There was total silence. We looked at each other. What were they waiting for? Then, Blackbeard strode over and clapped me on the back — almost knocking me over. "Ay, you are correct! 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."