The stars floated in the sky like raisins in your breakfast cereals. It was still clearly night but as the morning approached, so did the feeling of celebration. After all the day of the world eater festival would be held today. Renshaw was slightly drunk which made him unsure where he was at the moment. After blinking his eyes twice, he noticed his left cheek was resting on the hard, rocky surface of the market area. His back was bent so badly that it looked like his spine was in shambles.
Slowly the mighty pirate captain stood up and looked around. The market was still empty, aside from the ”regulars”. He sat back on the bench he had been a few moments ago, wondering how the hell he had gotten into a position like that. It didn't take long for a blast from the past to arrive right into Renshaw's cheek. Renshaw was thrown back by the force of the blow, he would have one bright red mark of a hand on his cheek in the morning.
”How could you?!”
Before Renshaw could reply, he waited for the numbness to leave from his cheek and then looked at his attacker. It was her, it really was Kaori back in that tavern. Renshaw's mouth grew into a huge grin before stood up in order to take a better look. Before Renshaw could say anything, Kaori asked the same question again, her tone was much more frustrated this time.
She was literally shaking, first she had just been looking at the ground but now her eyes burned a hole through Renshaw's own eyes. Renshaw stood still for a moment, retaining his grin, before he grabbed Kaori into a huge hug which raised her from the ground.
”Gah hah hah!! Yer still alive ya little booger!! I knew ya had it in ya!” Renshaw yelled out before putting Kaori back on the ground.
Kaori had grown into a beautiful young woman, even though she had been practically abandoned by Renshaw. The guilt had always been eating away Renshaw's heart, his tough nature just couldn't handle it well. After all it felt like he had abandoned his little sister, again. Usually if the feeling of guilt hit him, he drank rum like a whale drank water. This combination was the worst possible since Renshaw always started talking rather loud about his feelings whenever he was drunk enough. Trust me it was not something you wanted to listen to.
Kaori didn't seem satisfied with a hug and being called ”booger” so Renshaw tried to apologize the best way he could.
”Uhh.. I had tae leave ya 'cos this huge soddin' white whale attacked me ship an' uhh.. Gah! Ya know how much I hate this stuff?! I couldn't take ya with me 'cos I'm no father material! I'm a pirate captain, feared all across Heoden! I can't be babysittin' a kid while doin' some honest plunderin'!!” Renshaw raised his voice the longer he spoke, thus he nearly yelled at the end.
Rats squeaked in the darkness of the night, escaping the sound of Renshaw's booming voice. The streets were unusually restless, the festival had its up- and downsides. If you stopped and listened, you could clearly hear conversations coming from dark alleyways. Mugging people was the favorite pastime of old crooks, just like Bootleg Ben had shown when he accidentally attacked Renshaw, and later unbeknownst to Renshaw, an ally of Renshaw. Undoubtedly some people had heard Renshaw's yelling, fortunately the two were left alone.
Feeling unsatisfied of his answer, Renshaw continued this dragged and to be blunt, dreadful apology.
”Ye can't even imagine how much danger I woulda put ya if I had taken ye with me. If ye wanna be one of me mates, ya gotta be able to handle yerself in a battle! Ye were just a knee-high runt.. so me an' me mates thought it was a good idea to just leave ya in some peaceful village.”
A deep silence fell on the scene, neither of them said anything for a while.
”Glad yer okay, Kaori.” Renshaw said before looking away.