[Finished RP] Invitation to Disaster

((OOC: Doubloon finds the invitation with the warning as mentioned in Duchess of Disaster. ))

It was nice to be sailing with the crew again on a ship. They had been travelling for several days now on the HMS Mad Defender that Doubloon had commandeered and now had stopped at a port to get some supplies to continue on. He marveled at how rich this town seemed after he departed from the ship and had sent his crew off to gather supplies. Every ship in the harbor looked like it to belong to some high class citizen.

But didn't lack the stink of a market with vendors selling their catch of the day he was now walking through. He was after salted fish and cured meats since he took it upon himself to get the rations. He was afraid of his first mate, Launchpad, bringing back food that only he and the ship rats would be able to consume.

As Doubloon was walking something that was fluttering in the wind caught his eye.

"Oh, what's this?" He muttered to himself after plucking what looked like a paper from the air. He opened it up to find it appeared to be an invitation to a party.

    • Lilly Teal
      Lilly Teal

      The invitation was certainly a fancy one, penned on high grade paper with gold edging no doubt taken directly from the Duke's personal stash. The writing was similarly elegant and well-done.

      'You are cordially invited on the Duchess's Pearl at the docks at 5 o'clock for a TRAP DON'T FALL FOR IT OH DEAR GOD HELP.'

      Comically enough the wording was less classy. But no doubt there had not been much time to pen a more subtle warning before Negaduck had turned around.

      • Drake Mallard
        Drake Mallard

        "Huh. What an odd invitation." Doubloon pondered. "A trap? A TRAP!"

        Someone needed help! Except he was the one needing help first as he had been walking while reading and he had reached the end of the pier without realizing it.

        Cue heroic splash. Followed by flailing as he fought off a shark.

        "Argh! Down Bessie! Down!" He coughed and sputtered as he heaved himself up back up. 

        Well, that was embarrassing. 

        He hoped he hadn't been seen. He caught the sight of another paper as he was ringing out his cape. "What is this one going to be? I do hope it's as  suspicious as the other one."

        • Negaduck
          Negaduck

          The notice, stuck to the post with a dagger, read as such:

                  

          YOUR LADY FOLK
          HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY
          NEGADUCK


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          AND HIS FEARSOME CREW
          FOR THEIR RETURN, SEND UNARMED VESSEL WITH FULL PAYMENT
          (PRICES AND SURCHARGES OVERLEAF)
          (BANK DEPOSIT NOT ACCEPTABLE, S&H NOT INCLUDED, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES)
          OFF THE BLACK HEADS AT FIRST LIGHT
          OR YOU'LL WISH YOU HAD PUT A RING ON IT

           

          • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard
            Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard

            "What's that, Doubloon??" Gosalyn questioned from RIGHT behind him.  Of course she had followed him.

            • Drake Mallard
              Drake Mallard

              "Negaduck. I should have known. " Doubloon frowned while reading the ransom note. He didn't notice Gos and jumped when she startled him.

              "Don't do that!"

              He had nearly ended up in the water again. 

              • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard
                Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard

                She looked over his shoulder.  "Negaduck, huh?  Let's go clobber'im!!" She was already pulling him back toward their new ship.

                • Drake Mallard
                  Drake Mallard

                  "Alright, lass. Alright." Doubloon followed her back to the ship after regaining his composure. 

                  They would need get ready to sail the moment the rest of the crew came back with the supplies if they had hopes to catch up with Negaduck. 

                  • Steelbeak
                    Steelbeak

                    It wasn't long before Gizmoduck and the rest were on board and ready to follow Doubloon in pursuit of Negaduck.

                    "It's getting dark, Doubloon," the mechanical duck observed.  "How do you suppose we'll shiver Negaduck's timbers and retrieve the stolen damsels?"

                    • Drake Mallard
                      Drake Mallard

                      "I'll need some lads to stay here and prepare to man the guns just case. We don't know what the villain is up to." Doubloon paced a bit as he plotted. "Some of us will take the boat and row over to his ship to sneak aboard."

                      It sounded like a simple plan, but with Negaduck being the enemy, it would get complicated and chaotic quickly. He had no idea how many ladies he had kidnapped nor how many crew Negaduck had serving under him currently. Guess Doubloon will find out when they there.

                      • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard
                        Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard

                        "Stegmutt and Neptunia can stay behind, but I'M going aboard!" Gosalyn declared emphatically.  She was already moving toward the skiff.

                        • Steelbeak
                          Steelbeak

                          "Right behind you, little Gizmobuddy!" Gizmoduck stated, following the redhead.

                          After some arguing between Gos and Doubloon, Gos got her way (as usual) and they set sail toward the black heads where Negaduck's commandeered vessel lay in wait.

                          "What's the plan, Wingy?" Gizmoduck questioned in a hushed voice.  "How do we get on that ship without being noticed?"

                          • Drake Mallard
                            Drake Mallard

                            Of course Doubloon didn't want Gos going. And of course she had to use the pouty beak which meant he lost that battle. Maybe he could make her stay with the skiff so there would be at least someone down there to help the captives down into it after they were rescued.

                            He ordered to have all the lamps put out so they could use the cover of darkness to approach.  They would be close enough to so there wasn't too much of a distance to row to but far enough to keep from being boarded.

                            "Hmm..I thought we could sneak on board on the stern but once we're inside we would have to keep from being seen." 

                            Doubloon folded his arms as he thought about how they could sneak around without being caught. But his thoughts were disturbed by what sounded like someone in the water. 

                            • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard
                              Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard

                              Gosalyn leaned out curiously over the small waves.  "What do you think it is, Doubloon?"

                              • Lilly Teal
                                Lilly Teal

                                Lilly had sunk like a rock as soon as she had been pitched in. Blame the dress.

                                On the bright side, and what could only be attributed to a massive air bubble trapped in those layers of skirt fabric, she bobbed back up to the surface, sputtering and flailing her arms. By chance, one of those flails caught onto an empty wooden cask, which kept her afloat. Barely. If it rolled because she put her weight wrong, she would be done for all over again.

                                "Help!"

                                • Steelbeak
                                  Steelbeak

                                  "Never fear, m'lady!  Gizmoduck is here!"  The armor-covered mallard reached into the drink and pulled Lilly into the vessel.  "Kinda late for a swim, don't you think?" he commented curiously.

                                  • Drake Mallard
                                    Drake Mallard

                                    "What were you doing in the drink this late at night, lass?" Doubloon frowned. "Were you one of Negaduck's prisoners? As seeing that is possibly his ship nearby."

                                    If she wasn't going for an odd late night swim then he had a feeling she had been tossed over board. It sounded like something the villain would do. And good thing they had pulled her out, as Doubloon spotted a fin at the surface of the water now lazily circling about.  

                                    • Lilly Teal
                                      Lilly Teal

                                      "He threw me off!" she burst out indignantly, still coughing up water. "First be takes over the ship and makes me a servant, then he makes me help him lure people aboard, and then he throws me off!"

                                      That's GRATITUDE for you.

                                      Realising, belatedly, that these people may be able to help, she looked from one to the other.

                                      "Oh COULD you help? A pirate and his crew have a whole load of ladies on that ship. I meant to get a warning to the police but it flew off..."

                                      • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard
                                        Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard

                                        "That's Negaduck, all right!" Gosalyn declared.  She crooked a thumb at her adoptive father.  "And this is Darkwing Doubloon!  We found your warning and were coming to kick some major tailfeathers!"

                                        • Steelbeak
                                          Steelbeak

                                          From his chest compartment, Gizmoduck pulled out a thick blanket and wrapped it around Lilly.  "Wouldn't want you to catch cold!"

                                          There was a beat, then he went on.  "Say, you're familiar with that ship.  Any way to sneak aboard and get the drop on those villains?"

                                          • Drake Mallard
                                            Drake Mallard

                                            "Aye. Anything to pull the wool over old Negaduck's eyes would be helpful, lass." Doubloon nodded. "I found your warning and a ransom note from the villain. We need to save  'em ladies or he might do  'em some harm."

                                            And quickly. He didn't think the pirate would be patient.

                                            • Lilly Teal
                                              Lilly Teal

                                              "Oh thank you." Nice and warm, that. "I'm... not sure. Certainly he'll be suspicious if he sees anybody sailing up at all. But the ship is very... generously decorated and has rather a blind spot on the left side, near the back. I'd imagine a smaller boat could get right beside it without anyone on deck noticing it at all."

                                              • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard
                                                Gosalyn Waddlemeyer Mallard

                                                "Then it's settled!" Gosalyn practically whooped.  "We're in perfect position to get the drop on Negaduck!"  She looked at Lilly.  "You're gonna help us, right?  After all, he DID throw you in the bay."

                                                • Steelbeak
                                                  Steelbeak

                                                  "That scalawag doesn't know how to treat a lady!" Gizmoduck declared.  "Let alone a ship full of'em!  It's now or never."

                                                  • Drake Mallard
                                                    Drake Mallard

                                                    "That settles it. We'll row to the blind spot and enter from there." Doubloon looks over at Lilly. "You may join us if you wish. We'll give you a weapon to defend yourself.  But if  you choose to stay here you can help load the guns. We'll send Negaduck and his crew to Davy Jones' locker after we rescue the ladies." 

                                                    He felt excitement starting to grow in him. He'll have to thank Negaduck before sending him to the bottom for the fun.

                                                    "Alright you lot! Boarding crew to the boat! The rest of you to the guns!" He ordered.

                                                    • Lilly Teal
                                                      Lilly Teal

                                                      "I'll happily stay here and load the guns," she said with relief. That would keep her well away from Negaduck, which really was the only priority she was bothered with right now. "Good luck!"