Sol smiled at the young Frenchmans words. He remained the same gentleman not necessarily of fortune
It seems fair and nobody would press you to make a decision or another.
As for the comment on the share of the treasure, if Captain Johnson or even Pieter and a few others of the Rising Sun
crew were in his place, they would have rejoiced at the proposal. Not Sol, though. He was more for the fairness especially now, when the whole philosophy of the pirate life was under discussion.
Gaspard, I am a pirate, not a highwayman. And if it is true what I do remember, that the new articles make no mention about paying your way out, given the conditions they had been written in, then nobody would ask it from you. We loot the rich noblemen and the kings of their fortunes, not our fellow crewmates! Well check this together, tomorrow, without telling the others why we want to read the articles. You need no advertising of your intentions before you know for sure which are these. Some people might misunderstand it.
Of course there were many speculations which could have been made in such circumstances, and Sol wanted Gaspard involved in no conflict. Spirits might be more volatile than usual, given everything happened recently, and this might be taken the wrong way by some scornful hotheads.
Ultimately, youll need some money to make a better life for yourself somewhere else, when and if you are sure about it. I would recommend you, for a start, when we are back to Tortuga, to save your share and not spend more than you really need. There are far too many pirates who are making this mistake, and when they do retire for a reason or another, they find themselves not as rich as they had thought
or not for much time.
He knew some such cases. Capitaine
Boyer had been no different. He had been lucky to escape alive from prison together with Sol and Captain Johnson, but his health had not recovered enough to be safe for him to sail again. He had been lucky to have a woman ashore who was willing to take him back, and his little savings had been invested in the Lucky Devil
, so that he had always one share of the loot no matter if he sailed or not. The same sort of arrangement Sol had with the Hawk
, who now was aboard, but many other times he wasnt.
However, if the Devil wasn't understanding with his former associate, to renew the association in his dire conditions, Capitaine
Boyer would have ended as badly as many other pirate captains and quartermasters who died in poverty after having recklessly spent lots of riches.
Once arrived aboard the beached ship under repairs, Sol brought the sacks to the quartermasters cabin, even if he was not inside right then. They would be counted and split the next morning, without much fuss.
Now he went to the fire on the beach, where most crewmen were gathered, waiting for the almost ready dinner. He was looking for someone who might know Henry Averys
story. And once he found that man, he would call around Angel, Manuel and Gaspard, to listen to it. Pieter too, as he had been involved in finding the skeleton
For now, Sol simply walked in their middle and asked:
Does any of you know the story of Henry Avery?