CHANGING TIDES

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EVERY STEP TAKES FORMER PIRATE ANNE BONNY CLOSER TO REDEMPTION, A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT

A beam of light glistens through a crack in the wall. I watch the dust particles, suspended in the air, spiral upward and get sucked out by some invisible current. I press my ear up against the crack, listening intently for faraway sounds of seagulls and the creaking wood of brigantines and galleons, the flapping of canvas on the warm Caribbean breeze. I inhale deeply, searching for the scent of the sea, but all I smell is rat piss and the pungent odors of my own unwashed hair.

I slump to the ground, dejected. It’s been 48 days since Calico Jack Rackham and the crew of the William hung for the crime of piracy, courtesy of Governor Woodes Rogers and his pet, Captain Jonathan Barnet.