It was in the middle of the night
When I heard yer call in my sleep
I awoke, found me in silence deep
But I knew ye were waiting in sight.
I sneaked on deck whispering yer name
A splash of the calm sea's yer sign
So I found ye, my friend, fair and fine
We reunited without acclaim.
A borrowed dinghy was launched soon and
"What brings ye here, maid of the sea?"
I wondered happily to met ye
Again, but ye said: "Danger's at hand.
Forgive me to abduct you like this
But the only human you are
Who can free my sister not afar.
Please do not take my actions amiss."
I said: "I won't, my friend. Lead the way."
And away from my home I rowed
"Don't worry, friends, I'll return." I vowed.
As the horizon announced the day
We reached an island, it's pretty small
Shipwrecks covered the bay and beach
Rotten to the very core was each
And death had consumed of the plants all.
Not far away I spotted a cave.
As I came closer, heard a voice:
"Oi! Going in there is a bad choice!"
I turned around and saw a strange knave.
"And who be ye?", I asked the stranger
He was dressed black, looked like a rat
With tail and ears but grinned like a cat.
when I noticed his scythe, he said: "Danger."
I laughed, a daring smile on my lips:
"Me doesn't fear ye." - "You better should.
Do you see the wrecks with rotten wood?
I alone devastated all those ships."
"That's impressive." I had to admit.
"Why can you remain cool?" he asked.
"Where I'm home strange people are amassed."
And I told him about our crew a bit.
When I was done, he sighed and then said:
"What wonderful place this must be.
I'm stuck with a master here, you see.
Despite all my powers, him I do dread."
I smiled him and said: "Don't worry.
Tell me about your master, please.
I'm sure you can defeat him with ease."
I don't know why for him I was sorry.
Both of us entered the master's lair
"Useless rat!" he shouted at once.
"Can't you guard an entrance, arrant dunce?"
"Oh, but he did." I said and earned a stare.
"Who are you?", he demanded to know.
"His demon friend." I bluntly lied
And as expected his eyes got wide.
"I want a favour on you to bestow."
Greedy as the master was, he fell
for a lie too good to be true.
"Of course, there is a price I owe you."
He said, showing he did know the rules well.
My price was a game he could not win
But blinded by greed he still tried
I waited for the demon outside
Not a pretty sight his revenge had been.
The mermaid was freed, the demon, too.
As I left them, he made this vow:
"One day, when your captain does allow.
I'll join the Black Fedora Pirate crew."