the smuggler’s bible

Chapter Five: The Pip King’s Court

“You accuse me of cheating!”

“Of course not,” said Tattersail. “We suggest merely that you have been cheated.”

“I am no cheater! If the treasure you seek rests in my hoard, I have already won it,” the Pip King roared. His two coal-black eyes gleamed underneath his crown. “You were a fool to come here. In my court, a pirate—even the pirate king— is simply a thief.”

“But we haven’t stolen anything.”

“AND I INTEND YOU NEVER SHALL!” the Pip King shook with rage on his high throne, coming to rest slowly with his five coal-black eyes shining angrily.