by Keri Austin
The moon shone bright on Port Royal as the Millisan quietly came to dock. Jouslyn slipped off the deck swift and silent as the night falls. She spotted the fort at the east of the town.
"So there you are," she whispered.
Revenge was hers
Jack glanced out the small window of the Turner home. Sounds of a hammer hitting steel echoed in from the blacksmith shop next door.
"Give it a rest, would you Will?" shouted Jack, banging his fist on the wall.
"I'm just trying to do my job, Jack," said Will, sticking his head in side the door.
"Can't it wait till tomorrow?" asked Jack, clearly irritated at the noise.
"Alright, I'll stop for tonight. What are you looking at over there?" asked Will, joining the pirate to look out the window.
"Well, you shouldn't be at the window every waking moment. The commodore is still after you, you know,"
"Come on! Will! Jack! Dinner!" called Elizabeth, "If you don't come now, I'll feed it to the mule in the shop!"
"You heard her, Jack. She'll do it, too," said Will.
"Alright, I'm right behind you," said Jack, clearly in no mood for jokes.
Jouslyn slowly climbed the cliff to the fort.
"Almost there," she told herself.
When she reached the top, she noticed the smooth path that led from the docks to the fort.
"Oh, ya, gotta do everything the hard way! Jouslyn you idiot!" she said, not expecting some one to agree with her.
"Yes, Jouslyn, what a fool you are. Walking straight into a trap!" laughed Gillette, a guard of Port Royal.
The booming laughter of what seemed to be every guard in town echoed in Jouslyn's mind.
"Enough!" shouted a voice.
The troop ceased all laughter immediately. Then, Commodore Norrington stepped forward.
"Jouslyn Black. At last we meet," said the commodore, slowly approaching the pirate.
"You!" shouted Jouslyn, lunging toward Norrington. The guards quickly surrounded her, blocking Norrington. Two guards stepped forward, one taking Jouslyn's right arm and the other taking her left arm, holding her back. Norrington stepped toward her again, pushing aside three guards.
"Arrest this woman!" he shouted.
At that moment, Gillette walked proudly up behind Jouslyn and clamped irons on her wrists.
"Remember this, Norrington! Jouslyn Black will never hang!" shouted the pirate as she was led away.
"Oh, believe me, she will," said Norrington.
Jack awoke suddenly and crept out of the room. He went slowly down the stairs and out of the house. He headed for the fort ahead. As Jack approached the fort, he heard the banging of a cell door. He crept silently up to the barred windows of the jail. He peered inside to see a woman sitting on the floor her hat down over her eyes.
"Are you going to stand there and look in the window all night, or what?" she asked.
"How'd you know I was here?" asked Jack.
"You're not as quiet as you think. And besides, I can see your shadow, mate,"
Jack look in on the floor and saw his shadow, plain and clear.
"Oh, ya," he said.
"Come around back. I'll talk to you once you're inside," said the girl.
Jack grinned and slipped through the back door. He walked in and sat on a bench across from the cell.
"I remember this cell," he said, looking around.
"Who are you?" asked the girl, keeping her head down so that her face was hidden.
"Captain Jack Sparrow, mate,"
"Jack? Is it really you?"
"Er, have we met?"
"Jack! It's me! Jouslyn!" shouted the girl, rushing to the cell door.
"Jouslyn!" Jack dropped to his knees in front of the cell, "I haven't seen you for so long!" he pushed her hat up away from her face, "I didn't recognize you!"
"I've missed you, Jack!"
"I've missed you, too, Jouslyn!"
"Too bad it won't last,"
"What do you mean?"
"I hang tomorrow, Jack,"
"Did you go after the commodore again?"
"Come on, I'm getting you out of here,"
Jack stood and lifted the door, pulling out the hinges. He set the door aside and helped Jouslyn up. He pulled her into a tight embrace.
"Come on!" he said, "Out the back!"
"Wait!" Jouslyn pulled her pistol and sword off the shelf. Jack noticed her struggling to tighten the belt. He took the straps from her hand them tight. "Thank you,"
Jack grinned and took her hand. He led her out the door and to the Turner home. They stopped outside to catch their breath. Jack pulled Jouslyn into another embrace.
"I've been searching for you every where, Jack," said Jouslyn.
"Perhaps you were just searching in all the wrong places," whispered Jack, holding tight to Jouslyn and never wanting to let go.
"Come on," said Jouslyn, pulling away, "Let's get inside,"
Jack wanted to stay where they were, but nodded. Jack took her hand again. They snuck around back and tried the door. Locked.
"Try the front!" whispered Jouslyn.
They ran back to the front of the house only to discover that the front door was also locked.
"Through the shop!" Jack said, pushing the open the door to the blacksmith shop. They stepped inside and turned to the door that led to the Turner home, "Come on," said Jack, pushing the door open. They walked in and ran straight into Will and Elizabeth.
"Jack!" shouted Will.
"Er, hello, mate," said Jack.
"Who's that?" asked Elizabeth, nodding towards Jouslyn.
"Er, this is, uh, Jouslyn Black," said Jack. Jouslyn elbowed him in the ribs and glared up at him, "Captain! Sorry, Captain Jouslyn Black,"
"Where did she come from?" asked Will.
"Er, good question. Heh, funny story really," said Jack.
"Jack, just tell us," remarked Elizabeth.
"A jail cell up at fort,"
"What!" shouted Will.
"Look, you're clearly over reacting," said Jack.
"Over reacting! Jack! You just brought an escaped convict into my house! She's probably a thief or some thing, Jack!" shouted Will.
"I am not a thief!" shouted Jouslyn.
"Then, what are you?" asked Will.
"I'm a pirate,"
"Oh, a pirate? Is that all? A thief and a killer all rolled up in one!" shouted Will.
"And yet you've taken Jack in?" asked Jouslyn, "Is he not a pirate as well?"
"I can trust Jack,"
"And you can trust me, as well!"
Jack stepped between Jouslyn and Will.
"Maybe we shout all go to bed and forget about this," he said.
"Shut up Jack!" shouted Will.
"I will not let another pirate into my home!" shouted Will.
"And I will not leave!" shouted Jouslyn. She lunged toward Will. He raised his fists.
"Will!" shouted Elizabeth.
Jack quickly stepped up and pulled the two apart. Elizabeth rushed forward to hold Will back. Jack pushed Jouslyn back towards the shop door.
"Calm down, Jouslyn," he said.
"I will not calm down!" she shouted, glancing over Jack's shoulder at Will.
"Jouslyn, please," Jouslyn turned back to Jack. She looked straight into his eyes.
'Those eyes' she thought, 'There is the man I fell in love with.'
"Jouslyn, don't start a fight with Will, savvy?" asked Jack. Jouslyn nodded. Jack grinned and hugged her again, "Thank you," he whispered.
Elizabeth noticed Jack and Jouslyn.
"Will, look at them," she said
Will glanced over at Jack and Jouslyn.
"Alright, she can stay," he said.
Jack turned to look at Will and grinned.
Jack took Jouslyn by the hand and led her upstairs to his room. He closed the door, keeping a good hold on Jouslyn's hand. He held her close and looked into her eyes. Then, he picked her up and twirled her around. Jouslyn laughed. Jack put her down and pulled her close to him. Jouslyn rested her head on his chest.
"It's been so long since I've gotten to hold you like this," said Jack.
"I know. I've missed it," whispered Jouslyn.
Jack held Jouslyn as close as he could.
"I'll never loose you again, Jouslyn," he vowed. Then, very softly, he began to hum a song to Jouslyn. She remembered it instantly.
"You remembered the song," she whispered.
"Of course, it's the one we shared our first dance to. How could I forget it?"
Jouslyn silently wept into Jack's chest. He lifted her chin and looked into her eyes.
"What's wrong, love?" he asked.
Jouslyn shook her head.
"Nothing," she answered.
"Jouslyn," whispered Jack.
"It's just, it's been so long. And you'd probably forgotten me and moved on,"
"Jouslyn, I could never forget you. And I would never try," Jack's words were kind, his voice soft, "Jouslyn, I love you,"
"I love you, too, Jack,"
With that, Jack pulled Jouslyn into a kiss.
The next morning, Jack woke to find Jouslyn's hand on his chest. He looked over at her and realized how mush he loved this woman, and how much she meant to him.
Jack leaned over and kissed her forehead. Jouslyn slowly opened her eyes.
"Jack," she whispered.
He pulled her into his arms.
"I'll always love you Jouslyn," he whispered.
They heard a knock at the door.
"Jack! Jouslyn! Breakfast! Let's go!" Will called.
"Well, you heard him, Jous. Let's go," Jack said, standing and reaching his hand out to help Jouslyn up. She took his hand and stood. Jack pulled her into another kiss. Then, he took her hand and led her out the door.
Jack stopped Jouslyn at the top of the stairs. They looked into each others eyes.
"Jouslyn, I love you. And I'm going to tell you every night and every morning. And a thousand times in between. So, here it goes. I love you," whispered Jack.
Elizabeth noticed Jack and Jouslyn at the top of the stairs. She motioned to Will and he stood next to her, watching Jack and Jouslyn's every move.
Jouslyn wrapped her arms around Jack's neck and kissed him.
Elizabeth smiled up at Will. He put his arm around her and they back into the kitchen.
Jack led Jouslyn down the stairs and to the kitchen.
Later that after noon, Jack snuck into the Blacksmith shop to see Will.
"Jack? What are you doing over here?" asked Will.
"Shh! I don't want Jouslyn to know I'm here," Jack whispered.
"OK. So, what's the problem?"
"There's no problem,"
"Then, why are you here?"
"I can't just stop by to visit?"
"What do you want Jack?"
"I can't believe I'm doing this, it's Jouslyn,"
"What about her?"
"I need help, Will!"
"You like her don't you!"
"Will, I love her. I want to do some thing special for her. But, I don't have any ideas. Can you help me?"
"Jack, I've got stuff I really need to-"
"I guess I could help you figure some thing out,"
"So, er, do you have any ideas?"
"Will, if I had an idea, do you honestly thing I would be asking you for advice?"
"Good point. You just met her, right?"
"No, I've known her for a while,"
"How long have you known her, Jack?"
"Well, the past 12 years don't really count,"
"Because, Will, I haven't seen her for the past 12 years!"
"OK. So I guess you have some catching up to do,"
"So, take her somewhere you can talk,"
"There's this place on the shore line that nobody ever goes to. Take her there,"
"And just talk?"
"No, take her there to watch the sunset with you,"
"Yea, that's a good idea. Thanks Will! Oh, and one more thing,"
"Can you fix this?" Jack set a small silver music box on the table, "I need it tonight,"
"Yea, I guess,"
"Thanks Will! You're a life saver, mate!"
"Yea, sure, what ever,"
That night, Jack took Jouslyn down to the shoreline just before sunset. They sat down and Jack put his arm around Jouslyn. She laid her head on his shoulder.
Jack glanced over at Jouslyn. She caught his gaze. Jack looked away.
Jack, what´s wrong?’ she asked, slowly raising her head to look him in the eye.
Nothing, Jous, it´s nothing,’ Jack answered.
Jack, there´s some thing wrong. I can tell. Now, what is it?’
Just, you hadn´t forgotten about me, had you?’
Of course not, Jack! I´ve been looking for you for the past 10 years. After you promised you´d be back in a year, and never came home, I got worried,’ Jouslyn wrapped her arms around Jack, I was afraid something had happened to you, Jack,’ She wept into Jack´s shoulder.
Don´t cry, love. Please don´t cry,’ Jack pulled Jouslyn into his arms. He had no idea what to do, Look at it this way; I´m back now. And I´ll never leave you again,’ Jouslyn looked into Jack´s eyes as he wiped a tear from her face.
I love you, Captain Jack Sparrow,’ she whispered.
I love you, too, Jous,’
Jack leaned back against the rock behind him. Jouslyn laid her head on his chest and he put his arm around her.
Jous,’ whispered Jack.
I think this belongs to you,’ Jack pulled the silver box out of his pocket and held it up where Jouslyn could see it.
My music box,’ Jouslyn whispered, taking the delicately carved box into her hands.
I thought you might want it,’
Oh, Jack!’ she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him, Thank you,’
Come on,’ Jack said, standing and holding his hand out to Jouslyn. As Jouslyn stood, Jack kissed the back of her hand. They looked into each other´s eyes.
Will you marry me?’
Jouslyn noticed the longing in Jack´s eyes and grew quiet. She wasn´t rightly sure what to say.
Jack spotted Jouslyn´s unsure gaze and decided to prove how much he loved her. He pulled her into his arms and kissed her. He did his best to pour all his undying love for her into that one small, passionate kiss.
Yes,’ Jouslyn whispered when they parted, Yes, Jack! I will marry you!’
Jack grinned. He picked her up and twirled her around.
I love you Jouslyn Black! I love you with all my heart!’ he shouted.
He set her down and pulled her into his arms. They kissed, making it even more passionate than the last, and sealing their fate and love forever.
As Jack and Jouslyn made their way back to the Turner home, Jack slowly moved his hand closer to Jouslyn´s. By the time they were passing the fort, her hand was in his.
When they reached the blacksmith shop, Jack stopped her and they kissed. Jouslyn started to pull away, but Jack´s grip was tight. She finally gave in and continued the kiss. They slowly broke apart and he pushed the door open. They slipped through the door way and stopped.
Jack pulled Jouslyn into another kiss. As they broke apart and headed for the door, Jack tripped and bumped into a table, knocking off the tools that were placed on it. Hammers went crashing onto the floor.
Jouslyn began to laugh as Jack looked down at the scattered tools. He shrugged and turned back to Jouslyn. He grinned as he looked into her eyes. She smiled and wrapped her arms around his neck.
Jack, you´re an idiot,’ she whispered, laughing softly into his ear.
Hmm... Am I?’ he asked, softly kissing her hand.
C´mon, let´s go inside,’ Jouslyn whispered.
Alright,’ Jack took her hand and turned to the door, Wait,’ he turned to face Jouslyn. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her into another kiss. Jouslyn slowly pushed him away.
Wait,’ she looked to the door that led to the Turner home, Did you hear that?’
Hear what?’ Jack asked, slowly moving in for another kiss.
Jack stop,’ Jouslyn pushed him away and stepped outside again.
Standing outside the Blacksmith shop were the guards of Port Royal. Four guards rushed over to her, chaining her wrists together.
Jack!’ Jouslyn screamed.
Get her out of here!’ shouted Gillette, You men, get Sparrow!’
Two of the guards began to lead Jouslyn away, and five others went in after Jack.
Jack, look out!’ she shouted, trying to warn him before he was attacked.
When Jack was brought into the jail, he was thrown into a cell and left. Jouslyn was no where in sight. The doors to the prison opened and Norrington came down the stairs and slowly approached Jack´s cell.
Well, well, well, Jack Sparrow,’ he said.
Commodore,’ Jack said, slightly nodding.
I see you´ve been here awhile. If you´ve already found out how to break into a Blacksmith shop,’
Where is she?’ Jack demanded.
Where is who?’
Black had an over due date with the gallows. I hated for her to have missed it. She´s there now,’
If you hurt her-’
You´ll do what? You have no way of getting out of this cell and you visit the gallows at dawn. And this time, Mr. Turner and Miss Swann will not be present,’ Norrington turned and walked out of the jail, leaving Jack alone in his cell.
Jack heard a drum roll begin and rushed to the window to see the hangman tighten the noose around Jouslyn´s neck. The drum roll ceased and Jack saw Norrington nod to the hangman, who pulled the lever, releasing the trapdoor.
Jouslyn shut her eyes tight when the drumming stopped. She knew what would come next. She heard the trap door open and felt the rope tightening around her neck as she dropped. She heard gunshot coming from the jail.
Jack watched as Jouslyn dropped from the platform. He heard a gun fire. It seemed to be coming from directly above his cell. He watched the bullet slice the rope once. It flew farther, far enough to take out one of the guards. Another shot was fired and the bullet sliced the rest of the rope. Jack saw Jouslyn fall to the ground. She wasn´t moving. She didn´t get up.
Some one jumped down from the prison roof. A girl, whom Jack recognized immediately as his sister.
Amaryn!’ he shouted.
´Ello Jack!’ Amaryn said, grinning, Watch out,’
Amaryn raised her pistol and shot at the lock, breaking it. Jack grabbed his pistol and sword.
As they ran toward the gallows, they drew their swords. Amaryn went straight to the first guard that even dared to attack, but Jack ran right to Jouslyn.
He found her knocked unconscious under the gallows. He dropped to his knees next to her.
Jouslyn,’ he whispered.
One of the soldiers spotted Jack and slowly began to approach him, sword drawn.
Jack, watch out!’ shouted Amaryn.
Jack turned and drove his sword into the guard. He slowly slid his sword back into its scabbard before turning back to Jouslyn. He lifted her into his arms.
Amaryn, we have to get her out of here!’ he shouted, Hold on Jouslyn, love, hold on,’ he whispered to Jouslyn.
After finishing off the guard in front of her, Amaryn pulled out her pistol and shot the last two guards. She walked over to Jack, grinning and twirling her pistol on her finger. Then she noticed that Jack wasn´t watching. He was looking at the woman in his arms.
Jack, whose this?’ Amaryn asked.
Jack didn´t answer. He didn´t even look up at her. He was focused on Jouslyn.
Amaryn knelt down next to her brother. She saw the small tear in the corner of his eye. In all the years she had known Jack, she had never seen him cry.
Could it be her brother was actually- no! It was an absurd thought. She knew Jack would never dedicate himself to one woman. Or would he?
Come on, we have to get her back to Will and Elizabeth,’ Jack said, slowly standing, careful not to drop Jouslyn.
Jack led Amaryn to the blacksmith shop.
Get the door,’ he said.
Amaryn tried to push the door open, but it wouldn´t budge.
It´s locked,’ she said.
Great! We´ll have to wake Will up. Come on, around back,’
They hurried around the back of the house.
Ok, that´s his window up there,’ Jack said, nodding towards the first window on the second floor.
Throw a rock at it or something!’
Amaryn picked up a small rock and launched it at the window.
You missed,’ Jack said, watching the rock bounce off the side of house, three feet away from the window.
Will! Will! Will, wake up!’ Jack shouted.
Jack, what do you want?’ Will called.
It´s Jouslyn! Let us in!’ Jack shouted.
Will nodded and turned back to see Elizabeth standing behind him.
What are you waiting for? Go open the door!’ Elizabeth said, smiling slightly.
Will ran down the stairs and opened the back door. Jack stepped inside, followed by Amaryn.
Jack, what happened?’ Will asked, spotting the red line that circled Jouslyn´s neck.
We had a little run in with Norrington,’ Jack answered.
What´d he do to Jouslyn?’
He hung her,’
Oh, I´m sorry Jack,’
It´s alright, Will. She´s still alive,’
Elizabeth came rushing into the room.
Jack! Bring her in here,’ she said, leading him into another bedroom.
Jack gently laid Jouslyn on the bed. He knelt next her and took her hand.
Jack, maybe you should go outside with Will,’ Elizabeth said.
No! I´m staying here. Until she wakes up,’
Jack I really think you should-’
Elizabeth walked over Jouslyn and noticed the red line around her neck.
Why couldn´t it have been me instead,’ Jack whispered.
Jack, don´t say that,’ Elizabeth knelt next to Jack, It wasn´t your fault,’
I know. But I wish it had been me, instead of her. That it would be me that has to live with the horrible memory of rope burning my neck and not her,’
Elizabeth smiled up at the pirate and stood.
I´ll leave you alone with her, Jack,’ she whispered. She turned and left, gently closing the door behind her.
You have to wake up Jouslyn, love, please. I don´t want to loose you now. I love you,’ Jack whispered.
He stood and left the room. He stopped at the top of the stair case and thought back to that morning when he and Jouslyn had stood there.
‘I might not ever get to tell you that I love you again, Jous,´ he thought, ‘At least, not tell you and see you smiling back at me,´
He continued down the stairs to find Will, Elizabeth, and Amaryn sitting in the dining room. They all turned to him as he appeared in the door way. He smiled slightly and sat down.
Jouslyn?’ he said, stunned.
Hey Will,’ she said, her voice raspy and rough.
Does Jack know you´re up?’
No. If he knew, he wouldn´t leave me alone. Us being engaged and all,’
You mean he didn´t tell you?’
He purposed to me that night at the beach,’
Really? Jack Sparrow actually purposed? Was he serious or is this a joke?’
He was serious,’
Wow what?’ Elizabeth asked from the top of the stairs.
Jack purposed to Jouslyn,’
Seriously,’ Jouslyn answered.
It´s good to see you up again, Jouslyn. How are you feeling?’ Elizabeth asked.
Jouslyn? Is that you?’ Jack asked as he descended the stairs.
It´s me Jack,’
Jouslyn! I´ve been so worried about you! I thought I´d never speak to you again!’
Well, I´m back now,’
Jack ran into the room and captured Jouslyn in a kiss. He lifted her up and spun her around.
I´m never going to let you go again! I love you Jouslyn Black!’ he cried.
Will and Elizabeth watched in awe. They never thought that Jack would settle down. And yet, here he was. Engaged!
What´s all the racket?’ Amaryn asked as she joined the group in the kitchen.
Jack and Jouslyn are engaged,’ Will answered.
ENGAGED?????? And you weren´t going to tell me????’
Well, I wanted to wait until Jouslyn was here with me,’
I see. So you´re Jouslyn, uh?’ Amaryn stepped up to Jouslyn.
Yes, and who are you?’ Jouslyn asked.
Amaryn Sparrow. So you´re the one my brother´s to marry?’
What´s you´re full name?’
Any relation to Arestor Black?’
He was my father,’
I see,’ Amaryn quickly grabbed Jouslyn´s wrist and yanked up the sleeve. She carefully examined the pirate mark that had been burned into her wrist, So, do you have a ship?’
Where is it?’
I believe it´s still in the port,’
I see. Ever been married before?’
How long have you known my brother?’
This is the one, Jack?’
Yeah, this is the one,’ Jack answered.
Any other questions?’ Jouslyn asked.
Yes. Do you love my brother?’
More than anything,’
Do you swear it?’
I swear it on the Pirate´s Code,’
I´m holding you to that, mate!’
So, are you done yet?’
Yeah! I approve!’
Two days later, Jack, Jouslyn, and Amaryn set out at dusk for the docks. Will advised them to take all the back roads. Jack and Jouslyn were planning to go somewhere to be married, and Amaryn insisted on being there for her brotherís wedding. Will and Elizabeth told them to send notice for an exact date of the wedding and they would come. Jack said that he would send Anamaria down with the Black Pearl to pick them up.
Jack begged and pleaded with Jouslyn to let him sail her ship, but she insisted on sailing it herself, after all, it was her ship. Amaryn wasnít going to join in on the argument and pleading. She just took her own ship. They kept there ships about 20 feet away from each other in case Norrington sent out ships after them. They agreed that they would help each other if they needed it.