Il y a un problème ??” Charles asked Hope.
“I… I never kissed a man- I mean, I never…”
“Not ever?” Charles asked as he placed a hand against Hope’s face. “You were willing to sacrifice your honor for the sake of your crew, no? And offer yourself to me?”
Hope looked into Charles’ face, hoping that Abigail’s suspicions about him weren’t about to be proven right…
“I am honored. For your willingness to do that, I am of course touched enough by you and your beauty to give my pledge to you.”
“On your honor? Do I have your word?”
Charles smiled. “You have my fidelity.”
Hope smiled, but quickly stopped. “But we cannot do anything.”
“Aboard ship, if the others find out that you and I…”
“We can be very discreet in this matter,” said Charles softly, coming in closer but not touching Hope. “We need never be more than just friends aboard ship, and wait until we are fully alone at the right time to be more.”
“I agree. We must be careful, and not let anyone else know.”
“Consider me pledged to you, Hope. Until next time, au revoir.”
Hope returned to the captain’s cabin. She turned in quickly, keeping her face towards the bulkhead, wanting to avoid continuing the contentious conversation with her captain.
Hope made every effort to be asleep before Abigail came back. As she nodded off to sleep, her tongue danced between her teeth every so often…