Just then I heard a loud scream and it sounded like the cannibals I knew were native to this island. This was my first real thrill. I have to fight, I thought. Quickly climbing down the tree I quickly grabbed my Cutlass and hid in a nearby bush. Just then one of the guards walked near the bushes where I was hiding. I thought quickly, I grabbed him by the neck and slit his throat. As for the other guard. I did not know what happened to him. But I didn’t care, all I cared about was getting away. So I ran. And then I felt A sharp pain in my side. When I looked down I saw an arrow . Immediately I passed out .

 

When I woke up I found that I was in a primitive hut. There was a guard with another person there as well. Who was he? My side was feeling better. I looked down and saw that it was bandaged. I  said “thank you.” Surprisingly the person replied in almost perfect english “ you’re welcome.” 

A few weeks later I was feeling better. I had gotten used to the ways of the village. 

 

One day I was polishing my cutlass and the village scout  ran through the village. He ran straight into the chiefs hut. And started yelling in their language I understood some of it but the rest was gibberish. I picked up the words like warrior and attack. So I rushed in and immediately offered my assistance to the chief. The chief immediately turned me down. So the men of the village were assigned positions guarding the village, everyone except me.

 I was locked up in the same hut I first woke up in. A few days later I heard people outside my hut it wasn’t the language I was used to so I cautiously stuck my head out. There was a different guard outside of the hut. I don’t even think that he was from my tribe. So I made a plan to get out. Immediately after dark I planned to escape. So at dusk I grabbed my cutlass and started to cut my way through the hard Adobe hut. The plan worked! I immediately scrambled to the poles that the enemy had set up. I found the chief tied to the pole. Immediately I cut his bonds. Together we ran to the shore.

 I asked him who the people were. He said the barbarians. They have been our enemies for years and have been at endless war.  I will only let you fight when we have no Braves left. Just then  a messenger came in the hut and said “we have been defeated at the ridge there are some pirates helping them “. The chief must have read my mind and he instantly said you can go. But he quickly interjected you will be watched. And with that I ran into my hut and grabbed my cutlass and ran into the jungle.  As I ran into the jungle it was completely silent. Then almost out of nowhere came the sound of drunk pirates near the bay. then i realized it was my old band of pirates. So I hatched a plan while I was running back to the other camp. Immediately Ii bursted into the chief’s tent and I found that he wasn’t there. Then I decided to go to my hut and rest. I was barely s Asleep   when I saw a heat peak in and then a strange sound that sounded like animal noises I guessed that it was my captors language.  I cautiously stuck my head out. There was a different guard outside of the hut. I don’t even think that he was from my tribe. So I made a plan to get out. Immediately after dark I planned to escape. So at dusk I grabbed my cutlass and started to cut my way through the hard Adobe hut. The plan worked! I immediately scrambled to the  Together we ran to the shore. Then at the break of dawn we decided it was best not to go to the village. poles that the enemy had set up. I found the chief tied to the pole. Immediately I cut his bonds. Together we ran to the shore. Then at the break of dawn we decided it was best not to go to the village. So we just stayed at the camp for the rest of the day. The next morning when I woke up the chief was still asleep, so I decided to go to the village and I tried to  find rations when I came back to our tent. The chief wasn’t there. Immediately I went searching in the jungle and for some reason I always kept stumbling on that pirate ship. So  I went in to investigate.  

Then after an hour of searching I heard the  pirates  return. My heart was pounding. I quickly hid behind the cooks counter. Then I heard the cook’s voice,”I will be back after I grab some carrots for the stew.” just then a grotesque hand came cascading down to the food box. I felt the grimey hand of the swine like pirate slowly rap around my hand like a python raping around a rodent. 

Immediately I grabbed his hand and pulled him down. I grabbed a ham bone and conked him on his noggin. He was out cold. I bolted out of the ship and the pirates saw me and followed me into the jungle. As I ran I saw a canyon and I had an idea. I quickly climbed the walls and just like I thought the pirates followed me. I scrambled up the walls of the cliff and just as I planned the pirates followed me up and I came to a big bolder and started to kick it to loosen it. Then it came plunging down and knocked them down like pins in the game 9 pins. When I got back I found our camp surrounded by the enemy tribe. They forced me into a hut with a corpse in it, then I realized. It was the chief! Then I felt a sharp pain in my back and I looked down to see a spear head sticking out of my chest and then everything  was black!!