"Aqua contorqueo" which is roughly "water agitate"
Love that story
are you doing Jack?" asked AnaMaria
was dead tired and had to force herself to eat the meal they had just
they had been working solid and still had the third floor to clear
"Most of the treasure cave is empty, and the emptied water barrels are in place ready for the storm, I don't know about you lot but I intend to have a nice long hot bath before we have to fill up the tubs and turn off the water system." Said Jack with a yawn as he started the process of unbraiding his hair. I'm also going to wash the bloody bedding and dry it with a charm like I did on the Pearl before I sleep in Barbossa's room tonight that sickly sweet jasmine sent he favoured just makes his stink worse." He said with a grimace. "It took six Scourgify to make the mattress bearable on the Pearl."
The crew looked at each other remembering how they had to clean and scrub the Black Pearl to make it livable if the living quarters here were as bad.
"Sounds like a fine idea, would you mind drying our bedding after the crew do their own wash while you are at it Capt'n." asked Gibbs politely.
"Of course, happy to be of service." Muttered Jack, pointing his wand at a stubborn dreadlocks and undoing it with a muttered charm.
"If we are washing the bedding and ourselves we may as well go whole hog and do our clothes while we are at it, I hate putting dirty clothes back on when I get clean." Said AnaMaria with a grimace.
"To do that we have to find something to wear meanwhile, I don't think any off us want to be standing around naked while Jack dries our clothes. The thought of wearing anything belonging to Barbossa's crew isn't something I want to contemplate either." added Gibbs with a sigh most of the crew confirmed that he wasn't alone in that sediment.
"What about that pile of clothes Jack tied up in the caves, a lot of it was feminine apparel but some of it was for men from the look of it before we packed it?" said AnaMaria softly.
"It will still need washing but at least it won't stink of unwashed rotting pirate like most of the stuff we found and dumped over the side on the Black Pearl." Said Gibbs "Go fetch the bungles, you four go strip the beds in the first twelve rooms we don't need to do them all just enough for us at the moment. Marty I saw a case of French soap up on the next level go fetch some for us, better yet fetch some buckets and fill them up. Also search the cases stored around it, if there is soap up there might be other fancy bathing stuff and or some fragrant oils from the same ship as they are usually shipped together."
"Probably where Barbossa got the bloody jasmine scent from." Said Jack.
"That was what I was thinking it's too overpowering to be soap which he didn't look like he used anyway." Gibbs Confirmed, as quartermaster it was his job to find and keep track of the supplies so he had been taking note of where everything was as they discovered things the pirates had been niffling away for the last decade. "I think we need to find you a bush or at least a comb if you are going to wash that tangled mess you call hair." He said thoughtfully "I think you called some when you got sick of individually calling all the different head decorations, and snapped "Accio all the bloody head and hair gear whatever their names are" and you got everything from hats to hair ties and tiaras. Which rider room did we put the head and hair stuff." He called.
"Ninth one down on the ground level, Why?" said AnaMaria.
"I saw some brush and combs being called in that lot, Jack isn't going to be able to get his hair untangled without at least a comb, and as we all lost everything on the Interceptor, we could all do with some grooming equipment." He said running a hand over his own tangled hair and beard.
'I'll go get them if you put the big pot we used to boil the washing up water back on." She said. "We dump them into the boiling water to kill any thing living in the crevices and Bristols. Then Jack can do a Scourgify to clean them up I'll take Cotton so we can get the trunks as well, we stopped using them for treasure so we can use them to keep our new gear in. I intend to scrub out the entire room, draws and cupboards of the room I picked before I chance storing anything in them."
"That's actually a damned good idea we'll make like they were our stuff from the Interceptor, he's not to know we didn't save anything."
"Don't try for treasure in them just personal stuff a purse is alright but only a few gold coins no more than a handful of silver and some copper make out it is your life savings. No guarantee you'll get to keep it but they might believe such a story as it isn't gold which a pirate would go for if they were stealing treasure." Said Jack thoughtfully. "Next time we go out to the Pearl remind me to take enough coin to fill the strongbox in the wizard safe plus enough dirt to make it look like it hasn't been disturbed for ten years, I'll doctor the ledger in with it and age the ink."
"Good idea, make out that the strong box has been hidden from the mutinous crew all this time, that way it will let us buy stuff in Port Royal without suspicion as the ten year old ledger will say it was yours not pirate plunder. We best not all have the same exact amount of coin in our purse as well. AnaMaria might get away with a little more gold than us lowly crew as she will have the fancy dresses and can claim to be Lady Jennifer's travelling companion having sank her boat the Jolly Man at Port Royal you are responsible for getting her to Lady Jennifer's plantation orphanage."
"Sounds reasonable as Lady Jennifer's flighty and thoroughly mad twin brother she would be my responsibility to get her there safely especially as I commandeered her boat for my mission and got it sunk. Tell AnaMaria she is to claim to be Lady Jennifer's god-daughter if they press for details."
"The best lies are always very close to reality if slightly twisted sideways to fit. I am Lady Jennifer therefore I can honestly and truthfully say if asked that we shared my mothers womb and were born the same day. To buy the plantation I had to use my real name therefore my sister became Lady Jennifer Ravenclaw long suffering twin to mad and eccentric Lord Jacklon Ravenclaw. Also known as the infamous Pirate Captain Jack Sparrow which is a very effective cover for the agent known simply as Raven by the British Admiralty."
"Jack that's four bloody identities, you're way beyond eccentric. Have you worked out why you're claiming this island you when you have a plantation already?"
"Oh! That's easy," said Jack brightly "Jennifer might be my twin and only living relative but I simply can't live with her, she's just as likely to burn my rum as Elizabeth if the mood takes her, she's mad you know obsessed with her children. No way am I living with her and a house full of brats, hence my new home close enough to get her off my back about keeping in touch and to run her bloody errands but not close enough for my twin to try and run my life." Smirked Jack.
"That's so twisted it's actually believable." Said Gibbs in wonder.
"Elizabeth burning the rum was the true inspiration, plus it is believable as I always was very respectable as Jennifer, I had to be if I was going to get the kids."
"Marty what did you find?" Gibbs called spotting the half Dwarf lugging two full buckets.
"Lavender and rose soap I left the Jasmine as Jack doesn't like it. Also some lavender and rose oil concentrate." He said putting down the over full buckets.
Jack examined the plunder with a grin it wasn't much but it was better than plain water. The buckets actually gave him an idea that would work well with the washing spell he intended to use.
"How are we going with the boiling water?'
"It's boiling why?"
"If I use the 'Aqua contorqueo' washing spell we need the soap to be liquidised or it won't mix, so we need to shave or pulverise a cake of soap into a bucket and dissolve it in the boiling water." He said emptying the buckets and putting a cake of soap in the bottom of each deciding for one of each essence. A quick spell ground them to dust.
"Only half fill the buckets, Jack." Gibbs quickly warned "Now use 'Aqua contorqueo' to help it dissolve then top it up and stir in a drop of the appropriate oil concentrate. I say we use the liquidised soap on our hair as well it will work in better."
The men they sent for the bedding came out of the bathrooms they had chosen.
"We filled six tub with hot water and put two rooms worth in each tub good thing those tubs are so big." Said one of them.
"Here poor a cup of the soap from the bucket into the tubs and I'll come do the 'Aqua contorqueo' when you're ready." Said Jack giving the liquidised soap to two of the men. "You two get another three tubs ready and then get four more blankets." Ordered Jack tying his unbraided hair back out of the way with his scarf. Then he got up to start the water in the first six tubs agitating.
He was waiting for the blankets and soap in the seventh bathroom when Gibbs carried in the bucket of soap. "Why the extra blankets?"
"So we can cut them up for towels, should get three to a blanket so four of them should get us one each. Here tip the soap in and I'll start the agitation that way we don't have to wait." Said Jack "We still have clothes to sort out. 'Aqua contorqueo'" he started the spell going just as the crew man came in carrying an arm load of blankets. "Just put them in it's already started." He said on the way out Gibbs following with the still two-thirds full bucket of soap.
"I think we might be short on finding something for all the men." said Marty who had sorted out the clothing male from female.
Jack heard him as he came back from starting the final two tubs agitating, "Then I'll take some female clothing and let you lot have the male stuff, it's not as if I care one way or the other." He said with shrug "I've started the tubs going just dump the female in one and the male in the other we'll sort it out later once it's dry. While you're doing that I'll start using Scourgify on all the mattress and pillows." He said walking off tiredly towards the bedrooms.
Gibbs laughed he'd never met a man so confident in his own skin and sexuality or as indifferent to gender roles until he met Jack. For all the blurring of gender roles among Wizards due to Magic enabling procreation between men few Wizard would or could so blithely dress as a female and be as comfortable at it as Jack.
"Go and put the clothes on to wash." Ordered Gibbs "I need to start more water boiling for the brushes and combs when AnaMaria and Cotton get back." The others headed of carrying the clothes while he grabbed the big pot they had been boiling water in and headed for the nearest bathroom to get water.
A look at the agitating bed linen made him grimace, the water was black from the dirt coming out of the bedding, those bloody Muggle pirates had been filthy creatures. He had a feeling it would take a few changes of the water to get the bedding clean. He'd start some of the men on to the job of emptying out the water and refilling the tubs when they got back. The agitating spell should work on the tubs until removed so the new water would hopefully be affected as it refilled otherwise they need to call Jack to restart them.
"Make sure we each get something to wear from the dry clothing." Gibbs ordered turning towards Jack in case he has any other suggestions, only to find him frowning at an elaborate wooden trunk with metal bindings.
"What bothers you about that chest Capt'n?" said Gibbs quietly joining the younger man.
"I think it's Wizard make, Ravenclaw has one just like it. We call ours Rowena toy box but all the Founders had one, I've been using Ravenclaws as the Pearls strongbox it's out in the safe."
"You think it's a Founder chest?" said Gibbs with a gasp.
"Not only the Founder's had them most of the old families had one on hand, the Ministry is trying to ban them."
"What has the Ministry so upset about them?" asked Gibbs worried.
"It has multi-compartments just like a standard high priced Wizard travelling trunk, but unlike the newer trunks they have what they call a safety room where they can hide valuables."
"What's so bad about that, lots of people hide valuables." Said Gibbs relieved.
"Ah! But my dear Joshamee you have to ask yourself what would most Wizarding families including the Founders of Hogwarts consider their most valuable treasure."
"Books, Magical objects." Speculated Gibbs.
"Perhaps but the usual treasure hidden in such chests are the children, these chests are designed to survive anything including fire and water. Muggles had the nasty habit of trying to kill what they didn't understand."
"You think there might be children in that bloody trunk?" screeched Gibbs in horror, "My God they'd have starved to death."
"It's not that bad if it's a proper Founder chest they might be alive they had stasis spells when the chamber closed, if it's one of the cheaper copies they will have been dead for some time."
"How do we open it, to find out?" said Gibbs with a gulp.
"Gibbs, don't put yourself through the anguish, there may not be any children inside, or they are safely tucked away under stasis, if they are dead we can't do anything for them but bury them properly. As to opening it, let us pray it is a Founder box from one of those four families, when Rowena made them she cheated never removed the Ravenclaw bloodline from the lock, she called it her skeleton key just in case the unthinkable occurs."
"The reason the Ministry is trying to get them banned, only a blood relative can open them and if the entire family is killed the children are trapped. Rowena was a confirmed pessimist and decided to make sure it had another way to get the children out if all the adults in the family were killed, the Goblins are the only ones she told the secret too as they are the lock specialists that would be called in. Mm! A Crest, 'Scourgify' he ordered cleaning the chest of dirt.
"Damn that's pretty!" exclaimed Anamaria in admiration looking at the box in its true colours, maroon with brass banding.
"Red and Gold, Gryffindor colours." Muttered Jack.
"That isn't the Gryffindor Crest, close but I saw it every day at Hogwarts." Said Gibbs and the rest of the crew nodded.
"The Founders changed the Crests slightly for the school houses so the Families retained their own identity, this is Godric's original Crest an actual Gryffin instead of a Lion. Which means it belongs to the Potter Family as it was inherited by Dragonis, Godric's grandson he only had one child a daughter who married a Potter."
"The Potters were in Diagon that day, Thadeus Potter got given the Killing Curse, his wife is insane from the second unforgivable. Their two-year-old son was at home with the house elves. Last I heard the Ministry gave the child and his mother to his Uncle." said Marty.
"Cornelius Potter was a natural squib ran with a very bad crowd, wouldn't have trusted that black hearted rogue with a kid especially one who got the inheritance because he had Magic, I doubt he'd have liked being saddled with a insane Witch either. He was hung five years ago for the murder of one of the whores in his brothel in the Muggle part of Tortuga. No one ever mentioned a kid in his charge and as his victim was a Witch the Tortuga Ministry would have gotten a full list of victims and they use Veritaserum. Mainly so they can wipe unsolved murders from the ledger. The boy would have been about twelve when his Uncle was hanged, two years plus the fourteen since Diagon was attacked that makes him about sixteen now. Probably shipped out as a cabin boy to get away from his Uncle." Said Gibbs.
"So we don't have to worry about children locked in the trunk." Said AnaMaria with relief.
"I think we had best check just to make sure." Said Jack with a frown.
"Check the course, could be reefs." Came the parrot.
"I guess Cotton agrees with you Capt'n, no harm in checking, and we might find something useful in the compartments."
"The main one for Muggle inspection is empty, how do we open the others." Said AnaMaria eagerly.
"For that I need a dagger." said Jack they all locked at him shocked anyone could open a trunk with a dagger. "For a drop of my blood." He snapped smearing a drop of blood on the lock even as he spoke. "These older style trunks are tricky, leave the clasp undone. Grasp the lock and pull it out as far as it will go, now turn it to your left until you hear a click then push it back in. Now open the lid we should be at the first wizard compartment."
"Jewellery boxes without the jewellery, looks like its been raided already." Said AnaMaria disappointed.
"AnaMaria check that long box that looks like one of Ollivanders boxes to me." Said Gibbs quickly before she closed the lid. "Two wands, probably Thadeus and his wife's." said Gibbs softly. "What are they Marty?"
"Unicorn and rosewood, dragon heart string and holly." Said Marty.
"Won't do me any good." said Gibbs with a sigh "Even if I had my Magic working this early I need Phoenix Feather, put them aside and we will try them when our Magic works. Let's open more compartments." He said.
"Just repeat what you did before, keep going left." Said Jack
"Wizard spell books, basic kids stuff for schooling children along with children story books and alphabet primers for Wizard children." Said Gibbs. "And this," he said lifting out a large book with the same Crest as the box engraved on the leather cover."
"The Gryffindor Book of Shadows, readable only by the Gryffindor bloodline even a Gryffindor Squib can't read it, useless for everyone else." Said Jack.
"That should be in a Goblin vault." Muttered Gibbs. "Put it back and lets see what's in the next one."
"Muggle children clothes and toys. How many more compartments Jack."
"This should be the last one, the old chests only had four compartments unlike the newer ones that can have seven. Watch it this is the one that usually had the children in stasis."
"Well it’s a room, looks like a nursery." Said AnaMaria
"Master Cornelius has been bad Uncle, has Master Uncle come to let Master Pedigrine and Socky out of trunk?" Came the squeaky voice.
"Oh Damn!" Said Jack closing his eyes in resignation. "No Socky, bad Uncle Cornelius has been punished and is no more, no one knew you and Master Pedigrine were in the trunk so we have found you by accident."
"Master must be a Potter, if Master can open the trunk, will Master be looking after my little Master now?" said the House elf hopefully but warily at the same time.
"Sorry Socky, I'm not a Potter, I'm Jacklon Ravenclaw one of Rowena's line, she made the trunk so a Ravenclaw can also open it. May I ask how old is little Pedigrine?"
The Elf blinked, but obediently said, "Master Pedigrine Potter is half and two years, Master Jacklon."
"Jack please or Captain, please don't call me Jacklon it makes me feel as if I'm in trouble." Cringed Jack almost whining.
"Captain Master Jack." Said Socky obediently.
"Why do I even try." Muttered Jack to himself. "Socky we need to get Pedigrine out of the chest, if it closes and anything happens to me it will never be opened again, I would prefer not to take such a chance with Pedigrine's life."
"Socky will get Master Pedigrine, Captain Master Jack is a good Wizard to be worried about Master Pedigrine." Said the Elf running over to the cradle and lifting out a human child.
"Bloody hell Capt'n Jack, thirteen and a half years that poor kid's lost, and if he hadn't had luck on his side he'd be in there forever. I can't for the life of me figure out how the Tortuga Ministry didn't get it out of that blackguard Cornelius before they hung him."
"The trouble with Veritaserum is that it is literal, Cornelius Potter never killed the child." Said Jack thoughtfully. "By locking the child in this type of Wizard chest, he could say truthfully under Veritaserum that the child was alive as far as he knew. He could also truthfully say that he had given the child every Magical protection available at the time, then all he had to do was let the chest be stolen and as no Muggle can open the Wizard sections the secret would stay hidden. Simply because to a Muggle it is a perfectly ordinary chest, again he could say truthfully under Veritaserum that the boy was stolen and he never found him again. All he could be accused of in such a case would be neglect as he never made an effort to find the boy."
"That still leaves the mother think she's alive."
"Doubtful, if the man was as blackhearted as you say, she probably ended up in his whore house and is probably the Witch he ended up hanged for killing." Said Jack thoughtfully.
"Hanging was to good for the bastard." Said Gibbs in disgust.
"Too late now, he's been dead for five years." Snapped AnaMaria with a growl "We have a baby to take care of." She said reaching into to chest to lift him out so the Elf could come out easier.
"Shouldn't he be awake with all this gabbing going on?" she said worried checking to make sure the baby was breathing.
"Bad Master Uncle Cornelius gave potion, dreamless sleep so not cry." Said the elf.
"We can't do anything about that, he'll just have to sleep it off." Said Jack.
"What are we going to do with him." Said Gibbs.
"For the time being Socky can set all the nursery stuff in the trunk up in the first rider room opposite mine it's still empty." Ordered Jack "We'll have Tortuga check on other relatives if they can't find any I'll either keep him or send him to Lady Jennifer's orphanage." Said Jack.
"Come with me Socky and bring the trunk." Said AnaMaria carrying the sleeping baby as if she was holding something worth more than all the treasure in the entire Keep.
"Young Ana, should find herself a husband and have a few of her own." Smiled Gibbs.
"AnaMaria prefers her own sex for bedmates, told me straight out that she prefers me as Jennifer." Smirked Jack, Jennifer and AnaMaria had a very strange relationship, and the sex was even stranger, thought Jack with a shiver, flushing slightly when he saw exactly what AnaMaria had placed on Jacks pile of clothes. Lace underwear, corsets and silk stockings and garters had been added to the feminine nightwear and two velvet dresses Jack himself had chosen having decided to leave the bulk to AnaMaria.
Gibbs flushed in realisation. "I had wondered when she started putting them into your pile and not her own." He whispered softly so the others couldn't hear.
Jack surveyed the clothing with a
his head, "Lady Jennifer shall be making up for Jack's loss of the
Jolly Man for some time to come I fear from the look of that." He
Slightly shocked, those certainly weren't something Lady Jennifer would
normally wear, more that of a mistress or high priced whore he thought
startled and thoroughly amused at whatever game AnaMaria had thought up
this time for her Ladyship. He really had to see about getting
girl a proper girlfriend one of these days.