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    Hell was… not as he’d expected. Less fire, for a start. Fewer devils. Hardly any brimstone. And Stede was there.
    What the fuck was Stede doing in Hell?
    Ed knew Stede was dead. He’d heard the tales. They all contradicted each other, each more ludicrous than the last, but the legendary Blackbeard knew from lengthy personal experience just how wildly tales could grow beyond the origins of their telling, and so he had visited the small churchyard in Barbados and seen the stone there with his own eyes.
    Stede Bonnet. Born 1688. Died 1717.
    Ed wasn’t much of a reader but there were some words he knew. These ones, etched onto Stede’s gravestone, seemed to stare back at him, ringing in his mind with an inescapable finality.
    Died. 1717.
    Stede was dead.
    And Ed wished more than anything to join him.

    In which Ed is surprised to discover that Hell looks remarkably like the cabin of the Revenge and that Stede is there. Probably a demon-Stede but Ed doesn't care. He's damned anyway he might as well enjoy it.

    He does enjoy it. They both do. Then when Ed realises things may not be precisely as they seem, he and Stede take their first tentative steps towards a future. Together.

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    25 Jun 2022

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    Ed stares up at him, horrified. “You can’t cut it up,” he says, both hands now tight in the skirts. “It won’t be a beautiful dress anymore.”

    Stede blinks. “No-o,” he says carefully. “I just thought - well, I thought you might like to wear it.”

    “Don’t have to,” Ed mutters crossly, burying his head in the chest again. “Don’t - don’t steal pictures and wear them, do I. Silver forks in my, in my hair, and ooh, this plate could be a hat, nah. Anyway, who says I can’t?”

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    26 Apr 2022

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    Stede tossed down the invitation card on the couch. “On the contrary!” He scrambled to his feet “You’re not wearing anything that beastly man owned. You deserve something far better, especially for your first time out. If we’re going to a party, you’re getting all the luxury you deserve.”

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    20 Apr 2022

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    The first thing they see - apart from Captain Bonnet himself, all silked up and frilly and a sight in his own right - is the cat sitting primly by his ankles. She's a white, well-groomed thing, coat as pale and smooth as snow, with a delicate pink ribbon around her neck and a little golden bell hanging at her throat. And sure, she's a little big, on the large side as house cats go, reaching right up to his knee, and a bit leggy as well but the crew still takes one look at her and feel their estimation of their new captain drop another sharp couple of notches. 

    This, they think incredulously, is the man that proposes to be our fearsome pirate captain?

    "My name is Captain Stede Bonnet," the new captain says proudly, sweeping an arm out in greeting, looking so pleased and chuffed and ever so slightly nervous to meet them. "And this is Miss Daisy Bonnet, though of course you may all call her captain as well." 

    "Two dubloons on a mutiny by the end of the week." Frenchie murmurs with a sharp bite of mirth. On his shoulder, Beauregard lets out a soft tittering laugh, the songbird's beak clicking.

    "Not taking that bet." Pete replies snappishly, still glowering sullenly at the captain.

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