"So... What's your name?" Micah asks Rose. I roll my eyes.
"Uh... Rose," she says slowly, slightly confused.
"What do you know?"
"The Scarlet Shepard," Micah tells Rose.
"Oh, they left."
"I don't know."
"Oh. Okay. Well-"
"No, no no," I growl. "Wellpride, go back to crow's nest."
"But-" he tries to object.
"Now." The boy scurries off, and I turn to Rose. I notice a chair behind her. I push her back into it, I lean forward, grabbing the arm rests, our faces mere inches part. Intimidation is key. "Who's the captain."
"I- I-" Rose sputters.
"I want answers. Who is the Captain of the Scarlet Shepard?"
"Uh, Eerie- I- I can't remember her last name-"
"Well remember it then!"
"I can't!" Her voice starts to crack.
"Where are they going?!"
"I don't know!" Tears.
"Why didn't you alert the Imperial Army of the pirates sooner!"
"I- I don't know!" She's sobbing now.
"I think you do know! Stop lying or I will arrest you on the spot for associating with criminals!"
"I- would- tell- you-" she can barely force the words out now. I pick my hand up and slap her across her face, then lean in closer.
"You tell me everything you know right now or you will be in so much pain you won't be able to scream."
Rose tries to regain herself, with little success.
"I don't- know- anything-" I grab one of my knives and run it down her cheek. She screams.
"Don't- hurt me!" She begins sobbing again.
"Hey!" A voice calls out. She runs towards me with a wrench. "Get away from her!"
"This is an Imperial Intero-" she swings her wrench down on me, but I catch her hand. Her other hand goes in for a stomach punch, but I block that too.
"Let go of me!" The girl hisses.
"Calm down. Drop the wrench."
"You were going to hurt her!"
"She has information about something I need to know. She needs to comply."
"All she does is tinker. All day! She doesn't know anything!" She screams at me. I push the attacker backwards.
"Larry told me that Rose here interacted with the pirates."
"Oh please, they didn't tell her anything. You'd be better off listening to the gossip around the ship. They stole our new cook!"
"Larry tried opening a restaurant, and then they flew off with our cook. People have been talking about it all day. Just leave Rose alone," the girl informs me. I think for a moment.
"I will let this go, but if I ever hear about an incident of a girl attacking an Imperial Official with a wrench, I will be flying here and arresting you myself," I warn her. I put my knife away and walk towards a populated part of the ship.
After eavesdropping, I find out the Scarlet Shepard is heading towards the Snowmoors. An odd choice. I walk back to my ship, and see Newroad standing aboard, looking at the sky.
"Newroad!" I call. She snaps to attention. I finish boarding the ship and approach her. "What did you find out from Larry?"