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A Pirate's Soul Chapter 1Chapter 1:: Katsu's Offer
The yearly festival was coming to Foosha Village. It's taken months to prepare for the one week of nothing but fun and adventure. Live music, fresh food, and partying till your legs break (literally, three years ago). People from nearby islands came to this festival. Even some royals up from Goa come down to celebrate.
"Jade, I think you're old enough to participate in the Talent Show." Makino said, wiping down the counter at the Party's Bar.
"I dunno. Maybe." I was twelve years old, the awkward stage where you're not a teen and you're not a kid anymore.
"You should sign up for the concerts. You can share your music with everyone. I know how good you are, and the customers love it when you play on the piano," she jerked her head towards the small piano in the corner.
"I'll think about it. Probably not." I said.
"Oh you will, and I'll make you a pretty dress to wear. How's that?"
I turned and glared at her, "No." and left the bar.
The next day Woop Slap appr
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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