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  • Writer's pictureKL Forslund

NI14: It's Good to be the King

Updated: Dec 23, 2019

“You sure you won’t try it? Just bring it to your mouth, and suck the stuff out.”

Rhoda held up her paw, “Oh no, I couldn’t. I have to watch my figure.”

“But all you eat is leaves and twigs. It’s not healthy.”

Of the many differences between her crew and that of Captain King’s, Rhoda noticed that all of his shipmates were carnivores. No wonder they were so bloodthirsty. The tyrannosaurus had turned his attention back to the egg he was about to suck. Sora was bringing it to his mouth, freeing the captain from the tyranny of having to use his arms. A lifelong ambition achieved for his species.

There was a knock on the door of Sora’s house, Captain King paused from eating his delicacy.


Fully recovered from being sleep darted, Dillan, the Dilophosaur, poked his head in, “Sir, are we loading the crew back on the ship? I mean, now that you’re back from the jungle and all?”

Captain King stretched his tiny arms as he said, “I was just enjoying the hospitality of our new island paradise. After all, we’ve got an army of ninjas, Captain Raptor’s ship, our own ship, and even a used-to-be Ninja Master who’s learned obedience.”

“I know sir, but don’t you want to get back to sea and feel the thrill of the hunt? Also, the ninjas reported that they’ve seized Captain Raptor’s movie collection. I’ve taken the liberty of transferring it to your quarters.”

Rhoda perked up. Movie night was a magical time aboard Wreckless Abandon, maybe she could use this. “Ooh, my Captain, that movie collection is renowned. He has the entire Fast and Furry series. And Puppy Treasure Island, the definitive version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s masterwork.”

“I don’t think I’ve seen Treasure Island. I’m more of a Monster and Commander fan.”

“You’ll love it, it’s got pirates and treasure, and an island. How about Dillan and I return to the ship to get it ready? I can set up a private showing in your quarters while you finish up here.”

Dillan looked askance at Rhoda, knowing the captain’s narrow taste in movies. But it was her neck on the line, not his. He blinked in surprise when the captain agreed. “Great idea. Take what’s her name with you, the small one who fits in my mouth. That’ll help keep this one in line.” He motioned to Sora, still holding the egg.


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KL Forslund
KL Forslund
20 nov. 2019

Thanks for following along, John. The story does indeed have an ending, as the main characters resolve their quests. Rhoda's gotta make sense of her self-assigned secret mission. Captain Raptor's figuring out how to get his ship back, again. Juan struggles with how to become a leader. Allegedly I solve all that in (counts on fingers) seven more fast paced chapters. When I started the project, I wanted a fast paced, complete story arc with a theme (Leadership!). It's not perfect, but it's fun making stuff up for them. I have ideas for 3 more novellas, plus there's the Dino-Pirates Christmas Special which follows this tale.

As to vegan pirates in history? I have no idea. I noticed that…


John Cryar
John Cryar
20 nov. 2019

I too am more of a 'Master and Commander' guy. I was raised eating wild game and was not big on anthropomorphic characters, although I did root for the wolf, not LRRH; However, since this is YOUR story, not mine, here are some thoughts . . .

* Do not miss the opportunity to expand on the movie collection and what it says about what movies the captain watches, what his choice says about his character;

* I do not remember reading about vegan pirates - would they be bloodthirsty enough to be effective?;

* A question - where is this story going?


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