Rangers and Pirates: 9. Welcome to the Caribbean

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9. Welcome to the Caribbean

Rangers and Pirates Chapter 9

Elladan watched as Legolas, who was clad all in black, continued to stare out the window and tap his fingers on the arm of his chair. The usually so calm prince was a bundle of nerves as he waited for the twins to finish setting up the white candles in a sacred circle.


Legolas sighed as he turned to face Elrohir, who was holding out a black robe. "...you need to wear this for the ritual." Nodding Legolas rose from his chair taking the robe and slipped it over his head. The robe was made of a light fabric elaborately embroidered with silver leaf work around the collar and sleeves and reached all the way down to the floor. Elrohir gently touched Legolas' arm and gave him a comforting smile. "You don't have to do this Legolas, you know that right?"

Legolas nodded and smiled back. "He would do this for me."

Once Elladan finished lighting the candles he moved over to the door and bolted it shut while Elrohir extinguished all the other light sources besides the eight candles. Legolas stood by the circle waiting for the twins to direct him. Elrohir held the leather bound book in his hands and opened it to the spell.

"Okay, Legolas, before you step into the circle you have to say 'Tonight I consciously leave my body', and then step into the circle and say 'Astral shell, awaken when I need you'. Once you say that you must cut your palms with the dagger that is in the circle while saying 'Tonight I consciously leave my body, Astral shell, awaken when I need you'. After that sit in the circle and close your eyes, completely relax your body, and clear your mind. It says that you should feel like a slight pulling when the spell takes effect. Oh and to get back you have to perform the spell again. "

Legolas frowned and looked at Elrohir. "All those risks for such an easy spell?" Elrohir just shrugged his shoulders. Legolas sighed and inhaled deeply as he stepped closer to the circle of candles. "Tonight I consciously leave my body..." picking up the robes slightly he stepped into the circle "...Astral shell, awaken when I need you." Legolas bent down and picked up the dagger, which was made of gold with blood red rubies set into the handle, and wincing made a deep cut on each of his palms. "Tonight I consciously leave my body, Astral shell, awaken when I need you."

Legolas locked eyes with each of the twins as he sunk down to the floor and sat cross legged. He smiled halfheartedly at them before he closed his eyes and began breathing deeply to help relax and clear his mind. After a few minutes he felt a slight tingling spread through his body. It only lasted a few seconds before it passed. Legolas sighed. "I don't think this is working El." There was no reply from the twins. "El?"

Legolas opened his eyes and found himself seated outside in the sand among palm trees that were rejoicing to be in the presence of the elf prince. Legolas got to his feet and looked around in wonder at the beautiful place his friend had conjured up in his dreams. Or had he? This all seemed to real to be a dream. Legolas began wandering around seeing if he could find any trace of his lost friend.

Jack's entire crew was now aboard the Black pearl being threatened by Pintel. "If any of you as much as thinks the word parley, I'll have your guts for garters." Aragorn rolled his eyes as his hands were bound too tightly behind his back cutting off the circulation after only a few minutes. Jack was about to have his hands tied when the Interceptor exploded not far off. Aragorn watched as Elizabeth broke away and began yelling at Barbossa who roughly grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her back somewhat.

"Welcome back, Miss. You took advantage of our hospitality last time. All fair's now that you return the favor." Elizabeth began screaming as Barbossa shoved her back to the awaiting crew.

"BARBOSSA!" Jack and Aragorn looked away from Elizabeth and back towards Barbossa to see a soaked, yet very much alive, Will standing by the railing pointing a pistol at the captain of the Black Pearl. "She goes free!"

Barbossa just looked at Will like he was nuts. "What's in your head, boy?"

Will narrowed his eyes and readied the pistol to fire. "She goes free."

Barbossa just smirked at him sarcastically. "You've only got one shot and we can't die."

Jack began pleading with him in a whisper. "Don't do anything stupid!"

But of course Will ignored him and jumped up onto the railing and aimed the pistol at himself. "You can't. I can."

Jack threw his hands in the air. "Like that."

Aragorn groaned and let his head fall back. "Will dolle naa lost {Will your head is empty}!"

Barbossa eyed Jack, gauging his reaction, before turning back to Will and looking him up and down. "Who are you?"

Jack pulled away from the pirates who were holding him back and stood between Will and Barbossa before Will did another idiotic thing and told Barbossa who he was. "No one. He's no one. A distant cousin of my aunt's nephew twice removed. Lovely singing voice, though..." Jack pointed back at Will. "...Eunuch."

Aragorn felt a smile tug at the corner of his mouth at the disgusted look Will gave Jack before he screwed up again.

"My name is Will Turner. My father was Bootstrap Bill Turner. His blood runs in my veins. On my word do as I say or I'll pull this trigger and be lost forever to Davy Jones' Locker."

Jack half cringed half smiled and he scooted away from Barbossa and moved to stand next to Aragorn while Ragetti pointed out that Will was a spitting image of Bootstrap Bill who had come back to haunt them.

Barbossa looked at Will smugly. "Name your terms, Mr. Turner."

"Elizabeth goes free."

Barbossa rolled his eyes. "Yes, we know that one. Anything else?"

Will waved the pistol around. "And the crew, the crew are not to be harmed."

"Agreed." Jack, who had been pointing at himself let his arms fall to his sides as he turned to Aragorn who didn't seemed the least bit surprised Will hadn't mentioned them.

"You expected different from dear William?" Aragorn said to Jack sarcastically.

"Go on! Walk the plank!"

Elizabeth was shoved on to the plank while Will made his way over to Barbossa. "Barbossa, you lying bastard! You swore she'd go free!"

Barbossa looked at Will smugly. "Don't dare impugn me honor, boy. I agreed she'd go free, it was you who failed to specify when or where. Though does seem a shame to lose something so fine, don't it lads?" They pirates all agreed with their Captain as he made his way towards Elizabeth. "So I'll be having that dress back before you go."

Jack turned to the pirate who was holding him and smiled at him. "I always liked you."

Elizabeth, once she was free of the dress, tossed it to Barbossa. "It goes with your black heart."

Barbossa caught the dress and turned back to face his crew. "Ooh, it's still warm." The crew laughed, while others yelled at Elizabeth to jump. Elizabeth took small careful steps as she got closer to the edge, pissing off the pirates to the point that one of them shook the plank, causing her to lose her balance and fall with a yell into the water.

Barbossa smiled and signaled to the pirate holding Aragorn. The pirate nodded, cutting the rope binding Aragorn's wrists before shoving him towards the plank as well. Aragorn rubbed his aching hands as he turned to face Barbossa who nodded at the plank. "Go on lad you're next!"

Aragorn narrowed his eyes at Barbossa and his crew as he backed onto the plank. "Auta miqula orqu {Go kiss an orc.}."

Barbossa frowned and walked closer to the plank. "I don't like the sound of that." Barbossa stomped on the plank as hard as he could, causing Aragorn's boots to slip on the slick wood and he began to fall over the side. But instead of landing in the water he caught the edge of the plank and held on for dear life as he dangled over the waters of the Caribbean. He thought about dragging himself back up, but realized that no matter what he was going to end up on that island, so he let go of the side of the plank landing in the waiting water below. When he came up he could hear the crew cheering because he fell. Rolling his eyes he began to swim after Elizabeth.

Jack looked over the side at the two figures swimming away before he faced Barbossa. "I really had rather hoped we were past all this."

"Jack. Jack! Did ya not notice? That bit is the same bit of island that we made you Governor of on our last little trip."

Jack turned and looked at the island then looked back at Barbossa. "I did notice."

Barbossa pushed Jack closer to the plank. "Perhaps you'll be able to conjure up another miraculous escape. But I doubt it. Off you go."

Jack held up his hands and pointed out that the last time they had given him a pistol with one shot and that a since there was going to be three of them a gentleman would give each a pistol.

"It'll be one pistol as before, and you and the lad can be the gentlemen and shoot the lady and starve to death yourselves." With that Barbossa threw Jack's belongings into the water which Jack dove in after.

Jack, Aragorn and Elizabeth now stood on the beach watching as the black sailed ship began to move further and further away from the island. Jack sighed sadly. "That's the second time I've had to watch that man sail away with my ship."

Elizabeth took a step closer to him. "But you were marooned on this island before, weren't you? So we can escape in the same way you did then."

Jack just frowned at her. "To what point and purpose, young missy? The Black Pearl is gone and unless you have a rudder and a lot of sails hidden in that bodice, unlikely, young Mr. Turner will be dead long before you can reach him." Aragorn and Elizabeth followed him as he moved off from the beach and into the thin line of palm trees nearby obviously looking for something.

"But you're Captain Jack Sparrow. You vanished from under the eyes of seven agents of the East India Company. You sacked Nassau Port without even firing a shot..." Jack began clearing some branches away from a hidden door as Elizabeth yammered on. "...Are you the pirate I've read about or not? How did you escape last time?"

Jack opened the door and then faced Elizabeth and an obviously very interested Aragorn. "Last time. I was here a grand total of three days, alright? Last time." Jack paused as headed down the stairs and began rummaging around. "...the rumrunners used this island as a cache. Came by and I was able to barter a passage off. From the looks of things, they've long been out of business. Probably have your bloody friend Norrington to thank for that."

Jack reemerged holding three bottles of rum in his hand which obviously pissed Elizabeth off.

"So that's it then? That's the secret grand adventure of the infamous Jack Sparrow? You spent three days lying on a beach, drinking rum?!"

Jack just smiled at them and handed them each a bottle of rum. "Welcome to the Caribbean." Jack suddenly dropped his bottle of rum and pointed past them. "Now THAT is interesting." Elizabeth and Aragorn looked at each other and then back at Jack who was heading back down the stairs.

Aragorn shook his head. "Jack, what are you doing now?" The sound of Jack rummaging around again came from below them.

"I think we're going to be needing more rum. Or at least I know I am."


Aragorn's eyes widened and he spun around when he heard an all too familiar voice call him by his true name. His eyes widened when he saw not Will but the fair haired, blue eyed prince of Mirkwood dressed all in black smiling broadly at him.


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Psycho Elf

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Action

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/02/04

Original Post: 12/02/04

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