Sensing victory, the Pirate captain brought the slender razor blade tip of the sword to rest at the heart of his fallen opponent. The cold steel blade was so sharp and thin, that it pulsed with the vibrations of the Commanders beating heart. Sensing the inevitable outcome, the battle around them began to cease and the victorious Pirate Crew watched and waited for the coming ritual. Kneeling down to address the Commander, the Pirate Captain took a moment to soak in the victory and pulled down the bandana as both opponent’s eyes locked.
Now, as any experienced military man will tell you, the most striking component of any battle, is the element of Surprise which appears in many facets throughout the period of conflict. The surprise of the ambush itself. The surprise of a well organised attack or in this case the surprise on the Commanders face when he realised that he had just lost his cargo, his ship and ultimately his life….to a woman!
Understanding the significance of the ritual to the Pirate crew, the young victor paused momentarily and before inserting the blade deep into the Commanders beating heart, leaned down and whispered into his ear, I am Grace O’Malley, The Pirate Queen…. Men fear me!