The pirates all crowded around. It was just like being called on in class to do a math problem you had no idea how to do — if your school were an 18th-century pirate ship, that is.
Israel stepped closer with the cat-o'-nine-tails, then gave it a THWACK on the deck. Splinters flew.
Blackbeard laughed at our expressions. "Ay, 'tis a sweet sound, don't ya think? So, me lads. As a hint, me pirates will yell out the six steps. In what order do ye want t' do them?"