There was total silence. We looked at each other. What were they waiting for? Then, all at once, the entire crew laughed uproariously.
Blackbeard strode over and clapped me on the back — almost knocking me over. "You're wrong! But you have the pirate's humor, lads! I think I'll keep you 'round as OUR powder monkeys. Our cannons need some work."
Then he stared right at me. "But if I learn you're not REAL pirates — it's overboard with ye, whether you be funny or not."