PotC double drabble: Determination [James, general]
Title: Determination Author: celandineb Fandom: PotC Characters: James, with a bit of Jack and Elizabeth Rating: general Length: 200 words Summary: James has never before been on a pirate ship, except to capture it. Note: For incandescent who asked for James, perhaps Jack, and gave the prompts "boarding, stars, violet."
James paused for an instant before stepping onto the deck of the Black Pearl. It was a hesitation no one else would have noticed, not even Sparrow—had he been watching—but James was very aware that this was his first time boarding a pirate ship for any purpose other than to capture the vessel and its crew.
How had he come to this? Each decision had seemed inevitable at the time, and right, consonant with all of James's principles of duty and honor, yet somehow the result had been disastrous. He had sunk from being a commodore in the Royal Navy to being a pirate. Were it not for his need to redeem himself, he might have given in to despair.
He ignored the beauty of the violet dusk, the stars winking bright one by one as the night spread herself across the sky, keeping his eyes instead upon Sparrow. That the pirate seemed to have some share of Elizabeth's affection only stiffened James's resolve to bring about the scoundrel's undoing.
While he did not yet know how he might achieve that end, if determination had anything to do with it, James was certain he would find success someday.