(a.k.a. The Oregano Pirate)
"Do you see him?" Jinavra Khemlass asked, clearly amused. "No, I don't, what am I looking for?" "Only the most handsome man in Kagomei!" Hanubris thought he could see the hearts in her eyes. That hurt, he remembered when she looked at him like that. "Well. I don't see anybody like that... Oh, wait, short, tubby, red-haired? Green eyes?" "Humph, I had no idea about tubby, I hear he's been doing lots of physio." "See for yourself." "Hmm, not bad, but yeah, he needs to lose some around the middle. The diadem is new." "The Diadem of the Bameimeito of Kagomei? It's older than the rain!" "I mean he doesn't wear it usually, dork, it's not mentioned anywhere." "That would mean he's moved up in the succession recently, which I hear he did when his cousin died." "Who died?" "His cousin, Shen Kagomei, Bameimeito of Kagomei." "When did he die?" "Last month, slate plague." "Aw, phtewey, I bet the cousin was handsome too!" "Bit young for you dear, he just celebrated his tenth arnday." "Oh, yeah, ok, young prince, but not young cradle prince. This one looks nice though. Who's that with him?" "He's on a private boat, which means the lady with him is his commanding officer, Flora Rolli, Hannabrid and wife." "He's married?" "Married and besotted to her to a level that'd make a sane man sick!" "Clearly that never happened to anyone named Hanubris." "Once, then my enemies took her from me! But I got revenge." "Is this revenge? Was the Kagomei family one of your enemies?" "No, Meihomei, she... let me know of one of my enemies, I am here to pay a debt back." "And this man?" "This man is on the wrong side of the . See there, that speedboat, with the two cannons on her bow?" "Aye, that sailboat can't outrun that!" "What ho, then, for the sailboat, that were are here to intervene, we will ram that pesky speedboat, and therefore pay our debt! Who is with me?" "And that love you lost, she was?" "Just like you are, she was my first officer and a sworn heartmate of this crew, free to leave if she didn't like it. But she did, she loved being aboard ship and the life of a pirate, more than she loved me, but back then, I didn't even think that was possible, for she loved me very much, and I returned the favour!"