March 11th, 2004

Due South

Fic: All He Has

I'm on a bit of a drabble kick. Here's a PotC one. The challenge was "hope". The title is taken from a H. Jackson Brown Jr quotation: "Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have."

All He Has

Light didn’t reach here, so Bootstrap Bill had no way to measure the time since he had been thrown beneath the sea.

He occasionally saw strange lights and stranger creatures swim by. Creatures every sailor had heard tales of, but even the most superstitious thought too fantastic to be true. Even these creatures avoided Bootstrap’s cursed self.

At first he hoped to escape and take revenge on the Black Pearl’s crew.

Then he hoped to escape to dry land and see the sun again.

Finally he hoped to choke on the next gulp of sea water and escape it all.