Standing nearby, Remesh said, ‘Gosh, you’re right, unless they’re the Sloth Pirates of Lower Utisina.’ He drew his dark sword, careful not to let it get too close to Kagero. The sword emitted harmful radiation that poisoned anyone or thing cut by it, and coming too close wasn’t good for you either.
A pirate’s head appeared over the gunwale. Remesh swung his sword and the pirate’s head, cleaved from it’s neck, toppled slowly into the sea. Remesh used his sword to push the body away, but the ‘dead’ pirate’s hands grasped the sword. Remesh pushed hard, and the sword sank into the pirates headless torso. The hands let go. Remesh looked around. Pirates were climbing up over the gunwale by the dozen. He freed his sword, the body falling into the sea, it’s black heart punctured.
‘Behind you.’ he shouted to Kagero as a pirate approached from her blind side, cutlass in hand, and grinning like a demon.