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Benson was at least pleased with the look on her face, good he got her attention. The other crew mate came running as he was trying to catch up. Although a look of concern was on his face already as he wasn't sure of what was going on. Having the pistol out was a dangerous thing but seeing their eyes being on the verge of changing well..he knew what that meant. Still Benson's smirk turned into a toothy grin as he stood there triumphantly.

"Get her in the row boat." Benson ordered. "But leave him."

"But...the Captain won't like that Benson. We need him considering how easy it's too..." The crew mate stammered out, only to go quiet as they were given a glare.

"Considering how he almost ruined the entire REASON we came out here to look at this stupid cropping of rocks in the middle of the ocean!!! He gets left behind. I don't care what the Captain says."

Thankfully due to the arguing Benson was looking away as she healed Sirius's chest. HE winced as he could feel the flesh mending itself together with the aid of Maria's power. Even though that was a bit of a scary thing, it fascinated him at the same time. If mermaids had this ability, then...they were able to heal faster than a human. Maybe that's what made them so elusive. Though as he listened to the men argue, he gave a apologetic look to Maria.

"Please...don't.." Sirius muttered, fully against the plan at this point.

"ENOUGH!!!" Benson's anger filled snarl went off only to be followed by the pistol going off.

Sirius froze but found the bullet hadn't gone to him, a confused expression was on his face as he looked up to Maria seeing that she too was fine. Only for his eyes to drift over to where the other crew mate had been arguing with Benson. Revealing their body to be on the ground with a bullet through their chest. Seeing this, anger surged through Sirrius as he sat there. Benson was always more easily manipulated by their other side but even before this curse, Benson never liked him. He didn't see the point of a surgeon and he would often vote against having Sirius do his job. Trying to make him be like every other crew member on the ship.

Even though his chest was mostly healed up and he knew better than to act this foolishly, he found himself unable to resist his other side. A low growl left him before he rushed past Maria and slammed into Benson as hard as he could, sinking his sharper teeth into Benson's shoulder. Causing the other to snarl back before they both fell into the water with a large splash.


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As Benson argued with the other man as she continued to focus on healing Sirius. As he pleaded with her not to heal him, she ignored him and felt his chest heal most of the way.

Her body jolted when she heard the gunshot. She was about to move towards Sirius when he began to change and lunge at Benson. She froze as they fell into the water. Before long, she jumped in after them, her legs morphing into a white tail with a slew of colors. She began to try and push her way through to get between them and push them apart. During the fray, she turned to smack her tail fins across Benson's face. "Off!" she yelled.
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What she would find in the water was the two men fighting still, despite being fully submerged in the water that wasn't their element. or at least...it was often believed to not be their element. Benson's hair had turned silvery grey at this point and looked to be longer, their glowing brown eyes remained as they sported sharp fangs and claws. That were once more swung at the man that had pushed em in. Surprisingly enough, Sirius swam to the side to avoid it but was easily caught by the other. Resulting in their tussling still going on, making ripples in the water.

The hard and solid whack for Sirius's own claws to go down half of their face! The red liquid dispersed into the salty sea water as Benson sported three long and jagged clawmarks going down that side of their face. Only to be followed by the solid thwack of Maria's tail!! Doing his best to grab his senses back, Sirius's goldish eyes almost turned back to their normal hazel, tapping Maria's shoulder, he made a gesture for her to swim away. Course, he swam to the surface. Taking in a deep breathe of air once he reached it.


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All Maria could see was the red that began to darken the water before she felt Sirius tap her shoulder. When he gestured for her to swim away, she backed away as he went to the surface to breathe. She grabbed him by the ankles and sped through the water. It would be enough to put some distance between them.

Stopping after a minute, she brought him to the surface so he could catch his breath. "Hurt?" she asked, running her fingers over his cheeks and chin.

"Well," said a voice behind them. "Looks like the good ol' doc got us a mermaid."

She looked at Sirius, moving her head back before she bumped it against the rowboat.

The man in the boat leaned over the edge. "Where's Benson? Thought he'd be with ye."
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"out of....breath..." Sirius replied.

However he was quickly left in a state of displeasure as he saw that the rowboat had been brought closer. Close enough for Maria to hit her head on it and the men in it attempting to grab her by the arms to pull her up. If they succeded in grabbing her, they would pull her up and quickly proceded to tie up their catch. After all, they had been searching a whole year for this to remove it. They were so close now.

"He's down bellow, killed Tug with his pistol though.." Sirius replied, his facial expression showing he wasn't amused by this turn of events.


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"Hmm..." the man sighed, hooking his arms under Maria's as she tried to swim off. "Shame, that. We'd have to deal with 'im when, or if, he turns up." As he pulled Maria out of the water, his eyes widened as her tail began to shift into legs.

"Release," Maria ordered.

"Sorry, lass. The cap'n wants to meet ye." Getting the two other men to hold her down and tie her up, he reached his hand out for Sirius. "Best ye come, too, doc. I'm sure Cap'n will give ye somethin' for helpin' out."

Maria continued to struggle under the weight of the men as she was tied down.

"Careful, lads. We need 'er in one piece."
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"Considering half of his entire face is clawed up to where he'll have to wear a eye patch the rest of his life after it heals.....he might come crawling back.." Sirius replied with a growl, feeling the other mindset trying to shove it's way to the surface.

Shaking his head to snap out of it, he sighed as he accepted the help out of the water and into the boat. Sitting there, he stared down at his hands as he watched the claws disappear. There was no way he could fight everyone in the boat. He hated this....sure he wanted to be free of the curse as well but...this still didn't feel right. Just his natural bleeding heart talking of course. The row boat would slowly meander along to the ship, the large vessel resting peacefully on the waves as they seemed to have dropped anchor at the moment.

The men would carry Maria on board and as soon as the crew saw her, there was a loud cheer. Clearly everyone was excited to finally see a mermaid on the ship. Sirius just grimanced, not a fan of this at all. course one of the crew mates rushed to where the Captain's quarters were, a look of disbelief on his face as he swung the door open.

"Capn! They found one!" they shouted.


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Maria sat in the boat, staring up at Sirius. He didn't seem to want this any more than she did. But there was nothing either could do about it. Whatever fate was in store for her, she had to face it and accept it... unless things change and she could escape. She didn't bother to look up at the ship as she was carried on and welcomed by a loud cheer from the crew.

Captain Flint Ripper, better known amongst the crew as the Bearded Beast, was in the middle of charting another map when one of the crew swung the door open and announced that a mermaid was board. His eyes snapped up. "Is there, now?" he asked. "Methinks you've had some salt water again." He pushed the sailor aside with one heavily scarred hand. "Let me see." Hearing everyone barely whispering, he ascended to the deck and scanned the crowd until he spotted a woman with violet hair.

"Well, now," he said, slowly approaching Maria. "T'aint no proper way for a lass like you to be treated this way." With that, he removed his coat as he had a few men untie her so he could place it around her nude body before helping her to her feet. "Welcome aboard the Sea Night, m'lady. I am Captain Ripper, but ye can call me the Bearded Beast." He gave her a wing, though he wasn't entirely appreciative of the tiny scowl she gave him. "Might I know yer name?"

"Maria," she said.

"And who found ye, Maria."

"Sirius."

"The doctor?"
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The crewmate didn't protest being pushed to the side, not wanting to anger the captain.  Still they followed after as everyone stared at the girl and whispered. Only to fall silent when the Captain was on deck now.

"Seems the doc is good for more than sewing up wounds!" A crew mate teased with a laugh, though Sirius remained quiet.

"Unfortunately we got a problem Capn." one of the crew from the row boat chimed in. "The doc here informed us that Benson shot Tugs and killed em. Doc here apparently had a struggle with em in the water and for the moment we don't know Benson's side of the story. You want us to just leave him down there since the doc said that he's still alive?"

Sirius kind of hoped that they would leave em. Benson really didn't need to be back on this ship but...it wasn't his call. Nothing was his call honestly.


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Ripper turned to face another crew member when he said that Sirius informed them of what happened with Benson. "O' course he did," he replied. "I wouldn't put it pass 'im. But..." A sinister grin crept over his lips. "He can come back, but he's mine."

The crew took a step back as he chuckled darkly.

Maria stared blankly at him before looking over at Sirius. "Hurt?"

Ripper's expression softened before he knelt in front of Maria. "Oh, lass. Benson likes to do things out o' sorts. He needs to learn he can't do that. I won't hurt 'im too much."

"Hurt?" she asked again.

"Ye don't talk much, do ye?"

She shook her head.

"Doc, when Benson comes back, take 'er below deck. T'aint proper for a lady to be up here when he does."
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Welp at least that was settled. Sirius rubbed his eyes, feeling a headache gripping him as he hadn't gotten accustomed to this curse. IT was always a struggle, fighting himself mentally and then doing things physically. Drained so much energy at once. Besides the headache, he could feel himself getting hungrier now. Oh the near bottomless pit that most of the men now suffered with in terms of hunger. Considering how much wolves ate naturally.....how much would a person cursed with two other forms need? A lot apparently. Thankfully he was pulled away from thoughts when he heard Maria speak. A slightly tired expression was on his face.

"I'm fine..." Sirius replied. "I still need to finish treating your legs."

How could he forget that? Then again...she had been able to heal him a good majority of the way. She didn't really need his help. So why...had she called for it to begin with? Perhaps it was to make the ruse of a simple woman who was shipwreck? A good strategy he could say. A small look was given to the Captain as they gave him orders and he gave a nod.

"Yes Sir." Sirius added in.


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When Ripper peeked over the railing, he let out a small scoff as he thought he saw Benson swimming towards the ship. "Get goin', doc." He looked at a few of the crew. "Bring 'im up, then tie 'im to the ratlines. He's gonna learn a lesson, ye see?"

Maria followed Sirius below deck, clinging the coat around her body as she descended and kept herself behind him. "Legs?" She glanced down, sheepishly remembering that he was in the middle of tending to her when she found herself in the predicament that she was in. "Oh..." Honestly, she didn't need him to, but he was the one who insisted.
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"You probably don't really need it...considering that well...you seem pretty good at healing already so..." Sirius started to say as they walked though he gave a shrug. "You hungry instead? Not sure if...well...there's anything you would like on board."

His inexprience with mermaids was clearly showing here. Did they just eat fish or where all the old tales true? Oh boy. Hard to say and hard to know until the matter was staring you right in the face. Sure enough, Benson had swam back to the ship. The right side of their face still dripping blood as he pulled himself up onto the ship. Sure enough the crew followed the captain's orders which just caused the still agitated man to struggle.

"What the hell are you doing?!" Benson growled.


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Ripper 's hand touched the whip on his belt as Benson was struggling to free himself as he was tied to the ratlines. "Now, now, Benson," he purred. "Ye know better than to go after the good ol' doc. Who's gonna sew us up if we ain't got 'im?" He unclipped his whip from his belt and began to crack it at Benson's back. He smiled wickedly. "And ye know this happens when ye do that. Just like when ye tried to run away with the blasted pearl." He crack his whip again and again as there was a cruel glint in his eye.

Maria nodded when asked if she was hungry. She began to search through the barrels and found some fish. "Ooo!" she exclaimed, pulling a sizable one out. "We eat?"
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"he wasn't getting her in the BOAT!" Benson growled out through being lashed. "he....almost cost us....the girl!"

Of course Benson was sure Sirius was more in the wrong than he was. And hey they were all pirates but him, the captain should've expected the possiblity of someone wanting that big pearl. Sirius was relieved when maria seemed fond of fish and found one that she liked. A small smile of relief came over him in fact. Though it was short lived as he felt his own stomach growling.

"You can have that one I'm going to at least cook mine.." Sirius said.

Now to be fair, he could eat it rare. thanks to the curse he was able to have a easier and safer time digiest meats rare but..some part of him didn't like doing it still. Sometimes eating things rare, he felt like a piece of his humanity would disappear on him.