Elsewhere, something happens
And on the Black Pearl
, Captain John "Jack" Richards wakes up.
He stumbles to the head, retching until his stomach is empty and his throat is dry, and then leans against the wall-- but in the process, the beads in his hair clatter and he freezes. Slowly, he reaches up to touch the braids.
"I must have been mad. Brain fever, surely."
Jack walks over to stand in front of a mirror and ruthlessly begins to undo the years of work, dropping each colorful bauble neatly and precisely in a pouch.
When he steps forth onto the deck of the Pearl
, Captain Richards (Sparrow - Richards - Sparrow)
is dressed as befits a prosperous merchant sailor. He wasn't able to do anything about the dark green and gold streaks (magic she had pink hair it was magic but that's mad)
in his hair, but every bead is gone, and the hair itself has been trimmed neatly and tied at the base of his neck. Hands clasped behind him, he looks at the activity around him with surprised approval.
Mr. Gibbs hurries up to him. "That's a new look fer ye, Captain. Might you be plannin' something, then?"
Jack turns to face him. "And what business is that of yours, sir? Where's Bill Turner?"
Gibbs stares. "Bootstrap...? Captain, are you--" He breaks off as Jack brings one hand to his forehead, rubbing absently.
"Never mind, Gibbs. I remember, of course." (It's all a dream, or is it? Brain fever. I must still be sick. I've got to get-- I've got to get away.)
"I'll be away from the Pearl
for a time, however."
The pirate grins and slaps Jack on the shoulder with a wink, staggering him. "Right-o, Captain. I knew ye were planning something! We'll put ye ashore in the usual place, then? Should we wait, or...?"
Jack nods distractedly. "That'll do. That'll be just fine-- I don't know how long I'll be. Some days, at least. Carry on as usual, while I'm attending to matters, do you understand?"
Gibbs blinks at him, then shouts with laughter. "A merchant to the life! Aye, Jack, it's as you say then."
When the dinghy drops him on shore, Jack adjusts his jacket nervously, and then starts toward the cave.