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Night Children: Dark Changes
Chapter Sixteen: Slaves
As soon as the slave ship was close enough the vampires leaped aboard. Roland wished he could shut his ears as his fellow crew members laughed wickedly. Roland visibly flinched at the mortals’ screams.
Captain Worthing, Ruthless Rach, Blood-Eyed Bill and Abigail Black were already on the other ship, killing randomly. Roland remained at the railing. He couldn’t bring himself to join in on the slaughter.
“What’s the matter? Afraid to leap over?”
It was Paul, the older, fatter pirate that couldn’t keep up with the others. He stood next to Roland and watched the slaughter with a gleam in his eyes. Roland watched him for a moment.
Paul continued, “I can’t make the jump. I’ve never been a good vampire. Bill would’ve killed me decades ago but the Captain lets me stay on. He’s a great man.”
Roland nodded. He didn’t see the sense in challenging the Captain’s authority. Instead he remained silent as he turned back to the slaughter. The Captain of the slave ship was fighting off two vampire pirates. Abigail watched from the side, a smirk on her face.
“I’ve seen you move,” Paul continued. “Why don’t you just fly over there and finish the mortals off?”
“I... can’t. Those are people over there. They’re screaming. We shouldn’t be doing this.”
Paul placed a hand on Roland’s shoulder. “Hey, it’s all right. This is what we do. The mortals do it too. I’ve seen a lot of mortal pirates out on the open sea. Most are just as vicious.”
“But it’s not right.”
“You do realize what that ship is for, right?”
“It’s a slave ship.”
“Can you smell the fear deep inside? There are probably four hundred slaves below deck. Those men our crew are slaughtering intend to sell those slaves. If you think about it, we’re doing those poor mortals below deck a favor and freeing them from a life of shackles and whips. We’re the heroes here, kid.”
Roland thought about it. Paul had a point. At least vampires only killed to eat. Mortals captured and killed for much nastier purposes.
“You’re right. Thanks.” Roland exchanged smiles with the elderly vampire and flew to the other ship.
“Give ‘em Hell, kid.”