Maybe I wouldn't have bothered with this line of thoughts if the Prince remained the way he was.
But he had changed, hasn't he?
There was hope.
And no matter how minuscule it was, it was still present.
And so, after I had rescued and helped him to the upper deck after he was almost drowned to death by the tiger whale, I saw that hope blossom as I look at his eyes and for the first time, I saw a man who was trying to think of a way out of their present misfortune.
"WHERE IS THE FEMALE KNIGHT!!" Prince Wyatt said.
His question made me understand his train of thought.
"SHE IS ASLEEP CAPTAIN" I replied.
I hesitated. My words were stuck beneath my throat as I wondered if I should tell him.
I didn't know if Prince Wyatt knew that the knight that served him had been plotting his death since the beginning of our sail.
I didn't know if telling him would cause her to suddenly come for my neck.
You know what?
To hell with the knight!!
I have made my decision.
And even if she does come for my neck, at least she would be giving me a quick death, and I would rather take that than have my flesh torn apart by a sea beast or watch as I drown while struggling for my life in the godforsaken sea.
"I HAVE ALREADY GONE TO HER ROOM, AND SHE TOLD ME TO TELL YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THIS YOURSELF. FROM NOW ON, SHE IS NO MORE A PART OF YOUR CREW, AND SHE WILL DROP AT THE NEAREST TOWN WITH CAPTAIN CLARA" I said, giving him the same response she had told me when I had ran to ask her for help.
I was expecting him to shiver in fear and anger even though I was expecting a miracle from him.
Yet, not even an ounce of fear crept upon his face.
I had expected him to suddenly run and beg for her to intervene to save his life and slay the tiger whale.
I was expecting a helpless. A foolish. A timid Prince with outlandish behaviour that wasn't in line with his background.
Yet, the response I received stunned me as I looked at him in disbelief.
Haaaa!! How could I have forgotten?
This is the new Prince Wyatt. The changed Prince Wyatt. The one who didn't cower back in fear as he stood face to the face with Captain of the Poisonous maids' crew as he had usually done.
He didn't even flinch as he slammed Captain Clara's head into the floorboard not minding the consequences that came with his actions.
"Who is steering the ship?" Prince Wyatt asked.
"It's Seadog. Seadog is the one steering the ship" I responded.
The firm resolution on his face told me all I needed to know as I watched him contemplating before he rushed off, while I followed behind him.
And before I could understand or assimilate whatever was going on, we were attacked again.
But this time, Seadog lost control of the helm and fell due to the force of the collision.
Gritting my teeth together, I stood up and decided to steer the helm myself. But before I could get myself up, Prince Wyatt did something unexpected.
He ran towards the helm and held it tightly with his two hands.
I had seen him steer the ship several times in the past, but not like this.
Heck! Even during a pirate chase, he never held the helm and only left it to me or some of his other subordinates.
He had really changed.
And I wasn't just saying it this time based on my intuition because the answer was there in front of me to see.
Prince Wyatt, son of Emperor Brewer the 3rd.
The famed useless Prince.
The tilted foolish Prince.
The eccentric man whose idiocy we once thought was incurable was now steering the ship as a Captain should while he chased the waves with the tiger whale behind him.
After observing and absorbing everything at that moment, I ran toward him with the intent of helping him.
"Captain!! Let me help you"
The waves were harsh tonight, coupled with the tiger whale that was constantly colliding with the ship made it hard for him to steer.
And so, we pulled together. We pulled the helm with every strength that we could muster and steered the ship away to safety.
I looked by my side only to see Prince Wyatt still trying to take total control of the helm.
Even though I was helping him steer the ship, he was still trying to give it his all and push with everything he had.
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect.
My mouths were mute as I just watched him.
I know that I wanted him to overturn my past misunderstandings of him, but what happened next completely shattered it.
A bright spark flashed in between my eyes, causing me to let go of the helm as I felt the scorching heat that seared against my clothes and skin.
If not for the waves that had slashed on top of our ship, I would have been burnt to crisp.
But yet, my burned clothes or partly scorched skin wasn't the problem when I saw the absurd sight in front of me.
Prince Wyatt. Our Captian was burning. His body was lit up in flames as he steered the ship alone.
I knew that the flames were real and weren't a trick because I could feel them from the angle I had fallen.
He is an ascendant!!
Our Captain is an ascendant!!!
Even though my mind was currently in a mess, for some reason, I felt my blood pumping when I heard his words
"AHOY, ME HEARTIES! ALL HANDS ON DECK. TONIGHT, WE CHASE THE SEAS" Prince Wyat screamed to no one but himself as he rode the dangerous waves