The Swashbuckling tales of Captain Moses

Chapter V

Early the next morning, Captain Moses was roused by a palace messenger. “Get dressed and come stand before the king.” The messenger barked. Moses got dressed hurriedly, woke up Aaron, and they left with the messenger, spyglass in hand. They entered the courts of the king, and the messenger scurried off. “Please end this famine. I will let the Dyonites go, but please, just make this end.” Moses left the king’s presence, and once he had exited the throne room, he twisted the spyglass the other way, and instantly, the humidity ceased. He went back in to the king. “I have done my part, now let them go free.” He insisted. “Yeah, thanks, but I think I’m actually going to keep them.” said the king. “Very well.” said Moses. He twisted the spyglass twice, and when he had done so, he walked outside and saw that a torrential downpour of rotten dead fish had occurred. He sprinted to his ship, realizing with awe that the fish were not raining over the Dyonites’ slave quarters, nor were they over his ship. He smiled, knowing that the king would not be able to live in that filth for long.

The next morning, the messenger once again came to him and told him to go to the king, and once again he complied. Once again, the king promised freedom for the Dyonites if he would make the fish rain stop. Already the palace smelled rancid, and the king had a servant holding a bottle of perfume under his nose. “Get rid of this wretched plague!” the king roared. Moses quickly turned around, twisted the spyglass, and the raining fish with their rancid smell ceased. The king sent the servant away. “You know what, these slaves are actually quite useful. I don’t think I’ll let you have them after all. Sorry, not sorry.” said the king. Moses was not surprised. He went back to his ship, twisted the spyglass three times, and waited.

The next morning he went back to the king, only to find him writhing and itching like crazy. There were red welts all over his skin, and Moses recognized it quickly as stings from fire-coral. He had personal experience with that kind of thing, being a captain of the sea and all. The king had welts all over from it, even on his face, so he could hardly talk. “GET RID OF THITH PLAGUE!” He lisped. “I’LL DO WHATEVER! JUTHT GET RID OF IT!” he gasped out. “If you say so.” said Moses. He twisted the spyglass and the king’s welts disappeared. “On second thought, now that that’s over with, I’m having drawbacks. Yeah, I don’t think I’m gonna do anything for you. So bye-bye!” Moses left his courts fuming. He twisted the spyglass four times, and seaweed began raining from the sky, covering the stands in the marketplaces, and making walkways quite slippery and dangerous. Moses also noticed that it was raining through chimneys and such, and falling into people’s houses. Moses carefully avoided the seaweed on the street and went back to his ship to wait for the king’s next summons.

That summons came that night, and Moses was woken late into the night to go see the king. When he stepped into the king’s court, he was astounded. There was seaweed everywhere, on the ground, even cascading onto the throne. “I’ve had enough of your games, Moses.” said the king, exasperatedly.“Make this seaweed stop, and you can have your people. They are a nuisance to me.” Moses twisted the spyglass, hoping that this time the king would stay true to his promise. However, when the seaweed had ceased raining into the palace, and the king’s servants had swept up the remaining pieces, the king changed his mind. “Um, so I take back what I say. You actually can’t have the Dyonites.” Of course thought Moses why would he ever concede?

Moses strode to the shore of the beach, boarded his ship, told Aaron that he was going to go see the King Neptune, and plunged into the sea. He entered the courts of King Neptune, and related to him all that had happened. “None of the plagues have worked so far!” he cried. “Moses, I promise you, the fifth plague will be the deciding factor. He will consent.” said Neptune. “However, there is something you must do to prevent the effects of the fifth plague harming you and the Dyonites. You must take a piece of the seaweed from the last plague, and pin it to the frame of the door to your house, or in your case, the gangplank on your ship. What will happen when you send the fifth plague is that there will be a tsunami targeting the first born of every household, who will be swept away and killed by the waters. When King Khalfani finds his young son’s body, he will be in such grief that he will let you and the Dyonites go free. Now leave me, and go perform your work.” Moses nodded, and swam back to the shore.

When he boarded his ship, he told his crew of the instructions of King Neptune. “We must make sure that all of the houses that the Dyonites live in are safe, with seaweed pinned to their door-frames.” Moses went down the gangplank, picked up a piece of seaweed, pinned it to the top of it, and rushed to the nearest slave-home. He knocked on the door, told the owner frantically what he must do, and rushed to the next house, noticing that his crew were doing the same. They all worked tirelessly until every house that a Dyonite occupied was safe from the tsunami. When that was achieved, Captain Moses and his faithful crew boarded the ship again, and Moses twisted the spyglass five times. He ordered his crew underneath the main deck, and ducked down himself. When all was still and everyone was sleeping, the tsunami struck. It brushed past the seaweed pinned to some of the houses, and swept in others, carrying away unsuspecting firstborns to a watery grave. It killed the first child that lived in every home that did not have the saving seaweed. The next morning, King Khalfani awoke to find the body of his son lying on his doorstep, not breathing, and soaking wet. He realized that his young son was dead, and knew that it was because of Moses. An hour later, Moses entered his courts. “Take your people and go. You have caused the death of my child and I don’t any more destruction in my kingdom. Just go.” said the king sadly. Moses didn’t need any more prompting. He left the king’s courts, and told all of the Dyonites of their freedom, and that he would take them away on his ship. When they were all safely aboard his the Emerald, Captain Moses had his crew lift anchor, and they set off for the land flowing with pearls and gold.

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